Oct
23
Mon
Are you smarter than a chimpanzee?
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Are you smarter than a chimpanzee? @ The Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

What makes humans special, and what makes us different from animals? To find out, join Ben Ambridge whose ingenious tests and puzzles will pit you against a range of extraordinary creatures, and give surprising insight into our place in the animal kingdom.

This event is particularly suitable for ages 12+.

The Roots of Platonic Dialectic – Heraclitus
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Roots of Platonic Dialectic - Heraclitus @ Cecil Sharp House | England | United Kingdom

Is dialectic a method serving the practice of any philosophy? Or is it a fundamental part of a specific philosophical tradition? The term dialectic (or dialectics) itself is formulated and developed in Plato’s dialogues for the first time. Each hypothesis about the roots of Platonic Dialectic implies a different interpretation of dialectics, but each conception of these roots could be taken as a moment of the history of dialectics. In Heraclitus’ fragments, we have a theory of becoming established on the idea of opposites. These opposites in Heraclitus do not exclude the idea of harmony and the necessary trust in the unity of Logos. Plato was taught in Heraclitus to go beyond the principle of contradiction, even if he apparently criticizes his theory of becoming.

No previous experience of formal philosophy is required.

Entrance in free, but donations between £3-5 will be welcomed.

A PDF download of the extract we will be reading is available on our website together with further details of this and other Prometheus Trust’s activities: www.prometheustrust.co.uk (the PDF is on the “London Monday Evenings” page.)

Oct
24
Tue
Foreigners in London (Daniel Mytens, Denizen of England)
Oct 24 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Foreigners in London (Daniel Mytens, Denizen of England) @ The University Women's Club | England | United Kingdom

Established in 1994, THE COURSE offers exciting and innovative lectures in the History of Art, Literature, Music and Opera.

In “Foreigners in London”, Leslie Primo will discuss why the aristocracy preferred foreign painters to native-born English ones? Why did foreigners come in the first place? What was their motivation and what was the impact of foreigners on English art and art practice? This course will trace foreign artists from the Tudors to the Neo-Classical looking at their origins and how they came to work in England.

DANIEL MYTENS Denizen of England

Before van Dyck and Rubens, there was Daniel Mytens the painter from The Hague.  We will explore his life at the court of James I and subsequently Charles I, look at his training and influences, his rise to fame at the English court, the introduction of his new Renaissance/Baroque style of painting to the London aristocracy and his involvement with the Earl and Countess of Arundel.

 

Souls at Stake: Tyndale, the Bible and the 21st Century
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

William Tyndale gave us the Bible in English, and died for it. His passion was to put the Bible into the hands of everyone so that we could read it for ourselves. Executed as a heretic in 1536 for translating the Bible, within a few years his translation was in every church in England. Melvyn Bragg, broadcaster, novelist, and biographer of Tyndale, and Jane Williams, theologian, will explore what difference he made to our lives.

Memories w/@DrJenWild @drjuliashaw
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Memories w/@DrJenWild @drjuliashaw @ The Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

Memories are our most cherished possessions. But why can we often not recall important information and yet unwanted memories won’t go away? Can we rely on memory or is it a fiction? Vin Walsh introduces Julia Shaw and Jennifer Wild in a fascinating exploration of this most fundamental brain function.

Oct
25
Wed
Galapagos Day: Inspiring Conservation
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Galapagos Day: Inspiring Conservation @ Royal Geographical Society | England | United Kingdom

Whilst the Galapagos Islands are one of the most unique, scientifically important, biologically inspiring places on Earth, the Archipelago is not resistant to the pressures of human development. From the wonders of whale sharks to the perils of plastics, how do we inspire future conservationists to protect our blue planet?

Join us to listen to Liz Bonnin, presenter of the BBC’s ‘Galapagos’, as she shares her unique experiences exploring the depths of the Galapagos Marine Reserve and her work inspiring future generations of scientists. In addition, find out how GCT is engaging the stewards of Galapagos, including the local community and the travel industry through sustainable living and tourism.

Finally, from oceanographers and climate scientists to behavioural psychologists and contemporary archaeologists, our expert panel, chaired by Liz Bonnin, will be discussing the following key questions:

  • How does plastic pollution affect our planet at the micro and macro level?
  • How can society change to combat the plastic pollution problem?
  • Can there ever be a plastic free Galapagos?

In addition to the exciting talks, we will have the amazing winners of our 2017 Galapagos photography competition on display, as well as a photography exhibition from Falmouth University. We hope you can join us on what promises to be an inspiring and insightful evening!

Physical raffle tickets will also be available on the night for a chance to win a 5-day cruise for two around Galapagos and £1000 each towards flights.

So join us on 25 October to hear about our crucial work to preserve these iconic Islands and to honour one of our founding trustees, Nigel Sitwell who sadly passed away earlier this year. All proceeds from this event will go directly towards funding our projects, which you can read more about here.

Oct
26
Thu
Guided Tour: Martin Puryear Exhibition
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Guided Tour: Martin Puryear Exhibition @ Parasol unit | England | United Kingdom

Guided Tour | Martin Puryear Exhibition
With artist Veronica Ryan
In conjunction with Museums at Night October 2017
Thursday 26 October, 7pm

£8/6 (conc) | Booking required

Join us for a guided tour of the Martin Puryear exhibition led by artist Veronica Ryan who will speak about each of Puryear’s extraordinary abstract sculptures and his works on paper. His approach to materials and inherent sensibility result in profoundly considered works which touch issues of identity and politics with intriguing subtlety.

Veronica Ryan is an artist who currently splits her time between New York and the UK. She completed a residency at Tate St Ives from 1998 to 2000, where she worked in the former studio of Barbara Hepworth.

What our brains want
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
What our brains want @ The Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

Our sense of reward motivates us and is essential for survival, so when the system malfunctions, it can lead to big problems. Hear Ray Dolan, Wolfram Schultz and Peter Dayan, winners of this year’s Brain Prize, discuss their ground-breaking work on how the brain recognises and processes reward with Claudia Hammond, the host of BBC’s ‘All in the mind’.

Whatever Happened to Shell Shock? w/@WesselyS
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Whatever Happened to Shell Shock? w/@WesselyS @ Bethlem Museum of the Mind | England | United Kingdom

Shell shock is the phrase coined in World War I to describe what is now commonly referred to as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Professor Simon Wessely charts the evolution of military psychiatry, reviewing psychological disorders suffered by servicemen and women from 1900 to the present, considering the history of treatment in relation to contemporary medical priorities and health concerns.

Professor Sir Simon Wessely is Professor of Psychological Medicine and Regius Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London and a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College and the Maudsley Hospitals.His doctorate is in epidemiology, and he has over 700 original publications, with an emphasis on the boundaries of medicine and psychiatry, unexplained symptoms and syndromes, population reactions to adversity, military health, epidemiology and others. He has co-authored books on chronic fatigue syndrome, randomised controlled trials and a history of military psychiatry. Professor Wessely is also President of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Oct
27
Fri
Two heads w/@utafrith @cdfrith
Oct 27 @ 7:20 pm – 8:45 pm
Two heads w/@utafrith @cdfrith @ The Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

Humans are intensely social. We learn from each other and work together. But what are the advantages of working together, and are two heads always better than one when making decisions? Join Chris and Uta Frith for a historic two-person Discourse as they explore the science of collaboration.

Chris Frith is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy at UCL and has published widely on social cognition, schizophrenia and other neuroscience topics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the British Academy, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Uta Frith is an Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London. She is best known for her research on autism spectrum disorders. Her aim is to discover the underlying cognitive causes of developmental disorders and to link them to behavioural symptoms as well as to brain systems. She recently became president of the British Science Association.

Oct
28
Sat
Battle Of Ideas
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – Oct 29 @ 6:45 pm
Battle Of Ideas @ Barbican | England | United Kingdom

The Battle of Ideas is an acclaimed annual festival that draws together 400 international speakers each year. Since 2005, the Battle of Ideas has challenged speakers and audiences alike to ‘shape the future through debate’. Nearly 3,000 people from all walks of life dispute and discuss the key issues and ideas of our time at a hundred different sessions across the weekend.

Politics is in a very fluid state, as illustrated by the outcome of the UK General Election in June, when the Conservatives blew a huge lead in the opinion polls to end up losing their overall majority. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour, far from being routed as expected thanks to its radical manifesto, saw a surge in its vote. More broadly, there is a palpable sense of changing political alignments in the air.

Recent events have shown that political life doesn’t follow a preordained script, that democracy throws up unexpected results and voters are not a stage army to be called up to give a mandate and then be put back in their box. The trend has been well illustrated by everything from the surprise Brexit vote, the election of the ‘independent’ Emmanuel Macron in France and Donald Trump in America, the collapse of mainstream parties in many countries and Theresa May’s fall from ‘strong and stable’ to precariously hanging on in the new hung parliament. If once we were told that we were living in an ‘end of history’ era, dominated by TINA (There is No Alternative), now there is a sense that the centre will not hold; a widespread feeling that, after years of economic stagnation and political failure, the status quo is not good enough. The very future of traditional political parties has been called into question.

But this sense of a changing world can be as disorientating as it is exhilarating. The ability to debate and discuss the shifting trends is an essential antidote to knee-jerk posturing over everything from Islamist terror attacks to the horrific tragedy at Grenfell Tower. For example, what are the wider consequences of the decisions that voters are now making? The question of Brexit, which opens up challenges for the UK in relation to the economy, scientific cooperation and much more, still remains central to political life in the UK. Trump’s election has caused enormous debate on a wide range of issues, like the future of world trade, immigration, the nature of democracy today and international relations.

Meanwhile the continued assault on free societies from homegrown jihadis, including attacks at Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, raises uncomfortable questions about everything from Western values to identity politics, from policing cyberspace to the limits (or not) of free speech. Such an atmosphere creates new uncertainties and possibilities right across society, asking questions of artists, philosophers and educationalists as well as politicians, academics and commentators.

The Battle of Ideas 2017 aims to be a uniquely open forum for debating these issues. Much of the shock of recent events has been the result of people getting stuck in ‘echo chambers’, unable – perhaps unwilling – to hear and discuss other points of view. That is never a problem at the Battle of Ideas. Since 2005, we have promoted open, wide-ranging public debate on the issues of the day. Our motto is ‘Free Thinking Allowed’ and we will bring together a range of speakers for passionate, serious-minded discussion of the contemporary world.

Of course, the big questions facing society go way beyond Brexit, Trump and ISIS. On the international stage alone, we’ll be looking at important developments in Russia, France and China. In our schools and universities, there are heated debates about what should be taught, diversity and inequality, even about the nature of truth. In the arts, there are big questions to be discussed: theatre, literature and galleries are embroiled in culture wars about cultural appropriation, representation and ‘whitewashing’. In science and technology, there are disputes about genetics, evolutionary psychology, the consequences of automation and the pros and cons of Big Data for privacy, healthcare and even democracy.

This is also a big year for anniversaries. It is 500 years since Martin Luther famously helped to unleash the Reformation when he nailed his famous theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg. What now for religious belief and freedom of conscience? It is also 100 years since the Russian Revolution. What was its impact on politics and culture – and how should it be viewed today? And it is 50 years since abortion was legalised in the UK. Are abortion rights now under threat around the world?

All this just skims the surface of what we will discuss at this year’s festival in London, our Battle of Ideas Europe events across the continent and our satellite events around the UK. For more of a flavour of the debates taking place, visit our weekend overview page, where you see how our programme for 2017 is developing. And then get your tickets so you can join the hundreds of speakers and thousands of other attendees at what should be another fantastic Battle of Ideas.

The Evolution of Humans
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Evolution of Humans @ The Royal College of General Practitioners | England | United Kingdom

How did an upright ape conquer the world and all its rivals? Discoveries made over the past few years are re-writing the story of human evolution – and it is far more intriguing than we ever imagined.

Come to our one-day masterclass and let six leading experts guide you through one of today’s most exciting fields of science. Your host will be New Scientist Features Editor Kate Douglas.

Speakers:

  • Chris Stringer, merit researcher at the Natural History Museum
  • Maria Martinon-Torres, lecturer in paleoanthropology at University College London
  • Andrea Manica, university reader in evolutionary ecology at the University of Cambridge
  • Mark Pagel, professor and head of the evolutionary biology group at the University of Reading
  • Penny Spikins, senior lecturer in the archaeology of human origins at the University of York
  • Plus, one more leading expert to be announced
  • Hosted by Kate DouglasNew Scientist features editor

Overview:

Once upon a time, the story of our species’ evolution was simple. It was the tale of a short, hairy, chimp-like creature living in Africa that gradually, over millions of years, transformed to become human. Now we know it’s more interesting than that. Our ancestors were just one of many pre-human species living across a wide swath of the globe from South Africa to the Far East. The ebb and flow of these ancient hominins saw them intermingling and sometimes interbreeding. Yet today we alone remain.

A succession of spectacular fossil finds in recent years is starting to reveal our true family tree. Some of the new species are upending what we thought be knew about the evolution of key traits such as bipedalism and brain expansion. Studies of ancient DNA allow us to see how different species are related and to track their migration across continents. We have even uncovered some pre-human genes in our own genome, revealing that many of us are related to Neanderthals and the mysterious Eurasian pre-humans called Denisovans.

How did we get to be the dominant ape? Many mysteries remain, but there’s no doubt that our ancestors had some special qualities that gave them the edge. One is language. We’ll explore it origins and development – and how it led to a cultural revolution. Then there are the opposing forces of cooperation and competition, which have played a huge role in shaping our interactions and our unique lifestyle. Above all, what sets us apart is the human brain, distinguished by its size and diversity. We can see the growth of this beautiful mind in the fossil record but we can also trace its emergence through the art and artefacts of prehistory.

There has never been a more exciting time to explore human evolution. Join our speakers on a journey to explore our origins and it will transform the way you see yourself.

Topics covered will include:

  • The discoveries that are re-writing the story of our origins
  • What our early ancestors were doing in Eurasia
  • How our species conquered the world and its rivals
  • How language evolved and sparked a revolution
  • What’s so special about the human mind
  • And much more

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in discovering how we became human, whatever your age or background. Whether you’re a scientist, a student or simply a fascinated human being, Instant Expert: The Evolution of Humans offers the chance to learn directly from the experts at our one-day masterclass.

What’s included in your ticket:

  • In-depth and engaging talks from 6 leading experts
  • Ask-an-expert Question Time session
  • Your chance to meet our six speakers and host Kate Douglas
  • Buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Exclusive Instant Expert certificate
  • Exclusive on-the-day New Scientist subscription deal, book and merchandise offers
The Legacy of Mata Hari: Women and Transgression
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am
The Legacy of Mata Hari: Women and Transgression @ City, University of London  | England | United Kingdom

In October 1917, the woman known throughout the globe as Mata Hari was executed on espionage charges by a firing squad at Vincennes on the outskirts of Paris. Born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle in 1876 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, in 1905 she reinvented herself as the exotic dancer Mata Hari, trading on the fascination with colonial cultures at the fin de siècle. Although history has provided little evidence of her spying, Mata Hari’s French prosecutors condemned her as ‘the greatest female spy the world has ever known’, a vamp, a courtesan and a divorcee who had caused the deaths of 50,000 allied combatants.

On the centenary of her death, this symposium hosted by City, University of London acknowledges Mata Hari’s significance as an icon of feminine seduction, political betrayal and female transgression into male spheres of influence. This multi-national, cross-disciplinary event drawing from history, politics, cultural studies, literary journalism, the visual and performing arts, museum studies and feminist studies will bring together biographers, academics and museum curators. Our guest speakers will address the cultural multiplicity of the anxieties about women in the public sphere that Mata Hari symbolised both during the First World War and as enduring concerns. Following the main symposium, this event will feature an illustrated dance performance by cabaret artist Aletia Upstairs.

Family Fun Day: Spooky science
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Family Fun Day: Spooky science @ Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

Just in time for Halloween, get stuck into a day of devilishly fun science at the Ri, with hands-on experiments, demonstrations and talks from spooky scientists. Dressing up is encouraged, with bonus points for science themes!

Family Fun Day activities are suitable for 6-12 year olds though older and younger siblings are also very welcome. All under 18-year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Should every picture tell a story? John Berger on film
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Organised and presented in collaboration with the British Film Institute (BFI), a panel of art and film experts celebrate the life and work of art critic and writer John Berger at a unique day of screenings and discussion, featuring rare films from the BFI National Archive.

Examine Berger’s ascent into art criticism and his burgeoning career as a broadcaster crowned by his most famous work, ‘Ways of Seeing’ and enjoy some of his less familiar interpretations of art and visual culture including footage never rebroadcast on television since it first aired.

We will consider how Berger defined himself as a storyteller, reflect on what it means to watch him on film at the National Gallery, and contemplate his enduring contribution to the way we interpret fine art.

A Heavy Reckoning: War, Medicine and Survival in Afghanistan and Beyond
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
A Heavy Reckoning: War, Medicine and Survival in Afghanistan and Beyond @ Bethlem Museum of the Mind | England | United Kingdom

A Heavy Reckoning explores the modern reality of medicine and injury in wartime, from the trenches of World War One to the dusty plains of Afghanistan and the rehabilitation wards of Headley Court in Surrey. What are the costs involved in this hardest of journeys back from the brink? Mixing stories of unexpected survival with insights into the frontline of medicine, Emily Mayhew examines the complexities of PTSD, the power and potential of rehabilitation, and how far we have come in saving, healing and restoring the human body.

Dr Emily Mayhew is a military medical historian specialising in the study of severe casualty, its infliction, treatment and long-term outcomes in 20th and 21st century warfare. She is historian in residence in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College, and a Research Fellow in the Division of Surgery within the Department of Surgery and Cancer. She is the author of Wounded: From Battlefield to Blighty 1914-1918, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize 2014.

There will be a signing after the event. Books will be available from a stall run by Beckenham Bookshop.

Oct
30
Mon
What’s next: Visions of the future w/@jimalkhalili
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
What's next: Visions of the future w/@jimalkhalili @ Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

What does the future have in store? How will advances in medicine, robotics, artificial intelligence, energy production and genetic engineering change the world? Join Jim Al-Khalili and a panel of horizon scanners from across the sciences for a futuristic evening of prediction, debate and discussion.

Oct
31
Tue
Foreigners in London (Peter Paul Rubens, painter, diplomat, statesman)
Oct 31 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Foreigners in London (Peter Paul Rubens, painter, diplomat, statesman) @ The University Women's Club | England | United Kingdom

Established in 1994, THE COURSE offers exciting and innovative lectures in the History of Art, Literature, Music and Opera.

In “Foreigners in London”, Leslie Primo will discuss why the aristocracy preferred foreign painters to native-born English ones? Why did foreigners come in the first place? What was their motivation and what was the impact of foreigners on English art and art practice? This course will trace foreign artists from the Tudors to the Neo-Classical looking at their origins and how they came to work in England.

PETER PAUL RUBENS Painter, diplomat, statesman

What was the impact of this artist who never really settled in London but was invited to it by Charles I and subsequently knighted by him? We will look at Rubens’ travels in Italy, the influence of the Classical world and Italian Renaissance on his style, and in particular that of the Venetian painter Titian. We will conclude by examining Rubens’ major works in London including ‘Peace and War’ and his great ceiling painting at The Banqueting House in London.

The making of mental disorder: the disturbing truth about the construction of the psychiatrist’s bible, the DSM (w/ Dr. James Davies)
Oct 31 @ 6:10 pm – 7:10 pm

Why, without solid scientific justification, has the number of mental disorders risen from 106 in the 1960s, to around 370 today? Why has the definition of mental disorder expanded to include ever more domains of human experience? In this seminar Dr James Davies takes us behind the scenes of how the psychiatrist’s bible, the DSM, was actually written – did science drive the construction of new mental disorder categories like ADHD and major depression or were less scientific and more unexpected processes at play? His exclusive interviews with the creators of the DSM reveal the answer.

Dr James Davies graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a DPhil in Social and Medical Anthropology. He is a Reader in Social Anthropology and Mental Health at the University of Roehampton and a practicing psychotherapist. He has delivered lectures at universities such as Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Oslo, Brown, UCL and Columbia. James has also written for The Times, The New Scientist, The Guardian and Salon. He is author of the bestselling book Cracked: why psychiatry is doing more harm than good (Icon Books), and is co-founder of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, now secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence.

All APRU talks are open to staff, students and members of the public. Attendance is free and there is no need to book in advance. You are strongly recommended to register (at no cost) with the APRU’s “Psychology of the Paranormal” email list to ensure that you are informed of any future changes to the programme as well as news of related events. You can also follow @chriscfrench on Twitter for announcements (including news of last-minute cancellations, changes of venue, etc.). Visit: http://www.gold.ac.uk/apru/email-network/

Beyond the Higgs: What’s next for the LHC w/@harryvcliff
Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Beyond the Higgs: What's next for the LHC w/@harryvcliff @ Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

In 2012, the announcement of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. But what has been going on at the Large Hadron Collider since? What is the future of the world’s biggest physics experiment? And what intriguing hints of new physics are around the corner? Physicist Harry Cliff will be your guide.

Nov
1
Wed
The Performing Arts in the Belle Epoque (Diaghilev & the Ballet Russes)
Nov 1 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Performing Arts in the Belle Epoque (Diaghilev & the Ballet Russes) @ The Course at the University Women's Club | England | United Kingdom

Established in 1994, THE COURSE offers innovative and exciting lectures in Art History, Literature, Music and Opera.

The Belle Epoque (c.1890–1914) was a period of extraordinary brilliance and glamour in the performing arts. No actors had ever been as famous as Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse, no dancers as famous as Pavlova and Nijinsky, no tenor as famous as Caruso and no pianist as famous as Paderewski. Much of the unprecedented celebrity of these artists has to do not only with their extraordinary talents but also with changes in society and innovations in technology – railways and steamships, photography, the telegraph and mass circulation newspapers and finally the gramophone and moving film. Under the influence of Wagner, Ibsen, Diaghilev and Isadora Duncan many artists saw themselves no longer as mere entertainers but as revolutionaries capable of transforming society. This course will examine the careers of these great artists putting them in the context of social and historical change and developments in the arts in general.

Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes

The great Russian impresario rescued classical dance from the doldrums into which it had fallen and created modern classical ballet. A devotee of the Wagnerian ideal of the Gesamtkunstwerk or total work of art, Diaghilev impacted on the worlds of fine art, music, fashion and interior design. Among the great talents that he presented to the wider world were Nijinsky, Chaliapin, Bakst, Stravinsky, Massine and Balanchine.

What nobody else will tell you about feeding the planet, the real future of food
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm

Joseph Simcox is a World Food Plant Ecologist and Ethnobotanist. As a Botanical Explorer he travels the globe to identify the world’s food plant resources focusing on under-utilized crops and wild species. The basis of his work is to promote the use and cultivation of plants for food and useful components. The harmonious balance between modern man’s infrastructures and nature is necessary if man is to continue to prosper on the planet. His goal is to ensure food security and nutrition for all while developing food systems that mimic nature. Joseph asserts that the identification of wild food plants and their appropriate habitats is the first step to creating sustainable ecosystems.

The improvement of these suitable plants should be one of the world’s foremost civic agendas. Science is often viewed as the sole source of inspiration in our present day psyche, but Joseph argues that much of the greatest inspiration will come when we re-examine the life ways of peoples past. “When we “know” as a society rather than as “experts” what nature offers us all will have the keys to live better, healthier and more rewarding lives. Many of the causes of poverty in today’s world are overlooked because few categorize non-economic indicators of impoverishment. Losing traditional ways is often looked upon as advancement by the people who are trying to “advance” but in the process they ironically become even more poor. We are like those people, but we lost our ways a long-long time ago, it’s time to rediscover what we lost!”

Joseph is an international speaker presenting at diverse conferences and symposiums around the world and introducing new perspectives on food resources, food production and the environment. He collaborates with independent growers, industry, universities, governments and non-government organizations in this worldwide effort. He has visited more than 100 countries to date for his field experience.

Nov
2
Thu
20 Steps to Success in the Markets
Nov 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
20 Steps to Success in the Markets @ Cakeboy  | England | United Kingdom

Most people believe they need to be a financial professional to manage personal investments, but it’s actually a lot easier than you think…

Sign up now for this morning seminar aimed at people just like you. People who want to make a positive impact on their pensions, savings or ISAs. The event is limited to just 15 people, so you’ll need to move fast and with tickets starting at just £23 they won’t last long.

Financial expert Peter Leahy, who is hosting the day on behalf of Qore Markets, will take you on a comprehensive journey through what you need to know to make a start in the financial markets.
Held in the comfort of the charming Cake Boy cafe in Battersea, attendees will meet like-minded people and enjoy a cup of coffee and slice of cake. You will also get the opportunity to speak to one-to-one with Peter Leahy at the end of the day.

Cultural Capitals (Budapest)
Nov 2 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Cultural Capitals (Budapest) @ The University Women's Club | England | United Kingdom

Established in 1994, THE COURSE offers exciting and innovative lectures in the History of Art, Literature, Music and Opera.

In Cultural Capitals (Budapest, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Lisbon and Monte Carlo, among the world’s most exciting and glamorous cities) Patrick Bade will explore the cultural life of these cities in periods when they were “hot”. He will take a broad view, examining architecture, visual arts, music and performing arts, social life, fashion, food and shopping.

BUDAPEST
Despite its turbulent history caught between Christendom and Islam, communism and fascism, Budapest remains one of the world’s loveliest and most enchanting cities. Much of Budapest’s special charm derives from the mighty Danube that flows through the centre of the city, dividing picturesque Medieval and Baroque Buda, perched on its craggy mountain from the urbane Pest with its broad avenues lined with Neo-Renaissance palazzi and its grand hotels and Belle Epoque cafes.

Fake news and how to beat it w/@jimmy_wales
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Fake news and how to beat it w/@jimmy_wales @ Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ), Goldsmiths University | England | United Kingdom

Is our news diet making us ill? As the mainstream print media retrenches and new kinds of partisan, “activist”, corporate and fact-free “alternative” media fill the vacuum, the media we consume is full of more hidden additives than ever. What can be done about it? Is it enough to check facts, or is the increasing overpopulation of factoids, and think tanks and activist groups or fact-checking their enemies, part of the problem?

Jimmy Wales is founder of Wikipedia, and founder of crowd-funded news platform WikiTribune, comes to the Centre of Investigative Journalism to think about how to fix our broken news industry.

He will be in conversation with James Harkin, Director of the CIJ.