• MRC Summer Science Fete

    The Cloisters

    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

  • Superior: The return of race science

    The Royal Institution

    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

  • Street-smart animals at the Zoological Society

    Huxley Lecture Theatre and Bartlett Suite

    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.

  • Unnatural history museums

    The Royal Institution

    Natural history museums are magical places but they are places for people, made by people. Jack Ashby will explore the biases that can be detected in how people talk about animals, in ways which aren't apolitical or entirely scientific. As such, they don’t really represent reality. 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. Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unnatural-history-museums-tickets-51711893666?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

  • Night at the Vet College: DawnDinos

    Royal Veterinary College - Camden Campus

    DAWNDINOS present: Night at the Vet College! We're back on 10th April and this time we will be celebrating National Biomechanics Day! It’s all about animal movement, and we will be exploring locomotion in extinct dinosaurs and archosaurs as well as in living animals. There will be amazing science stalls, interactive activities, paleo-art, and the main event with John Hutchinson who is the Professor of Evolutionary Biomechanics at the RVC. You can find out more about the DawnDinos team at https://dawndinos.com/ The doors will open at 5:30pm and the event will finish at 10pm Free tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/night-at-the-vet-college-dawndinos-tickets-54694738435

  • Imperial College Science Showcase (Pint of Science)

    We're launching ticket sales for Pint of Science 2019 with a night of super scientists showing off their super science. Imperial College is bursting at the seams with innovation and technological breakthroughs, but science isn't our only forte! During this whistle-stop tour we'll share our love of science through interactive talks, comedy and even emojis! See below for a taster of our lineup, and keep checking back as we reveal more and more of the fantastic scientists who will be ditching their pipettes and donning their dancing shoes for this scientific extravaganza. Compere Extraordinaire Dr Suze Kundu (Head of Public Engagement at Digital Science) @Funsizesuze Looking after our lovely audience and cheerleading our performers for the night is Dr Suze Kundu, former academic in the Department of Materials at Imperial College, and now Head of Public Engagement at Digital Science, sponsors for tonight's shenanigans. Suze loves shoes, Muse and booze. Luckily she is able to showcase some of the science behind at least one of those things. Join us and discover the mindblowing fluid dynamics of a perfectly poured pint of Guinness, and learn how to astound your dinner party guests by sciencing the difference between a shaken martini and a stirred one! ... Don’t hold your breath..! Dr James Moss (Senior Teaching Fellow within the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London) @drjamesmoss The heart and lungs work tirelessly night and day to keep us alive. They’re often working solidly in the background and it’s easy to take them for granted. These organs are clever and react rapidly to changes in the body. This event will give you a chance to learn how your senses (touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell) to engage with these organs in ways you might never have done. We’ll also answer important questions like ‘why can’t you hold your breath to death’ and ‘can I get a longer snorkel?’. Pub quiz knowledge and party tricks ahead! ... Hitting rock bottom Sian Evans (PhD Candidate in the Department of Earth Science & Engineering, Imperial College London) @slevans_ DINOSAURS! VOLCANOES! EARTHQUAKES! I will be talking about none of these things. Geology isn't always all it's cracked up to be. Ever wondered what it's really like to study the world's least sexy science? Then this is your lucky night! I'll be taking you on a tour of the lighter side of life on the rocks... Expect groan-worthy puns, some nerdy science bits, and questionable life choices. Tickets cost £4, must be booked in advance from https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/imperial-college-science-showcase

  • PubhD London April

    Forest Road Brewing Co. - Taproom & Bar

    PubhD (“Pub” + “PhD”) is a FREE monthly event where three PhD students, from any academic discipline, explain their work (informally) to an audience in a pub in exchange for a pint - and question - or two! Come along to our next PubhD event at 7pm on Tuesday April 2nd at Forest Road Brewing Co, Hackney. We are delighted to announce our speakers for the night: Fiona Scott University of Sussex 'Medicinal Chemistry vs Bakeoff: why baking in the kitchen isn't so different to making new cancer drugs' Alexander Newton Ministry of Justice 'Economic cost of reoffending and prolific offending' Teresa Buenaventura Imperial College London 'Insulin secretion: sensing blood glucose levels' We are also on the hunt for new organizers to help run PubhD London. If you'd like to learn more, please come along to Forest Road at 6.30pm on the 2nd April to chat about getting involved. The event will take place in the Forest Road Brewing Company pub, Hackney, at 7.00 pm. Forest Road serve superb craft beer on tap so you won't be thirsty! As always, everyone and anyone is welcome (PhD or not!) Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pubhd-london-april-tickets-59311950641?aff=ebdssbdestsearch#tickets Note: If you would like to participate as a speaker, or you want to know more, drop an e-mail to [masked], fill this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RCQTYedvvLT9bjWBS-h0mXHWmTIOXGR2lp10VArKqXI/viewform?fbclid=IwAR00QWr_IHy6zn1diyBZe7EV5SD692YDa-B9A1ggq6Z626OTdHwYRCj2YdU&edit_requested=true) or contact us through our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PubhDLDN

  • Biotic Game Evening

    Open Cell

    In this open evening, we showcase examples and discuss ethical implications of Biotic Games, a hybrid game that combines living materials with computer games. The evening kicks off with player reviews of MouldCraft, a game that allows players to design alternative worlds made from micro-organisms. This will be followed by a showcase of more biotic games, with invited guests presenting their creations, including Dr Simon Park. And finally, we end the evening with an open discussion on the ethical implications of biotic games, starting with a question: Is Biotic Game Just an Innocent Fun or 'Micro-Slavery'? Schedule: 18:00 - MouldCraft: Player Reviews 18:30 - Biotic Game Showcase 19:00 - Dr Simon Park on Designing Games with Microbes 19:45 - Break 20:00 - Open Discussion on Ethics of Biotic Gaming (facilitated by Raphael Kim) 21:00 - End Free Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/biotic-game-evening-tickets-56886266354?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

  • Science ShowOff for Angel Comedy Trust


    Science Show Off: Chaotic and Clever Comedy Britain's funniest geeks are here for a night of laughter and learning, facts and funniness, chaos and comedy. Join Steve Cross and some of the cleverest comedians around for an evening's entertainment that will make your diaphragms and your brains work. Science Showoff has been to the Edinburgh Fringe, the British Science Festival, the Bloomsbury Theatre and even to Birmingham. And now it's here at 2Northdown for you. Find out more at www.scienceshowoff.org All your ticket money will go to the Angel Comedy Trust to be used for comedy classes for kids in Islington, helping to boost their self confidence and improve their self expression. LINE-UP: Steve Cross (from Science Showoff and Chaotic Adequate) Iszi Lawrence (from Radio 4's Making History) Alex Lathbridge (from Why Aren't You A Doctor Yet?) Simon Watt (from the Ugly Animal Preservation Society) Sarah Jones (from Professor Malice's Science Apocalypse) Matt Hutchinson (Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian Finalist 2018) Ted Hill Sophie Ward (from Soph's Notes) Lydia Nicholas (from Rusty Quill Gaming) Tickets cost £10 + £1 Booking fee, available from https://www.tickettext.co.uk/2-northdown/science-show-off-23032019theone/

  • Animal CSI: Predator

    The Royal Institution

    Animal CSI is back and this time, it's a predator! Dive into the world of veterinary science and get a glimpse behind the scenes, including hands-on veterinary pathology activities and a live-streamed dissection demonstration from the Royal Veterinary College’s Anatomy Lecture Theatre. This event is recommended for ages 16+. Main timings 6.00pm: Doors open 6.45pm - 7.45pm: Dissection demonstration 8.30pm - 9.00pm: Careers panel discussion Henny Martineau and guests will discuss their careers in pathology and veterinary science while taking questions from the audience. The panel will be chaired by Lucy Eckersley. Activities and demonstrations Art corner Lizzie Burns will bring in beautifully drawn molecules for visitors to colour in. Further details will be announced soon. Discounted tickets are available to Members of the Ri. Find out more about how to join our community. The doors will open at 6.00pm. Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/animal-csi-predator-tickets-51708548661?aff=ebdssbdestsearch