Technical Requirements

iStock_000009532431_FullThe e-Science program works well on a variety of computer and browser platforms. Most users’ configurations already meet these requirements.

What do I need?

e-Science supports the following operating systems with the latest available versions of the indicated browsers:

  • Windows Internet Explorer 11 (download here)
  • Mozilla Firefox (download here)
  • Macintosh OS X Safari¬† (download here)
  • Google Chrome (download here)

The videos in the e-Science program also work with mobile devices such as tablets, iPads and iPhones.

Note: You should ensure your computer has the latest available operating system and browser patches. Running without the latest patches may prevent the e-Science program features from working properly.


We recommend you have at least 256MB of installed RAM, and you should set your display to a resolution of 1024×768 with 32-bit color depth.

The videos include audio, so you will need to have a sound card installed in your computer and either speakers or a headphone jack and headphones. Make sure both speakers are turned up, as there are a couple of videos that were recorded in mono, however most of them are in stereo.

Internet connection

To use the e-Science program, your computer must be connected to the Internet. Our videos are coded to ensure fast delivery to your location. You can test your internet connection here with a speed test. To see how the program works for your internet connection speed, we recommend making full use of the 30-day trial to test it out.

Additional software

To view the videos and download the reading content, you will need software that is probably already installed on your computer. If not, these products can be downloaded free of charge.

You will need the following:

Adobe Flash Player. This can be downloaded at

Adobe Reader or another PDF viewer. Adobe Reader can be downloaded at