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Science Events in London: 14 – 20 May


Fiction Lab, the monthly book club at the Royal Institution is on as usual this month with, When The Killing’s Done by T. Coraghessan Boyle the book of choice. 7pm start; free and all welcome.


Another History of Science workshop at the Royal Society tonight on what we can learn about some of the lesser known scientists of the 19th century from their collections of papers, writings and art donated to the Royal Society. These workshops are free but small affairs, limited to 15 people, so you need to book in advance.


Energy is again the topic of conversation at UCL tonight with a seminar on fossil fuels, the uncertainty about the future availability of them and the environmental impact. Dr Roberto Aguilera, Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Energy and Minerals Economics, Curtin University will be the speaker in this free, public event. 5:45 – 7pm; all welcome.


The latest in the series of personal medical stories being hosted by the Wellcome Collection looks at Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, through a discussion with sufferer Lucy Legg and her GP Elizabeth Goodburn. 7pm start to hear Lucy’s story; free but book.


Ever wondered why you like the music you do? Just one of the questions that will be addressed by Science London in The Science of Sound tonight. A special evening all about music and sound, Martin Archer Kiss FM DJ and Space Plasma Physicist will be using the latest club tunes (and fire!) to demonstrate the physics behind sound and science communicator and internet phenomenon Ben Good, shows us how music can be used to convey complex scientific ideas with a live demo with his band. 7:30 – 2am, £5 tickets and advised to book now as very limited on the door.

This Friday also marks the first day of the annual weekend, Museums at Night, when museums all over the country open late for special events. Several options in London, including the Hunterian, the Grant and the Greenwich Observatory.

The Weekend

The Wellcome Collection continues with its series of neuroscience themed events with a special afternoon entitled Brains on Film. Running on Saturday from 3 – 7:30pm, there will be two feature films and a collection of shorts from the Wellcome Collection’s archive, as well as discussion throughout the afternoon with filmmaker and scientist guests. Tickets are free, but you need to book – I suspect they are expecting heavy demand as they are limited to two per person, so book soon.

You can follow blog’s London Google calendar of events 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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