Translating Evidence into Practice in Stroke Care
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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2nd London Stroke Forum held jointly with the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Biomedical Forum

Speaker: Professor Anthony Rudd CBE, King’s College London and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

This lecture is free and open to the public.

An Evening of Words and Music
Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
An Evening of Words and Music @ St Pauls Church, Covent Garden | London | United Kingdom

NADFAS is delighted to announce that tickets are now available for a new event to be held in partnership with the National Churches Trust.

On the evening of Wednesday 1st October, this event will combine a piano recital by acclaimed Russian pianist Pavel Timofeyevsky and a talk about churches by Matthew Rice.

Drinks and canapés will be served, giving you a chance to soak up the wonderful atmosphere in the fantastic venue, St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden.

From Intimacy to Nearness: Creating Common Identity in Post Apartheid South Africa
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

20 years on from the end of legal apartheid in South Africa, entrenched values have continued to influence the knowledge and identities acquired by subsequent generations. How have apartheid values managed to coexist with integration? What have been the consequences of this and how can we change these attitudes? Can these lessons and policies work outside of the South African context?

Join Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State in South Africa, as he shares insights from both his academic research and personal experiences of South Africa’s education system during and since apartheid.

Exposing climate change
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

NS_Live_Stock_536a4e04f0f30New Scientist Magazine presents
New Scientist Live – Exposing climate change

Friederike Otto, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Alice Bows-Larkin, Reader, University of Manchester

One of the irritating things about climate change is that its effects are often unpredictable and invisible. These factors only increase controversy. But scientists are working to expose its impacts: to understand whether the extreme weather events we’re seeing are linked to increased carbon in the atmosphere and to identify what we need to do to starve off the dangerous consequences of climate change.

Doors to Conway Hall will open at 6pm, the talk will commence at 6:30pm.

OpenCo LDN (60+ talks)
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
OpenCo LDN (60+ talks) @ All Over London | London | United Kingdom

OpenCo is a new format of event and media platform – a conference turned inside out as it happens in the offices of the start-ups not in a conference centre. OpenCo was founded by John Battelle (founding editor of WIRED magazine) in San Francisco during October 2012 as a part of the mayor, Ed Lee’s, innovation week. It was so successful we ran events in other US cities (New York and Detroit) as well as our London in 2013.

This year the event takes place in 8 cities: London, NY, SF, Silicon Valley, Boulder, Detroit, Amsterdam and LA.

At the London event 55 companies (HostCo’s) opened their doors for 45 minutes including Google, Spotify, MindCandy, Yammer, YouTube, Holition, Method, Central St. Martins and the general public (>1500 people, ranging from senior business leaders to young people seeking careers in the sector) came in to hear the leaders talk, to experience a “behind the curtain” view.

The HostCo’s got the opportunity to put a face to their brand and tell their story, the audience got to see how these companies really look from the inside and got exclusive previews of new projects, and the London community benefited as it opened itself to larger audience and helped strengthen connections internally and externally.

Please visit our website and register on our schedule to see London’s most innvoative companies from the inside! http://ldn-schedule.openco.us/

Mind Change
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

coloured-wiresLeading neuroscientist Susan Greenfield considers the implications of the vast range of technologies that are creating a new environment around us all, and from which we derive instant information, connected identity and vivid here-and-now experiences.

How can we ensure that these powerful forces bring out the best in us, and allow us to lead more meaningful, more creative lives?

Speaker: Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, neuroscientist, writer and broadcaster.

The March of the ’45 (1956)
Oct 2 @ 5:15 pm – 7:45 pm

In the DarkIn the Dark presents the first in a series of five listening events at which some of the most important, innovative and exciting BBC Radio feature programmes of the mid-20th century may be heard. Enjoy these superb archival recordings in a shared space, leading to some discussion about their continuing relevance and significance for a contemporary audience.

The March of the ‘45 (1956) written by D.G. Bridson and produced by D.G. Bridson and Gordon Gildard was originally broadcast in 1936. Bridson’s influential verse drama described the unsuccessful attempt by ‘Bonny Prince Charlie’ to take the British crown. From his landing in Scotland in 1745 where he rallied the clans to his cause, the ‘Young Pretender’ marched successfully south into England before turning back to eventual defeat at the Battle of Culloden. At moments in the programme there are voices from the north of England in the 1930s as a way of giving the Jacobite uprising political relevance. Perhaps more than any other example, ‘The March of the ’45’ established the radio feature as a creative genre with distinct characteristics; verse narrative, acted sequences and music to tell a story based on historical fact. Doors open at 17.00 for a prompt start at 17.15.

Writing wrongs
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

TreeThis year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Rachel Carson, the American conservationist responsible for putting the environment on the political agenda. When her masterpiece Silent Spring was published in 1962, she was attacked as savagely as Darwin on the publication of The Origin of the Species, but the book spurred a reversal in US pesticide policy and led to a ban on DDT and other pesticides. But does Silent Spring persuade because of the strength of its arguments, or the beauty of its language? And have Carson’s warnings been sufficiently heeded? John Burnside FRSL is a prize-winning poet, short-story writer and novelist. A passionate environmentalist, he contributes a regular nature column to the New Scientist. Professor John Pickett FRS is Scientific Leader of Chemical Ecology at Rothampstead Research, and a world authority on pest control. In a conversation-style lecture, they will discuss the complementary roles of literature and science in saving the planet.

Attending this event

This event is free to attend and open to all. No tickets are required. Doors open at 6pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you require British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation please contact the events team no later than 2 weeks prior to the event and we would be happy to arrange an interpreter.

A live video will be available on this page when the event starts and a recorded video will be available a few days afterwards.

Secrets of London Pub Tour
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm
Secrets of London Pub Tour @ Meet at Blackfriars Underground Station | London | United Kingdom

The best kept secrets of London are lurking in the dusty corners of our many, many pubs. For hundreds of years we have been sipping our gin and slurping our ale in these pubs which are bursting with character. If only these walls could talk, well now they can. All board and let’s go!

Tour time: Between 3 and 3.5 hours (depending on group size)

Start: @ 6.30pm

Dance in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth 1st
Drink at the same table as Charles Dickens, Voltaire and Dr Johnson
Enjoy a quick trip to Cambridge
Which building changed the face of Europe forever?
See the oldest Catholic Church in Britain
Learn the origins of gin and champagne
Discover why we all get hangovers
Duck out of the way of Fred the poltergeist
Step foot inside the most notorious prison London has ever seen
Taste a real gin and tonic in a real Victorian gin palace
Where will you find the best dressed cat in London?

Starting Point: Blackfriars Underground Station (St Pauls side of the station)
Ending Point: Within short walk of Blackfriars station

Lunch Bytes: The Commons
Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm

Lunch BytesChaired by writer, editor and curator Basia Lewandowska Cummings, speakers on this panel discussion include artists Stephan Dillemuth, Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden (Metahaven).

This panel looks at the ‘commons’, a concept that has gained attention in recent debates on online culture, as well as cultural production more generally. In its original meaning the term ‘commons’ refers to land that is open for collective use. In today’s art world, the commons is often used in reference to spaces and practices that are shared by groups aiming to resist commodification and forge an existence outside the capital-driven art market.

Turning to online culture and its history, it is possible to see a significant shift in how networked environments have been perceived as common spaces, from the 1990s ideal of a democratic cyberspace, to a current understanding of the web as a commercial and enclosed space. Looking at these developments, this panel examines the consequences of on- and off-line spaces of cultural production becoming increasingly privately-owned and subject to corporate and government control. Departing from this condition, this discussion examines alternative ways to collectively manage resources for artistic production. Furthermore, it will discuss the value of ‘the commons’ in relationship to the widely-shared experience of precarity, as public funding for the arts erodes and entrepreneurial strategies appear to govern both the arts and the current online environment.

Lunch Bytes is a series of four public discussions over the course of a year, which examine the consequences of the increasing ubiquity of digital networked technologies in relation to artistic practice. Each event is dedicated to a different topic and brings together European artists, media scholars, designers, curators and intellectuals.


Watch the previous two Lunch Bytes discussions on Youtube →

Organised in collaboration with Arcadia Missa; Digital Culture Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London; and the Goethe Institut, this series is part of a larger European project conceived by Melanie Buehler and the Goethe-Institut in Northwest Europe, comprising events in London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Dublin, which will culminate with a symposium in Berlin in 2015.

Celebration of Science – Hans Sloane
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm
Celebration of Science - Hans Sloane  @ Kensington Town Hall  | London | United Kingdom

Hans Sloane served as President of the Royal College of Physicians, Secretary of the Royal Society and succeeded Sir Isacc Newton as President of the Royal Society. He revived publication of the Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society, which now stands as the world’s oldest learned and scientific journal. His collection was the foundation of the British Museum and he played a part in establishing Chelsea Physic Garden.

Taking part will be:

  •  Dr Arthur MacGregor formerly Director of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and author of the Oxford Electronic Dictionary of National Biography article on the life of Sir Hans Sloane.
  •  Ian Forster – an expert of the life and work of Hans Sloane, who will talk about Sloane’s range of scientific interest and their continuing relevance to contemporary science.
  •  Sarah Jayne Stanes O.B.E.- Chief Executive of Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and an expert on Chocolate, who will talk about Sloane’s role in perfecting the recipe for Chocolate, making it more palatable and popular and the medical benefits that Sloane believed chocolate consumption offered.
Poetry Portraits
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm

Wendy-1_webPoet in the City presents the finale of a year-long project celebrating some of the UK’s leading poets through fine art. Poets including the late Seamus Heaney, Sir Andrew Motion and Wendy Cope have been captured in a series of stunning portraits, by artists from Lavender Hill Studios.

With live readings and conversation, this special event will ask what it means to be a poet. Exploring ideas of identity, the personal and the craft of poetry, Poetry Portraits sheds new light on the work of some of our most important contemporary voices.

Art Neuro and Science London Scibar: Junky Fish
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Art Neuro and Science London Scibar: Junky Fish  @ The Book Club | London | United Kingdom

Join us at the Book Club for an in-depth look into the workings of science-art collaborations, and how we can use art to explore science. Artists and scientists from Art Neuro will be discussing their work for the project, come down for a drink and find out what they have been up to. On the night Matthew Parker and Kate Hughes will talk about portraying research using zebrafish to understand addiction through the eyes of an artitst.

Art Neuro looks at neuroscience in new light, exploring all things brain through art, workshops and discussions. We will be at the Rag Factory 6-9th November presenting current neuroscience research in our exhibition, exploring brain evolution via screen printing, and knitting neurons.

Twitter: @art_neuro

Institute of Mathematics – 50th anniversary event
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

ima_ri1_1_0014db7015001aeThe IMA and the Ri celebrate mathematics and its applications at the Royal Institution in 2014, the year of the IMA’s 50th Anniversary, with this inspirational mathematics event. Dame Celia Hoyles, IMA President, will welcome attendees and chair the programme.

The talks will be followed by a reception with drinks, canapés and an opportunity to see some of the Ri’s incredible collections with Curator of Collections, Charlotte New.


16.40: Registration

17:00: Vision for science and mathematics education by Dame Julia Higgins FREng, FRS, Former Vice-President, The Royal Society

17:20: Big data by Richard Pinch, IMA Vice-President, Professional Affairs and Industry

17:45: The mathematics manifesto (first draft) by Paul Glendinning, IMA Vice-President, Learned Society

18:15: Tea and coffee break

18:35: Mathematics at the Ri by Diane Crann, Ri Clothworkers’ Fellow in Mathematics

18:40: Eight great reasons to do maths by Chris Budd, IMA Vice-President, Communications

19:25: The IMA today and tomorrow by Dame Celia Hoyles, IMA President

19:35 – 21:00: Evening Reception (Reception ticket required).

The phenomenon of children’s imaginary companions
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The phenomenon of children’s imaginary companions @ Room LG01, New Academic Building, Goldsmiths, University of London | London | United Kingdom

Several studies have shown that contrary to earlier beliefs, it is quite common for children to have imaginary companions. The appearance of the imaginary companions can cause concern to parents and others, who are not sure whether they are a positive feature or a detrimental phenomenon to be discouraged. Whilst the imaginary friends of young children are often known to parents, the imaginary friends of older children, and sometimes adults, are not known to others as their creators anticipate disapproval from others.

This paper reports on research studies I have undertaken with children, parents and adults who recollect childhood imaginary companions. The primary aim of the research has been to explore the characteristics of the imaginary companions and interactions between the child and their imaginary friends in order to shed light on possible purposes they might serve. Data included semi-structured interviews with children, and parent and adult interviews and questionnaires. Children with imaginary friends are not a homogeneous group, and the characteristics of the imaginary friends are also very diverse. Children acknowledged their friends as being imaginary yet they often felt real to the children, some having their own lives, appearing to act independently, and sometimes showing negative characteristics.

Children, parents and adults frequently gave examples of how interactions with imaginary friends were related to events in their daily lives and enabled the child to process and deal with these. Parents and adults saw the main purposes of imaginary companions were to support fantasy play and a companion to play and have fun with. These findings are reviewed in relation to psychological theories of play and imagination. It is argued that the capacity of children to create and sustain interactions with their imaginary friends, which fulfil a range of positive purposes, should be viewed as competence in imagination and creativity.

Karen is a Senior Educational Psychologist for East London Consortium of Educational Psychologists (ELCEP) and also Assistant Programme Director for the Doctorate in Professional Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology at the Institute of Education (IOE). Her academic and professional interests include children’s friendships, social and emotional development and children’s imaginary friends. Karen completed the Doctorate in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. The topic of her Doctoral Thesis concerned children’s perceptions of their imaginary friends. She has gone on to carry out research with parents of children with imaginary friends and adults who recollect imaginary friends. Karen has taken opportunities to disseminate research findings on national radio, and national and international conferences.

This talk is part of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit Invited Speaker Series, 2014/15.

The Poetry of Mystery: Rowan Williams & Wendy Cope
Oct 7 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Poetry of Mystery: Rowan Williams & Wendy Cope @ St Paul's Cathedral | London | United Kingdom

A mystery can imply something that needs to be solved – a murder mystery, a secret to be uncovered. But the things that affect us most are often mysterious – falling in love, believing in God, the beauty and the suffering of the world. And poetry is what many of us turn to in times both of celebration and mourning: poets find the words when we don’t know what to say.

In this event, two very different contemporary poets will reflect personally on poetry and mystery, and share some of the poems which have helped them, and might help us, to explore the great themes of love, faith, suffering and joy – the things at the heart of our lives.

Wendy Cope is the author of bestselling collections of poetry for adults and children, including Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and Two Cures for Love, and anthologies including Heaven on Earth: 101 Happy Poems.

Rowan Williams is a poet, translator and theologian who was until 2012 the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Collected Poems of Rowan Williams was published this year.
The event will be chaired by Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and author of The Collage of God and The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry.

Longplayer Conversation 2014: Brian Eno and David Graeber
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm
Longplayer Conversation 2014: Brian Eno and David Graeber @ London | United Kingdom

Every year, The Artangel Longplayer Conversation joins two eminent thinkers in open dialogue about the philosophical implications of long time. It celebrates Jem Finer’s thousand-year Artangel commission Longplayer, a musical composition that began playing at midnight on 31 December 1999 and will continue to play without repetition until the last moment of 2999, at which point it will complete its cycle and begin again.

Now in its 9th year, the Conversation is between Brian Eno and David Graeber. Eno has a long history with Longplayer, forming part of the think tank that helped Finer develop the original project and writing the first Longplayer Letter to Nassim Nicholas Taleb last year.

Graeber is currently Professor of Anthopology at the London School for Economics. He is an activist who has worked extensively with the Global Justice Movement and Occupy Wall Street. Graeber is also the author of a number of books including Debt: The First 5,000 Years and has written articles for The Guardian, Al Jazeera and Harpers.

Celebration of Science – Energy Conference
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm
Celebration of Science - Energy Conference	 @ Kensington Town Hall  | London | United Kingdom

A series of talks and debates:

  •  looking at the thermo-dynamics of energy production, the technological choices and constraints we have, and the costs and challenges created by our decisions
  •  considering the economics of energy choices, and
  •  examining the Royal Academy of Engineering’s report on UK generating capacity and the current challenges the UK faces in energy production.

Taking part will be:

  •  Professor Mike Kelly FRS, Prince Philip Professor of Engineering, University of Cambridge
  •  Professor John Loughhead, Imperial College, Director of the UK Energy Research Centre (UK ERC)
  •  Professor Andy Sterling of Sussex University
  •  Professor Richard Green, Alan and Sabine Howard Professor of Sustainable Energy Business and Head, Department of Management Imperial College
  •  Dr Alan Walker, Royal Academy of Engineering
Disentangling genetic & environmental influences on anxiety & depression
Oct 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Disentangling genetic & environmental influences on anxiety & depression @ Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience | London | United Kingdom

Anxiety and depression are common and debilitating conditions that often begin in childhood, and when they do, show especially poor prognosis. As with all aspects of psychological development there are both genetic and environmental influences on anxiety and depression, but what is far more interesting is to explore the interplay between them. I will focus on two particular processes. First, genes and the environment are often correlated, such that those at high genetic risk of emotional difficulties are often also faced with environments that heighten this risk. I will describe work we have done using not only child twin data, but also data from children of adult twin pairs, to tease apart these factors. Second, genetic factors can also alter the extent to which individuals are responsive to the environment. In addition to exploring genetic factors that lead individuals to be at risk of poor outcome following stress, we have been examining genetic factors as predictors to psychological treatment, a new research area we have named therapygenetics.

Thalia C. Eley is based at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. She directs the Emotional Development, Intervention and Treatment lab (EDIT lab). Her work combines behavioural genetics with developmental psychology. Her interest in these areas stems from her school days where she was fascinated by how different her peers were in how they reacted to stress. This led her to study psychology at Cambridge University, and for her doctoral work she conducted a twin study of emotional development at the Institute of Child Health, University College London. After that time she was funded by two fellowships from the UK Medical Research Council and is now Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics. Using both quantitative and molecular genetic approaches she has focused on the ways in which genetic and environmental factors interact and correlate in the development, and more recently in the treatment of anxiety and depression. She has received numerous awards including the Spearman Medal from the British Psychological Society and the Lilly-Molecular Psychiatry Award. Prof Eley has three young boys and greatly enjoys the flexibility offered by an academic career alongside motherhood.

Epigenetics: Is DNA Really Your Destiny?
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm
The Big Question - Epigenetics: Is DNA Really Your...

Have you ever wondered why identical twins aren’t exactly identical? Or perhaps why we don’t have teeth in our eyeballs? Well epigenetics has the answers.

Epigenetics is the study of how the expression of our genes is influenced by environmental factors and how the effects of these influences may be inherited by our children. This Big Question Lecture organised by Centre of the Cell in conjunction with the London Epigenetics Club will provide an introduction to epigenetics and how it works, explain some interesting examples and discuss how research into epigenetics is offering scientists exciting new opportunities to understand and treat diseases.

The lecture will last for 45-50 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer session. There will then be an opportunity to meet and talk to scientists who are working in the field of epigenetics. This second part of the evening will be accompanied by some light snacks and will run until 8pm in the reception to the Perrin Lecture Theatre.

Visitors aged 14 years and over only.

Is Christianity a reasonable position to hold?
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Andrew Watts, is an ex-barrister (and now successfully working on the Comedy circuit). There can be little doubt that to be a barrister you need to be educated, quick witted, capable of reasoning and being persuasive. So is being religious still a case of compartmentalisation and cognitive dissonance, even for people of this calibre?

Or is there any chance that we, as atheists, are missing something?

Either way, it’s a rare opportunity to learn something valuable about ourselves and/or what really motives and resonates with intelligent religious people. Following a short talk from Andrew on why he believes what he believes, and thinks it is the reasonable choice, the adjudicator will be putting some questions to him, and then we’ll have a debate with Andrew where he will also have the opportunity to put tough questions to us.

Napoleon the Great?
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm

Post_NapoleonTheGreatPlease note that this event will now be taking place at the Emmanuel Centre. We’re also delighted to announce that Jeremy Paxman will chair the debate.

‘There is no immortality but the memory that is left in the minds of men.’ – Napoleon Bonaparte

How should we remember Napoleon, the man of obscure Corsican birth who rose to become emperor of the French and briefly master of Europe?

As the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo approaches in 2015, Intelligence Squared brings together two of Britain’s finest historians to debate how we should assess Napoleon’s life and legacy. Was he a military genius and father of the French state, or a blundering nonentity who created his own enduring myth? Was his goal of uniting the European continent under a common political system the forerunner of the modern ‘European dream’? Or was he an incompetent despot, a warning from history of the dangers of overarching grand plans?

Championing Napoleon will be Andrew Roberts who will argue that if any ruler deserves the epithet ‘the Great’ it should be Napoleon. Not only did he revolutionise warfare, but he transformed Europe by retaining the best parts of the French Revolution – equality before the law, religious toleration, and the end of feudalism. He founded the first modern code of law (the Code Napoleon), instituted the excellent Lycée-based education system, and created a new aristocracy based on talent.

By contrast, all mention of Napoleon as ‘great’, ‘hero’, ‘villain’ or ‘monster’ has Adam Zamoyski running for the hills, bemused why – in his opinion – this rather ordinary man excites such passion in otherwise level-head intelligent people. Zamoyski will argue that Napoleon is credited with creating civil institutions which were in fact the work of others. He perpetrated some of the greatest military blunders in history, including the disastrous invasion of Russia. He brought about his own downfall through a mixture of incompetence and megalomania. It’s understandable why the French cling to their poetic myth of Napoleon’s ‘greatness’ but to Zamoyski no self-respecting Brit, let alone an historian, should fall for the flim-flam of this shameless self-publicist.

The Enfield Poltergeist Revisited (Guy Lyon-Playfair)
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm

The Enfield Poltergeist revisited: the UK’s most famous poltergeist case in the words of its surviving investigator…

The Enfield Poltergeist was the name given to apparent poltergeist activity at a council house in Brimsdown village, borough of Enfield during the late 1970s.
The claims included demonic voices, loud noises, thrown rocks and toys, overturned chairs and levitation of children, and witnesses including photographers and police officers insisted as recently as 2011 that the happenings were genuine.

Society for Psychical Research member Guy Lyon-Playfair is the author of This House is Haunted: The True Story of a Poltergeist having investigated this case himself, hear about it first hand from one of parapsychology’s controversial characters.

Searching for Slenderman
Oct 8 @ 7:45 pm

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The Slenderman: born barely five years ago in an online Photoshop competition, this faceless creature’s mythology rapidly spread across the internet, inspiring video series, Alternate Reality Games, stories… and nightmares.

Earlier this year, its influence may have led to the attempted murder of a child by other children. A creature of pure fiction, drawing blood.

Cat Vincent takes a look at the origins, evolution and implications of this most modern of monsters. Cat is currently a regular columnist at Spiral Nature (a series called ‘The Hype’) contributing editor to The Daily Grail, and have been published in two volumes of their Fortean journal Darklore.

Celebration of Science – Alice in Numberland
Oct 9 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Celebration of Science - Alice in Numberland  @ Kensington Town Hall  | London | United Kingdom

An afternoon exploring the mathematical allusions in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland – the Rev’d Charles Dodgson’s application of mathematical theory – Condorcet’s jury theorem, and paradox  – to cast light on issues as varied as elections, the seeding system used at Wimbledon, and Carroll’s contribution to symbolic logic.

The session will end with afternoon tea.

The session will be led by:

  •  Professor Robin Wilson, President of the Mathematical History Society, formerly Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University and former Gresham Professor of Geometry.
“A central London no longer designed just for traffic” w/ @christianwolmar
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm
"A central London no longer designed just for traffic" w/ @christianwolmar @ The Gallery | London | United Kingdom

The UK’s foremost transport expert Christian Wolmar, author of several hugely successful books on the railways and candidate for London Mayor, lays out his vision for a truly liveable London.

Mr Wolmar is a former journalist for The Independent, was named Transport Journalist of the Year in 2007 and continues to contribute articles to The Observer. A vociferous critic of rail privatisation, Mr Wolmar’s best known works include ‘The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground Was Built’ and ‘Fire and Steam’ the first major history of the British railways in more than 30 years.

Mr Wolmar is a keen cyclist, a leader of the pro-cycling lobby for the city and an avid Queens Park Rangers fan.

Lost in translation
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm

'View in Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky Bay, New Zealand', by William HodgesLost in Translation will explore how the experience of exploration and discovery can be translated for those to understand back at ‘home’ and how new places and knowledge have been made familiar historically through using systems society understands.

This new seminar series will investigate key questions around the history of art, science and exploration, and what this means today, drawing on George Stubbs’s ‘Kangaroo’ and ‘Dingo’ paintings recently acquired by the National Maritime Museum. In conversation with artists, scientists, explorers and museum professionals, consider the nature of 18th-century exploration and how these histories can be experienced in a modern museum setting.

The Human Right to Peace – Foundation for a Just International Order
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Human Right to Peace - Foundation for a Just International Order @ Hilton London Euston | London | United Kingdom

Keynote Speaker: Alfred de Zayas, United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur

For registrations and any other info please
Contact: Vijay Mehta

Telephone: 0207 790 1999
Brian Cooper: 0131 446 9545

Why we die w/ @SimonDWatt
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

flower_hat_jelly_1_3210cc044a5001aeDeath might not be certain, though taxes probably are. In this talk, featuring immortal jellyfish, the world’s slowest bacteria and the cast of Alice through the Looking Glass, biologist Simon Watt delves into the surprising science behind why we die, and what the alternatives might be. Come to satisfy your morbid curiosity.

About the Speaker

Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator and TV presenter. Although best known for presenting the BAFTA-winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants and the Channel 4 special The Elephant: Life After Death, he spends most of his time taking science-based performances around the country. He has also written dozens of articles for national newspapers and websites including The Times and the Huffington Post.

Shouting Back – Feminist campaigning & institutionalised sexism
Oct 9 @ 8:00 pm
Shouting Back - Feminist campaigning & institutionalised sexism @ Conway Hall | Holborn | United Kingdom

Two of the UK’s finest feminist firebrands will discuss the evolution of 21st Century feminist campaigning and how to solve the problem of institutionalised sexism in society.

Caroline Criado-Perez is a freelance journalist, broadcaster and feminist campaigner. Co-founder of The Women’s Room, an organisation that campaigns for more women experts in the media, she also started and ran the high-profile Keep Women on Banknotes campaign. Gathering stories from athletes in Iran and prostitutes in Merseyside to students in China and doctors in Portugal. She shows how women are taking positive, practical steps to challenge injustice or inequality, and change their world. While some of these stories (the Everyday Sexism campaign and the Pink Sari gang) are already known, the majority of the stories here have not yet been told, and demand to be heard.

The Everyday Sexism Project was founded by writer and activist Laura Bates in April 2012. It started out as a website where people could share their experiences of daily, normalised sexism, from street harassment to workplace discrimination to sexual assault and rape. Despite having no funding or advertising, it quickly became a viral sensation, attracting international press attention, and putting the problem of sexism and gender imbalance firmly on the international media agenda, helping to spark a new wave of feminism in the UK. Laura Bates talks about her experiences, the offline projects, such as working in schools and universities, the collaboration with the British Transport Police and the tricky business of being a woman with an online and public profile.

The event will be chaired by Samira Ahmed.

Samira has worked as a News Correspondent and a reporter on the Today programme and Newsnight, where she was one of the first broadcast journalists to investigate the rise of Islamic radicalism on British university campuses in the early 1990s.

She covered the OJ Simpson case as BBC Los Angeles Correspondent and was a presenter and reporter at Channel 4 News from 2000 to 2011.

Samira won the Stonewall Broadcast of the Year Award in 2009 for her film on so-called “corrective” rape in South Africa, and made the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary series Islam Unveiled. Samira has also worked as a news anchor for BBC World and for Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin, and writes regularly for newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and The Big Issue.

Public lecture: the shock of the fall and the last asylum
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm

For our inaugural public lecture, the RCN is pleased to invite two recently published authors in the field of mental health.

Author Nathan Filer won the 2013 Costa Book Prize for his novel, The Shock of the Fall. A practising mental health nurse, Nathan will speak about two sides of his life – writing and nursing – and how the two have recently come together.

Professor Barbara Gold Taylor will offer a patient’s perspective, speaking from her 2014 memoir, The Last Asylum. Barbara Taylor is a historian at Queen Mary University of London, and was formerly a patient at Friern Hospital in London during its final years. She combines her own story with an account of the rise and demise of the British asylum system.

This event is free, but booking is essential. Please use the online booking form or contact RCN Event Registrations on 029 2054 6460 or eventsreg@rcn.org.uk to book your place.

Kevin Eldon and Stewart Lee present cult poet Paul Hamilton
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm
Kevin Eldon and Stewart Lee present cult poet Paul Hamilton @ Hall One | London | United Kingdom

Paul Hamilton joins Eliot, Heaney, Auden, Larkin, Plath on Faber & Faber prestigious poetry list.

Hamilton, once described by the Poetic Literary Review as ‘a diabolical libertarian’, has remained firmly under the public radar ever since he first started writing poetry in the early nineties. But now it is time for him to receive the recognition he deserves.

Hamilton’s cousin, Kevin Eldon, stand-up comedian and stalwart of numerous television and radio comedies over the last twenty years, presents a fascinating insight into the life, work and times of a poet who stands in a class all of his own.

Stewart Lee is an English stand-up comedian, writer, director and musician.

Karen Armstrong: Fields of Blood
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Karen Armstrong: Fields of Blood @ Hall One | London | United Kingdom

Countering the atheist claim that believers are violent fanatics and religion is the cause of all major wars, Karen Armstrong demonstrates that religious faith is not inherently violent and celebrates those who opposed aggression and promoted peace and reconciliation.

Having spent seven years as a Catholic nun, she left her order for Oxford University and is today a passionate campaigner for religious liberty.

Greil Marcus: The History of Rock’n’Roll in Ten Songs
Oct 11 @ 2:30 pm
Greil Marcus: The History of Rock'n'Roll in Ten Songs @ Hall One | London | United Kingdom

Eschewing almost every iconic performer and ignoring the storied events and turning points that everyone knows, Greil Marcus daringly selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008, then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock ‘n’ roll as a thing in itself, in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out – a new language, something new under the sun.

In this musically illustrated talk, Marcus tells a story of the desire for freedom in all its unruly and liberating glory. Do not miss a rare appearance in the UK of a founder of contemporary rock criticism and its most gifted and incisive practitioner.

Instrumental with @JRhodesPianist
Oct 11 @ 4:30 pm
Instrumental with @JRhodesPianist @ Hall One | London | United Kingdom

James Rhodes has had an astonishing life. After a traumatic childhood, he found his salvation through classical music. With sheer determination he overcame his experiences and went on to become a writer, commentator, TV presenter and renowned concert pianist, performing sold-out concerts around the world.

James Rhodes plays the piano and discusses his memoir Instrumental, a tribute to the therapeutic powers of music, as well as a fascinating insight into the lives of some of the great composers.

‘The unforgettable story of an unforgettable and remarkable man’ Stephen Fry

Nick Hayes on Woody Guthrie
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm
Nick Hayes on Woody Guthrie @ Hall Two | London | United Kingdom

Forged in the Dustbowl of the 1930s, in an America crippled by the Great World Recession, this humble man found solace in song, and soon those songs became the voice of the People – men and women who had seen their lives deracinated and destroyed by the vicissitudes of global economic forces beyond their control.

Guthrie’s influence lives on, a touchstone for Bob Dylan, The Clash and the protest singers of the Occupy movement today.

With a delighted eye, and an ear for a tune, Nick Hayes’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Rime of the Modern Mariner brings a legend to life with a generous spirit and crackling moral force its subject would have been proud of.

The Land of Lost Content: Celebrating the Life & Poetry of AE Housman
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm
The Land of Lost Content: Celebrating the Life & Poetry of AE Housman @ Hall One | London | United Kingdom

A ravishing evening of humour, lyricism, nostalgia and romance featuring classic settings of Housman’s poems by George Butterworth and Graham Peel as well as words and music by Gilbert & Sullivan, Novello, Sondheim, Shakespeare, Kipling and Wilde, plus popular composers of the Great War and new songs specially written for the programme.

With Sunny Ormonde, the outrageous Lilian Bellamy in The Archers, soprano Jan Hartley and BBC actor and director David Timson.

Created by director and composer Malcolm McKee.

The Making of Home w/ @JudithFlanders
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm
The Making of Home w/ @JudithFlanders @ Hall Two | London | United Kingdom

The acclaimed author of The Victorian City vividly explores parts the 500-year history of how and why our homes have come to be what they are owing to social, religious and economic factors.

Expect thrilling mini histories of many household items from cutlery to the fitted kitchen on the way.

James Ward’s Adventures in Stationery
Oct 12 @ 12:30 pm
James Ward's Adventures in Stationery @ St Pancas Room | London | United Kingdom

We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex. They are integral parts of our everyday environment. Which of humanity’s brightest ideas didn’t start life on a scrap of paper, a Post-it, or in the margins of a notebook?

James Ward is here to tell accidental tales of invention, curious stories, brilliant designs, epic feats of procrastination and bitter rivalry.

The Yellow Peril and Chinophobia
Oct 12 @ 2:00 pm
The Yellow Peril and Chinophobia @ St Pancas Room | London | United Kingdom

Cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling shows how Chinaphobia arose in the West.

In this provocative illustrated talk, he explores the role of popular culture in generating prejudices about China and the Chinese from opium dens of the 19th century to the mass-market press, and shows that we neglect the history of popular culture at our peril if we want to understand our deepest desires and fears.