Science and music is the apparent theme of the moment and it continues at the Dana Centre this week with Guitar Zero: The Science of Learning to be Musical. Ian Tucker, Commissioning Editor of the Observer, Gary Marcus, Professor of Psychology and Director of the New York University Center for Language and Music and David Mead, acoustic guitarist, writer and teacher, will be your hosts as they discuss how anyone can learn to be musical. 7pm; free but booking essential.
Science Showoff is back for the final time before the big summer tour; usual place, usual time which is 7pm at the Wilmington Arms. Donation to charity is your regular entrance price and your line-up this month includes parasites, vampires and beer as well as the promise of engineering double entrendres…
On a more serious note, on sadly limited to the Imperial staff, students and alumni amongst you; David Willetts MP gives a special lecture followed by Q&A on the topic of higher education and science. 5:30pm; tickets in advance.
Another quirky one from Science London: Weird Science: An Introduction to Anomalistic Psychology. That comes down the idea that a significant proportion of the population has had an experience which might be seen as out of the ordinary or paranormal. Professor Christopher French, Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London will look at the science of the paranormal. 7 for 7:30; The Lamb pub; free.
The Royal Institution hosts BBC presenter Claudia Hammond looking at our perception of time, asking common questions like why time seems to speed up as we get older, as well as explaining how the brain can be tricked into perceiving time differently. 7pm start; tickets £10.
An all day event at the Wellcome Collection this Saturday is entitled Objects of Emotion and looks at how humans’ innate ability to read others’ emotions and empathise with fellow human beings can also be triggered by objects. Featuring an award winning puppet troupe to spark discussion.Tickets £20 including lunch.
You can follow nature.com blog’s London Google calendar of events 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)