Another quiet week beginning with the Bank Holiday Monday, but still several possibilities for thinking in amongst all the chocolate:
In The Righteous Mind, the Royal Institution plays host to Jonathan Haidt, the highly influential psychologist, who will take a look at morality and show us why we all find it so hard to get along. 7:00pm; £10; book in advance.
It’s not quite clear how much science will be involved in this comedy show, but it is called School Night and each of the performers will be taking on a different subject, with Biology and Physics so far among the selected. 8pm start at Ginglik in Shepherds Bush; tickets £8.
Art meets chemistry at the Chemistry Centre tonight with, “From test tube to Turner – the role of the chemist in art”. Professor Andy Abbott will look at how chemists and alchemists developed the modern pallet, while looking as far as what colour, and even art, actually is. 6:30pm; free but advanced booking essential.
A lunchtime lecture at the Royal Society asks a very important question: ‘How should a chemist understand brewing?’. Dr James Sumner looks at how the chemists of the 1800s overcame suspicion to help improve the beer making process. 2pm start; free and no need to book.
Family Fun Day is back at the RI this Saturday and Bugs are the topic under the microscope. Few specific details are given about the activities, but I think it’s fair to predict live creatures of all shapes and sizes will be involved. 11-4pm drop in; £10 for adults, £5 for children.
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 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)