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January 2015

Drugs and the Brain: Time for a Neuroscience Enlightenment? with Professor David Nutt

19 January, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Professor David Nutt, British psychiatrist and neuropsychopharmacologist, will speak about drug policy in the UK.

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Did God evolve?

20 January, 2015 @ 1:15 am - 1:55 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Professor Steve Jones will discuss what science can tell us about how religion may have begun. Science has no insight into its mysteries, myths and parables, but shows that from the beginning, economics has driven belief.

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The Imaginary Menagerie

31 January, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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In the Museum we have amazing and beautiful animals on display but some have to be seen to be believed like the quagga, a not very stripy zebra, or the duck billed platypus. Come along and be inspired by the natural world to create your own animal artwork in our Imaginary Menagerie with a Museum artist.

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February 2015

The Impact of Impacts: How the Media Play in the Death of the Dinosaur Debates

3 February, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Many people now believe that the dinosaurs were wiped out by the impact of a large asteroid about 66 million years ago. Professor Steve Miller will talk about the threat to Earth from asteroids and comets and the role of the media in making this known.

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Explore Zoology

7 February, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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We have rifled through our drawers and searched through our cabinets to bring out some of our most amazing animals for our family hands-on specimen based activities.

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Drawing Life

10 February, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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Join the Drawing Life workshops and find out how the act of drawing can unlock the complex relationships at work in nature.

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Incredible Invertebrates

16 February, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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Creepy crawlies, bugs, pests, call them what you like but this half-term we will be celebrating the wonderful world of invertebrates. Join us to take part in our fun hands-on specimen based activities with our incredible invertebrates and get inventive with designing your own insect.

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March 2015

Grant Museum (not in a) Pub Quiz

4 March, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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Bring along your brainiest friends to form the ultimate team and compete at the chance of winning the much coveted Golden Glittery Lion.

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The Constitutional Place of Science

12 March, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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The world's written constitutions scarcely mention science in explicit terms, and yet science exercises power on a par with the constitutionally designated institutions of government.

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Language and the brain: Insights from Deafness and Sign Language

17 March, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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How does experience shape language development? This lecture will examine what we currently know about how the brain processes a signed language and how you learn to read a language that you can’t hear. It will also examine how this research can be used to drive forward evidence-based language and education interventions.

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Animal Showoff

20 March, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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The team behind Science ShowOff presents a very special edition of their anarchic open mic night at the Grant Museum, Animal ShowOff.

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Fossil Forage

21 March, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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Get stuck in at this free hands-on activity by sieving through our sediment that dates from a time over 50 million years ago, a time when London was underwater and patrolled by sharks and rays.

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Your Universe

26 March, 2015
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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UCL's festival of astronomy, cosmology, astrobiology and particle physics will feature exhibits, practical demonstrations, telescopes looking at the Sun, Moon and the planets Venus and Jupiter (whether permitting) - not to mention, lectures on the Rosetta comet mission, the Large Hadron Collider and the ALMA array of telescopes.

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May 2015

Show ‘n’ Tell: Dinosaurs

8 May, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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Find out more about co-curator of UCL's Strange Creature's exhibition, Andrew Cuff's cutting edge research reconstructing dinosaurs from just the fossils of these extinct giant reptiles.

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A UCL Museums Murder Mystery

15 May, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Back by popular demand is Museum Murder Mystery. Join UCL Museums for an evening of dark noir, intrigue and subterfuge for Museums at Night. We need your help to discover the murderer in our cast of characters, solve the clues across the Museum to crack the UCL Museums murder mystery.

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Strange Creatures at Night

16 May, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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Come visit the Grant Musuem of Zoology for a very special late opening of the new Strange Creatures: the art of unknown animal exhibition. Join us for an evening of art, performance, games and live taxidermy over a glass of wine or beer to take another look at the natural world.

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Grant Museum Film Club: Empire of the Ants

20 May, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Grant Museum of Zoology Film Club presents EMPIRE OF THE ANTS. Join Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain who will introduce the film. You’ll never look at ants in the same way again.

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Bright Club

21 May, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AH United Kingdom
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£8

Pop down to the Bloomsbury Theatre for a night of intelligent comedy. Join a host of researchers and two brilliant comedians for daft data, language laughs and incredible anecdotes that will have you rolling in the aisles.

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Level Up Human

28 May, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AH United Kingdom
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Evolution has gotten lazy and needs a prod. Wouldn’t life be so much better if it had more tentacles? Or imagine becoming a cyborg or having a prehensile face. We’ll talk about these scientific breakthroughs and hear what you have to say about the next steps for evolution. Your vote will contribute to our view of the future of humanity!

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June 2015

Science Cabaret

3 June, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Goldsmiths University of London, New Academic Building
London, SE14 6NW United Kingdom
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£5

STEAM:ED Collective have teamed up with Science Showoff to bring you a fun night discussing the science themes that feature as part of the Brockley Street Art Festival.

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The Dark Side of the Womb

11 June, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Room 443, 1-19 Torrington Place
London, WC1E 7HB United Kingdom
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regnancy takes self-other hospitality to its absolute extreme: two people reside in one body, sharing a two-way system. Drawing on multidisciplinary sources of psychoanalysis, neonatal research, social psychology, feminist theory and cultural studies we explore unconscious effects of inter-corporeality on all of us who are of woman born.

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Looking at Strange Creatures

13 June, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
UCL Quad Pavillion Tent, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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£3

Take a closer look at some strange creatures with our seminar study day and find out more about how art has been used to communicate unknown animals to the world.

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DINOSAURS! Of Victorian London

23 June, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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The Crystal Palace dinosaur models were unveiled in 1854 and took the world by storm starting the original Dinomania. Join historian of science and Strange Creatures co-curator Professor Joe Cain as he shares how these models, still on display today, were important in shaping the public’s perceptions of dinosaurs.

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September 2015

Science Showoff

11 September, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AH United Kingdom
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£10

Join us for a night of chaotic science entertainment from some of UCL's best brainboxes. And all in aid of charity! Over the last seven years at UCL Steve Cross has trained loads of scientists to be funny on stage, and tonight an all-star team of them will storm the Bloomsbury Theatre to give you one of the most enlightening, entertaining and energising nights of your life. Steve will be joined by ten scientists familiar from television, radio and online…

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October 2015

The Age of the British Isles: Come on a date with UCL Earth Sciences!

16 October, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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A pop-up exhibition for Earth Science Week, hosted jointly with UCL Earth Sciences & UCL Museums. Come along to our free exhibition and discover the ways Geologists, geochronologists, palaeontologists and stratigraphers find out when the rocks that make up the British Isles were formed, from 3 billion year old zircons to Archaean gneiss to 10,000 year old Palaeolithic axes in Quaternary sediments. UCL Earth Scientists will be on hand throughout the day. UCL Earth Sciences Rock Room, 1st Floor, South…

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Lunch Hour Lectures: Love and war, the mathematical way

29 October, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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You’d be forgiven for thinking that mathematics doesn’t sit naturally in a sentence alongside either love or war. However, mathematics is uniquely placed to describe the hidden patterns of human behaviour. Join Dr Hannah Fry as she demonstrates the potential of mathematics to understand the most talked about subjects in our history. This event is held in the Darwin Lecture Theatre in the Darwin Building.

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November 2015

Bubbles and Science

17 November, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Is it possible to use knowledge of bubbles to examine something as large as the global ocean? Dr Helen Czerski says that we can, and believes that there are parallels between this and how we share science with the public. Join her for a fascinating exploration of bubble physics and science communication.

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Lunch Hour Lectures: Looking for life on Mars

19 November, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Mars is our closest hope for life beyond Earth. 3.8 billion years ago, when life was starting here, Mars was habitable, with surface water and a thick atmosphere. Now, it is cold, dry and harsh. Professor Andrew Coates discusses the ExoMars rover mission and the possibility of past or present life on Mars.

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Glass Creatures of the Sea

25 November, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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Created in the 1800’s by the father and son team of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, the glass models of invertebrates housed at the Grant Museum are a unique blend of art, science and craftsmanship. Join Natural History Museum Curator Miranda Lowe and scientific glassblower Stephen Ramsey as they explore the importance and use of these scientifically accurate and incredibly beautiful models. In a live glass-blowing demonstration we’ll uncover some of the glass making techniques used to create these intricate pieces…

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December 2015

Glass Delusions

1 December, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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How do minerals become living things? In this exhibition of prints, drawings, videos and objects, Artist in Residence Eleanor Morganexplores the slippery boundary between living and non-living materials. Her work is inspired by the Grant Museum's collection of intricate glass sponges – animals that naturally build themselves out of glass – they are formed of 90% silica. Over the last year, Eleanor Morgan has been the Leverhulme Trust funded Artist in Residence at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Investigating the collection…

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Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs

7 December, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AH United Kingdom
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£17.50

The science comedy phenomenon returns, and this time they're off the chart. Join acclaimed stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve ‘Danger’ Mould and geek songstress Helen Arney for graph-a-minute fun on an unprecedented linear scale. Last year’s smash hit ‘Full Frontal Nerdity’ was "great, funny, clever… even the heckles at this terrific show are smart" **** (The Scotsman). Since then, the Nerds have appeared across TV and Radio, at the Hammersmith Apollo and in their own peer-reviewed DVD -…

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Lunch Hour Lectures: Cannabis: pleasure, madness and medicine

8 December, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Cannabis has been used throughout history for medicinal as well as pleasurable effects. Its 100 unique ingredients vary widely in different types of cannabis, posing a range of questions in terms of medicalisation and legalisation. This lecture will look at its effects, but also its potential.

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Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs

8 December, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AH United Kingdom
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£17.50

The science comedy phenomenon returns, and this time they're off the chart. Join acclaimed stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve ‘Danger’ Mould and geek songstress Helen Arney for graph-a-minute fun on an unprecedented linear scale. Last year’s smash hit ‘Full Frontal Nerdity’ was "great, funny, clever… even the heckles at this terrific show are smart" **** (The Scotsman). Since then, the Nerds have appeared across TV and Radio, at the Hammersmith Apollo and in their own peer-reviewed DVD -…

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Lunch Hour Lectures: Truth and lies: medicine in the media

10 December, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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There has never been a more confusing time to consume health information, as scientists and doctors struggle to agree and big questions are continuously debated. Dr Chris van Tulleken attempts to find a way through the confusion.

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