Meeting of the Minds

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 […]

New Scientist Live

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, […]

The psychology of alien abduction and contact claims

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 […]

The neuroscience of addiction: Development, not disease

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 […]


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 […]

Mind the Brain

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 […]

Hack the Senses: S01E05 New Senses

The final episode of Hack the Senses’ series of events will explore the possibility of creating new senses and discuss can we make perceptible what has hitherto been imperceptible? Hear from some of the pioneers in sensory augmentation, self-cyborgization, and full-body telepresence. Event Schedule 6.30pm – Arrival, registration, drinks and chat 7.00pm – Welcome to Hack the Senses […]

Instant Expert: How Your Brain Works

Join the New Scientist for this day long exploration into your grey matter… The brain has long been a source of fascination. In 1819, the radical thinker and surgeon William Lawrence put it like this: “It is strongly suspected that a Newton or Shakespeare excels other mortals only… by having an extra inch of brain in the […]

Changing Minds and Mental Development

In this talk, Professor Gwen Adshead will discuss what happens when the minds change, drawing on evidence from neuroscience and research into psychological therapy. She will discuss mentalisation: the process whereby humans learn to read others intentions, and explore how that can fail. Professor Adshead will discuss research into mindfulness practice, and the implications for mental development. […]

Is mental health in our genes?

What makes some people more susceptible to mental health conditions? A recent revolution in our genetic understanding of illnesses like schizophrenia and autism has produced some surprising insights. Join us to discover how new research in neuroscience could lead to better treatments and a more realistic view of mental health. Dr Liz Tunbridge is a […]

Science Museum Lates: Lost in Thought

At April’s medical-themed Lates we will delve in to dementia and neuroscience with UCL and Alzheimer’s Research UK. Meet scientists from the Brain Bank where they do research on the brain post-mortem, try an arcade–style video game to destroy a culprit protein in  Alzheimer’s and hear about the effects of boxing on the brain. You’ll also […]


A fearless company of teenagers investigate the workings of the adolescent brain. Brainstorm returns to the Temporary Theatre after a sell-out run, created by one of the UK’s leading companies making theatre with young people. Created with cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and drawing upon the life experiences of the cast, Brainstorm is a thrilling exploration of the […]

An Evening of Lust, Sex and Brains

Join Guerilla Science  for a multisensory exploration of human attraction. Discover how your senses, brain and body react when you meet a special someone, and investigate the science behind those magical moments.  You will be guided through a series of sensational challenges based on cutting-edge research in psychology, neuroscience and genetics, as we deconstruct dating and analyse […]

Blame the brain: How neurononsense and psychobabble keep women in their place

There is a long history of debate about biological sex differences and their part in determining gender roles, with the ‘biology is destiny’ mantra being used to legitimise imbalances in these roles. The tradition is continuing, with new brain imaging techniques being hailed as sources of evidence of the ‘essential’ differences between men and women, […]

Colour and cancer; Scorpions and surgery

Is it possible to light up a cancer cell in the brain? Could scorpion venom be the answer? Dr Jim Olson, Paediatric Haematology Oncology Specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and a member of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, is developing a radical new technique in the field of fluorescent […]

Remembering the future: the neuroscience of goals and intentions

“I must remember to…” is one of our most common daily thoughts, but how do our brains translate these intentions into behaviour? Could a brain scan reveal our life goals or even help us investigate criminal activities? Join Dr Sam Gilbert to explore the neuroscience behind it all and find out if new research could […]


Join broadcaster Claudia Hammond for a panel discussion as she explores the wandering mind with author and psychologist Charles Fernyhough, medieval historian Hilary Powell and cognitive neuroscientist Jonny Smallwood.

Language and the brain: Insights from Deafness and Sign Language

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.