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Behind-the-scenes @ Natural History Museum

Thursday 27th September 2012

Thursday 27th September 2012

Professor Ian Owens, Head of Science, Curator Alessandro Giusti, Lepidoptera, and Curator Beulah Garner, Coleoptera and Hemiptera

A visit to the new Darwin Centre's cocoon to view the butterflies, moths and beetles and hear about the NHM research programme.

Engineering novel biological devices

Tuesday 23rd October 2012

Tuesday 23rd October 2012

Professor Richard Kitney OBE, FREng, Chair of BioMedical Systems Engineering in the Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London

Biologists and engineers are bringing together their understanding of biology and engineering to create new synthetic biology parts, devices and systems.

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

Annual General Meeting

Thursday 29th November 2012

Thursday 29th November 2012

Rod Rhys Jones Chairman of Friends of Imperial College and Bill Blackburn Treasurer Friends of Imperial College

Presentation of Annual report and Accounts

Electronic tsunami: changing human behaviour

Thursday 29th November 2012

Thursday 29th November 2012

Professor Nelson Phillips, Chair in Strategy and Organisational Behaviour

Electronic communications and digital devices have caused the death of distance , place and down-time. This is causing unstoppable change in the way we see the world  and is affecting how we manage information, how we interact with one another, and fundamentally changing society socially institutionally, politically and commercially. 

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

Curiosity: landing and roving on Mars

Wednesday 16th January 2013

Wednesday 16th January 2013

Professor Sanjeev Gupta, Participating Scientist in NASA Mars Science Laboratory

A talk on the Mars mission: early mission operations, geological observations and future mission objectives.

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

Amazing quantum worlds

Wednesday 23rd January 2013

Wednesday 23rd January 2013

Dr Simon Foster and his Controlled Dynamic Quantum Group

Join us for this popular show in which students put on a series of acts demonstrating the mysteries of the amazing quantum world where anything could happen and generally does.

The origin of our species

Wednesday 20th February 2013

Wednesday 20th February 2013

Professor Chris Stringer, Research Leader in Human Origins, Natural History Museum

New discoveries are prompting a rethink of aspects of human evolutionary origins including our relationship with Neanderthals.

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

Imperial West - A members of Friends only invite from Imperial College

Wednesday 6th March 2013

Wednesday 6th March 2013

A showcase of the opportunities at Imperial West.

Breaking into your brain

Thursday 14th March 2013

Thursday 14th March 2013

Dr Aldo Faisal, Lecturer in Neurotechnology

Applying computing, physics and engineering methodology to experiments with our brains to understand how they work from first principles has led to the invention of a number of low cost machines.

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

Behind the Scenes@ The Large Hadron Collider

Thursday 18th April 2013

Thursday 18th April 2013

Professor Tejinder Virdee, Professor of Physics, High Energy Group, Imperial College London and Spokesperson, CMS experiment at CERN

Three day visit to Geneva including exclusive CERN tour, hosted by Professor Virdee

Behind-the-scenes @ Institute for Security Science and Technology

Wednesday 24th April 2013

Wednesday 24th April 2013

Professor Chris Hankin, Chair of Computing Science, Director Institute for Security Science and Technology

The Institute for Security Science & Technology (ISST) was founded in 2008 as one of four Imperial College Global Institutes. It seeks to focus on new science, technology and innovation applied to national security, defence and resilience. This event is a unique opportunity for Members to visit laboratories which bring together interdisciplinary teams from across the College to respond to challenges in four broad areas: a) Security in cyber space; b) CBRNE [chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive] threat reduction; c) Infrastructure protection; and d) Bio and environmental security.

Unveiling the Secrets of the Universe

Tuesday 4th June 2013

Tuesday 4th June 2013

Professor Tejinder Virdee, FRS, Professor of Physics, High Energy Group, Imperial College London and Spokesperson, CMS experiment at CERN.

Professor Tejinder Virdee, FRS, will give an exclusive insight into the accelerator, the experiments and the most recent results from the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator.

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

Annual Summer Party and Launch of Friends 2013-14 Programme

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Chairman of Friends: Rod Rhys Jones and President & Rector of Imperial College: Sir Keith O'Nions

Fizz, music and conversation with our speakers, faculty and other members... and of course a preview of our 2013-14 programme. Friends' Annual Summer Party provides a unique opportunity to meet the Rector, speakers past and future, members of Faculty, students, other Members of Friends and their guests over a glass of fizz and canapes.