A little out of London, but worth a trip for anyone with the afternoon off: the science of the paranormal with Professor Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield. Do you believe in mind reading, telepathy or ghosts? Professor Wiseman will show footage of paranormal events and discuss the science behind it. 4-6pm; free but booking essential.
A lunchtime lecture at UCL today touches on one of the most ongoing debates in science: the issue of patents. Not specifically science themed, but bound to be relevant: this 45 minute lecture will be given by The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob , UCL Laws. 1:10 – 1:55pm in UCL’s Darwin Lecture Theatre, or streamed online.
A new series curated by Alok Jha starts tonight at the Royal Institution with “Consciousness: The Hard Problem”. Will consciousness ever be explained by neuroscientists? And what’s the latest thinking on it? Find out tonight, 7 – 8:30, £10 at the Royal Institution.
Another one from UCL tonight with a title as interesting as the topic: Mice People: Cultures of Science. Dr Gail Davies (UCL Geography) and former geneticist Dr Steve Cross (Head of Public Engagement, UCL) explore the world inhabited by animal researchers. 630 – 7:30: free, no need to book.
Did you know that in the entire history of the prizes, Dorothy Hodgkin is the only British female recipient of a Nobel Prize for science? The Dana Centre looks tonight at initiatives to celebrate female scientists, with the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre explaining why they are creating publications and heirloom awards for women. 7 -9pm; free but book.
12th of March 2012 (Sunday) would have been Douglas Adams’ 60th birthday and to celebrate, his friends and family have put together a one off evening of science and comedy at the Hammersmith Apollo. Famous names from Robin Ince to Terry Jones, Jon Culshaw to Stephen Fry will be appearing, covering his whole range of interests. 5pm on Sunday at the Hammersmith Apollo; tickets £33.75 – book now.
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 http://blogs.nature.com/london/2011/05/17/scientific-events-calendar. 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):