December 7, 2021

I, Science

The science magazine of Imperial College

Jessica Norris explores the science behind nutrition and food at this month's Science Museum Lates event..

science museum lates_300The offer of an evening let loose in the Science Museum, free of the chaos of young children is always tempting; combined with food and drink, it had the makings of a great evening.

This month’s Science Museum Lates explored the science behind food and drink. This popular event, now regularly features on any young Londoners social calendar, with music pumping and drinks flowing, it is instantly clear why so many wait in the cold. Behind closed doors a growing number of adults are unleashing their inner child.

There was certainly a lot to keep you entertained, and subtly educated throughout the night. Aside from the regular live music, pub quiz and silent disco, there was a dazzling array of talks, shows, and activities. The opportunity to cycle your own smoothie drew in the crowds, as did the chance to sample aphrodisiac foods. Popular among the more inebriated members was the chance to test the relationship between reaction times and alcohol consumptions, while others got involved in a diabetic version of ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’.

Though, for an indecisive individual like myself the choice was somewhat overwhelming. In addition given the popularity of these nights queuing is a likely feature. So it is quite difficult to take full advantage of the selection of activities on offer. I would recommend coming with a game plan of attack to make the most of the offerings.

Queues aside, I had a fantastic evening. The conversation with the UK’s Chief scientific advisor Sir Mark Walport was a great opportunity to engage with a very different aspect of the scientific community. Though laughs were reserved for Simon Watt’s ‘Ready, Steady, Science’ show. A well lubricated, raucous audience combined with Simon’s Irish charm and wit made for a comical account of the science behind food. I even found myself up on stage emulating the protein strand structure within an egg.

Next month’s Lates event focuses on the information age, although I’m no techno geek, I can guarantee I will be in the queue on exhibition road, because I know the museum will manage to educate and entertain me. The team at the museum know how to throw a science party, even more amazing when you consider it’s free! So why not see for yourself, make the most of the opportunity to explore the museum free of grubby young mits!