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Friends science visit @ Surrey Satellite Technology

Wednesday 19th September 2018

Wednesday 19th September 2018

Luis Gomes, Chief Technical Officer

The world's leading small satellite company, delivering operational space missions for a range of applications including Earth observation, science, communications, navigation, in-orbit servicing and beyond Earth infrastructure

Faculty of Science Research Showcase

Wednesday 26th September 2018

Wednesday 26th September 2018

Showcasing our innovative research from across the sciences, join us for a full day of presentations and stimulating discussions with academics and prize-winning PhD students from the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Science in Tuscany: ancient and modern

Tuesday 2nd October 2018
to Sunday 7th October 2018

Tuesday 2nd October 2018
to Sunday 7th October 2018

Prof John Burland, Prof Francesco Fidecaro and more

We are organising guided tours of interesting science sites in Tuscany including the Leaning Tower of Pisa; the European Gravitational Observatory; European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy, Florence University; Galileo Museum.

First stars in the Universe

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Dr Emma Chapman Royal Astronomical Society Fellow, Imperial College London

In February 2018 we got the first glimpse of the creation of the first stars using radio telescopes and were blown away with what we saw. I will introduce what we think we know about the era of the first stars, why we already seem to have been proved wrong in a very exciting way with the first detection, and how the upcoming Square Kilometre Array, in Australia, will create an actual movie of our Universe growing up.

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

Behind-the-scenes @ Hamlyn Centre

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Professor Guang-Zhong Yang

The Hamlyn Centre was established for developing safe, effective and accessible technologies to reshape the future of health care through the use of imaging, sensing and robotics in the developing and developed world.

Cassini, JUICE and beyond

Monday 5th November 2018

Monday 5th November 2018

Michele Dougherty FRS CBE FRAS, Professor of Space Physics, Head of Department of Physics, Imperial College London.

The Cassini mission to the moons of Saturn led to the discovery of water and hydrocarbons around Enceladus. Now Prof Dougherty is planning a visit to the icy moons of Jupiter opening up new possibilities in the search for life.

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

Democratic energy systems

Thursday 15th November 2018

Thursday 15th November 2018

Professor Cathy McClay FIET FCGI, Head of Commercial Operations, National Grid, Imperial Alumnus

Accelerating the UK transition to a decarbonised, decentralised and democratic energy system will have implications for all.

AGM

Thursday 22nd November 2018

Thursday 22nd November 2018

Life on the edge: quantum biology

Thursday 22nd November 2018

Thursday 22nd November 2018

Johnjoe McFadden, Professor of Molecular Genetics, Surrey University, Alumnus

Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. What is missing?

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

Behind-the-scenes @ Department of Aeronautics

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Professor Paul Robinson (Head of Aeronautics Dept.) and Dr Nige

This event is held at Imperial’s Department of Aeronautics.

Meeting the challenge of climate change

Thursday 6th December 2018

Thursday 6th December 2018

Professor Sir Brian Hoskins CBE FRS Chair of the Grantham Institute - Climate Change & the Environment

Distinguished climate warrior Sir Brian spells out the challenges and proposes technological and political solutions

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

Flies and mosquitos @ Natural History Museum

Wednesday 16th January 2019

Wednesday 16th January 2019

Dr Tim Littlewood Head Department Life Sciences, Dr Erica McAlister Senior Curator Diptera

A visit behind-the-scenes to the flies and mosquito collections and an insight into the research work being carried out.

Fire: its secret life

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Guillermo Rein, Professor of Fire Science, Department of Mechanical Engineering of Imperial College London

Fire is a good servant but a bad master. What can be done to mitigate the risks of fire in an ever more crowded world where its effects on the natural and built environment are increasing, as recent wild fires in California, Greece, Canada and Australia demonstrate as well disasters at Grenfell and fire's contribution to the loss of SS Titanic.

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

Welcome to the quantum world

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Dr Simon Foster and students from the Controlled Quantum Dynamics Group

Post Graduate students will be presenting their take on the next big challenge of the quantum world: developing real world technologies from research. It is just starting to happen. In the next five years technologies will be leaping out of the lab into our lives for example quantum metrology and quantum telecommunications. This is a favourite with school groups!

Behind-the-scenes @ Alan Turing Institute - Lloyds Register Foundation

Wednesday 13th February 2019

Wednesday 13th February 2019

Professor Emma McCoy is stepping in for Professor Mark Girolami who is unable to join us.

Emma is Professor of Statistics and Strategic Leader for the 'Monitoring of complex systems' Grand Challenge of the Turing's programme in Data-centric Engineering. Professor McCoy will be joined by Omar Matar Vice-Dean (Education), Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London and Strategic Leader for the Education theme of the Turing's programme in Data-centric Engineering. Omar is Professor of Fluid Dynamics in the Department of Chemical Engineering. It is hoped that Emma and Omar will be joined by representatives of the research work being carried out by Julie McCann Professor of Computer Systems, Strategic Leader for the 'Resilient and robust infrastructure' Grand Challenge of the Turing's programme in Data-centric Engineering. Dan Graham Professor of Statistical Modelling, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, working on traffic. The last decade has seen a dramatic rise in computer power, an explosion in data and scientific break-through, as in deep learning and neural networks. Together, these advances have led to the emergence of data science and the resurgence of artificial intelligence as imagined in Alan Turing's landmark research paper published in 1950, Computing Machinery and Intelligence.

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.

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

Volting into the air 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.

Coding against contagion: fighting epidemics with computers

Thursday 25th April 2019

Thursday 25th April 2019

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

The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the second biggest in history - and it shows no sign of being contained soon. Hear how can we fight this with coding.

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

A life in bioscience research: from stem cells to policy and beyond

Tuesday 14th May 2019

Tuesday 14th May 2019

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

Professor Welham will be talking about her research interests in stem cells – and the potential they offer to humanity – before considering the role of Biological Sciences Research Council and how bioscience research is helping address 21st century challenges.

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

Visit to the Large Hadron Collider, CERN

Thursday 16th May 2019
to Sunday 19th May 2019

Thursday 16th May 2019
to Sunday 19th May 2019

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, Imperial West White City

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 London, Professor Alice Gast and Chair of Friends, Roderick Rhys Jones

As we are working with the Imperial College London Alumni team this year to bring you this event, tickets can be booked via their Eventbrite page here. The booking deadline is Sunday 16th June.