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Science Events in London: 21 – 27 May


Gresham College opens the week with a medical science talk from Professor Pat Nuttall which will consider the likelihood of being bitten by a tick carrying the Lyme Disease spirochaete, Borrelia burgdorferi.  Lyme Disease is spreading across the Northern Hemisphere: what are our risks and what can we do to control it? 6pm near Holborn; free and no need to book.


A double bill of evening lectures at Imperial. Fist up, The cancer genome: An autobiography encoded DNA given by Peter Campbell of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Next, Professor Stephen Gentleman will talk about the link between traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s in Brains, Trains and Automobiles. Unfortunately you can’t take in both; the former is 5 – 6pm, the latter 5:30 – 6:30pm, both free and no need to book.


A brilliant title from Imperial which more than justifies their third inclusion this week: Complex chemicals in outer space: the building blocks of both life and beer. Part of the Sensual Universe series, this lecture promises to use the complex hydrocarbons in beer as a guide on a tour of the chemistry in space and what it reveals about supernova, planets and more. 6:30 – 8pm in South Ken; free but book.


May’s TalkFest from the Biochemical Society is entitled, “Science Communication and Political Divides”, looking at whether science communication can overcome political divides and be as truly neutral as science strives to be and whether it should even try. Panelists include Alice Bell and Steve Cross. 6:30 – 8:30pm; tickets are free, but registration essential.


UCL’s Friday lunchtime bitesize lectures are back: the format is the same as always with two early career researchers presenting their work to an audience over lunch. Today features Alisa Anokhina (UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences) looking at discrepancies in self-esteem associated with eating disorders.  1:10 – 1:55pm; bring your lunch.

The Weekend

The Wellcome Collection neurology season continues with a look at stop motion, an animation technique in which an object is moved incrementally with frames shot for each new position. When the film is played, the object appears to move on its own in either a disjointed series of movements or smooth action. This event will uncover how it is possible to create this illusion of lifelike movement, as well as considering why these films make audiences feel the way they do. 3 – 4:30pm including a screening of the film ‘Tchaikovsky’ (2011). Free.

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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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