Do not expect complicated lectures at this gala, but easy-to-follow accounts of the latest discoveries by top scientists.

Jim Jansen, editor-in-chief of New Scientist, presents the evening: ‘The best of both worlds comes together this year. People like Iris Sommer, Kate Raworth and Robbert Dijkgraaf belong to the international scientific top. It’s bound to be a great evening, especially now that we can once again organise it in a full theatre.