Science

Look to the stars or stay closer to home with a wide range of topical and specialist short courses on subjects including astronomy, evolution and genetics that are ideal for anyone curious about our planet and what lies beyond it.
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  1. Introduction to robotics

    Course Date: Sun 25 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Robots are starting to replace dogs as human’s best friends, and are infiltrating our lives in everything from healthcare to space exploration. Learn how they work and what the future will look like.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  2. Guest lecture: Astronomy: A journey through the Milky Way - our galaxy

    Guest lecture: Astronomy: A journey through the Milky Way - our galaxy

    Course Date: Fri 2 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this lecture Raman Prinja, Professor of Astrophysics at University College London (UCL) will take us through a spectacular tour of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Starting from our local solar neighbourhood, Professor Prinja will explain the latest discoveries of star and planet formation, and massive stellar clusters that feedback to the ecology of our galaxy. Using superb imagery from space and ground-based telescopes, the lecture will discuss the overall form and content of our galaxy, including the oldest stars and evidence for dark matter in its halo. The journey will also take us to the very centre of the galaxy to explore a supermassive black hole. The lecture will conclude with the future evolution of our galaxy and the great collision ahead. Raman Prinja is Professor of Astrophysics at University College London (UCL). His main research interests are in the studies of the evolution and properties of the most massive stars in our Galaxy.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  3. Credit: Nik.vuk via Wikimedia Commons

    The palaeolithic people of Britain

    Course Date: Sun 4 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Hominins have travelled across the British landscape for hundreds of thousands of years. This course will discuss the evidence of life over the last 1,000,000 years from Lower Palaeolithic Happisburgh to Middle Palaeolithic Swanscombe. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Introduction to quantum physics

    Course Date: Sun 4 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about the failure of classical mechanics (everyday laws of physics) to explain particle behaviour and the emergence of the quantum revolution. Consider interpretations of these unusual phenomena and the use of quantum physics in current technology.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. What is the Internet of Things

    Course Date: Fri 9 Mar 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course will provide participants with an overview of the Internet of Things (IoT), discussing what it is and touching on the technologies and concepts that form part of it’s ecosystem. It will present real-world case studies demonstrating how the IoT is currently transforming industry also taking a look at future trends and potential applications.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO). Visible light image: the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

    Galaxies: once called 'Island Universes' - an introduction

    Course Date: Sun 18 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Galaxies come in several types: the most familiar are beautiful spirals. They contain billions of stars, supermassive black holes and sometimes dark clouds where stars may form. Come and see for yourself.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Introduction to cyber security essentials

    Course Date: Sun 18 Mar 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to protect your personal or business data from cyber security attacks in this short course. You will learn how to deploy basic technical controls into your personal or organisation data information systems to ensure that basic technical security measures are in place.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  8. Geology and London

    Course Date: Sun 15 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the geology below greater London has shaped its landscapes, infrastructure and built environment, making it such a fascinating and visually diverse city; look at stone types and their effects on the buildings around us.



    Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Astronomy at the UCL observatory, Mill Hill

    Course Date: Mon 23 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    An intensive course with unique access to the facilities of the UCL Observatory, including practical experiments and solar observations. Learn how stars live and die, the characteristics of the variety of planets that orbit them and discover the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Tutors: UCL staff.
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

  10. Exploring the quantum world

    Course Date: Tue 24 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what quantum theory is? Are you baffled by relativity? Learn about the interpretations of quantum physics and what it means for our conception of reality. Radmila Topalovic holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She has taught physics, maths and astronomy for almost ten years, and is particularly passionate about quantum physics and astrobiology. Radmila was an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, she is currently Programme Leader for Science and Engineering at Kaplan International College.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £74.00

  11. Introduction to artificial intelligence

    Course Date: Sun 29 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk say it’s humanity’s biggest threat, but you use it every day. Learn what artificial intelligence is, what it will become, and how it works.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  12. Further cosmology

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you know a bit about cosmology and want to know more? There are intriguing results from the Planck Mission. Many people and some theorists want to know what happened before the Big Bang. Do we need Multi-Verses, Parallel Universes, Branes, Superstrings?

    What news from CERN? A chance to delve more deeply into this fascinating subject.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  13. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sun 6 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A leisurely walk through back garden astronomy. Learn how to find your way around the constellations, whether to buy a telescope, how to find planets and look safely at the sun. Find out why astronomy is good for you.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. String theory matters

    Course Date: Wed 23 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this introductory course, we will look at string theory in a non-technical way, uncovering both its aesthetic appeal and explanatory potential, and consider what the prospects are for this remarkable theory. Najlaa Alaian holds a PHD in Applied Physics from the University of Technology, Baghdad and has thirteen years’ experience of teaching both Internationally and within the UK. She is passionate about making Physics accessible to a diverse range of audiences.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. Genes, genomes and genetic manipulation

    Course Date: Wed 23 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to learn more about the biggest revolution in biomedical sciences? Genetics and DNA manipulation increasingly influence our lives. Learn about the basics of DNA technology, its uses and how it affects us.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

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