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Human-induced urbanization, invasive species and land clearing are changing the environment at a far quicker pace than animals are able to adapt. How can animals survive such changes? Cognitive mechanisms, such as associative learning, can play a crucial role in determining how well animals cope with changing environments. Previous work with wild animals shows the incredible potential ‘learning’ could have for long-term conservation; for example, by using taste aversion to train animals not to forage on toxic invasive species or by using visual signals to avoid man-made structures such as roads. Furthermore, new behaviours can be socially learnt in some species; enabling large groups of animals to adopt new behaviours without the need to invest time in training each individual separately. Captive populations commonly benefit from the use of well-established cognitive techniques for management and husbandry purposes, but cognition is generally underutilised in conservation outside captivity. Find out how integrating cognitive mechanisms into conservation strategies offers a new approach that can help animals adapt to fast-changing environments and ensure their survival. Attending this event: This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required. Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start. Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5 – 5:50pm. More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here. The ZSL Library will be open to ZSL Fellows before the event and will offer a talk at 4.45pm on 'How to make the most of your library' or `Art works and archives’. Please contact [masked] for further information.
Join 'Why Aren’t You A Doctor Yet?' in conversation with award-winning science writer Angela Saini, as she explores the concept of race, both past and present in her new book - Superior. We'll be dissecting the political roots of race, why scientists can’t seem to look beyond it, and the dark and dangerous ways in which scientific racism still exists today. This event will be hosted by Alex Lathbridge, Oz Ismail, Suhail Patel and Hana Ayoob for the hit science and tech podcast ‘Why Aren’t You A Doctor Yet?’. Discounted tickets are available to Members of the Ri. Find out more about how to join our community. The doors will open at approximately 6.00pm, with a prompt start at 6.30pm. By booking to attend events at the Royal Institution, you confirm that you have read and agree to the Ri's event terms and conditions. Event image by Alex Lathbridge / Angela Saini Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/superior-the-return-of-race-science-tickets-55401474301?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
The Medical Research Council (MRC) works to improve the health of people in the UK and around the world by supporting excellent science and training the very best scientists, through investment on behalf of the UK tax payer. As part of the annual MRC Festival of Medical Research, meet MRC scientists and discuss our research at the Summer Science Fete. This will be a fun day for all ages and will include hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations, games and talks by our scientists. Participating units are: MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology at UCL MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL MRC Prion Unit at UCL UK Dementia Research Institute For more information click here or contact [masked] MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL | We are working hard to get results from our clinical trials more quickly, and then to ensure that these results influence policy and practice. Join us to learn how we run trials and why we are developing new, faster ways of carrying out research. Twitter @MRCCTU MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology at UCL | We study cells to understand how they work and their connection to disease. Join in our interactive activities to learn about the scale of cell biology research and find out what it's like to be a scientist by testing your scientist skills. Twitter @MRC_LMCB MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL | Everything that goes into your life is important: where you grew up, what you eat, your education, who your friends are. All these things intertwine and lead to different outcomes for health and ageing. The MRC National Survey of Health and Development has been studying a group of people for the past 73 years and has collected data on all these different factors and much more. Join us for a "Game of Life", where you will have the chance to engage in a series of challenges and choices that influence the course you take. No two paths are the same! Twitter @MRCLHA MRC Prion Unit at UCL | Join in our interactive workshop to experience what it's like living with a neurodegenerative (brain) condition. We want to raise awareness of these diseases, and help the public understand that sometimes "strange behaviour" is caused by an illness, encouraging patience and understanding with loved ones suffering with neurodegenerative conditions. We have designed a selection of games/activities aimed at giving children, young people and adults a small insight into the world of someone experiencing neurodegeneration. UK Dementia Research Institute | Our mission is to find new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent dementia, whilst finding better ways to provide care for people living with dementia. Our researchers are excited to meet you at our stand to show you how they’re working out the nuts and bolts of dementia, so we can conquer it. You’ll get to experience what it’s like to live with dementia and also discover how we’re helping to build a future where we’ll be able to detect changes long before symptoms, helping to delay the onset of dementia and maintain a good quality of life. Twitter @UKDRI https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-science-fete-tickets-56497250798?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
A whole day of public events showcasing the best of neuroscience at UCL, this special one-off festival is organised by the UCL Neuroscience Domain, the university's community for neuroscientists. Interactive stalls, talks, short films, artworks, live demonstrations, storytelling, and workshops: there will be something for everyone, including loads of family-friendly options. The event is on the theme of 'How does the brain work and why are some brains different?' Free Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brainpower-the-ucl-neuroscience-festival-tickets-58362617159?aff=ebdssbdestsearch