Easter Holidays have begun here and with that comes a much quieter period of events, with most of the university events on hiatus for the next fortnight. On the upside, many of the museums are running special holiday activities for children with the Natural History Museum leading the way with a series of activities themed around chocolate eggs.
UCL hosts Brian Collins, new new Director of the UCL Centre for Engineering Policy and former Chief Scientific Adviser for several government departments as he gives a talk entitled “Sustainably modernising national infrastructure – an opportunity for engineering policy”. 6:30pm; free but book your place in advance.
Back to UCL for an even more topical one tonight: “Is the Green Deal a red herring?”. Tonight’s debate will look at the deal, scheduled to come into action in Autumn this year, and ask what it is really hoping to achieve. 5:30 – 7pm; free.
Tonight’s choice is a little far out, in Teddington, but looks as promising as all the IET events do: Ultra Personal Rapid Transit at Heathrow and Beyond. In 2011 Heathrow Airport unveiled the Heathrow pod, the airport’s most innovative transport system and the first new example of transit technology in 100 years. Tonight’s talk will look at how the system is working out. 7:30pm at the Adelaide Pub in Teddington, TW11 0AU.
The Wellcome Collection continues its look at the personal side of medicine tonight with 22 year old Harriet and her GP looking back at her fight with epilepsy and cancer. One of a series of discussions with patients and their doctors on finding the best treatments: free but book in advance, the last one was sold out. 7pm.
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)