Science

Look to the stars or stay closer to home with a wide range of topical and specialist short courses on subjects including astronomy, evolution and genetics that are ideal for anyone curious about our planet and what lies beyond it.
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  1. Animal and human interaction: from the Pleistocene to the medieval world

    Course Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Well over 20,000 years ago, we see signs in the archaeological record that humans are beginning to domesticate other animals. You will gain a picture of the enduring and changing relationship between human and animal.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  2. Artificial intelligence: threat or promise?

    Course Date: Thu 8 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From chatbots to medical diagnosis machines, what challenges and promises does this technology offer to society? This overview course will look at the history, science and philosophical questions behind the rapid and astonishing developments in this field.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  3. Astronomy day: The universe: 13.8 billion years in a day

    Course Date: Sat 24 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A unique opportunity to spend a day travelling though the history of the universe from the Big Bang to the rise of galaxies and exploding stars to the creation of earth-like planets and possibility of life. The most massive stars in the Universe will be described and discussed, based on spectacular images from the space and ground-based telescopes. The enormous significance of these stars spans from prolific star formation, powerful outflows, shaping of galaxies, and forging live-giving chemical elements. Speakers will discuss the history of our planet and the sequence of accidents that have produced this unique and fragile environment where life emerged and developed to amazing levels of complexity and diversity, but always unified by the same basic chemical patterns. Would this happen elsewhere in the Universe?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sat 5 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A leisurely walk through back garden astronomy. Learn how to find your way around the constellations, whether to buy a telescope, and how to find planets and look safely at the sun. Find out why astronomy is good for you.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Astronomy: a practical guide

    Course Date: Sat 19 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have already enjoyed a gentle introduction to astronomy, here is the next step: what to look for and how to do and find out more. De-mystify some of the specialist software, equipment and terminology of the subject.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Explore the periodic table

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How was the periodic table devised and what does it tell us about the structure of atoms? How is the table changing? We will cover aspects of both chemistry and physics, and we look at some fascinating characteristics of the diverse elements.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Exploring rocks, fossils and minerals

    Course Date: Sun 13 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore agates, ammonites, granites and more. A hands-on introduction to the basics of the identification and classification of the common rocks, minerals and fossils.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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    Guest lecture: extraterrestrial resources: mining the moon and asteroids

    Course Date: Wed 7 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Could the resource base of the solar system be used to supplement the economic resources of our own planet? Ian Crawford, Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck argues that materials from the moon and asteroids could contribute to a space-based economy from which our own world will ultimately benefit.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  9. Image credit: "Geology Snow Turret Arch Sandstone Winter" via Max Pixel

    Introduction to geology

    Course Date: Sun 2 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Geology, the study of solid Earth, rocks and the processes by which they change, is a vast subject covering billions of years of history and offering insights into areas such as past climates and the history of life. Discover more about the underlying principles of this important science such as plate tectonics, how rocks are made and the evolution of life.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  10. Introduction to human evolution

    Course Date: Sun 20 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will learn about how our hominin ancestors evolved and lived and how new evidence has fundamentallly changed our understanding of this process. This concise exploration of the inter-disciplinary field of palaeoanthropology introduces radiometric dating, palaeontology and archaeogenetics.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Physics: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 26 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try out this short introduction to some fundamental aspects of physics such as the nature of light, matter and energy, and the physical laws governing our universe. Learn about some of the revolutionary discoveries of the world around us.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Quantum physics: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 30 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will learn about the failure of classical mechanics (everyday laws of physics) to explain particle behaviour and the emergence of the quantum revolution and current interpretations of these unusual phenomena.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. The geology beneath British landscapes

    Course Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Britain encompasses a fascinating variety of beautiful landscapes, from the lakes and hills of the north-west to the flatlands of East Anglia. This course gives you a practical introduction to the unique geology beneath these areas, covering main rock types and geological periods.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  14. The physics of space travel

    Course Date: Sat 5 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Human beings have long looked at the stars, but only in the past century has it begun to seem feasible to reach for them. We will look at the advances made in technology for interstellar travel which have taken exploratory probes to the very edge of our solar system, and consider how humans might in the future travel much further and faster.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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