Course Date: Fri 19 Oct 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of Plate Tectonics which has since become terrestrial geology's Grand Unifying Theory. Ted Nield will explain the theory and how the concepts relate to the earlier ideas of ‘Continental Drift’.
Ted Nield is the author of several highly successful books on geology: Underlands - a journey through Britain's lost landscape (2014). Incoming! or, why we should stop worrying and learn to love the meteorite (2011)) and Supercontinent - 10 billion years in the life of our planet (2007). He was editor from 1997 to 2018 of the Geological Society’s magazine, Geoscientist.Full fee: £9.00Senior fee: £9.00Concession: £9.00
Course Date: Sun 21 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetStephen 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: £89.00Senior fee: £71.00Concession: £45.00
Course Date: Sun 11 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetOur perception of Neandertals has changed considerably over the past century. It will continue to change as we find more evidence. This lecture-based course will offer a clear summary of what the latest research is telling us about Neandertals and its implications. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research.Full fee: £49.00Senior fee: £39.00Concession: £25.00
Course Date: Fri 16 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetHow did we humans obtain our cognitive abilities? Dr Gillian Forrester researches both the evolutionary history of our species and the developmental progression of the individual. This lecture will focus on behaviours that we share with other animals and consider which particular behaviours might have been important for modern humans’ cognition.
Gillian Forrester is a comparative cognitive neuroscientist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London. She has researched in both Cognitive Science at the University of California San Diego and Experimental Psychology at Oxford .Full fee: £9.00Senior fee: £9.00Concession: £9.00
Course Date: Sun 2 Dec 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetWe'll explore the concept of time in everyday life, using the theories of special and general relativity. We'll investigate its nature in the quantum world zooming out to the large scale Universe.
Radmila Topalovic holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She has written articles for The Guardian Starwatch column and The Mercury Night Sky column, and is a co-author of Stargazing: A beginner's guide to astronomy. Radmila was an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, she is currently Programme Leader for Science and Engineering at Kaplan International College.Full fee: £49.00Senior fee: £39.00Concession: £25.00
Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetAlthough 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.Full fee: £149.00Senior fee: £149.00Concession: £66.00
Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetExplore 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.Full fee: £169.00Senior fee: £169.00Concession: £74.00
Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetA 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: £49.00Senior fee: £39.00Concession: £25.00
Course Date: Tue 12 Feb 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetWhat does identify theft entail? What risks do you run? Learn how to protect yourself from identify theft on this course.Full fee: £39.00Senior fee: £31.00Concession: £20.00
Course Date: Sun 3 Mar 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn 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.Full fee: £49.00Senior fee: £39.00Concession: £25.00
Course Date: Fri 8 Mar 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetKazakhstan'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: £9.00Senior fee: £9.00Concession: £9.00
Course Date: Sun 17 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn 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: £99.00Senior fee: £79.00Concession: £50.00
Course Date: Sun 31 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetRobots 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: £99.00Senior fee: £79.00Concession: £50.00
Course Date: Sat 6 Apr 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetJapanese style gardens became very fashionable In the UK in the late 19th early 20th centuries and many wealthy landowners wanted one in their park or garden. We will explore Holland Park and its history to track the arrival of the Japanese garden there, and visit the garden.
Full fee: £49.00Senior fee: £39.00Concession: £25.00
Course Date: Sun 14 Apr 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetExplore 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: £49.00Senior fee: £39.00Concession: £25.00