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. 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

  2. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sun 6 May 2018
    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

  3. Physics of life

    Course Date: Sun 13 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Find out why physics is the science upon which everything depends. In this course we will use basic physics concepts to understand the biological processes in living organisms, including the relatively new field of quantum biology. Radmila Topalovic holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She has taught physics, maths and astronomy for almost ten years, and is particularly passionate about quantum physics and astrobiology. Radmila was an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, she is currently Programme Leader for Science and Engineering at Kaplan International College.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. 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

  5. String theory matters

    Course Date: Wed 23 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this introductory course, we will look at string theory in a non-technical way, uncovering both its aesthetic appeal and explanatory potential, and consider what the prospects are for this remarkable theory. Najlaa Alaian holds a PHD in Applied Physics from the University of Technology, Baghdad and has thirteen years’ experience of teaching both Internationally and within the UK. She is passionate about making Physics accessible to a diverse range of audiences.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Introduction to artificial intelligence

    Course Date: Sun 27 May 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  7. Astronomy: a practical guide

    Course Date: Sun 10 Jun 2018
    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

  8. Introduction to cyber security essentials

    Course Date: Sun 17 Jun 2018
    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

  9. Astronomy in focus: 4 talks and discussion on life in the universe from stardust to the Drake Equation

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can there be other forms of life in the universe? Four experts offer short introductions to very different ways of answering that question. This will be followed by questions and answers and discussion with the panel.



    Raman Prinja - We are stardust: covering the origins and distribution of life-giving chemical elements in the universe.



    Roger O’Brien - Earth-like exoplanets: focussing on their discovery.



    Ramila Topalovic - Biosignatures: remote sensing life on exoplanets.



    Francisco Diego - the Drake equation: the astronomy, biology and sociology of extra-terrestrial life.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  10. Guest lecture evolutionary biology: The origins of life in hydro-thermal vents

    Course Date: Tue 26 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Evolutionary biologist Professor Nick Lane leads the UCL Research Frontiers Origins of Life programme. His work focuses on the role of bioenergetics in the origin of life and the evolution of cells. In this lecture he will present, for a non-specialist audience, some of the latest research in this field and explain why theories in this area are sometimes referred to as the ‘most counter-intuitive ideas in biology since Darwin’.





    Professor Nick Lane is the author of four critically acclaimed books on evolutionary biochemistry including Power, Sex and Suicide, Life Ascending, which won the 2010 Royal Society Prize for Science Book, and The Vital Question which was praised by Bill Gates as 'an amazing inquiry into the origins of life'. His work has been recognized by the Biochemical Society Award in 2015 and the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize in 2016. He is an enthusiastic promoter of science to wide audiences and a passionate defender of the value of experts and critical thinking in public life.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  11. 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 committed to introducing palaeontolgy and geology to wider audiences.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  12. 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. Radmila Topalovic holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She has taught physics, maths and astronomy for almost ten years, and is particularly passionate about quantum physics and astrobiology. Radmila was an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, she is currently Programme Leader for Science and Engineering at Kaplan International College.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

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