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. Cosmology

    Cosmology

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to know about the origin and future of the universe? Will the universe expand forever? Discuss the latest evidence. Examine the current theories. Repeat the most important cosmological observation ever made!
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sun 23 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    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

  3. Astronomy guest lecture: The Milky Way - our galaxy

    Course Date: Fri 5 Oct 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

  4. Introduction to robotics

    Course Date: Sat 13 Oct 2018
    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

  5. Introduction to cyber security essentials

    Course Date: Sun 14 Oct 2018
    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

  6. Practising birdwatching in winter

    Course Date: Wed 17 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy fresh air and autumn scenery on this relaxed course spotting and identifying London’s birdlife. Learn about avian natural history and improve your wildlife watching skills. First session at Build followed by three guided fieldtrips in different London locations.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  7. Maths for physics

    Course Date: Thu 18 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mathematics is sometimes described as the language of physics. We will look at the essential topics required for a fuller engagement with physics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and vectors, with reference to their application to specific physical situations. You will build a mathematical tool box applicable to many areas of science.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Science guest lecture: Plate tectonics: the story of geology’s Grand Unifying Theory

    Course Date: Fri 19 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of Plate Tectonics which has since become terrestrial geology's Grand Unifying Theory. Ted Nield will explain the theory and how the concepts relate to the earlier ideas of ‘Continental Drift’.



    Ted Nield is the author of several highly successful books on geology: Underlands - a journey through Britain's lost landscape (2014). Incoming! or, why we should stop worrying and learn to love the meteorite (2011)) and Supercontinent - 10 billion years in the life of our planet (2007). He was editor from 1997 to 2018 of the Geological Society’s magazine, Geoscientist.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  9. Introduction to artificial intelligence

    Course Date: Sun 21 Oct 2018
    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

  10. Gravitational waves

    Course Date: Thu 1 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this course, we examine what precisely is meant by a gravitational wave, its theoretical significance, how such waves are produced and detected, and the implications of their detection for physics. We will see how the recent detection of gravitational waves confirms long-held theoretical predictions, and offers a completely new method of observing the distant universe.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  11. Neandertals: an evaluation of the latest research

    Course Date: Sun 11 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Our perception of Neandertals has changed considerably over the past century. It will continue to change as we find more evidence. This lecture-based course will offer a clear summary of what the latest research is telling us about Neandertals and its implications. 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

  12. Science guest  lecture : Becoming human – the evolution of cognition

    Science guest lecture : Becoming human – the evolution of cognition

    Course Date: Fri 16 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did we humans obtain our cognitive abilities? Dr Gillian Forrester researches both the evolutionary history of our species and the developmental progression of the individual. This lecture will focus on behaviours that we share with other animals and consider which particular behaviours might have been important for modern humans’ cognition.



    Gillian Forrester is a comparative cognitive neuroscientist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London. She has researched in both Cognitive Science at the University of California San Diego and Experimental Psychology at Oxford .
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

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    Introduction to geology

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Geology, the study of solid Earth, rocks and the processes by which they change, is a vast subject covering billions of years of history and offering insights into areas such as past climates and the history of life. Discover more about the underlying principles of this important science such as plate tectonics, how rocks are made and the evolution of life. 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. The physics of time

    Course Date: Sun 2 Dec 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  15. 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

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