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Science Events in London: 13 – 19 February

This week I am going to make it my mission to find you at least one thing to do each day that is not in the least related to romance. This, looking at the calendar, may be a challenging prospect…


Optical Microscopes are the topic of the 2012 Leeuwenhoek Lecture at the Royal Society, which will be given by Dr Brad Amos FRS. Free and no need to book; doors at 5:45. If you can’t make it, the video will be online later in the week.

Self described as “aiming to be controversial”, UCL hosts an event looking at what its researchers across the disciplines are doing to affect our wellbeing over the next 100 years. 5-7pm in the Roberts Building at UCL; free and no need to book.


ZSL hosts an event in its occasional series of conservation lectures tonight, focusing on The Decline of Mangroves. Mangroves are those amazing trees which grow in water and provide a unique ecosystem around their submerged roots, but have declined by up to 35% since 1980 and one in six species are now thought to be at risk. Four experts in the field come together to discuss the future. 6 – 7:45pm at ZSL in Regents Park; free and no need to book, but if you want to attend dinner with the speakers afterwards, book now.

Over at LSE, a legal one: Neuroscience, Responsibility and the Law brings together legal and scientific minds to ask whether advances in neuroscience will change our understanding and application of the law, including concepts such as criminal responsibility. 6:30 – 8pm at LSE; free and no need to book.

Admittedly Valentine’s themed with its Love Bugs title, but sounds brilliantly unromantic regardless; the Hunterian Museum plays host to Science London who will help you craft cuddly bacteria and learn all about them, along with other stories from the museum archives. 6-9pm; suggested donation £2 on the door.


Scientists are recovering from Valentine’s Day and hence will apparently not be leaving the house/lab to organise any events.


Why do we love chocolate? There is a scientific explanation and tonight the Society of Chemical Industry will be looking at what it is. Professor Jeremy Spencer  and Dr Victoria Whelan will be discussing the science before a wine-and-chocolate tasting session for attendees. 5:30pm to look at poster before talks kick off at 6pm. £5 in advance; £10 on the door at SCI – 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PS (near Knightsbridge tube).

Meanwhile the Dana Centre hosts the “Magic of Medicine”, looking at how new breeds of genetically engineered mice are improving the drug development process. 7pm in South Ken; free but book.


UCL’s Bitesize lunchtime lecture series as visited by Nature London last week, this week looks at the future of providing energy to our cities. 1:10 – 1:55pm; free, no booking.

The Weekend

Hampstead Observatory is still running its winter schedule of observing, open Friday and Saturday night 8-10pm for star gazing and Sunday 11-1pm for sun gazing. Free and no need to book, but all weather dependent, so check first.

You can follow the Nature Network London Google calendar of events in London at Updated daily.


As well as our regularly maintained calendar, you can find lots of other suggestions of science-y events in London. We have compiled a list of some other places to look: we will continue adding to this list, and please do, as always, send us additions for it:

Collections and calendars

Londonist recommendations: All things scientific, technical and geeky

Ian Visits: A calendar of all types of events in London, including science and engineering, with added editorial

Museums, societies etc:

Wellcome Collection: Regular events and exhibitions of a medical flavour at the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road

Royal Institution: Miscellaneous science and policy events

Royal Society: Science, policy and conferences

ZSL: Zoological Society of London; occasional events on conservation and zoology

Hunterian Museum: Part of the Royal College of Surgeons, with a treasure trove of specimens and surgical paraphenalia

University calendars (usually featuring dozens of events per week):






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