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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Yesterday I screened Forbidden Planet & got a colleague to do a talk on robotics

I have been wanting to put on a film festival, or at least screen a film and have it accompanied by a research talk FOR EVER and yesterday, with the help from my friend and colleague Prof Peter McOwan of QMUL I finally made this happen! Couldn't be happier! About 20 people arrived which was a pleasant surprise (tickets were free so I was expecting people to be less invested in coming along) and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. And they didn't leave a mess. It all went like clockwork :)

Whenever I'm on bus journeys I tend to ponder film festivals I'd create / curate and there's nearly always one in there for Brendan Fraser films, also something that would showcase different types of music and sound design used in composing for film. I'd also rather like to screen an outdoor showing of Jurassic Park.

My most work-related film 'festival' idea centres on films where a colleague can link their research to some aspect of the film. I'm hoping to get my boss Prof Paul Curzon to do a talk about human factors, as it applies to medical device safety, linked to a film like The Dish or Apollo 13 which highlight the importance of human factors / ergonomics and human-computer (or device) interaction in achieving complex and risky tasks. I'm a big fan of the 'film plus science talk' or more generally 'film plus talk' genre.

Peter's talk before Forbidden Planet was lovely, he talked about Robby the Robot and how he looked like a robot while being roughly humanoid-like. We're largely indifferent to devices and robots that support human beings in industry (remember the advert with the robotic devices that repaint a line of cars?) but as they start to become more human-like, or more animal-like, we begin to imbue them with emotions and start to respond to them quite differently, with affection. We think they're cute. What we don't find cute are robots that move from being humanoid to becoming much more visibly, and almost behaviourally, like humans. Almost, but not quite. We find that a bit creepy.

Peter's research with colleagues has looked at finding ways of getting robots to be appealing and engaging without unnerving us. He gave an example of not giving a robot ears to avoid trying to explain to people that they couldn't just talk to it in normal English, or instead getting people to use iPads or other touchscreens to interact, instead of trying to communicate with a spoken language where the robot might miss nuances.

The film was also lovely and even though I've never seen it before it took me back to being a small child, enchanted by the music from The Clangers. It was a charming film, quite dated in places - Peter highlighted the damsel-in-distress trope and pointed out that the poster (see below) bears very little relation to the film!

I pinched the film poster from Wikipedia and added a bit of info.

Learning points
It's much easier than I thought to get a 'single title license' from FilmBank. True their website is fairly baffling but once I worked out that you first have to pretend you're screening a film to get an example license before you can register (why? why!) all went well. I registered, then booked the license. You can get a DVD sent to you, or use your own, license is the same.

I put posters up around campus (license means I can't advertise beyond it) but I think I need to make it clearer that getting a ticket is what I want people to do. My poster below probably implies that anyone on campus can just turn up (which is sort of true, but better to have an idea of numbers).

The building where I had the screening shuts at 6pm and the event started at 6.30pm. While I have card access many of the new students wouldn't, and they might not know about the main entrance which is very open and has a porter to sign them in, so memo to self is to highlight the entry point as well as the general location and the need for tickets.

I was happy with the advertising, though we didn't tell a soul about it until the Monday afternoon before the Wednesday evening event. It would be interesting to see what effect a longer advertising time has - I suspect it wouldn't make a huge difference and a few of those attending had only heard about it on the day or had been dragged along (willingly!) by a colleague.

It was initially aimed as a 'thing' to welcome new students, to highlight that we do lots of cool research where I work and that we also do outreach where we tell people about our research in interesting ways - however other work got in the way and I just told a bunch of people about it.

Also, I genuinely had no idea how proud of myself I'd be for sorting it all out. It's not particularly difficult but there's a bit of a psychological barrier / faff in dealing with licensing, sorting out security / porters, advertising - even though I do plenty of that sort of thing for work this was for fun so felt a bit different - but everything worked well.

Next time I'd quite like to see if one of the English department might like to give a talk about men playing women in the theatre in Elizabethan times alongside Shakespeare in Love, or something like that. And Paul's talk of course.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

A small thought on double rainbows

Full featured double rainbow in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska by Eric Rolph

I was in my twenties before I ever saw a double rainbow. I was on my way to meet some people in a pub in London's King's Cross and I got drenched on the way. More drenched than usual or necessary because an amazing double rainbow appeared and I remember there were quite a few of us looking at it in surprise and a several people commented on its double-ness.

At the time (mid 90s) there wasn't that much information about double rainbows on the web but I learned that it was a real enough phenomenon and we'd not imagined it. After that I found I kept noticing them, even if the second rainbow was so faint it was barely visible - you have to look near it rather than at it directly. I also spotted that the second one was always reversed and have since found out the reason for that.

Wikipedia has a very detailed page on rainbows and also mentions 'supernumerary rainbows' which are apparently 'infrequent' though I see those often enough.

I now see double rainbows all the time, two this week alone. I must have stared at umpteen rainbows as a child, and with my parents and others who all had experience of rainbows. No-one ever mentioned the possibility that there could be a second one.

I can't believe that there have been any dramatic atmospheric changes in the last 30 or so years that would account for the sudden appearance of double rainbows so my theories are as follows ;-)
  1. Brightly visible double rainbows are a bit rarer than brightly visible single ones (I've never seen the second bow appear as brightly as the first) so they're easily missed
  2. My parents and family friends weren't scientists (or artists) and perhaps those are the people likeliest to tell you about double rainbows, where they're otherwise not that visible.
  3. My parents were pretty sensible and didn't tend to stand around staring at the sky when it was wet
  4. Given (1) it probably took a bit of time for news to get out about the second bow and coupled with the fact that info is easier to find online about them now I can imagine that people see one, google it, and share the info with their friends who then know to look out for it the next time there's a rainbow.
But my advice is whenever you see one rainbow look slightly beyond the outer curve where you might see a second reversed bow.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Skeptic successes in homeopathy

I've started a collection of activities undertaken by people skeptical of homeopathy and the successes they've had in taking homeopathy to task for its misleading claims. For fairness there's also a segment on failures which I'll update too - we can learn from things going wrong.

I'll also add a section for individual succcesses (eg NHS Lothian's decision to shelve funding for homeopathy was recently challenged legally by a homeopathy enthusiast but this challenge failed) but it's mostly overarching categories at the moment. It feels like there are a few more categories to be added but it's late...

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Ourscreen lets you screen films yourself, in the UK

Ourscreen lets anyone pick a film and a participating cinema, pick a time-slot for screening and then try and sell tickets to it. I think it's a brilliant idea and was really excited when a similar scheme arose in the US a few years ago and I'm delighted that something similar is now available in the UK.

Once a minimum number of tickets is sold the event is confirmed and can go ahead... but more than one person can bid for the same screening time so if their event sells more tickets than yours then theirs wins.

There are participating cinemas all over the UK though I'm obviously interested in just the London ones - the nearest one to me is Greenwich Picturehouse - and they have a fantastic range of films, the current list is below (with their permission, thanks for sending it to me Ourscreen!). You can also suggest new films so obviously I suggest the entire back catalogue of Brendan Fraser's films, The Dish and Independence Day :)

Film Title
12 Monkeys
127 Hours
20 Feet From Stardom
20,000 Days on Earth
2001: A Space Odyssey
27 Dresses
5 Broken Cameras
500 Days of Summer
52 Tuesdays

A Dark Reflection
A Field In England
A Hard Day's Night
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
A Promise
A Single Man
About Time
Advanced Style
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Alf Engers aka "The King"
Alive Inside
All is Lost
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 - The Squeakquel
Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 - Chipwrecked
American Beauty
American: The Bill Hicks Story
An American Werewolf in London
Angel and Tony
Animal Kingdom
Anna Karenina
Annie Hall
Another Earth
Another Me
Any Day Now
Appropriate Behaviour
As the Palaces Burn
Au Revoir Les Enfants
Babette's Feast
Back To The Future
Battle Royale
Be Kind Rewind
Beauty Is
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Beyond Clueless
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance
Black Coal, Thin Ice
Black Swan
Blazing Saddles
Blood Cells
Blue Ruin
Blue Velvet
Boogie Nights
Born on the Fourth of July
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breath of the Gods
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Captain Phillips
Chasing Ice
Child 44
Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawntreader
Cinema Paradiso
Cobain: Montage of Heck
Come As You Are
Computer Chess
Concerning Violence
Crazy Heart
Cycling with Moliere
Darkest Day
Dartmoor Killing
Day of The Flowers
Days of Glory
Days Of Heaven
Dear White People
Death of a Gentleman
Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
Dinosaur 13
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Harry
Dirty Wars
Do The Right Thing
Donnie Darko
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Eagle vs Shark
Early Bird
Easy Rider
End of Watch
Enter The Void
Everyone's Going to Die
Evil Dead
Fall of an Empire: The Story of Katherine of Alexandria
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Finding Fela
Finding Vivian Maier
Frances Ha
Fruitvale Station
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
German Concentration Camps Factual Survey
Get On Up
God's Pocket
Gone Girl
Gran Torino
Grand Central
Green Zone
Groundhog Day
Guilty of Romance (Masters of Cinema)
Hackney's Finest
Heather Peace, The Thin Line Tour - Access All Areas
Heaven Adores You
High Tide
His Girl Friday
Home for Christmas
Horrid Henry
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Human Capital
I am Love
I Origins
Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
In Bruges
In The Heat Of The Night
In The Name Of
In The Shadow Of The Moon
Inglourious Basterds
Inside Llewyn Davis
Into The Clouds We Gaze
It Follows
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Jane Eyre
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
John Dies At The End
Jules et Jim
Kajaki. The True Story
Kelly + Victor
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Kiss of the Damned
Kuma The Second Wife
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
La Belle et La Bete
Lambert & Stamp
Lance Armstrong: Stop at Nothing
Leave To Remain
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
Les Miserables
Let's Get Lost
Liberal Arts
Life Itself
Life of Riley
Lift To The Scaffold
Lion Ark
Listen Up Philip
Little Shop Of Horrors (Directors Cut)
Loose Cannons
Lost River
Love Actually
Love Is All
Love is Strange
Made You Look
Magic Mike
Mamma Mia
Man on Wire
Maps To The Stars
March of the Penguins
Mark of an Angel
Meek's Cutoff
Meet Me In St. Louis
Merchants Of Doubt
Midnight Son
Miss Bala
Miss Violence
Mistaken For Strangers
Moshi Monsters: The Movie
Mr Bean's Holiday
Mr. Turner
Muscle Shoals
Muse - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium
My Accomplice
My Afternoons With Margueritte
My Name is Salt
Mystery Road
Nanny Mcphee and the Big Bang
Nas: Time Is Illmatic
National Theatre Live Frankenstein (Benedict Cumberbatch as Creature)
National Theatre Live Frankenstein (Jonny Lee Miller as Creature)
National Theatre Live Medea
National Theatre Live Skylight
National Theatre Live The Audience
National Theatre Live The Habit of Art
National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge
National Theatre Live: JOHN
Nativity 3
Natural Resistance
Never Let Me Go
Next Goal Wins
Night Bus
No Manifesto: A film about the Manic Street Preachers
North Sea Texas
Northern Soul
Norwegian Wood
Nosferatu The Vampyre (Herzog)
Nothing But A Man
O Lucky Man!
Office Space
One Mile Away
One Night In Istanbul
Only God Forgives
Open Bethlehem
Oslo, August 31st
Our Children
Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton
Palo Alto
Pan's Labyrinth
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist
Passport To Pimlico
Patema Inverted
Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Ping Pong
Pour Elle
Prince Avalanche
Pulp Fiction
Rabbit Hole
Raging Bull
Rare Exports
Regarding Susan Sontag
Repo Man
Return to Homs
Room 237
Run for Your Wife
Safety Not Guaranteed
School Of Babel
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
Searching For Sugar Man
Secret In Their Eyes
Set Fire to the Stars
Seven Streets, Two Markets and A Wedding
Shaun Of The Dead
She Monkeys
Short Term 12
Shut Up and Play The Hits
Sigur Rós: Heima
Simon Killer
Sin City
Sin City 2
Singin' In The Rain
Slavery Free + Kavi
Sleep Tight
Slow West
Smart Ass
Spike Island
Spring Breakers
Starred Up
Steel Magnolias
Still the Enemy Within
Stranger By The Lake
Suite Française
Super Duper Alice Cooper
Taxi Driver
Taxi Zum Klo
Tea & Sangria
That Sugar Film
The 400 Blows
The ABC's of Death
The Act of Killing (Director's Cut)
The Arbor
The Armstrong Lie
The Babadook
The Beat Beneath My Feet
The Big Lebowski
The Bling Ring
The Blues Brothers
The Borderlands
The Breakfast Club
The Brighton Mob
The Confessions Of Thomas Quick
The Connection
The Counterfeiters
The Cove
The Croods
The Damned United
The Dirties
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Epic Of Everest
The Evil Dead
The Exorcist (Director's Cut)
The Ghosts In Our Machine
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Golden Dream
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Seduction
The Grandmaster
The Great Hip Hop Hoax
The Homesman
The Hooligan Factory
The Human Centipede 3
The Hundred-Foot Journey
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Imposter
The Journey
The Keeper of Lost Causes
The Killer Inside Me
The Knife That Killed Me
The Last Five Years
The Last Waltz
The Long Good Friday
The Matrix
The Mighty Ducks
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Overnighters
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology
The Place Beyond the Pines
The Pool
The Possibilities Are Endless
The Princess Bride
The Punk Singer
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reunion
The Road
The Rocket
The Rover
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Shawshank Redemption
The Shining
The Signal
The Skeleton Twins
The Social Network
The Spirit of '45
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone
The Terminator
The Theory of Everything
The Thing
The Tingler
The Town That Dreaded Sundown
The Treatment
The Tribe
The True Cost
The Voices
The Water Diviner
The Water Horse
The Way He Looks
The Wizard of Oz
The Woman in Black 2: Angel Of Death
The World's End
The Yellow Sea
The Zero Theorem
These Birds Walk
This Is Spinal Tap
Three Miles North of Molkom
Tim's Vermeer
To Kill A Mockingbird
Tokyo Story
Top Cat - The Movie
Touch Of Evil
Toy Story
Tucker & Dale vs Evil
Two Years At Sea
Under the Skin
Upstream Colour
V For Vendetta
Wake In Fright
Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
We Are Monster
We Are The Best
We Love Paleo
Welcome to New York
Wendy and Lucy
West Side Story
What If
What We Do In The Shadows
White Bird in a Blizzard
White God
White Shadow
Who is Dayani Cristal?
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
Withnail And I
You've Got Mail

Thursday, 13 August 2015

The 2015 scientific society talks in London blog post

I know it's still Summer (there are about 180 open-air cinema screenings in London before the end of September in London) but it's about this time of year that I start to keep an eye on the autumn science talks season. Here's what I've found so far...
Also, feel free to copy and paste this and put it in your own blog posts and listings. It's not my info, it's just culled and re-ordered from all these sources above. Share the science communication news :)

Wednesday 9 September 2015
8pm - Richmond Scientific Society
Fusion power - safe, clean, inexhaustible nuclear power: do we need it, and is it possible? - Dr Alan Costley
Thursday 17 September 2015
6pm - Linnean Society
The Global Oil Supply: Implications for Biodiversity? - Professor Chris Rhodes (advisor on low-carbon energy to the European Commission and director of Fresh-lands Environmental Actions)

8pm - Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution
Discussion on scientists reporting experiments - Prof. Vivian Moses in conversation with Prof. Sir Colin Berry, Queen Mary College

8:15pm - Hampstead Scientific Society
Your hand is a miracle! - Prof Heinz Wolff (Brunel University)

Monday 21 September 2015
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
The slippery and the slimy; how pitcher plants trap their prey - Dr Ulrike Bauer (University of Bristol)

Monday 28 September
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
Wrest Park - A garden revealed - Sheila Das (Garden Manager, RHS Wisley)

Monday 5 October
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
Madagascar, not the movie - Paul Eguia (Kew Diploma student)

Wednesday 7 October 2015
8pm - Richmond Scientific Society
 New Horizons: space-probe mission to Pluto - Dr Mike Goldsmith, Science writer
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting. Wine & Nibbles after the talk.

Monday 12 October 2015
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
Woody plants of North Carolina - Alex Hoyle (Kew Diploma Student)

Thursday 15 October 2015
6pm - Linnean Society
Evolution from beyond genetics? - Dr Ovidiu Paun (University of Vienna)

8pm - Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution
Energy storage in the electricity supply industry - Discussion led by Frank Escombe, EscoVale Consultancy Services

8:15pm - Hampstead Scientific Society
Pollen and forensic science - Dr Michael Keith-Lucas (University of Reading)

Friday 16 October 2015
7:45pm - Blackheath Scientific Society
The Cassini-Huygens mission - Dr Adam Masters (Imperial College London)
A talk on the space probe mission to uncover the secrets of the Planet Saturn, its rings and planets

Monday 19 October 2015
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
Jeju - Wandering through one of the new 7 wonders of nature - Katarzyna Babel (Kew Diploma student)

6.30pm - Linnean Society
The 2015 Darwin Lecture in partnership with the RSM - Prof Sir John Bell
- note venue is Royal Society of Medicine

Wednesday 21 October 2015
8pm - Richmond Scientific Society
Cold atoms: from fundamental physics to precision measurements - Dr Vera Guarrera, National Physical Laboratory

Monday 26 October 2015
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
Growing furniture, re-thinking our relationship with trees - Gavin Munro (Designer, artist, Full Grown Ltd)

Monday 2 November
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
The secret of sacred Lotus - Biodiversity and technical innovations - Dr Wilhelm Barthlott (University of Bonn)

Monday 9 November
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
The royal kitchen garden at Hampton Court Palace - Vicki Cooke (Kitchen garden keeper)

Wednesday 11 November 2015
8pm - Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution
Rare Earths - Discussion led by Dr Adrian Jones, University College London

8pm - Richmond Scientific Society
Colour Perception - Bill Stevenson, Society of Dyers and Colourists

Monday 16 November
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
The role of horticulture in education (Fundraising lecture: £8 entry - £5 for students) - Alys Fowler
(Horticulturist and journalist)

Thursday 19 November 2015
5.30pm - Linnean Society
Darwin's Ark: Should Evolutionary History Inform Species Conservation?

8:15pm - Hampstead Scientific Society
The curious world of rotations - Prof John Humberston (University College London)

Friday 20 November 2015
7:45pm - Blackheath Scientific Society
Television, gathering the strands - Mr Paul Ryan (BT Sport)
Integrating the disparate sources that are gathered together to make a programme

Monday 23 November
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
Exploring the flora of the Outer Hebrides - Elizabeth Newman (Kew Diploma student)

Monday 30 November
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
My life in horticulture - 65 years - Jim Buttress (VMH, RHS judge, BBC Big Allotment Challenge judge)

Wednesday 2 December 2015
6pm - Linnean Society
The Lord Treasurer of Botany - Tom Kennett

Monday 7 December 2015
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS) 
The National Botanic Garden of Wales and it’s honey bees - Lynda Chrystie, Bee-keeper, NBG, Wales

Wednesday 9 December 2015
8pm - Richmond Scientific Society
Non-native invasives in freshwater - Joe Pecorelli, Zoological Society, London
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)

Thursday 10 December 2015
8:15pm - Hampstead Scientific Society
Adventures and advances in medical physics - Dr Alan Calverd (State Registered Clinical Physicist)

Monday 14 December 2015
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)  
Herbaceous plant communities as a toolkit in the sustainable urban landscape - James Hitchmough (Professor University of Sheffield, Olympic Park planting designer)

Thursday 17 December 2015
6pm - Linnean Society
Pearls and Unicorns – Myth and Magic in Jewellery - Geoffrey Munn OBE, FLS

Thursday 14 January 2016
8pm - Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution
LEDs, low energy white light and its applications - Discussion led by Nigel Parry, Array Lighting, and Susie Wheeldon, Solar Aid

Monday 11 January 2016
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)  
Growing against the odds in Australia - Rupert Harbinson (Kew Diploma Student)

Wednesday 20 January 2016
8pm - Richmond Scientific Society 
Future of wireless communications: higher frequencies, higher data rates, shorter distances - Prof Alwyn Seeds, University College London

Monday 18 January 2016
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
Space, an illusion & other mysteries - Paul Hervey-Brookes (Landscape designer)

Thurdsay 21 January 2016
8:15pm - Hampstead Scientific Society
The artificial heart; a new ending? - Prof Martin Elliott (Great Ormond Street Hospital)

Monday 25 January 2016
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
An exploration of South Africa’s Western Cape flora - Iain Middlebrook (Kew Diploma Student)

Monday 1 February 2016
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
Hardy's plant nursery - Rosy Hardy (Hardy's cottage garden plants)

Monday 8 February 2016
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
The effect of pesticides on bees - Dr Beth Nicholls (University of Sussex)

Monday 15 February 2016
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
Seed banking, the forest & mountain flora of New Zealand - Gareth Porteous (Kew Diploma Student)

Wednesday 17 February 2016
8pm - Richmond Scientific Society 
Applied plasma physics: the new frontiers of space propulsion and medicine - Dr Thomas Harle, Fourth State Medicine

Thursday 18 February 2016
8pm - Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution
Animal - computer interaction / dogs in science - Discussion led by Dr Clara Mancini, The Open University

8:15pm - Hampstead Scientific Society
Puzzles & paradoxes in science & mathematics - Tony Mann (University of Greenwich)

Monday 22 February 2016
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS) 
The Chelsea Flower Show - Tom Harfleet (RHS Chelsea Flower Show manager)

Monday 29 February 2016
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
Windsor Great Park - Mark Flanagan (Keeper of the Garden)

Monday 7 March 2016
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)
Lessons from great gardeners - Matthew Biggs (Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time panellist)

Thursday 10 March 2016
8pm - Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution
Weather forecasting: how and why is it ever right? - Discussion led by Dr Peter Inness, Reading University

Monday 14 March 2016
6pm - Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS) 
Logan Botanic Garden, Scotland’s most exotic garden - Richard Baines (Curator, Logain Botanic Garden)

Wednesday 16 March 2016
8pm - Richmond Scientific Society
Inter-stellar chemistry observed from the Herschel space observatory 2010 - Prof Geoffrey Duxbury, University of Strathclyde
Lecture for National Science Week

Thursday 17 March 2016
8:15pm - Hampstead Scientific Society
The hydraulics of beaver dams - Matthew Duckett (BuroHappold Engineering)

Wednesday 13 April 2016
8pm - Richmond Scientific Society
Electronic Music - Andrew Hanson, Outreach Manager, NPL

Thursday 14 April 2016
8pm - Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution
Why do we sleep? - Discussion led by Prof. Derk-Jan Dijk, Surrey University

Thursday 21 April 2016
8:15pm - Hampstead Scientific Society
Is Pluto a planet? - Jerry Stone FBIS (Spaceflight UK)

Wednesday 11 May 2016
8pm - Richmond Scientific Society  
Sustainable livestock grazing systems - Jamie McFadzean, Rothamsted Research,
North Wyke and University of Exeter

Thursday 12 May 2016
8pm - Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution
Driverless cars/trucks - Discussion led by Paul Turner, Ricardo plc

Thursday 19 May 2016
8:15pm - Hampstead Scientific Society
Geological highlights of the Andes - Dr Tony Waltham (Engineering geologist)

Thursday 9 June 2016
8pm - Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution
to be arranged

Thursday 23 June 2016
8:00pm - Hampstead Scientific Society
AGM: Wine & cheese, £3 and scientific entertainment