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June 2016

London SciComm Social

7 June, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Somers Town Coffee House, 60 Chalton Street
London, NW1 1HS United Kingdom
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Interested in science communication? Want to meet some like-minded folk, share your work, gossip and try out ideas? Following the lead of our friends in Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and across the UK we thought it might be fun to have an open pub evening for anyone from the scicomm world to meet up. Our venue is the basement of the Somers Town Coffee House, just round the corner from where the Crick Institute is rising out of the ground. No…

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The centre cannot hold: neo-modernity, new monumentality and other zombie urban utopias

10 June, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Calvert 22, 22 Calvert Avenue
London, E2 7JP United Kingdom
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£5

The idea of the city dominated by a soaring landmark or a grand epicentre – whether a sacred temple, a secular monument or a Central Business District – was allegedly buried along with utopian high modernity, sometime during the second half of the 20th century. The new urban age taking shape in its place, say politicians, planners and scholars, will be humbler, more sustainable, collaborative and polycentric: eco-cities instead of monumental axes; pop-up innovation hubs rather than palaces of culture;…

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Mind the Brain

11 June, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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£5

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience opening its doors, we are hosting a day of short talks showcasing the diverse research that is performed here. Mind the Brain will feature short 15-minute talks from 12 different researchers at the forefront of cognitive neuroscience. Topics will range from how we form memories to autism to happiness. For a full list of speakers, see our programme. To close the day, there will be a panel discussion focusing…

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UK Research and Innovation: Visions for 2030

13 June, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Academy of Engineering, 3 Carlton House Terrace St. James's
London, SW1Y 5DG United Kingdom
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The national Academies are hosting a series of four Policy Lab events considering the landscape for UK research and innovation after the 2015 Spending Review. This event will look ahead to 2030 to consider what UK research and innovation could achieve in the future, and what it would take to get there. The outcomes of the 2015 Spending Review were broadly positive for UK research and innovation. However, significant changes are on the horizon for the research and innovation landscape, including: implementation…

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Frankenstein: From Literature to Myth to Bogeyman of Science

13 June, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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'Frankenstein' was conceived in June 1816 by the 18-year old Mary Godwin (later Shelley) during a late-night ghost story session at Lake Geneva. It has since become the creation myth for modern times – and an embodiment of society's anxieties about new science. This illustrated lecture from Sir Christopher Frayling explores the birth of 'Frankenstein', the book's legacy and the ways in which the original has been distorted over time – a two hundred year journey in the company of…

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Silent Signal: Cascade Screening

16 June, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King's Cross
London, N1C 4AA
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Silent Signal is an ambitious project partnering six artists working with animation together with six leading biomedical scientists, to create experimental animated artworks exploring new ways of thinking about the human body. Silent Signal takes you on a journey: starting at the microcosm of the infection fighting internal landscapes of our cells, through the personal experiences and opinions of individuals and scientists, to the application of the research in the wider world of infectious disease modelling and genome code sequencing. The works…

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Crime Scene Live

17 June, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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£60

Suit up and solve a crime. Become a crime scene investigator for the night and work with the Natural History Museum's scientists to solve a murder mystery. Gather and analyse evidence to establish when, where and how the victim died. Trawl through our evidence room and piece together the clues using case files, images, recordings and fingerprint analysis. Can you help crack the case? This thrilling interactive night at the Museum combines real science and crime fiction for an unforgettable…

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Climate change, habitat loss and biodiversity

21 June, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ZSL, Regents Park
London, NW1 4RY United Kingdom
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£15

The global climate is changing and many species are responding by shifting their distributions to track climate changes. Thus species are expanding northwards as new areas become suitable, but disappearing from other locations that become too hot and dry. The fascination of the general public for recording animals and plants in Britain has provided a wealth of detailed information that we can exploit. This information helps us to understand the variety of species’ responses, and to explore factors responsible for…

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Deaf Men Dancing and Francesca Martinez’s Wobbly Manifesto

22 June, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hunterian Museum, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3PE United Kingdom
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Dance company 'Deaf Men Dancing' and comedian Francesca Martinez present new works specially created as part of 'Exceptional & Extraordinary' project which combines the collections of medical museums with the work of performers and artists from the disability arts world. LET US TELL YOU A STORY Let Us Tell You A Story...is a new, highly original, multi-sensory dance production by Deaf Men Dancing (DMD) - known for their unique fusion of different styles of dance with sign language - that…

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Crick Chat on Antibiotic Resistance

23 June, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Star of Kings, 126 York Way
London, N1 0AX United Kingdom
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Antibiotics are rapidly becoming ineffective. Their overuse and misuse has led to many bacteria developing resistance to them, and we are at risk of being taken back to the dark ages of medicine, where routine surgeries and minor infections become life-threatening once again. In this Crick Chat, which is taking place during the MRC Festival of Medical Research, Luiz de Carvalho from the Francis Crick Institute, and Emily Wise from University College London Hospital, will discuss what is being done in…

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Hackathon

24 June, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 26 June, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
FabLab, 1 Frederick's Place
London, EC2R 8AE United Kingdom
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£10

This is the first hackathon to extend and augment the senses. Applicants must register by midnight on the 29th May and if you don't want to apply, I'm sure there'll be a kicking hashtag to follow. The idea is to bring together makers from a variety of backgrounds and provide them with a weekend's worth of time and space to develop new devices and applications that hack, expand and augment the senses. The tools we'll be using include some seriously cool technologies, like…

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Natural History Museum Lates: Seduction and Sexuality

24 June, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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Seduction and sexuality: what do you know about animal attraction and sexual identity in the natural world? This month’s Lates takes place in collaboration with Pride in London. Discover the secret sexuality of the natural world with talks, drop-in activities, comedy, science stations and a bar. Panel discussion: Basic Instincts When it comes to sex, how different are we to chimps? Explore sexual behaviour in the animal kingdom with our experts. The Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera Join us for a…

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Festival of Stuff

25 June, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Join the Institute of Making to celebrate the sheer joy of stuff as they host the greatest ever public extravaganza to mark the finale of their annual Festival of Stuff. Come along to explore the sound of materials by making a whistle and joining in with the brass band DatBrass. Explore their selection of unusual tuning forks and have a go on a 3D printed violin. Watch the only remaining master clog makers Jeremy Atkinson and upholster and chair caner…

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Science Museum Lates: Leonardo Da Lates

29 June, 2016 @ 6:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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You know Leonardo the artist from paintings including The Last Supper and Mona Lisa, but tonight we celebrate Leonardo da Vinci, the insatiably curious engineer. Join us as we explore his technological drawings and visions for the future. Try your hand at sculpting, building, mask-making, origami and Renaissance-period dancing. I, Science will once again be at Lates, come and see us at Moany Lisa- your chance to share your woes with Lisa and engineer a solution* to them (*solution may…

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Whisperings Within

30 June, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Join psychologist Charles Fernyhough and other experts to hear about the history and science of how we talk to ourselves. Inspired by Fernyhough's book, The Voices Within, this discussion will take a wide-ranging look at the voices in all our heads, examining how we think and what it means for our lives and sense of self.

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July 2016

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

4 July, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10 July, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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Join the Royal Society  for their annual  exploration of cutting edge science and state of the art technology, as we host the UK’s most revolutionary research. Their free, week-long festival features 22 curated exhibits and a series of inspiring talks and activities for all ages (including an adults only Lates). Meet the scientists, discover something new and have fun with hands-on activities. Free entry, suitable for all, no tickets required.

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How to know a neutrino from a hole in the ground

4 July, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Join Nobel Prize winner Art McDonald who will tell the story of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, a Canada-UK-US laboratory 2 km underground. It observed neutrino properties beyond the Standard Model of Elementary Particles and confirmed models of the sun with great accuracy. He will also talk about future research at SNOLAB, into Dark Matter particles and rare radioactive processes. This event is organised in partnership with the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom.

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Ri Lates: Touch and Go

8 July, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Haptic technologies recreating the sense of touch have revolutionised everything from robotics to medical training. Explore all aspects of touch from neuroscience and perception to virtual reality with talks and activities throughout the Ri. And play with the latest technologies! In collaboration with Imperial College London and Eurohaptics 2016.  

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Dead Life Drawing

12 July, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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£6

With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom in some remarkable poses we invite you to join us for a lively evening of drawing. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced our sessions are led by a Museum artist to give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Materials will be provided.

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The neuroscience of addiction: Development, not disease

14 July, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£14

In recent decades doctors have branded addiction a brain disease, and treated it as such. But in this riveting and provocative talk, neuroscientist and former addict Marc Lewis makes the convincing case that addiction isn’t a disease at all. Using personal stories and robust science, he explains how addiction really impacts our brains, and how neuroplasticity and a developmental approach to treatment can help to overcome it.

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Ministry of sense: Hunting the Higgs

15 July, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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The discovery of the Higgs Boson was one of the greatest and most exciting discoveries of science – could you have made it too? Join the hunt for the higgs in this highly interactive comedy show where you the public are in charge of the Large Hadron Collider. Using a smartphone or tablet you will have direct access to LHC data, and complete interactive games to help solve problems and analyse data. A unique, entertaining, and very hands-on show. The…

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Science Museum Lates

27 July, 2016 @ 6:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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Free

Join us at next month’s Lates as we unlock the next level of the gaming world. Find out the answers to questions such as 'What makes gaming one of the fastest-growing markets on the planet?', 'How have technological advances in games consoles contributed to the real world?', and 'Could computer games be the key to battling addictions?'. Get creative in hands-on workshops, help the Mario theme tune 'level up' to the top of the charts, play retro games from your childhood, and see what the future of gaming could…

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V&A Friday Late: Engineering Your World

29 July, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington
London , SW7 2RL
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July’s Late celebrates the creative force of engineers. Often overlooked as mere mathematicians or facilitators for the architect’s genius, engineers organise the world we live in! From robotic fabrication to sound engineering, join us to discover how their work is everywhere around you. The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and…

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August 2016

The science of everyday life

5 August, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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£10

In this brilliant scientific tour of household science, BBC1 One Show resident scientist, writer and all-round Science Bloke Dr Marty Jopson addresses conundrums such as: What really makes cakes rise? Why do soap bubbles burst? And how you get the quartz out of a clock using a hammer? Answers will be provided, electrical devices dismantled and mess created in the name of science. There is also an evening show starting at 6pm.

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Fiction Lab: All The Light We Cannot See

8 August, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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Jennifer Rohn of Lablit.com hosts the monthly book club dedicated to great fiction books with a science theme. If you're an interested reader who has something to say, then come along. The format of Fiction Lab is simple. All you need to do is check this webpage for the book choice, read the book beforehand and then drop into the Ri to discuss it with other fiction lovers. Fiction Lab will be held in the Sunley Room this month. Admission…

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The psychology of alien abduction and contact claims

10 August, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 pm
The Star and Garter, 60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich
London, SE10 9NY United Kingdom
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Thousands of people around the world claim to have directly experienced contact with extraterrestrials and in many cases to have been abducted by aliens and taken on board spaceships and subjected to medical examination. How are we to explain such claims? With a few notable exceptions, those making such claims do not appear to be deliberately lying. Neither do they appear to be suffering from serious psychopathology. However, there are good reasons for doubting that such accounts are accurate reflections…

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Ghosthunting

10 August, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Star and Garter, 60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich
London, SE10 9NY United Kingdom
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A Skeptic’s Guide to Ghost Hunting’ will offer some unique insight into modern paranormal research. Hayley Stevens will introduce you to the bizarre world of modern ghost hunting, explain how to spot sham ghost hunting claims, and how all is not what is seems when it comes to things that go bump in the night… Described as ‘ … the Scully end of the Mulder-Scully X-Files spectrum’ by The Times, Hayley Stevens is one of the UK’s most vocal skeptical…

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Lab in a Box: The DIY Science Revolution

13 August, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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Beyond the Lab Get: The DIY Science Revolution is one of the Science Museum's latest temporary exhibitions. The gallery tells the stories of modern day pioneers who are challenging what it means to be a scientist from creating a portable lab to measuring Hackney's air pollution or searching for new antibiotics in Amsterdam. Lab in a Box is part of a series of events being run alongside the exhibition. In this drop-in session get hands on with the Bento Lab, the…

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Beyond the Lab: DIY Science Revolution

14 August, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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Beyond the Lab Get: The DIY Science Revolution is one of the Science Museum's latest temporary exhibitions. The gallery tells the stories of modern day pioneers who are challenging what it means to be a scientist from creating a portable lab to measuring Hackney's air pollution or searching for new antibiotics in Amsterdam. A series of events are running throughout the day: 12-2pm Designer Frank Kolkman is building a machine to involve patients in the search for new drugs. Join him…

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Science of Cycling: How to be an elite cyclist

18 August, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Physiological Society, 30 Farringdon Lane,
London, EC1R 3AX United Kingdom
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Louis Passfield, Professor of Sport Science joins The Physiological Society for a public talk perfect for any cycling enthusiasts out there. Join us in finding what it takes to become an elite cyclist. Louis has worked as lead sports scientist with the highly successful British Cycling team preparing for a number of major events including 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Over this time Louis has been part of several gold medal teams and has worked with…

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Adult Batwalk

19 August, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road Forest Hill
London, London SE23 3PQ United Kingdom
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£5

Join this adult-only guided walk to learn about south east London's local bats and locate them in the Horniman Gardens using bat detectors

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One Eye on the Past

21 August, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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The evolution of the eye had a profound effect on the course of animal life. Unfortunately, the soft delicate tissues of the eye rarely ever fossilise, making it difficult for scientists to build a clear picture of the evolution of vision in long-extinct animals. Join a Museum scientist to explore the beautiful and ancient trilobite fossils - some of which contain remarkably well-preserved eyes - and find out how scientists can use fossils to determine the colour of an extinct…

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Natural History Museum Lates: Party animals

26 August, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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Find out what it takes to party like an animal at this month's Lates. Relax with food and drink, wander the Museum's galleries after hours and delve deeper by booking an activity with experts. Events this month include: discovering the party tricks of the animal kingdom, working with a mixologist to take a closer look at intoxication in the animal kingdom and making your own chameleon tongue party blower whilst finding out how chameleons use their tongue to catch prey.

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Burlington House Summer Lates: The Science of Life

26 August, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1J 0BA. United Kingdom
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Explore the Burlington House Courtyard like never before, and discover the six learned societies that reside here, furthering the study of arts and sciences and sharing it with audiences around the world: At the Royal Society of Chemistry, grab a drink and join postdoctoral research scientist and previous winner of the Chortle Student Comedy Award Jack Heal, as he explores some of the huge unanswered questions in science. What is a spider goat? Can we create artificial life? And why…

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Science Museum Lates: Our Lives in Data

31 August, 2016 @ 6:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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Join us as we discover just how much you share about yourself without saying a word. Experts will be showing you what your phone is saying about you, how you can avoid facial recognition technology, what data smells like, how to take holiday videos without lifting a finger and what your phone is singing to the world. This months Lates will blow your mind and grab hold of your privacies…it’ll leave you so full of data you’ll need a RAM…

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September 2016

Adaptive Structures: the future of our built environment

1 September, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Building Centre, Store Street
London, WC1E 7BT United Kingdom
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As part of The Building Centre’s Adaptive Structures exhibition, this panel discussion will start reflecting on the possibilities offered by the new engineering design paradigm of Adaptive Structures and will explore the meaning of adaptability from other perspectives including experiential and environmental. Despite huge technological advancements all around, the way everyday buildings structures are designed has not changed fundamentally for over 100 years; design a structure to be strong, and then check to make sure it does not move around…

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Science in the service of Henry VIII: Conserving a Tudor collection

1 September, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1J 0BA. United Kingdom
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The Mary Rose, a flagship of Henry VIII’s English fleet, sank off the coast of Portsmouth in 1545. The hull now resides in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard alongside a number of the discovered artefacts. These provide us with a unique insight into Tudor Maritime life and act as a time capsule for this particular moment in history.  Many different materials were found, from leather, wood, human remains to iron, bronze and lead, with items varying from minuscule dice to gun carriages.…

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First Fridays at the Wellcome

2 September, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Explore the Wellcome Collection's free exhibitions out of hours. Play eye-opening games in the Reading Room, handle intriguing objects and take a tour of the exhibition, or just have a glass of wine and catch up with friends to make your Friday night a little bit different. This First Friday sees Stephen Coates/The Real Tuesday Weld playing a set of ambient organic and cinematic swing.

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Café Scientifique: Computing Communities

6 September, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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Discover social science on a massive scale, powered by machine learning. Studying how people interact in communities is complex and difficult. Scale up to a community the size of the US political system, and the detail is overwhelming. Using computers that learn for themselves, Hanna Wallach is unpicking the patterns of massive social structures, crunching Big Data for insights into how we interact. Dr Hanna Wallach is a researcher at Microsoft Research in New York City and an assistant professor…

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Packed Lunch: Habits

7 September, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Feed your curiosity at the Wellcome's daytime discussions. Drop in to hear local scientists in conversation about their latest experiment, life in the lab and why science matters to everyone, all in the space of your lunch hour. Bring your sarnies with you. What exactly is a habit? What part do habits play in the way we act towards each other and towards our own health? Social psychologist Benjamin Gardner, whose research has reshaped our definition and understanding of habits, explores…

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Anatomy of Rest: The Rest Test results

11 September, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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How do you find rest in the modern world? The Rest Test, launched on BBC Radio 4, aimed to find out and over 18,000 people from all over the world responded. How does personality affect rest? Do men and women rest differently? Join us as we reveal the results at a special event hosted by Claudia Hammond and Hubbub. Participants Claudia Hammond, BBC Radio 4 presenter and Hubbub Associate Director Felicity Callard, Hubbub Director, Durham University Ben Alderson-Day, psychologist and Hubbub…

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Building healthy communities: mental healthcare

12 September, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Building Centre, Store Street
London, WC1E 7BT United Kingdom
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Over the past few decades, an increasing amount of research has highlighted the links between the built environment and mental health. On one hand, the built environment is often seen as a significant source of mental distress, while on the other, thoughtfully designed spaces and places destined for mental health care are central for positive patient outcomes. With the annual cost to society in England of £100 billion, it is important that architects approach the design of spaces for mental…

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Science: Disrupt London Sessions – Future Health

13 September, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Interchange Atrium, The Stables Market Chalk Farm Road,
NW1 8AH, United Kingdom
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The world of tech, startups, makers, innovators and collaborators are beginning to be welcomed in to the scientific ecosystem in a way never seen before. Science: Disrupt brings together the innovators, iconoclasts and entrepreneurs intent on creating change in science. Join us at Interchange for our 2nd Science: Disrupt London Session on the theme of FUTURE HEALTH. We'll be talking about 'people-powered health', AI, HealthTech startups, future medical education, VR, communities...and of course anything else you want to add in our…

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Why do we die? Scibar brought to you by Art Necro

14 September, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street
London , EC2A 4RH United Kingdom
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Death might not be certain, though taxes, probably are. In this talk, featuring immortal jelly fish, the world's slowest bacteria and the cast of Alice through the Looking Glass, biologist Simon Watt (of Channel 4's The Elephant Life After Death and Inside Nature's Giants) delves into the surprising science behind why we die, and what the alternatives might be. Come satisfy your morbid curiosity as Art Necro and Science London team up to bring you more brilliant death-related science.

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Terminal Sulcus

20 September, 2016 - 7 October, 2016
Oral Emporium, King's College Guy's Campus SE1 9RT + Google Map
Free

As a child Beatrice Haines’ grandparents would regularly prepare sandwiches. One day she was horrified to discover that the succulent meaty filling she enjoyed was in fact bovine tongue and not the ham she suspected. Eating meat seemed strange enough, but the sensation of tasting another animal’s tongue with your own felt bizarre. Years later this experience inspired an artwork exhibited in a kitchen. Terminal Sulcus consisted of over 700 wax casts of human tongues lining the inside of a fridge.…

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New Scientist Live

22 September, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 25 September, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway
London, E16 1XL United Kingdom
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£25

New Scientist Live is a festival of ideas and discovery, taking place at ExCeL London. Rooted in the biggest, best and most provocative science, New Scientist Live will touch on all areas of human life. The show will feature four immersive zones covering Brain & Body, Technology, Earth and Cosmos. For four days this September, New Scientist Live will be like no other place on earth.

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Lost and Found Movements

22 September, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Siobhan Davies and Jonathan Cole discuss their common interest in the relationship between observing and embodying movement. The lecture and demonstration draw on Cole’s research into conditions of impaired proprioception – our sense of our body’s position and movement – and Davies’s choreographic collaborations with dance artist Helka Kaski, which explore movements they have lost to the past and found again in images. Performative elements with Kaski accompany the conversation. Speakers: Siobhan Davies, choreographer and artistic director of Siobhan Davies Dance…

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Lost and Found Movements

22 September, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Siobhan Davies and Jonathan Cole discuss their common interest in the relationship between observing and embodying movement. The lecture and demonstration draw on Cole’s research into conditions of impaired proprioception – our sense of our body’s position and movement – and Davies’s choreographic collaborations with dance artist Helka Kaski, which explore movements they have lost to the past and found again in images. Performative elements with Kaski accompany the conversation. Speakers: Siobhan Davies, choreographer and artistic director of Siobhan Davies Dance…

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Creating Psychiatry

29 September, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Join the Wellcome Collection in the first of two discussion events exploring issues in the contemporary mental health system. These 'Shrink Radio' conversations will be curated byRe:Create Psychiatry, a service-user-led exploratory platform based at the Dragon Café, which brings together people with lived experience of mental ill-health and medical professionals to stimulate dialogue and collaboration. Transcending the traditional roles of ‘expert’ and ‘patient’ enables those involved to better respond to challenges in the current model of mental health service. The…

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Mouth Noises

29 September, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guy’s Chapel London, SE1 1XY United Kingdom + Google Map
£5

Recently, when Steve Cross was working with opera sopranos, he discovered that they think about and describe their mouths, lungs and sound-making abilities in ways that are totally different to how he thinks about his. He asked Prof Sophie Scott about this and she explained how her work with beatboxers and impressionists has shown the same thing. Some of the professionals Steve and Sophie work with are self-taught, some conservatoire-trained, but they all have to come to a different understanding…

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October 2016

Science in Space

14 October, 2016 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP
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£12.70

Spend an evening with astronauts Tim Peake and Tim Kopra as they share their stories and answer questions about living and working on the International Space Station. Tim Peake is the first British European Space Agency astronaut, having spent over 6 months on board the International Space Station from 15 December 2015 – 18 June 2016, as part of the Principia mission. The UK public followed the Principia mission with interest – its launch watched by over 15,000 people at…

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MONOPOLES: an exhibition about art and physics

28 October, 2016 - 30 October, 2016
Ugly Duck, Bermondsey SE1 3PL
London, United Kingdom
Free

Space and time bend. Intuition falters. What do we really know? Monopoles is a weekend of exhibitions, talks and performances featuring cutting edge physics alongside award-winning art, film, poetry and music. Monopoles brings the search for the magnetic monopole at the Large Hadron Collider (CERN) into a Bermondsey art space. The weekend will open with an evening of screenings, performance and a talk by Professor Arttu Rajantie (Imperial College, London), a leading authority on magnetic monopoles. The monopole is a…

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November 2016

Imperial Fringe: Criminal Investigations

3 November, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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Free

Explore crime scene investigations of the future with research projects to improve the pursuit of justice and help uphold the rule of law Science takes on (and hopefully takes down) crime at this latest Imperial public exhibition of fun science and interactive research demonstrations. Join teams pioneering new fingerprint imaging, building crime scene scanning robots and analysing human hairs to link illegal drug use to death. Criminal Investigations is the latest in Imperial College’s Fringe series of public evening events…

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Microcosms

3 November, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Guy’s Chapel London, SE1 1XY United Kingdom
Free

Artist Effie Paleologou has turned London’s streets and pavements into her laboratory, recording specimens of discarded chewing gum with the eye of a forensic detective. Based on the hypothesis that saliva is a DNA carrier, she has approached each piece of gum evidence as a unique mark of identity. The resulting images are reminiscent of geological formations where the sense of distance is unclear, sifting constantly between close and far, micro and macro. What might be a telescopic view of…

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Art at Bethlem

5 November, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road,
Beckenham, BR3 3BX United Kingdom
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£5

The Bethlem Royal Hospital was founded in the 13th century and still provides mental health care today. In 1930, it moved to its contemporary setting in Beckenham and new practices were introduced such as making spaces for patients to create art. One of the legacies of this approach is today’s Bethlem Gallery, a space in the hospital grounds for artistic experimentation and engaging audiences about mental health and artistic practice. Join Bethlem Gallery, Museum of the Mind and Wellcome Collection…

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MOUTHY: Rumination on Mastication

18 November, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Market Hall Borough Market London, + Google Map
£10

Join Science Gallery London for a spot of ‘Rumination on Mastication’ – chew the cud with oral cavity experts over a few tasty morsels, to get the juices flowing. If you think saliva is unpalatable, think again, as we will dive into the microcosm of the mouth; delving beneath your pearly whites to explore the ecosystem, landscape and inhabitants of this wet world. This pop-up restaurant will allow people to sit down and ‘break bread’ with experts, indulging in one…

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Dementia and the Arts

18 November, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Free

Neuropsychologist Sebastian Crutch, artist Charlie Murphy and BBC Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh from Created out of Mind explore what we can learn about art, consciousness and the brain from the experiences of people with dementia. How might this challenge our understanding and perception of dementia? Created out of Mind are residents of The Hub at Wellcome Collection, a pioneering location for interdisciplinary research. This diverse group of world-class collaborators includes people with dementia, researchers, musicians, artists and many more. The…

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MOUTHY presents Mouth CTRLer

22 November, 2016 - 25 November, 2016
The Oral Emporium, Oral Emporium, Collingwood Street
London, SE1 1XY United Kingdom
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Free

The mouth has been a vital tool for completing ordinary tasks since the dawn of man, complementing hands in fulfilling everyday rituals. With the increasing integration of digital technologies in our daily lives, our physical mannerisms and cultural habits are adapting. Our colourful array of facial expressions are of little use in computer-related tasks, and our range of bodily gestures are reduced to repetitive tapping movements on flat screens. This interactive event aims to challenge the established methods of interfacing…

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Addiction: from Neuroscience to Novel Treatments

22 November, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
XLG2 LT, Christopher Ingold Building, UCL, UCL
London, United Kingdom
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Free - £3

  UCL Neuroscience Society welcome back Professor David Nutt, President of the European Brain Council and Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, to share his expertise on the neurobiology of drug addiction. Widely known as "the scientist who was sacked" from the UK's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs for saying ecstasy is safer than horse-riding, Professor Nutt is a renowned psychopharmacologist who has led many initiatives to study drug addiction and revise drug policy. From…

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Re:Creating Psychiatry

24 November, 2016 @ 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Join The Wellcome Collection for the second of two discussion events exploring issues in the contemporary mental health system. These 'Shrink Radio' conversations will be curated by Re:Create Psychiatry, a service-user-led exploratory platform based at the Dragon Café, which brings together people with lived experience of mental ill-health and medical professionals to stimulate dialogue and collaboration. Transcending the traditional roles of ‘expert’ and ‘patient’ enables those involved to better respond to challenges in the current model of mental health service. The focus…

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Science Museum Lates: Crime

30 November, 2016 @ 6:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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Join in a collaboration between the Jill Dando Institute, University College London and the Science Museum to investigate the world of crime. Visit the scene of a crime via virtual reality and learn how experts use science to get the full story and stop crimes before they happen. Attend hacking and surveillance demos and, while you’re watching closely, ask yourself if you're sure you’re not the one who's being watched. Be surprised when you learn that your most prized possessions…

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December 2016

The brain series: Memory and the brain

1 December, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, W1G 0AE
London, United Kingdom
£10 - £40

This meeting will provide a broad overview of aspects of the neurological underpinning of memory. Kika Markham will be discussing the tragic story of her husband, Corin Redgrave, and her 2014 book "Our Time of Day: My Life with Corin Redgrave". Her book is a poignant account of loving someone suffering from memory loss and the profound impact on their lives. Professor Richard Morris is one of the UK's leading Alzheimers experts. He recently won "The Brain prize" - widely…

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2016 Francis Crick prize lecture

7 December, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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2016 Francis Crick prize lecture given by Dr Madan Babu Mohan The Francis Crick lecture is given annually in any field in the biological sciences. Dr Madan Babu Mohan was awarded the 2016 Francis Crick lecture for his major and widespread contributions to computational biology. Dr Madan Babu Mohan heads the Regulatory Genomics and Systems Biology group at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK. His group investigates how regulation is achieved in cellular systems and how this influences evolution of…

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Brian Cox presents Science matters – Feeding the future

8 December, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth
London, London SE1 8XX United Kingdom
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£10

Join Professor Brian Cox, the Royal Society Professor of Public Engagement, as he brings together experts on GM food to discuss key issues for the future of our planet. Panelists will include: Sir David Baulcombe FRS FMedSci Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge Professor Ottoline Leyser CBE FRS, plant developmental biologist at the University of Cambridge and director of the Sainsbury Laboratory

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January 2017

Brian Cox presents Science Matters – Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence

10 January, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth
London, London SE1 8XX United Kingdom
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£7.50 - £15

Join Professor Brian Cox, the Royal Society Professor of Public Engagement, as he brings together experts on AI and machine learning to discuss key issues that will shape our future. Panelists will include: Professor Jon Crowcroft, Marconi Professor of Networked Systems at the University of Cambridge Professor Joanna Bryson, Fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University

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Meeting of the Minds

21 January, 2017 - 22 January, 2017
South Kensington campus, Imperial College London London, + Google Map
£20

The Brain is arguably the most complex organ in the human body. Over two days, Imperial College Neuroscience Society will showcase the very best neuroscience has to offer, covering a range of key concepts including neuropathology, neurosurgery and neuroscience. Get hands-on experience at our practical workshops, attend inspirational talks and network with those at the forefront of neuroscience, neurosurgery and neuropathology. Throughout each day, a variety of symposia will give you hands-on experience to delve further into the world of…

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February 2017

“Robots” at Science Museum

8 February, 2017 - 3 September, 2017
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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£13 - £15

                          Photo: lattesmile Opening in February 2017, the next blockbuster Science Museum exhibition will explore the 500-year story of humanoid robots and the artistic and scientific quest to understand what it means to be human. Set in five different periods and places, the exhibition features a unique collection of over 100 robots, from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research labs. Twelve of the…

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March 2017

British Science Week 2017

10 March, 2017 - 17 May, 2017
UK wide

        OPPORTUNITY FOR SCIENCE COMMUNICATORS British Science Week (BSW) is a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. Anyone can organise an event or activity, and the British Science Association helps organisers plan by providing free activity and support resources. We welcome and support any type of organiser, from schools to community groups, from parents to large organisations. The resulting programme of events is a…

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Rewired: the Brain, Art and Innovation

10 March, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AR United Kingdom
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£10

                Movement for Hope presents an evening at the intersection of art and science! Rewired features leading neuroscience researchers, tech innovators and top artists. Talks/Performances- -Sue Austin (celebrity TED speaker): Becoming the artist: Engineering the diving & flying wheelchairs -Madison Mcgrew: Dance-Science performance -Dr Adam Kampff: Enhancing intelligence with virtual reality -Dr Nikhil Sharma: Innovating the UK's 1st early diagnostic motor disorder clinic + Sophie Adams Ballet Company, Fiona Mclean-Buechel (violin) & photography…

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April 2017

How To Be a Science Teacher

5 April, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Star and Garter, 60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich
London, SE10 9NY United Kingdom
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£3

Alom Shaha has spent most of his professional life sharing his passion for science and education with the public and currently splits his time between teaching physics and producing and presenting educational videos. In this talk, Alom tells the story of his first scientific discovery, how and why he became a science teacher, the challenges and rewards of the job, what he thinks science education is for, and how parents can contribute positively to their children’s science education. Alom is…

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Science Museum Lates – Food and Drink

26 April, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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Free

                  Curb your hunger for nutritional information and quench your thirst for food science.  Join the Science Museum as they take you on a digestive journey through all things food 'n' drink.  Plus, all the regular Lates highlights are waiting for you to enjoy, including live music and the best silent disco in town. Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday…

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TA{s}TE

27 April, 2017 - 28 April, 2017
Tate Modern, Bankside
London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom
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£3

              Could appreciating art have more in common with savouring a cup of coffee than you thought? Come and experience by yourself the unexpected strategies your brain uses to make and share matters of taste, from the most sensory ones to the art-world. In a series of unique interactive demonstrations and hands-on experiments, specially designed for this programme, discover how you identify elusive or novel objects and select the ones you prefer; understand how…

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Natural History Museum Lates

28 April, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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Free

The animal kingdom is a noisy place with a language that humans are trying to understand. This month, join us to explore sound in nature. Animals have evolved to produce sounds in a variety of ways and for many different reasons, including communication, courtship, navigation, and even hunting. The sounds different animals make can be an extremely useful tool for identifying and classifying them. Explore some noisy nature and discover how scientists use sound to monitor biodiversity.

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May 2017

Can we understand an insect society, and why should we care?

3 May, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, London SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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Free

                  International lecture by Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar. Many insects such as ants, bees and wasps organise themselves into societies with sophisticated communication and division of labour, paralleling and sometimes surpassing our own societies. We therefore have a natural curiosity to understand how these tiny insects can achieve such feats of social organisation. What are the rules that govern their lives and how does a bee or a wasp know what to do…

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Imperial Festival

6 May, 2017 - 7 May, 2017
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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Free

                Launched in 2012, Imperial Festival has gone from strength to strength, with over 15,000 visitors attending in 2016. Researchers, students, support staff and alumni work together to make the festival happen each year; sharing the fantastic work of the College while also gaining new skills and experiences.  

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Pint of Science Imperial College London

15 May, 2017 - 17 May, 2017
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            The Pint of Science festival comes to Imperial College London 15-17 May! Join us at: - The Britannia, Kensington - The George IV, Chiswick - Duck and Dingo, The Strand - The Zetland Arms, Kensington - The Hand and Flower, Hammersmith - The Rose and Crown, Mayfair - The Hollywood Arms, Kensington Join us for three nights of exciting science as we delve into topics such as drugs policy, arctic exploration and dark matter…

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What is the Universe made of?

23 May, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, London SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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                The vast majority of the universe is invisible and, so far, undetectable. Baryonic matter, the ‘ordinary’ matter that we can encounter and see, accounts for just 5% of the total. A curious combination of what scientists call dark matter and dark energy accounts for the remaining 95%. The elusive properties of these constituents mean they are difficult to detect and little understood. In 2020, however, telescopes will attempt to rectify that by…

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July 2017

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

4 July, 2017 - 9 July, 2017
Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, London SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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Free

                  The Summer Science Exhibition is an annual showcase of exciting, cutting-edge science from across the UK. The week-long festival features 22 exhibits at the forefront of innovation. You can meet the scientists, try some of the hands-on activities or attend some fantastic talks and events.

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September 2017

New Scientist Live 2017

28 September, 2017 - 1 October, 2017
ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway
London, E16 1XL United Kingdom
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£13 - £60

  Show of the year 2016, New Scientist Live is the world’s most exciting  festival of ideas and takes place at ExCeL London. Rooted in the biggest, best and most provocative science, New Scientist Live will touch on all areas of human life. The show will feature five immersive zones covering Humans, Engineering, Technology, Earth and Cosmos, plus a main stage and VIP area. New Scientist is the world’s biggest science weekly, enjoyed by over 5m people each week. We…

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October 2017

Ocean Film Festival

16 October, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 21 October, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Only Saturday tickets left! The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is back for 2017 and will head to the Union Chapel (Highbury & Islington station), London, between the 16th and 21st October. This event, which started in Australia, screens over 2 hours of the most inspirational, educational and entertaining films related to the ocean from independent filmmakers around the world. Six short films make part of this fourth festival edition, with a stated mission to inspire audiences to explore, respect,…

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Power Up

20 October, 2017 - 31 October, 2017
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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£18

Get down to the Science Museum this October half term to catch Power UP, back by popular demand for a second year. We’re filling a whole area of the museum to the brim with retro games and 180 consoles to give everyone the chance to Power UP and game on. This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event will feature the best video games and consoles from the past four decades. From Pong to Pac-Man and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone—whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want…

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Galapagos Day

25 October, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AR United Kingdom
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£15 - £30

Whilst the Galapagos Islands are one of the most unique, scientifically important, biologically inspiring places on Earth, the Archipelago is not resistant to the pressures of human development. From the wonders of whale sharks to the perils of plastics, how do we inspire future conservationists to protect our blue planet? Join us to listen to Liz Bonnin, presenter of the BBC’s ‘Galapagos’, as she shares her unique experiences exploring the depths of the Galapagos Marine Reserve and her work inspiring…

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Science, Medicine & Geeky Ladies: An Unusual Walking Tour in Bloomsbury

28 October, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tottenham Court Road, Tottenham Court Road
London, W1T 7AQ United Kingdom
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£12

Tours of Bloomsbury are usually literary, BUT NOT THIS ONE! My tours are inspired by science but aimed at a general audience of people who just like something a bit different and a bit unusual. This tour touches on a great diversity of subjects including camouflage, computing, medicine and navigation. The characters involved include some from the Georgian and Victorian periods and from two world wars. Scientific history is usually male dominated but on this walk I am happy to…

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Halloween at the Grant Museum of Zoology

31 October, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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£6

Where better to spend Halloween than in a room of scary skeletons and skulls? If it’s “Eye of newt, and toe of frog” or “Wool of bat, and tongue of dog”, we’ve got all you could want for cooking up some toil and trouble this All Hallow’s Eve. Join us, if you dare, for a special late opening and discover the Museum after-dark, enjoy a drink and uncover some ghoulish animal facts along the way with Halloween themed specimen labels.…

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November 2017

The Museum of Drug Policy (pop-up)

3 November, 2017 - 5 November, 2017
Ugly Duck, Bermondsey SE1 3PL
London, United Kingdom
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The Museum of Drug Policy is a pop-up arts and cultural hub featuring live programming and art from around the world that highlights how drug policies impact and shape our communities. The Museum provides a powerful, emotional experience that illustrates the harms caused by current prohibitionist drug policies and advocates for new approaches rooted in dignity, health, and human rights. This free event will transport audiences across the globe and push visitors to think and act outside the box. The…

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How do plants grow? – Royal Society Lecture

6 November, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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Discover the fundamental mechanisms behind the growth of plants. Plant growth is underpinned by complex networks of molecular interactions, all contributing to the astounding diversity and beauty we see in our parks, gardens, farms and fields. Join Dr Rucha Karnik to discuss how we’re getting to grips with these mechanisms and how they might help us create more efficient, resilient crops.

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Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

9 November, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cavendish Laboratory, 19 JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge, CB3 0HE United Kingdom
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The sixth annual Winton Symposium will be held on November 9, 2017 at the Cavendish Laboratory on the theme of “Energy Storage and Distribution”. Storage and distribution of energy is seen as the missing link between intermittent renewable energy and reliability of supply.  Current technologies that are being deployed have considerable headroom for improvements in performance, with the symposium speakers discussing some of the many new technologies that are being explored and how understanding the basic science of these can…

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Annual Diversity Conference 2017

16 November, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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This year, the Society’s Annual Diversity Conference will explore ways to remove barriers to participation in STEMM education. Last year’s annual diversity conference explored how inclusive environments can be created and maintained within STEMM.

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SPA London Regional Conference & Awards

18 November, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Senate House, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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£5.90

A day of events for the Student Press Association. Speakers include:   Fiona Webster (How to get into journalism): Head of Press Association Training. As a freelance journalist Fiona has been published in The Times, Sun, Sunday Mirror, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Guardian, Sunday Times & Daily Express.   Jem Collins (Being a freelancer): Jem is a professional video, online and social media journalist with several years of experience at both a local and…

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How Science Got Women Wrong

21 November, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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Department of Life Sciences Equal Opportunities Committee presents 'How Science Got Women Wrong' For centuries, scientists have told us that women are biologically inferior to men, that they are intellectually less capable, sexually more chaste, and naturally designed to be homemakers and caregivers. Why? Science journalist Angela Saini, author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story, has investigated the science behind the gender stereotypes and argues that bias and prejudice have tainted research,…

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How can a computer understand what is happening in a video?

22 November, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

2017 Milner Award Lecture given by Professor Andrew Zisserman FRS. How can a computer recognise people and what they are doing and saying in a video stream? The answer is by learning, and learning can take many different forms. One form is known as 'strong supervision': this is when a computer is shown many (thousands) of examples of a person or the action they are doing, and from this it learns a model to classify the video.  Another form of learning…

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Science on Screen: The Lucky Specials

22 November, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road
London, NW1 1HG United Kingdom
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This ground-breaking film follows the story of a covers band in a dusty town in South Africa and their quest to catapult their small-time band to the big stage. A gripping personal journey set against the backdrop of multi-drug resistant TB, with an uplifting musical soundtrack that will transport you to sunny Southern Africa. Followed by a panel discussion featuring Crick scientists Max Gutierrez and Robert Wilkinson, and Wellcome’s International Engagement Manager Georgia Bladon.

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The wisdom of the crowd

29 November, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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Join Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE FRS for a night of interactive experiments exploring the power of crowds in answering certain numerical questions. From guessing the weight of a cow or the number of sweets in a jar, there is evidence that the average of a crowd's guesses can deliver surprisingly accurate results. Professor du Sautoy will carry out a number of live interactive quizzes and experiments to test these ideas and look at how these principals can be harnessed for citizen…

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December 2017

Science on Screen: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

2 December, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road
London, NW1 1HG United Kingdom
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Enjoy this family favourite film. Just what has Flint Lockwood the scientist been up to, and why is there food raining down from the sky? With a special introductory session from the Crick’s Education Manager Clare Davy.

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Collections by candlelight

4 December, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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Join our festive late night opening and discover the incredible history of the UK’s academy of science. Discuss the electrifying Michael Faraday, try your hand at still drawing and screen-printing of images from our archives and enjoy the treats on offer in our festive food hall. The evening will take visitors into the past and give an exclusive opportunity to explore Carlton House Terrace after hours.

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Imperial Fringe: Walking in the Air

5 December, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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I, Science will have a stall. Come say hi! Come in from the cold and breathe in a festive evening celebrating the invisible gases that flow around us, fill our lungs, can knock us off our feet and will determine the future of our climate.

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Francis Crick Prize Lecture 2017

6 December, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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The Francis Crick Prize Lecture 2017 will be given by Professor Simon Myers. The Francis Crick Lecture is given annually in any field in the biological sciences. Preference is given to genetics, molecular biology and neurobiology, the general areas in which Francis Crick worked, and to fundamental theoretical work, which was the hallmark of Crick’s science. Professor Simon Myers was awarded the 2017 Francis Crick lecture for transforming our understanding of meiotic recombination and of human population history.

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Global Health Film Festival

8 December, 2017 - 9 December, 2017
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London , EC2Y 8DS United Kingdom
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Film plays a unique role in today’s society. It is an art form, a language, an educational tool, a method of information delivery, and a vehicle for social marketing.  Film has the power to communicate stories, to stir emotions, to inspire, to encourage action and to redress inequities in health. The primary objective of the Global Health Film initiative is to use film as a catalyst for discussion and for change. Our activities include an annual Global Health Film Festival, this year…

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January 2018

Science on Screen: The Imitation Game

10 January @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road
London, NW1 1HG United Kingdom
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This Oscar-winning World War 2 thriller tells the story of the genius computer scientist Alan Turing and his quest to break the German Enigma code. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Followed by a panel discussion featuring Aengus Stewart, head of Bioinformatics at the Crick.

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February 2018

Science on Screen: Life Story: The Race for the Double Helix

7 February @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road
London, NW1 1HG United Kingdom
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The dramatic true story of scientists Francis Crick and James Watson, in a race to solve one of the greatest mysteries of 20th-century science – the structure of DNA. Followed by a panel discussion featuring Matthew Cobb, professor of zoology at the University of Manchester and author of Life’s Greatest Secret: The Race to Crack the Genetic Code.

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