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. The physics of time

    Course Date: Sun 2 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We'll explore the concept of time in everyday life, using the theories of special and general relativity. We'll investigate its nature in the quantum world zooming out to the large scale Universe.



    Radmila Topalovic holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She has written articles for The Guardian Starwatch column and The Mercury Night Sky column, and is a co-author of Stargazing: A beginner's guide to astronomy. Radmila was an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, she is currently Programme Leader for Science and Engineering at Kaplan International College.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Introduction to human evolution

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Although humans are the only surviving hominin species, this was not always the case. Journey through evolution and discover the anatomy of our ancestors, where they lived and what they looked like. Find out how we became such peculiar apes.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  3. Physics: the fundamental science

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore fundamental aspects of physics such as the nature of light, matter and energy and the physical laws governing our universe. Learn about the revolutionary discoveries of the world around us.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £74.00

  4. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  5. Introduction to artificial intelligence

    Course Date: Sun 10 Feb 2019
    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

  6. Stay safe online

    Course Date: Tue 12 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What does identify theft entail? What risks do you run? Learn how to protect yourself from identify theft on this course.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  7. Science guest lecture by Professor Ian Crawford: The new science of astrobiology and the search for life in the universe

    Course Date: Fri 15 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this talk Professor Crawford will summarise the new interdisciplinary science of astrobiology -- the search for life in the universe. The talk will begin by describing the planetary and evolutionary context of life on Earth and it's implications for finding life elsewhere. Building on this perspective, the talk will consider the prospects for finding life, or evidence for past life, elsewhere in our Solar System, for example on the planet Mars and the icy moons of the outer solar system, before moving on to consider the potential habitability of planets recently discovered orbiting other stars.



    Ian Crawford is an astronomer and planetary scientist, and is currently Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a vice president of the Royal Astronomical Society. Ian's research focusses mainly on lunar geology, including the possibility of finding economically useful resources on the Moon, and on the search for past or present life on Mars.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  8. Introduction to quantum physics

    Course Date: Sun 3 Mar 2019
    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

  9. Image via Wikimedia Commons. Author: Stomac

    Science guest lecture by Richard Knight : the geology of Kazakhstan – where East meets West

    Course Date: Fri 8 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Kazakhstan's geology is of regional and global significance.



    As the largest landlocked country in the world, with a population of only 18 million, Kazakhstan occupies a key position in Central Asia. With a long and strong history of regional trade, modern Kazakhstan is a vibrant and beautiful country, rich in natural resources, and underlain by stunning geology. An overview of the geology, its context within the network of neighbouring states, and the importance of some of the principle sedimentary basins (from an oil and gas perspective) will be discussed. The lecture will explore the significance of the Precaspian Basin in the west, where massive primordial carbonate reefs, the size of Central London, exist at 4-5 km depths below the surface: these contain immense resources which are of long-term strategic and sovereign importance.



    Richard Knight is a professional geologist with over 28 years' experience in the energy sector. He has a PhD in Micropaleontology and he has lived and worked across the world including the Sultanate of Oman, Malaysia, Australia, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Russia, Central Asia, and closer to home in Europe.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  10. Introduction to cyber security essentials

    Course Date: Sun 17 Mar 2019
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  11. Introduction to robotics

    Course Date: Sun 31 Mar 2019
    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

  12. A Japanese garden in a London park- morning at Build; afternoon Holland Park

    Course Date: Sat 6 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Japanese style gardens became very fashionable In the UK in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and many wealthy landowners wanted one in their park or garden. We will discuss the reasons for their popularity at that time. In the afternoon we will explore Holland Park and its history to track the arrival of the Japanese garden there, and visit the garden.



    Morning at Build 10.30 - 12.30

    Afternoon meet at 2pm in Holland Park.

    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. (Credit: NASA; ESA; Z. Levay and R. van der Marel, STScI; T. Hallas; and A. Mellinger)

    Science guest lecture from Professor Raman Prinja: The future of the Universe: From rings around Mars, to the great Andromeda collision and beyond'

    Course Date: Thu 11 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Raman Prinja, Professor of Astrophysics at UCL, looks at the biggest question of all: the future of the universe. A lecture illustrated with superb imagery from powerful telescopes which explores some of the latest thinking in astronomy on this most challenging topic.





    Raman Prinja's main research interests are in the studies of the evolution and properties of the most massive stars in our Galaxy. He has been awarded the the Pol and Christiane Swings research prize and is a multiple winner of the UCL Teaching awards.

    Beyond research and teaching, Raman is keen to promote astronomy to wider audiences, and has written several successful outreach-level books, including the award winning titles 'Science Crazy','Night Sky Watcher' and most recently 'Planetarium'. 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

  14. Source: Koswac on Wikimedia Commons

    Cell biology: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sat 13 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course will leave you understanding the importance of cells in modern human biology and health.

    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Geology and London

    Course Date: Sun 14 Apr 2019
    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

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