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. Astronomy in focus: 4 talks and discussion on life in the universe from stardust to the Drake Equation

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can there be other forms of life in the universe? Four experts offer short introductions to very different ways of answering that question. This will be followed by questions and answers and discussion with the panel.



    Raman Prinja - We are stardust: covering the origins and distribution of life-giving chemical elements in the universe.



    Roger O’Brien - Earth-like exoplanets: focussing on their discovery.



    Ramila Topalovic - Biosignatures: remote sensing life on exoplanets.



    Francisco Diego - the Drake equation: the astronomy, biology and sociology of extra-terrestrial life.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  2. Guest lecture evolutionary biology: The origins of life in hydro-thermal vents

    Course Date: Tue 26 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Evolutionary biologist Professor Nick Lane leads the UCL Research Frontiers Origins of Life programme. His work focuses on the role of bioenergetics in the origin of life and the evolution of cells. In this lecture he will present, for a non-specialist audience, some of the latest research in this field and explain why theories in this area are sometimes referred to as the ‘most counter-intuitive ideas in biology since Darwin’.





    Professor Nick Lane is the author of four critically acclaimed books on evolutionary biochemistry including Power, Sex and Suicide, Life Ascending, which won the 2010 Royal Society Prize for Science Book, and The Vital Question which was praised by Bill Gates as 'an amazing inquiry into the origins of life'. His work has been recognized by the Biochemical Society Award in 2015 and the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize in 2016. He is an enthusiastic promoter of science to wide audiences and a passionate defender of the value of experts and critical thinking in public life.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  3. Exploring rocks, minerals and fossils

    Course Date: Sun 1 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore agates, ammonites, granites and more. A hands-on introduction to the basics of the identification and classification of the common rocks, minerals and fossils. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is committed to introducing palaeontolgy and geology to wider audiences.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  4. Physics of the future

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore the emergence of nanotechnology and the physics underlying this fascinating application of science. We will consider some of the most recent developments in the field, and consider how our future may be changed by this emerging technology which promises to revolutionise areas such as medicine, electronics, food production, material science, energy storage and many other areas besides.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. The geology beneath British landscapes

    Course Date: Sun 22 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Britain encompasses a fascinating variety of beautiful landscapes, from the lakes and hills of the north-west to the flatlands of East Anglia. This course gives you a practical introduction to the unique geology beneath these areas, covering main rock types and geological periods.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. 'Oumuamua - the interstellar asteroid – the best stimulus to thinking in a long time

    Course Date: Sun 22 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We'll explore the possible impact of the discovery of an interstellar asteroid on our thinking about anything that the adjective 'interstellar' applies to.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Italian weekend: Leonardo the scientist

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore the work of one of the most famous thinkers in history, Leonardo da Vinci, discovering some of his less well known contributions to science, in the fields of biology, physics, mathematics and engineering. We will consider how all these contributions arise out of a distinctive scientific methodology, exemplifying a holistic approach missing from the work of many scientists who came after him - an approach which combines Leonardo’s skill as an artist with acute powers of observation and inductive reasoning.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Introduction to human evolution

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will learn about how our hominin ancestors evolved and lived and how new evidence has fundamentallly changed our understanding of this process. This concise exploration of the inter-disciplinary field of palaeoanthropology introduces radiometric dating, palaeontology and archaeogenetics.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sun 29 Jul 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A leisurely walk through back garden astronomy, learning how to find your way around the constellations, whether to buy a telescope, finding planets, and looking safely at the sun. Find out why astronomy is good for you.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. The physics of time

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore the various different conceptions of time within modern physics. The absolute time of Newtonian mechanics is contrasted with the relativistic time of Einsteinian gravity. The possibility that time is quantized, made up of discrete moments, is seen to emerge in some of the most cutting edge theories of physics, such as loop quantum gravity and string theory. The emergence of time in the big bang, the direction of time, and the possibility of time travel are all explored.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Geological forces: a close-up look at the dynamic earth worldwide

    Course Date: Sun 5 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We live on a geologically dynamic planet that continuously creates rocks, through volcanism, plate tectonics and sedimentation. This course will look more closely at how rocks form throughout the world, from Hawaii to the white cliffs of Dover. 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

  12. Gravitational waves

    Course Date: Sat 11 Aug 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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Measuring the universe throughout history: from the Greeks to the cosmic distance ladder

    Course Date: Sun 12 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore the story of humanity's efforts to measure the universe around us, from the ancient Greeks down through history to modern techniques and potential future developments.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Marine geology: the landscapes beneath our planet's oceans

    Course Date: Sun 12 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We know more about the surface of the moon than what lies beneath our planet's oceans. On this course, we will explore the geological features within our oceans.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. 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

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