Friends contributes to the public understanding of science, technology and medicine through talks and visits exploring the latest discoveries and developments. Our aim is to entertain and inform non-specialists and experts alike.

Everyone who is curious about science is very welcome to come and socialise with our speakers and guests.

Register to  receive updates and book public events or you may wish to  join as a Member.

Come to our talks

Hear world-class scientists unveil brilliant discoveries and developments in science, technology, engineering and medicine. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to enjoy thought–provoking talks amongst Friends at our public lectures. Explore and book one of our public talks here.


Author: John Talbot

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Register for email updates and reminders of our public lectures. Be the first to find out about public events and learn from leading figures in their fields, hear about the latest research and results from world-class academics. Already know a little? if you have an enquiring mind and want to know more then come to our events!



Join Friends

Join as a Member to enjoy almost a 60% reduction on ticket prices for our public lectures. Access special Member-only events, including visits to laboratories and research establishments in the UK and abroad hosted by leaders from academia and industry.


Author: John Talbot

Our events

  • Behind-the-Scenes @ Physics Plasma Group

    A Members-only exclusive Behind-the-Scenes visit to the largest university-based pulsed-power generator, MAGPIE, at Imperial College London Read more

  • Drugs, booze and politics: finding a balance

    Professor David Nutt, a well known proponent of drug law reform, talks about drugs and politics. Read more

  • Cure: mind over body

    At a Member-only soirée author Jo Marchant talks about alternatives to prescription drugs and asks the question: can our minds really heal our bodies? Read more

  • Chirality and the future of electronics

    Dr Jess Wade BEM, Imperial physicist Read more

  • Plastic fantastic: solving plastic waste

    When plastic first burst onto the scene in the 1950s it was hailed as a wonder material, now as waste it endures pariah status. New approaches to recycling it may well re-secure its "fantastic” status. Read more

  • Behind-the-Scenes @ Natural History Museum Spirit Collection

    Go behind the scenes with the NHM knowledgable science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit. This is an exclusive Members-only event. Read more