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. Introduction to artificial intelligence

    Course Date: Sun 21 Oct 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

  2. Neandertals: an evaluation of the latest research

    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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Introduction to cyber security essentials

    Course Date: Sun 17 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

  12. Introduction to robotics

    Course Date: Sun 31 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  13. 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 early 20th centuries and many wealthy landowners wanted one in their park or garden. We will explore Holland Park and its history to track the arrival of the Japanese garden there, and visit the garden.

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

  14. 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

  15. 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.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £74.00

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