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. What is the internet of things?

    Course Date: Tue 12 Dec 2017 (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

  2. Physics: towards a theory of everything

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Do animals have language?

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Professor Moira Yip (Emerita, UCL) offers a fascinating exploration of how animals communicate with each other. Find out how they do it, and what they convey. Is it language? We will look mainly at primates, cetaceans, and songbirds, and compare their skills to our own.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  4. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sun 4 Feb 2018 (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. Galaxies: once called 'island universes'

    Course Date: Thu 8 Feb 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. Introduction to artificial intelligence

    Course Date: Sun 11 Feb 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

  7. Guest lecture - A short history of our world : from the Big Bang to the arrival of Homo Sapiens

    Course Date: Fri 16 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ian Crawford, Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck presents a concise history of our world from the Big Bang to the evolution of Homo sapiens some 2 million years ago. He addresses the origins and evolution of stars and the chemical elements, the solar system, and evolution of life on Earth. The aim is to provide a scientific pre-history of humanity up until the time that 'real' human history takes over. Ian Crawford is Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck, University of London. He is a specialist in the science and exploration of the Moon and in the search for life in the Universe.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  8. Introduction to robotics

    Course Date: Sun 25 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is a short introduction to the world of Robotics. It will provide an informative overview to the basics of robot mechanisms and their intelligent controls.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Introduction to cyber security essentials

    Course Date: Sun 18 Mar 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  13. 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

  14. 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.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £74.00

  15. 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

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