Science and nature courses in London

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  1. Science reading group: The Bone Woman by Clea Koff

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 27 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you enjoy reading about science but sometimes want to discuss and confirm your understanding with other readers? Join our science reading group and benefit from the support of an expert in the field. In this reading group we discuss Clea Koff's well-receceived book 'The Bone Woman: A forensic anthropologists's search for truth in the mass graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo', focusing on the parts on the Rwandan Genocide and the role of forensic anthropology in the International Tribunal of Justice.



    Agata is both an archaeologist and a forensic anthropologist with experience in the UK and Europe. She has worked at major infrastructure projects in the UK as an archaeologist, team leader and osteologist and regularly helps both prosecuters and archaeologists in other European countries where she helps the prosecution answer questions about deceased people’s identification, life and death and assists archaeologists examine the health and demography of past populations.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

  2. Science guest lecture: Professor Catherine Loveday on Curating the self through memories, music and belongings

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Being able to relive moments from our past is crucial for knowing who we are and who/where/what we want to be. It is the social glue that binds us and it allows us to set goals and make decisions. In this talk I will use empirical evidence to demonstrate how autobiographical memories are distributed across our lifespan and the crucial role they play in shaping our sense of self. I will also explore the nature and relevance of the relationship between our autobiographical memories and music, pictures, clothes and tangible objects. Finally I will discuss the importance of this for people with memory loss, and those who have been displaced.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

  3. Natural selection and evolution theory

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    How have scientists thought abouts how species changed over time from the 19the century onwards? This course will introduce you to natural selection and evolution theory, discussing key concepts and how they emerged in the context of Victorian intellectual and religious settings.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. Neandertals: an evaluation of the latest research

    Neandertals: an evaluation of the latest research

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Our 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. The course runs on two non-consecutive Sundays: 10 and 24 November. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Science guest lecture: Radmila Topalovic on Women who have revolutionised the world of physics

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 13 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    In this talk we will explore the extraordinary careers of ten female scientists and their groundbreaking discoveries in a range of scientific fields. We will look at the various challenges they had to face and their determination to succeed in a competitive and demanding environment. These women should inspire us all.



    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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

  6. Introduction to cyber security essentials

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  7. A brief introduction to climate change

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    We hear and read about climate change every day (in addition to COVID-19). Combining lecture and seminar elements, this short introductory course will explore the basics of the climate changes most climate scientists agree are taking place (session 1) as well as engage in a discussion about how these manifest themselves in global challenges and humanity’s responses to these against the backdrop of global politics (session 2).

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Science reading group: Angela Saini's 'Superior: The Return of Race Science'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Recent months’ debates on reparations, statues, school curricula and the politics of race are intimately linked to the deeply flawed racialised hierarchies built by scientists in the age of empire and the endless pain they have caused. Addressing this, this science reading group will study and discuss Angela Saini’s widely acclaimed, engaging and important book ‘Superior: The Return of Race Science’. Drawing on Saini’s book, we will explore and discuss how the sciences lent themselves to imperial projects through race science and its implications and the still significant problem of race science in the 21st century.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

  9. Stargazing at home: From your window to the Universe (December)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Two urban astronomers – Rad and Tom, formerly of the Royal Observatory Greenwich – will take you on a topical tour of the seasonal night sky, going beyond the veil of light pollution to explore the cosmic sights that we can all find from home. We will show you how to plan your stargazing session from maps to apps, and find the things that most people miss. We’ll also teach you how to capture the stars with the cameras you already own.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

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