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. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sun 24 Sep 2017 (and 3 other dates)
    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, 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

  2. Astronomy: a practical guide

    Course Date: Sat 19 Aug 2017 (and 1 other date)
    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

  3. Cosmology

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to know about the origin and future of the universe? Will the universe expand forever? Discuss the latest evidence. Examine the current theories. Repeat the most important cosmological observation ever made!
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. Do animals have language?

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered how animals communicate with each other? Find out how they do it, and what they convey. We will look mainly at primates, cetaceans, and songbirds, and compare their skills to our own.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  5. Exploring rocks, minerals and fossils

    Course Date: Sun 1 Jul 2018
    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. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  6. Exploring the quantum world

    Course Date: Tue 24 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what quantum theory is? Are you baffled by relativity? Learn about the interpretations of quantum physics and what it means for our conception of reality.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £74.00

  7. Further cosmology

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you know a bit about cosmology and want to know more? There are intriguing results from the Planck Mission. Many people and some theorists want to know what happened before the Big Bang. Do we need Multi-Verses, Parallel Universes, Branes, Superstrings?

    What news from CERN? A chance to delve more deeply into this fascinating subject.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Galaxies: once called 'island universes'

    Course Date: Thu 8 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Galaxies come in several types: the most familiar are beautiful spirals. They contain billions of stars, supermassive black holes and sometimes dark clouds where stars may form. Come and see for yourself.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  9. Genes, genomes and genetic manipulation

    Course Date: Wed 23 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to learn more about the biggest revolution in biomedical sciences? Genetics and DNA manipulation increasingly influence our lives. Learn about the basics of DNA technology, its uses and how it affects us.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  10. Geological forces: a close-up look at the dynamic earth

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We live on a geologically dynamic planet that continuously creates rocks, through volcanism, plate tectonics and sedimentation. This course will look more closely at how rocks form throughout the world from Hawaii to the white Cliffs of Dover. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  11. Geology and London

    Course Date: Sun 15 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the geology below greater London has shaped its landscapes, infrastructure and built environment, making it such a fascinating and visually diverse city; look at stone types and their effects on the buildings around us.



    Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Guest lecture: Astronomy

    Course Date: Fri 2 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Raman Prinja, Professor of Astrophysics at UCL, looks at the biggest question of all: the future of the universe. A lecture illustrated with superb imagery from powerful telescopes which explores some of the latest thinking in astronomy on this most challenging topic. (This lecture links with HS001 Astronomy at the UCL Observatory, Mill Hill.).
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  13. Human evolution

    Course Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Although humans are the only surviving hominin species, this was not always the case. Journey through evolution and discover the anatomy of our ancestors, where they lived and what they looked like. Find out how we became such peculiar apes. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  14. Introduction to artificial intelligence

    Course Date: Sun 15 Oct 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk say it’s humanity’s biggest threat, but you use it every day. Learn what artificial intelligence is, what it will become, and how it works.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  15. Introduction to cyber security essentials

    Course Date: Sun 10 Dec 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to protect your personal or business data from cyber security attacks in this short course. You will learn how to deploy basic technical controls into your personal or organisation data information systems to ensure that basic technical security measures are in place.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

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