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. Exploring the quantum world

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    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. She is a former astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £74.00

  2. Further cosmology

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    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

  3. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sun 5 May 2019
    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

  4. Stay safe online

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  5. Image credit: 	Hannes Grobe, Alfred Wegener Institute - via Wikimedia Commons

    Science guest lecture by Dr Richard Knight: Micropaleontology - the world of microscopic fossils: their importance, beauty and use

    Course Date: Fri 10 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Micropaleontology is the discipline within paleontology dealing with the study of microscopic fossils, the most abundant of all fossil types. Dr Richard Knight offers a fascinating introduction to this complex but rarely publicised part of geology.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  6. Physics of life

    Course Date: Sun 12 May 2019
    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

  7. Genes, genomes and genetic manipulation

    Genes, genomes and genetic manipulation

    Course Date: Wed 22 May 2019
    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: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Science guest lecture: Understanding mindfulness: a cognitive neuroscience approach

    Science guest lecture: Understanding mindfulness: a cognitive neuroscience approach

    Course Date: Thu 23 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered about the science behind mindfulness?



    Dr Trudi Edginton is a clinical psychologist and lecturer in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience at City, University of London. In this lecture she will describe her research and practice which focuses specifically on assessing and responding to cognitive and emotional difficulties using mindfulness-based interventions. She is also concerned with how to improve access to mindfulness therapies across the lifespan. Her clinical experience includes investigating the impact of traumatic brain injury, chronic fatigue syndrome and dementia.



    Dr Edginton is also a CBT therapist and mindfulness teacher and she has published and presented her research in International Journals and conferences. Her clinical experience includes investigating the impact of traumatic brain injury, chronic fatigue syndrome and dementia.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  9. The history of science

    Course Date: Thu 30 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What we call science takes many forms, from investigating the smallest constituents of matter, to producing new drugs to combat disease, to understanding the life cycle of stars. What, if anything, do these activities have in common? In this course we will uncover a fascinating story of how science has developed and diversified over the past three millennia, at the same time identifying a set of characteristics which distinguish scientific endeavour from other forms of human activity.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  10. Image credit: NASA

    Professor Ian Crawford presents cosmic perspectives for world history

    Course Date: Fri 31 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will present a short scientific history of the world from the Big Bang to the evolution of Homo sapiens. It is intended to lay a foundation for subsequent studies of human history, and to provide a deeper historical perspective for such studies.



    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Introduction to robotics

    Course Date: Sun 2 Jun 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

  12. A brief introduction to human evolution

    A brief introduction to human evolution

    Course Date: Sun 2 Jun 2019
    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

  13. Science guest lecture: Solar physicist Simon Foster on our living star

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this lecture, Dr Simon Foster a Solar-terrestrial physicist and lecturer based at Imperial College London, will give us a close-up view of the star which, even in its minutest changes, can have huge impacts on life on Earth.



    Our sun is a dynamic living star, just like many others in the night’s sky. However, with our close proximity we can study it in amazing detail but we are also affected by its frequent changes and temperamental outbursts such as with solar flares. We’ll be looking inside the star, looking at what powers it has and how we made these discoveries. We'll also look out through its surface and on towards Earth, assessing its unique significance for how we live.



    Simon Foster's area of specialism is using sunspot records to investigate current and historic variations in the Sun’s energy output called the Total Solar Irradiance. In addition he is also active in the public engagement activities of Imperial College London and is a frequent contributor in the media in the areas of Space science and physics and is one of the scientists on Sky One’s Science panel show Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  14. Astronomy for fun

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    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,.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Image credit: NASA/Dennis M. Davidson - via Wikimedia Commons

    Astronomy in focus: Human exploration to the moon and beyond. Prof Ian Crawford and other experts offer short presentations followed by panel debate

    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the year of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, Professor Ian Crawford, Francisco Diego, Radmila Topalovic and Roger O'Brien offer four short talks on key areas of human exploration, including ethical and scientific aspects, followed by panel debate and discussion.



    Ian Crawford 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.



    Francisco Diego is Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL, keen populariser of natural sciences with extensive experience as a planetarium producer/presenter, lecturer, author and broadcaster. He is founder and director of Your Universe, the UCL festival of Astronomy.



    Roger O'brien was the boy the Space Race was run for – ten when Sputnik 1 went into orbit and Patrick Moore began “The Sky at Night”. Six further decades of studying and teaching astronomy have included work with The Royal Ob servatory Greenwich, the Open University and the Workers’ Educational Association and City Lit.



    Radmila Topalovic was an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. She holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She is a teacher and writer contributing columns to The Guardian's Starwatch feature. She is particularly passionate about quantum physics and astrobiology and is currently Programme Leader for Science and Engineering at Kaplan International College as well as a regular tutor at City Lit.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

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