The Royal Institution and the US Embassy in London join forces for a special lecture to introduce the RI’s American Collection. Letters, manuscripts and artifacts form the backdrop to the lecture by Thomas Karl on what we know about the Earth’s climate and how we know it. 7-9pm; booking essential.
Not an event so much as a special exhibition from Imperial College today: Beautiful Science is an exhibition put together by a mixed group of biomedical scientists and artists to look at the different ways to represent science in art. Hosted at the Brick Lane gallery, today is the first day open to the public. 1-6pm; free.
Shark! There has been a disappointing lack of shark themed events in London lately, but ZSL puts a stop to that with Our Shark Obsession, a special public lecture by Washington Post environmental correspondent Juliet Eilperin on the complex relationsip between humans and the oceans’ top predator. 6:30 – 8:30; free but book.
To be an artist during the Renaissance was, for many, to be an anatomist. Is this still true today? And do Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings have any relevance to contemporary medical practice? These questions and more will be addressed in The Art of Anatomy, the latest event in the Wellcome Collection’s brain series at 7pm; tickets free but limited to two per person and booking is essential.
Another chance to have a go at String Theory at the Royal Institution tonight, but only if you are a member; the Friday evening discourse is called The Pointless Universe and features Michael Green looking at ways throughout history science has addressed questions from the origin of the universe to sub atomic particles. 8pm start; free for members, £15 for guests. Smart dress.
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)