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Events held in 2012-2013

Thursday 27th September 2012 @ 18:15
Behind-the-scenes @ Natural History Museum

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

(Event Code: E17-01)

Members and their guests only

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

Tuesday 23rd October 2012 @ 19:00
Engineering novel biological devices

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

(Event Code: E17-01)

Members and their guests only

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

Thursday 29th November 2012 @ 18:00
Annual General Meeting

Rod Rhys Jones Chairman of Friends of Imperial College and

Bill Blackburn Treasurer Friends of Imperial College

(Event Code: E17-01)

Members and their guests only

Presentation of Annual report and Accounts

Thursday 29th November 2012 @ 19:00
Electronic tsunami: changing human behaviour

Professor Nelson Phillips, Chair in Strategy and Organisational Behaviour

(Event Code: E17-01)

Members and their guests only

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. 

Wednesday 16th January 2013 @ 19:00
Curiosity: landing and roving on Mars

Professor Sanjeev Gupta, Participating Scientist in NASA Mars Science Laboratory

(Event Code: E17-01)

Members and their guests only

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

Wednesday 23rd January 2013 @ 19:00
Amazing quantum worlds

Dr Simon Foster and his Controlled Dynamic Quantum Group

(Event Code: E17-01)

Members and their guests only

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.

Wednesday 20th February 2013 @ 19:00
The origin of our species

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

(Event Code: E17-01)

Members and their guests only

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

Wednesday 6th March 2013 @ 17:00
Imperial West - A members of Friends only invite from Imperial College

(Event Code: E17-01)

Members and their guests only

A showcase of the opportunities at Imperial West.

Thursday 14th March 2013 @ 19:00
Breaking into your brain

Dr Aldo Faisal, Lecturer in Neurotechnology

(Event Code: E17-01)

Members and their guests only

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.

Thursday 18th April 2013 @ 18:00
Behind the Scenes@ The Large Hadron Collider

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

(Event Code: E17-01)

Members and their guests only

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

Wednesday 24th April 2013 @ 18:15
Behind-the-scenes @ Institute for Security Science and Technology

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

(Event Code: E17-01)

Members and their guests only

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.

Tuesday 4th June 2013 @ 19:00
Unveiling the Secrets of the Universe

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

(Event Code: E17-01)

Members and their guests only

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.

Wednesday 26th June 2013 @ 18:30
Annual Summer Party and Launch of Friends 2013-14 Programme

Chairman of Friends: Rod Rhys Jones and

President & Rector of Imperial College: Sir Keith O'Nions

(Event Code: E17-01)

Members and their guests only

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.