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The Turing Lectures: Addressing the risks of generative AI

  • Tuesday 17th October, 2023 – 7pm
  • Anywhere

As generative AI becomes increasingly sophisticated, its potential to revolutionize the way we interact with data is clear. It has already shown its ability to assist with tasks such as image and vide...

Astronomy and the Forging of Mathematical Communities

  • Wednesday 18th October, 2023 – 4pm
  • Barnard's Inn Hall, London

During the late 19th century, British and American organisations such as the US Coast Survey, the Royal Society, and the Royal Astronomical Society, as well as individuals like Elizabeth Brown and Jam...

Family fun day: Surprising science

  • Saturday 21st October, 2023 – 11am
  • The Royal Institution, London

Be amazed, astounded and maybe confused at our next Family Fun Day! We will be showcase some of our favourite science demonstrations and experiments which truely surprised us. From things dissapearing...

How to spaghettify your dog

  • Monday 23rd October, 2023 – 2pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Have you ever wondered how to slow down time? Or what would happen if the Earth stopped spinning? Or whether you’d be OK if you fell into a black hole? Well, wonder no more. Join Hiba Noor Khan on a j...

The "Acomb Area" Anglo-Saxon Assemblage: what is it and where did it come from?

  • Tuesday 24th October, 2023 – 2:30pm
  • Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, York

The ‘Acomb area’ assemblage is an unexpected chance find, acquired under the terms of The Treasure Act 1996 by the Yorkshire Museum. It consists of fragments from a gold-and-garnet decorated composite...

Brain Computer Interfaces

  • Tuesday 24th October, 2023 – 6pm
  • Barnard's Inn Hall, London

Our brains are computers. What if we could enhance their processing power? Medical technology now allows for brain signals to be read and translated to reverse paralysis. Deep brain stimulation is als...

From Artificial intelligence to Hybrid intelligence

  • Tuesday 24th October, 2023 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Hybrid Intelligence (HI) is the combination of human intelligence with artificial intelligence (AI) in a way that changes human intellect. The aim is to keep AI under meaningful human control while em...

Fragile times: Why accurate and resilient timekeeping is critical

  • Thursday 26th October, 2023 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Join us as we delve into the fascinating and delicate realm of timekeeping. Discover how atomic clocks have replaced the Earth as our time reference and how the present and future challenges in measur...

Discourse: Carlo Rovelli explores white holes

  • Friday 27th October, 2023 – 7:15pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Embark on an extraordinary journey with beloved physicist Carlo Rovelli as he delves into the enigmatic depths of a black hole. Step beyond its event horizon and descend into the infinite abyss, where...

Instant Expert: The quantum world

  • Saturday 28th October, 2023 – 10am
  • Cavendish Conference Centre, London

Does anyone understand quantum theory? The legendary Richard Feynman suggested that if you think you do, you haven’t understood it at all. But quantum theory is our best description of the microscopic...

Exoplanets: Finding Earth 2.0

  • Monday 30th October, 2023 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Although there is much to learn about our own solar system, it seems there's more to discover outside of it. Exoplanets are the planets outside of our solar system, and they come in all different sha...

Markets and Marxism: USA, USSR and China

  • Tuesday 31st October, 2023 – 6pm
  • Barnard's Inn Hall, London

Different models of economic modernity competed during the Cold War. Washington feared that the transition from colonial peasant societies would provide an opening for Marxists, as in Vietnam. But by ...

The Halloween lecture

  • Tuesday 31st October, 2023 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Embark on a captivating exploration into the enigmatic realm of spooky science as we invite you to a riveting demonstration. Prepare to be mesmerised by an amalgamation of educational and awe-inspirin...

Too late to awaken: Counting down to doomsday

  • Wednesday 1st November, 2023 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Join Slavoj Žižek to forge a vital new space for a radical emancipatory politics that could avert our course to self-destruction. He illuminates why the liberal Left has so far failed to offer this al...

A user's guide to the new biology

  • Friday 3rd November, 2023 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Biology is undergoing a quiet but profound transformation. Philip Ball explores the new biology, revealing life to be a far richer, more ingenious affair than we had guessed. There is no unique place...

Not just for the boys

  • Thursday 16th November, 2023 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Times have changed since women were barred from laboratories and unable to take science degrees. But have they changed enough for women in science? Despite making great strides, the numbers of women s...

For your inspiration: Measure up

  • Friday 17th November, 2023 – 6pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Almost every part of our modern world, be it healthcare, security, engineering or the development of new technologies, rely on one key thing: measurement. Join us for our next For Your Inspiration eve...

The maths and magic of Rubik's cube

  • Saturday 18th November, 2023 – 6pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

In 1974, Hungarian professor Erno Rubik designed something he simply referred to as 'The Magic Cube' to teach his architecture students about 3-D space. Little did Erno know that his creation would be...

The End of Everything

  • Monday 20th November, 2023 – 6:45pm
  • The Albert Club, Manchester

Although it took only three minutes to make our Universe, it will take more than a trillion trillion years for it to come to an end. Dr Steve Barratt returns to Didsbury SciBar. This talk looks at ...

Future stories: Evolution, AI and interstellar travel

  • Monday 20th November, 2023 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Every second of our lives - whether we're looking both ways before crossing the street, celebrating the birth of a baby, or moving to a new city - we must cope with an unknowable future by telling sto...

Iceland, the land of Fire and Ice

  • Tuesday 21st November, 2023 – 7pm
  • Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, York

The landscape of Iceland is carved by the competing forces of volcanism and glaciation. Recent eruptions at Fagradalsfjall have showcased the typical Icelandic style of volcanism, with fissure eruptio...