Science Courses in London

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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    One million years of human evolution in London

    Course Date: Sun 3 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will take the student to various sites throughout the Thames Valley region, where traces of the activities of our ancient human ancestors have been found. This includes first and foremost the stone tools that they used to make life easier in some of the harshest conditions over the last million years. Palaeoanthropologists of Great Britain have used other methods of research to learn more about the landscapes our ancient ancestors roamed and hunted. This course will show the student how this process can lead to a clearer picture of the evolution of landscapes and our ancient ancestors. 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

  2. Introduction to cyber security essentials

    Course Date: Sun 3 Mar 2019 (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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

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    The science behind molecular gastronomy: a practical session to learn the science and enjoy the tapas

    Course Date: Tue 5 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn more about chemistry and physics through culinary processes, and enjoy tasting the results.



    The term Molecular Gastronomy is commonly used to describe a style of cuisine in which chefs explore culinary possibilities by borrowing tools from the science lab and ingredients from the food industry. It blends physics and chemistry to transform the tastes and textures of food. The result? New and innovative dining experiences.

    In this tapas tasting workshop you will learn how to experiment with hydrocolloids and phospholipids to transform ordinary food into WOW dishes, understanding the chemistry behind it. Once you've mastered these, go and make your own ‘molecular tapas ‘- simple.



    David Sanchez is a chemist certified by Harvard University in Science and Cooking. He has worked in Spain, France, Chile, the US and now the UK, enriching his knowledge of other cultures and their foods and developing innovative ways to teach about science through food.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £27.00

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    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

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    Exploring wetlands in early spring

    Course Date: Tue 19 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the early spring London’s wetlands are at their most dynamic for birdlife; the last of the winter migrants prepare for their departure whilst the resident birds dive into the breeding season. Spring wetlands are full of activity, song and courtship displays. Discover the habitat and wildlife of London’s wetlands in early spring during this relaxed course led by zoologist Brenna Boyle. Introductory session at CityLit followed by two fieldtrips to RSPB Rainham Marshes (Thurrock) and the London Wetland Centre (Barnes).



    Brenna Boyle (B.Sc Hons Dunelm, M.Sc DIC) is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital, London's wildlife discovery service and also works for two urban environmental education charities.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Stay safe online

    Course Date: Tue 26 Mar 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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. 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

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    Science reading group: Discuss and unravel: How to Teach Quantum Physics to your Dog by Chad Orzel

    Course Date: Wed 3 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you enjoy reading about science but sometimes want to discuss and confirm your understanding with other readers? Join our new science reading group and benefit from the support of an expert in the field.

    Chad Orzel's How to Teach Quantum Physics to your Dog is an entertaining and very successful exploration of one of science's most intriguing areas.

    Elegantly approachable descriptions...with a refreshing emphasis on recent research. Highly satisfying.’

    (Guardian)

    ‘Sure to become a classic.’

    (physicsworld.com)

    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: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

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    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

  10. Astronomy at the UCL observatory, Mill Hill

    Course Date: Mon 8 Apr 2019
    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 including Dr Francisco Diego.
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

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    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'.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

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    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

  13. 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

  14. Exploring the quantum world

    Course Date: Tue 23 Apr 2019
    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. She is a former astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £74.00

  15. Further cosmology

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    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

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