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Science Events in London: 23 – 29 April


Cafe Scientifique at the Royal Society looks at steganography tonight: for the non-spies amongst you, that is the art of concealing messages so as to be visible only to sender and recipient. The host is Dr Andrew Ker, a computer scientist based at University of Oxford whose research focuses on hiding information within digital media and detecting when there is hidden material. 6:30pm start; free and no need to book.


X-Men! The British Library holds “Genetic Fictions: Genes and Genres”, looking at how genetics is represented in fiction with a host of speakers including authors and scientists from the ESRC Genomics Network. 6:30pm start; tickets £7.50, book now.


Lates at the Science Museum for the last Wednesday of the month: the theme is the Science of Mental Health, including a look at the impact of the war in Afghanistan on mental health, and specials include a teacher zone as well as regular activities. 6:45 – 10pm; entry is free but queues are long, so get here early or late.


More regenerative medicine at the Clifford Patterson Lecture at the Royal Society tonight, with Professor Molly Stevens talking about progress in her research using directed stem cell differentiation for musculoskeletal engineering. Professor Stevens is currently at UCL and in case you needed persuading to hear her, is the winner of a host of awards including the 2012 EU40 Award for top materials scientist in Europe. 6:30pm; free and no need to book.


Probability does not exist. Probably. That is the rather brilliant tagline for the Royal Institution’s Friday evening lecture (open to members and guests) looking at the concept of probability and modern applications including catching doping athletes, predicting volcanic eruptions, judging the impact of new technologies, and of course gambling. 8pm; see website for tickets and dress code.

The Weekend

The Institute of Psychiatry hosts its first ever Kids Cafe Scientifique: a two hour drop in event called “What are your brains made of?” where children (aged 3 to 12 years old) will be able to visualise brain cells under the microscope, talk to scientists about the different parts of their brain, and draw and decorate the many types of cells found in the brain. 10:30 to 12:30 at the IoP near Denmark Hill. I believe it’s free, but limited places, so you must email to book.

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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