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Eye catching: light and biological time

Tuesday 5th March 2019

Tuesday 5th March 2019

Russell Foster CBE FRS Professor of Circadian Neuroscience, Oxford University

Embedded within our genes, and almost all life on Earth, are the instructions for a biological clock that marks the passage of approximately 24 hours. A third kind of photoreceptor in the eye reacting to light and dark help us synchronize this inner clock with the outside world.

Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).

Fragile Lives: a heart surgeon reflects

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Professor Stephen Westaby FRCS, a leading British heart surgeon at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and Imperial Alumnus

Author and surgeon reflection on his work as a heart surgeon who has helped to develop and refine the use of heart pumps, artificial hearts and circulatory support technology. His book 'Fragile Lives' will be on sale.

Aircraft Electric Propulsion: Volting into the air

Thursday 4th April 2019

Thursday 4th April 2019

Ric Parker, former Director of Technology, Rolls Royce, Imperial Alumnus

In the last two years over one hundred credible electric and hybrid-electric aircraft projects have been launched. Two-seater electric aircraft are already flying. This is to ignore the multitude of small drones and electric toys which proliferate. The speaker will examine the possibilities for large, passenger aircraft, electric propulsion, considering more electric, hybrid-electric and fully electric options. He will explore the challenges, which are technological, safety-related and legislative. Fasten your seat belts for an electrifying ride!

Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).

Behind-the-scenes @ British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Michael Schneider British Heart Foundation Simon Marks Professor of Regenerative Medicine, Director of BHF Centre for Research Excellence

There has never been a better time to study the roots of cardiovascular disease or to pursue transformative new game-changing therapies.

Fighting epidemics

Thursday 25th April 2019

Thursday 25th April 2019

Stephen Riley, Professor of Infectious Disease Dynamics, School of Public Health

After the 2014 Ebola outbreak and in the centenary year of the influenza pandemic of 1918, understanding how infectious diseases spread and developing strategies to contain them is crucial.

Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).

What can stem cells do for us?

Tuesday 14th May 2019

Tuesday 14th May 2019

Professor Melanie Welham, CEO Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council, Imperial Alumnus

Research into molecular signalling and stem cell science is revealing new ways of treating illness.

Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).

Visit to the Large Hadron Collider, CERN

Booking Closed

Thursday 16th May 2019
to Sunday 19th May 2019

Thursday 16th May 2019
to Sunday 19th May 2019

Booking Closed

The team of Professor Sir Tejinder Virdee FRS

A visit to see the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN including the Compact Muon Solenoid whilst they are down for maintenance. The tour includes visits to the Science History Museum on the banks of Lake Geneva and scientific sites in the Old City.

Behind-the-scenes @ London DNA Foundry

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Richard Kitney, OBE FREng FRSE Professor of BioMedical Systems Engineering, Co-Director

A core facility at Imperial College, which specialises in the design, assembly, verification and functional characterisation of synthetic DNA for academic and industrial clients.

Life on Mars

Thursday 13th June 2019

Thursday 13th June 2019

Sanjeev Gupta Professor of Earth Sciences

Evidence of organic matter on Mars, changing concentrations of methane, lakes beneath the ice are all indicators that life could have been present on Mars and may be still.

Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).

Friends Summer Party

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Wednesday 19th June 2019

President of Imperial College Alice Gast and Chair of Friends Roderick Rhys Jones

Music, fizz, wine, bites and conversation at 58 Prince's Gate an impressive Edwardian Townhouse with wonderful terrace overlooking Prince's Gardens. Join senior members of College, our speakers past and future, and other members.

Meet the science authors at Imperial Festival

Saturday 29th June 2019
to Sunday 30th June 2019

Saturday 29th June 2019
to Sunday 30th June 2019

TBC

Science is fun at the Imperial Festival. Come and celebrate the livelier side of sciences. Listen to stories, hear music, watch dance and join Friends to Meet the science authors.