April – June 2014
If you were able to make a substance change colour, or turn from a solid to a liquid, would that be magic? From a liquid that boils at room temperature to gases that are heavier than air, join Andrew Szydlo as he explores magical molecules and enchanting elements in this family event full of practical demonstrations of the magic of chemistry.
If you ask people what makes them laugh, they will tell you they laugh at jokes: however if you look at when they laugh a very different pattern emerges, in which laughter can be seen as an extremely important social emotion. Sophie Scott will explore the science of laughter, from laughter in other animals to the acoustics of laughter, and the ways that laughter is processed in our brains.
The world’s tropical forests harbour half of the species on earth and still occupy a large proportion of our planet’s surface. How does the biodiversity in these forests change with our changing climate? How does the ecology of the forests affect the carbon cycle? Explore why it is important to understand the dynamics of tropical forests for the wellbeing of our planet.
Professor Oliver Phillips is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds.
Tickets are not required. Doors open at 6 pm and seats are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
It is widely believed that studying mathematics at advanced levels develops generic “thinking skills” which are useful in many domains of life. Is there any actual evidence to back this claim? Dr Matthew Inglis discusses the evidence into how studying maths develops your thinking skills, logical reasoning and/or ability to resolve problems.
Dr Matthew Inglis is a Royal Society Education Research Fellow at Loughborough University.
Tickets are not required. Doors open at 6.00 pm and seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
All the organs of our body originate from small founder populations of cells which multiply into complex structures. Adult stem cells are used to maintain organs throughout adult life and to repair or regenerate them after damage. Focusing on the lung, an organ that is frequently damaged by disease and environmental agents, this talk will examine mechanisms controlling the differentiation and morphogenesis of embryonic organs, the behaviour of adult stem cells, and how these are influenced by factors including genes, ageing, inflammation and infection.
The Croonian Lecture is the Royal Society’s premier lecture in biological sciences. It is delivered annually at the Royal Society in London and is accompanied by a medal and a gift of £1,000.
Professor Brigid Hogan FRS was awarded the 2014 Croonian Lecture for her pioneering contributions that have transformed understanding of cell specification, organogenesis and morphogenesis in mammalian development.
This event is free to attend and open to all. Tickets are not required. Doors open at 6.00 pm and seats are allocated on a first come first served basis.