2019 Programme

Adults
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Engaging UK BAME communities in climate change action

Painter, poet and environmentalist, Judy Ling Wong OBE discusses how we motivate diverse communities in the green agenda by integrating the impact of climate change here and in their countries of heritage.

Age 12+
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Day in the life of a physicist

Hear from a physicist who has put his understanding of the laws of the universe to work exploring the mathematics that underpins music.

Age 12+
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Day in the life of a volcanologist

Join a volcanologist from the Natural History Museum and find out about the hidden history of volcanoes.

Age 12+
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Day in the life of a beetle curator

Find out all about what it's like to work with the most comprehensive collection of beetles in the world - right here on Exhibition Road!

Age 12+
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Day in the life of a museum interpreter

Hear from an interpretation specialist with over ten years’ experience developing and implementing interpretation for a wide range of major cultural and heritage sites.

Adults
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When art gets nature wrong

Take a journey back through time and across the globe to explore how accurately nature has been represented throughout the history of art and culture, from the ancient world to more recent times.

Adults
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Future of food

Explore tomorrow’s diets through sweeping changes to the world's farming practices and small changes in each of our eating habits with chef and Sunday Times food editor Lisa Markwell.

Age 12+
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Day in the life of an interior designer

Find out what it's like to change environments and create inviting spaces, experimenting with processes, spaces and materials.

All Ages
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Pop-up talk: plant orbiter

Join artist Nick Laessing as he talks about his Plant Orbiter, an automated rotating system for food production, which reflects on the role of technology in local urban food production.

All Ages
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Food: All about the plate

Join V&A curators as they present their new exhibition 'FOOD: Bigger than the Plate' with live drawings by French illustrator Guillaume Long.

Adults
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Meet the authors: How to hack the code of life

Hear from Nessa Carey about the astonishing advances in gene editing.

Adults
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Meet the authors: yesterday and tomorrow

We talk to Felicia Yap about her new book 'Tomorrow', which draws on her studies in biochemistry at Imperial.

Adults
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Meet the authors: How a lobster taught us about our brains

In this discussion we talk to Charlotte Nassim, author of Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder's work in Neuroscience

Adults
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Meet the authors: Dinosaurs: how they lived and evolved

In this talk we hear from Professor Paul M Barrett from the Natural History Museum about how dinosaurs have developed over the millennia to adapt to their changing environment.

Adults
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Meet the authors: The fearless fossil hunter

Join us as we talk to historian Karolyn Shindler about her fascination with the fossil hunter Dorothea Bate.

Adults
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Meet the authors: Travels and tales of an engineer

Hear from Imperial Alumnus Louis Solway about his memoir in this talk.

Adults
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Meet the authors: The medic who popularised the Pollen Count

In this talk, hear from Professor Andrew Rice about his biography of Dr Bill Frankland.

Adults
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Meet the authors: Writing an Asian fantasy novel

In this talk, hear from Natasha Suri, author of fantasy novel Empire of Sand.

Age 12+
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Day in the life of a prosthetic developer

Find out how and this mechanical engineering researcher has become an award winning co-founder of a start-up company – Mitt Prosthetics!

Adults
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The art of performing science

Explore where science, medicine, art and performance collide! How does a lace maker help surgeons see the world differently? How can insights from the world of performance help us understand medical and scientific practitioners ‘performance’ in the lab, studio or operating theatre?

Adults
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Exploring modern and ancient Mars by robot

From the adventures of a robot car currently driving around red planet, to two new exciting missions launching in 2020, find out how studying Martian geology is central to working out whether life may have existed once on Mars.

Age 12+
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The engineers: space flight

The BBC World Service with the Royal Commission for the Great Exhibition of 1851 bring together three of the world's greatest astronautical engineers to discuss space flight at the Great Exhibition Road Festival. The event will be recorded and broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Adults
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The musical brain: Neuroscience and classical music

A neuroscientist by day and classical pianist by night discusses her dual life and the latest research into brain function and the performance of music.

Adults
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Holst’s Planets: Re-imagined

Planetary scientists and modern composers come together to present a new, scientifically credible response to the classic musical score for our solar system.

Adults
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Time tries all things

Explore time, and our human relationship with it, as artist and filmmaker Grace Weir discusses her latest collaboration with theoretical physicist Fay Dowker.

Adults
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Firefighting in smart buildings

Find out how smart buildings and better scientific modelling of fire evolution could save lives.

Adults
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What could make robots trustworthy?

Robotic surgeons. An AI babysitter. Could we ever trust robots with the things we care about most – our lives and our families?

Adults
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Creativity and AI

Hear about how development in artificial intelligence might aid creativity and innovation for designers and engineers.

Adults
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Maths, melodies and the mind

Take a musical journey through the brain with Imperial mind-mapping mathematicians and live performances from the Guildhall School of Music.

Adults
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Quantum shorts

The strange ways our universe behaves on atomic and subatomic scales is explored through a series of award winning short films presented by Imperial's quantum physicists.

Adults
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The chamber of horrors and the origin of South Kensington

This talk will guide you through one of the first and most controversial museum exhibitions relating to Exhibition Road, with former Rector of the Royal College of Art, Sir Christopher Frayling.

Adults
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A tailored approach to a new spacesuit

As we expand our exploration of space and prepare for journeys to Mars, find out how designers are tailoring the experience and bringing earthly comforts to space-travellers’ clothing.

Adults
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Singing for maternal mental health

Explore how group singing can support recovery from post-natal depression with researchers, clinicians and practitioners.

Adults
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Tackling ocean plastic from land

As new evidence shows the impact of plastic pollution in British rivers and coastal waters, find out why solutions to this global problem need to start at their source.

Adults
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Why we eat what we eat

With a public obesity crisis fed by a meat heavy and carbon intensive food industry, how can we change what we eat?

Adults
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Designing happy cities

How can purposeful design of the places we live and spend our lives promote civic engagement and reclaim our streets and neighbourhoods for the benefit of those who live there?

Adults
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Tomorrow’s wardrobe

Find out how technology, new materials and cutting-edge science will influence what we wear in the coming decades.

Adults
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Working in space with Britain’s first astronaut

This talk will take you on a journey hundreds of miles straight up, describing training and preparation, launch and how weightlessness feels.

Adults
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Uncovering our future in Antarctica’s past

This talk will journey back into the geological past to help us understand what may happen to Antarctic ice in our warmer future.

Adults
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Mental wellbeing in the field from Antarctica to Mars

An exploration of the mental strain facing scientists during fieldwork in remote locations and how this experience can help preparations for manned missions to the red planet.

Adults
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Fantastic yeasts and where to find them!

Travel the world exploring the kingdom of the fungi - from the origin of the ‘doomsday fungus’ to outbreaks in central London.

Adults
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Designing the future at CERN

Find out how a trip to the world's largest physics laboratory inspired Royal College of Art students to tackle critical problems through science and design.

Adults
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A brief history of the exploration of Antarctica

Take a journey to the South Pole in the footsteps of pioneering explorers who braved the most inhospitable place on Earth to understand how we can use technology to measure the polar ice sheets and understand how they are changing.

Adults
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Impossibles: The meeting of science and adventure

Join physicist, explorer, speaker and writer Melanie Windridge discussing a career built around her two passions of science and adventure

Adults
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The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs

Journey back 66 million years to the impact that wiped out T-rex and its relatives with the latest findings from a project to drill into the giant crater it left behind.

Adults
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Bionic limbs that make us feel

Explore how the latest advances in robotics and a deeper understanding of our own nervous system are able to offer amputees man-machine limbs that create a truly natural control of movement.

Adults
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Pollution mapping: Seeing the air we breathe

This talk explores how instrumenting a city, its buses, boats and even people, could provide the evidence needed to clean up the air around us.

Adult
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What has Einstein ever done for you?

Join cosmologist Roberto Trotta in a surprising exploration of the wide-ranging consequences of the great man's ideas and how they shape our everyday life.

Adults
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Return to Jupiter

Find out how the success of the Cassini mission to Saturn will inform a return to Jupiter and the search for signs of life within its fascinating moons.

Adults
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A modern perspective on space and time

From Newton, Einstein and Stephen Hawking to modern ideas of quantum gravity, find out why probing space and time on the tiniest quantum scales could help us understand black holes and the Big Bang.

Age 12+
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A feast for the eyes

V&A curator of prints Zorian Clayton presents highlights from the V&A’s collection of 19th and 20th century food advertising posters and ephemera.

Adults
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Mars: Should we stay or should we go?

Join Design Museum Chief Curator, Justin McGuirk, and Earth and Planetary Scientist Professor Sanjeev Gupta for a discussion about starting life on another planet.

Age 12+
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Wonder, passion & terror: what music tells us about our brain

Join Lord Robert Winston in a lively conversation with Stephen Johns, Artistic Director at the Royal College of Music, about the meeting of their two disciplines, science and music.

Adults
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Robert Thomas: Music in the age of AI, the web and biometrics

Algorithmic composer Robert Thomas joins 6 Music DJ Nemone Mataxas to talk about the future of music. In a world where AI, VR, AR, the web and biometric data open up a whole world of possibilities, what lies ahead for music?

Family
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Nature live

See Natural History Museum scientists take to the stage for Nature Live – an exciting live event where you’ll hear stories and gain an insight into the natural world.

Age 12+
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Day in the life of a spoken-word scientist

Hear from a PhD student who is researching energy efficiency as a tool to combat climate change, and also writes poetry!

Age 12+
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Day in the life of an astrophysicist

Hear from an astrophysicist who is using radio telescopes to search for the very first stars to exist in our universe, from 13 billion years ago.

Age 12+
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Day in the life of a biological chemist

See how a Biological Chemist looks at many traditional disciplines and therefore wears many scientific ‘hats’.

Age 12+
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Day in the life of a cell biologist

Being a research scientist is more than just wearing a lab coat. Find out how this researcher's day can link to not only biology, but art and new languages for science communication!

Age 12+
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Day in the life of a metal chemist

Hear from a scientist who studies tiny amounts of metal and find out what it can tell us about our body and the food we eat.

Age 12+
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Day in the life of a roboticist

A Roboticist’s day can consist of many exciting things – from getting small drones to fly on their own to developing software that allows mobile robots to find their way through unknown environments.

Age 12+
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Day in the life of a professor of bouncy bioglass

Find out what a day working with Bouncy Bioglass looks like.

Age 12+
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Day in the life of two chemical engineers

Find out about PhD students in Imperial’s Chemical Engineering department and their days working on the PRONTO project.

Age 12+
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Day in the life of an insect mechanic

Hear from an insect mechanic who investigates leaf-cutter ants as they are the prime consumer of plants in South America.

Age 12+
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Day in the life of a space miner

Hear from a space miner who is working towards making oxygen production on the moon a reality and using the technology to transform the mining industry on Earth.

Age 12+
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The invention of nature

More than 200 years ago, the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt shaped our understanding of nature forever. Author Andrea Wulf brings this often forgotten hero of science back to life.

Adults
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The journey of Prince Albert

A talk about Albert's ancestral home, the Friedenstein Palace in Gotha, with a focus on portraiture and family history.