Science Courses in London

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. Introduction to human evolution

    Introduction to human evolution

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    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.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  2. Physics: the fundamental science

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore fundamental aspects of physics such as the nature of light, matter and energy and the physical laws governing our universe. Learn about the revolutionary discoveries of the world around us.



    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. She is a former astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich,.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £74.00

  3. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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.



    Roger O' Brien has taught astronomy for the Workers’ Educational Association, the OU, and the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Introduction to artificial intelligence

    Course Date: Sun 10 Feb 2019
    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

  5. Stay safe online

    Course Date: Tue 12 Feb 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What does identify theft entail? What risks do you run? Learn how to protect yourself from identify theft on this course.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  6. Science guest lecture by Professor Ian Crawford: The new science of astrobiology and the search for life in the universe

    Course Date: Fri 15 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this talk Professor Crawford will summarise the new interdisciplinary science of astrobiology -- the search for life in the universe. The talk will begin by describing the planetary and evolutionary context of life on Earth and it's implications for finding life elsewhere. Building on this perspective, the talk will consider the prospects for finding life, or evidence for past life, elsewhere in our Solar System, for example on the planet Mars and the icy moons of the outer solar system, before moving on to consider the potential habitability of planets recently discovered orbiting other stars.



    Ian Crawford is an astronomer and planetary scientist, and is currently Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a vice president of the Royal Astronomical Society. Ian's research focusses mainly on lunar geology, including the possibility of finding economically useful resources on the Moon, and on the search for past or present life on Mars.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

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    One million years of human evolution in London

    Course Date: Sun 3 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will take the student to various sites throughout the Thames Valley region, where traces of the activities of our ancient human ancestors have been found. This includes first and foremost the stone tools that they used to make life easier in some of the harshest conditions over the last million years. Palaeoanthropologists of Great Britain have used other methods of research to learn more about the landscapes our ancient ancestors roamed and hunted. This course will show the student how this process can lead to a clearer picture of the evolution of landscapes and our ancient ancestors. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Introduction to quantum physics

    Course Date: Sun 3 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about the failure of classical mechanics (everyday laws of physics) to explain particle behaviour and the emergence of the quantum revolution. Consider interpretations of these unusual phenomena and the use of quantum physics in current technology.



    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. She is a former astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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    The science behind molecular gastronomy: a practical session to learn the science and enjoy the tapas

    Course Date: Tue 5 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn more about chemistry and physics through culinary processes, and enjoy tasting the results.



    The term Molecular Gastronomy is commonly used to describe a style of cuisine in which chefs explore culinary possibilities by borrowing tools from the science lab and ingredients from the food industry. It blends physics and chemistry to transform the tastes and textures of food. The result? New and innovative dining experiences.

    In this tapas tasting workshop you will learn how to experiment with hydrocolloids and phospholipids to transform ordinary food into WOW dishes, understanding the chemistry behind it. Once you've mastered these, go and make your own ‘molecular tapas ‘- simple.



    David Sanchez is a chemist certified by Harvard University in Science and Cooking. He has worked in Spain, France, Chile, the US and now the UK, enriching his knowledge of other cultures and their foods and developing innovative ways to teach about science through food.

    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £27.00

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    Science guest lecture by Richard Knight : the geology of Kazakhstan – where East meets West

    Course Date: Fri 8 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Kazakhstan's geology is of regional and global significance.



    As the largest landlocked country in the world, with a population of only 18 million, Kazakhstan occupies a key position in Central Asia. With a long and strong history of regional trade, modern Kazakhstan is a vibrant and beautiful country, rich in natural resources, and underlain by stunning geology. An overview of the geology, its context within the network of neighbouring states, and the importance of some of the principle sedimentary basins (from an oil and gas perspective) will be discussed. The lecture will explore the significance of the Precaspian Basin in the west, where massive primordial carbonate reefs, the size of Central London, exist at 4-5 km depths below the surface: these contain immense resources which are of long-term strategic and sovereign importance.



    Richard Knight is a professional geologist with over 28 years' experience in the energy sector. He has a PhD in Micropaleontology and he has lived and worked across the world including the Sultanate of Oman, Malaysia, Australia, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Russia, Central Asia, and closer to home in Europe.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  11. Introduction to cyber security essentials

    Course Date: Sun 17 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

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    Exploring wetlands in early spring

    Course Date: Tue 19 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the early spring London’s wetlands are at their most dynamic for birdlife; the last of the winter migrants prepare for their departure whilst the resident birds dive into the breeding season. Spring wetlands are full of activity, song and courtship displays. Discover the habitat and wildlife of London’s wetlands in early spring during this relaxed course led by zoologist Brenna Boyle. Introductory session at CityLit followed by two fieldtrips to RSPB Rainham Marshes (Thurrock) and the London Wetland Centre (Barnes).



    Brenna Boyle (B.Sc Hons Dunelm, M.Sc DIC) is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital, London's wildlife discovery service and also works for two urban environmental education charities.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  13. Introduction to robotics

    Course Date: Sun 31 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Robots are starting to replace dogs as human’s best friends, and are infiltrating our lives in everything from healthcare to space exploration. Learn how they work and what the future will look like.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  14. A Japanese garden in a London park- morning at City Lit; afternoon Holland Park

    Course Date: Sat 6 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Japanese style gardens became very fashionable In the UK in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and many wealthy landowners wanted one in their park or garden. We will discuss the reasons for their popularity at that time. In the afternoon we will explore Holland Park and its history to track the arrival of the Japanese garden there, and visit the garden.



    Morning at City Lit 10.30 - 12.30

    Afternoon meet at 2pm in Holland Park.

    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Astronomy at the UCL observatory, Mill Hill

    Course Date: Mon 8 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    An intensive course with unique access to the facilities of the UCL Observatory, including practical experiments and solar observations. Learn how stars live and die, the characteristics of the variety of planets that orbit them and discover the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Tutors: UCL staff including Dr Francisco Diego.
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

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