This month’s Fiction Lab is a Meet the Author special with Jennifer Cryer attending to join the discussion about her book Breathing on Glass. Hosted as always by Jenny Rohn; 7pm start, free and new and old members welcome.
Would You Donate Your Body Parts for Art and Science? That’s the important question to be tackled at the Dana Centre, inspired by the new exhibit in the science museum which is a giant block of resin encrusted with human milk teeth. Milk teeth perhaps not so seriously missed… but how far would you go? 7 – 9pm; free but booking essential.
One of The Times’ 100 most influential people in science will be at UCL; Mark Miodownik, a UCL materials scientist and giver of the 2010 Christmas Lectures, will give this public lecture entitled “Our Bionic Future”, a look at the future of engineering the human body, 6-7pm; free and all welcome.
Unfortunately now fully booked, the most star studded event of the week is at the Royal Institution with sci-fi legends Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter coming to talk about their new book The Long Earth. 7 – 8:30pm; currently fully booked.
Meanwhile over at the Royal Society, the History of Science series continues with Pictures, Images and Visualisation, a public lecture looking at how images have influenced all strands of science in the past and the current use of pictures in biology, astronomy and more. 6-7pm; free.
A late night special which could perhaps be perfect for a scientifically flavoured date this Friday night: Elements at the Wellcome Collection promises a whole evening of live demonstrations activities and talks all themed around the elements. Science musician Johnny Berliner tops the bill, while you can make your own silver, meet a modern silversmith and finally find out how batteries actually work. 7 – 11pm; free.
Celebrate the City is another attempt to show hidden sides of London; in this case by opening up buildings and organising walks and talks on a more or less all-inclusive theme. Unfortunately science buildings are a little on the thin side in this collection, but I can offer you a maths walk, looking at the mathematics behind some of London best known buildings and best kept secrets. Events all weekend; full programme available here.
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)