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Science Events in London: 20 – 26 February


More sex is safer sex is the title of the book on which tonight’s talk at the Adam Smith Institute is based. A little out of our usual field as the talk is all about economics, but it looks like a lot of the questions addressed using economic principles will be scientific, including “How do we use basic ideas of economics to tell us whether the world has too much or too little pollution?. 6:30pm; book now!


Those looking for a bit of inspiration might find it at the Society for Chemical Industry tonight as they host a talk on Alexander Kellas, the UCL chemist and mountaineer who assisted with the discovery of the inert gases and was a premier mountaineer of his day (1868-1921), ultimately dying on Everest. 6pm; no need to book.


An unusual one tonight at City University: with climate and environmental talks between countries so far relying mainly on goodwill, is it time to use the law to protect ourselves? Proposing an international law on Ecocide, the environmental equivalent of genocide. Is it legally possible? In September 2011, a mock trial was held at the Supreme Court and Michael Mansfield QC, the prosecuting barrister on that day talks tonight about the outcome and the implications.


Spacetacular! returns tonight; the stand-up comedy, quiz, variety and more show all about space hosted by Helen Keen and Matt Brown. Guests include Radmila Topalovic from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich and Kevin Fong, space medicine expert and familiar face on TV shows including Horizon and there will be a special screening of “She Should Have Gone To The Moon” presented by its director. 7pm; tickets £5 or £4 for those in space fancy dress.

Does innovation begin with the entrepreneur or the technology? is what the Royal Institution wants to know tonight. A panel including Elizabeth Varley, co-founder and CEO of TechHub, will investigate. 7pm; £10.


After Hours means the Natural History Museum is open until 10pm tonight, with special events including The Scramble for Antarctica, looking at the squabble for land and sea rights in Antarctica. Also one of your last chances to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition before it closes.

The Weekend

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 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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