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Events held in 2013-2014

Tuesday 23rd May 2000 @ 00:00

(Event Code: E17-05)

This event is open to members and their guests only.

Wednesday 11th September 2013 @ 18:00
Behind-the-Scenes @ the Large Hadron Collider

Professor Tejinder Virdee FRS, Professor of Physics, Spokesperson CMS experiment at CERN

(Event Code: E17-05)

Members and their guests only

Guided tour of the Large Hadron Collider with a privileged visit to the Compact Muon Solenoid which identified the trace of a Higgs Boson in 2012.

Monday 23rd September 2013 @ 14:00
TEDx Albertopolis

Gilead Amit and Kadhim Shubber, Imperial Alumni

(Event Code: E17-05)

This event is open to members and their guests only.

Two boxes have been reserved for Friends at the first TEDx event ever held at the Royal Albert Hall. It will be a half day of inspiring, thought provoking and entertaining talks exploring how art and science fit together in the modern world.

Wednesday 2nd October 2013 @ 14:00
Behind-the-scenes @ Orion Laser, Aldermaston

Professor Steven Rose, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences

(Event Code: E17-05)

This event is open to members and their guests only.

High power laser facilities, like the newly commissioned Orion, offer a relatively simple way of creating the conditions needed to conduct research into high energy density physics phenomena.

Wednesday 9th October 2013 @ 18:15
Behind-the-scenes @ Imperial West

Professor David Gann, CBE, Vice President Development and Innovation

(Event Code: E17-05)

This event is open to members and their guests only.

The 23 acre site at Imperial West is already host to 40 entrepreneurial companies. We will be visiting the site to hear of Imperial's ambitious plans for research and technology translation . We will be meeting some of the entrepreneurs whose companies will be shaping our future.

Tuesday 15th October 2013 @ 19:00
Brain Sex: Health and disease

Glenda Gillies, Professor in Neuroendocrine Pharmacology

(Event Code: E17-05)

Everyone is welcome to attend this open lecture.

Our first lecture of the season was a fascinating topic presented by Glenda Gillies, Professor of Neuroendocrine Pharmacology in the Division of Brain Sciences at Imperial College London.

Although once considered politically incorrect, substantial evidence shows fundamental differences in the brains of men and women which is leading to new cures.

Prof. Gillies research interests relate to sex differences in brain structure and function, how these depend on the actions of sex and stress hormones during development and in adulthood, and how they contribute to differential susceptibility in men and women to commonly occurring brain disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.


The slide presentation of Brain Sex: Health and Disease can be viewed here

Tuesday 12th November 2013 @ 18:00
Annual General Meeting

Roderick Rhys Jones, Chair

John Little, Deputy Chair

Bill Blackburn, Treasurer

(Event Code: E17-05)

This event is open to members only.

Presentation of Annual report and Accounts and a revised constitution prior to our application to register as a Charity

Tuesday 12th November 2013 @ 19:00
A perfect storm: food, water and energy security

Sir John Beddington, Professor of Applied Population Biology, former UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser

(Event Code: E17-05)

Everyone is welcome to attend this open lecture.

A "perfect storm" of food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources threaten to unleash public unrest, cross-border conflicts and mass migration as people flee from the worst-affected regions, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser warned before stepping down in March this year.

"We head into a perfect storm in 2030, because all of these things are operating on the same time frame ".

View the slide presentation from the lecture here, the audio recording of the talk here and the Q & A's here.

 

Saturday 7th December 2013 @ 11:00
Behind-the-scenes @ Science Museum Collider

Alison Boyle, lead curator and exhibition director at the Science Museum

(Event Code: E17-05)

This event is open to members and their guests only.

We were extremely privileged to have Alison Boyle, the lead curator and exhibition director, take Members on a hosted tour of Collider: Step Inside the World’s Greatest Experiment at the Science Museum on Saturday, 7th December.

You can see photos from our visit here.

Due to the success of this Behind-the-Scenes event, we will be running another Members-only visit to Collider early Spring 2014. We will announce the new date shortly...

Wednesday 8th January 2014 @ 16:00
Behind-the-scenes @ Diamond Light

(Event Code: E17-05)

This event is open to members and their guests only.

A Behind-the-Scenes visit to Diamond Light Source, Harwell, the UK's national synchrotron science facility located at Harwell Science and Innovation Park, Oxfordshire

Tuesday 28th January 2014 @ 19:00
Dark matter: dark energy: dark gravity
Alan Heavens, Professor of Astrophysics, Director Imperial Centre for Inference and Cosmology

(Event Code: E17-05)

Everyone is welcome to attend this open lecture.

Dark matter and dark energy pervade the Universe.  What are they? How do we know they are there? How might they be linked? What might be dark gravity?

Wednesday 5th February 2014 @ 19:00
The Quantum Showcase: for the love of science

Dr Simon Foster and his troupe of PhD students from Controlled Quantum Dynamics Group.

(Event Code: E17-05)

Everyone is welcome to attend this open lecture.

Dr Simon Foster and a new troupe of PhD students from the Controlled Quantum Dynamics Group take us on a journey through the extraordinary world of quantum physics. Part of their PhD course is to test their skills of communicating their understanding and enthusiasm for science.  An important skill in the cut throat world of research grant applications, vivas and international seminars. We are to be the guinea pigs in their audience. Come and join us.

Thursday 20th February 2014 @ 19:00
The battle against influenza

Peter JM Openshaw , Professor of Experimental Medicine. Director of the Centre of Respiratory Infection.

(Event Code: E17-05)

Everyone is welcome to attend this open lecture.

The threat from a modern global epidemic is real. A deadly disease could travel at jet speed around the world spreading across the continents in just a few days, causing illness, panic and death.

Uncover the world of infections and hear how concerned we should be about worldwide epidemics.

Tuesday 11th March 2014 @ 19:00
Big Data is the new oil or new soil ?

Yike Guo, Professor in Computing Science and Director of the Data Science Institute, Imperial College London.

(Event Code: E17-05)

Everyone is welcome to attend this open lecture.

Huge amounts of data are being collected in many areas of human endeavour creating new opportunities to understand phenomena in meteorology, health, finance, and many other sectors.  Professor Yike Guo says, “Data is the new natural resource of the twenty first century. If we harness it effectively, it could drive innovation and improve our daily lives in many significant ways. Imperial’s Data Science Institute places us at the heart of this revolution.” Professor Guo is deeply involved with the commercialisation of advanced techniques founding Inforsense in 1999 which merged with  ID Business Solutions Ltd.   in 2009 and where Prof Guo is Chief Innovation Officer.  Please download a poster of the lecture and put it on a notice board near you.

Tuesday 18th March 2014 @ 17:20
Behind-the-scenes @ Blyth Centre for Music and Visual Art

Richard Dickins - Director of Music, Imperial College London introduces the Blyth Centre for Music and Visual Arts and a performance by the Badke Quartet

(Event Code: E17-05)

This event is open to members and their guests only.

Behind-the-scenes visit to sample the musical life of Imperial College London. Members of Friends and their guests will be attending a concert by resident musicians, the Badke Quartet, and then visiting the Blyth Centre to meet the performers and talk to the students that use the extensive practice rooms.

Wednesday 26th March 2014 @ 18:15
Behind-the-scenes @ Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine

Professor Michael Schneider, Director of the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence

(Event Code: E17-05)

This event is open to members and their guests only.

This high-tech six-storey building housing the Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine is new-built on Imperial's Hammersmith Campus and  combines up-to-the minute laboratory space for up to 450 scientists with a dedicated facility for evaluating and developing new medical treatments through clinical trials and thus translating them into viable treatments for patients.

Thursday 27th March 2014 @ 18:30
Behind-the-scenes visit to CERN Geneva

Roderick Rhys Jones - Tour Leader

(Event Code: E17-05)

Members and their guests only

So great has been the interest in our tours of CERN that we are delighted to announce arrangements for a third visit for our Members.

CERN III will take place from the evening of Thursday 27 March to the morning of Sunday 30 March.

Thursday 3rd April 2014 @ 19:00
Graphene: super material

Professor Neil Alford, Head of Department of Materials, Vice-Dean Faculty of Engineering

(Event Code: E17-05)

Everyone is welcome to attend this open lecture.

Graphene has unmatched electronic and physical properties. Hear how Prof. Alford and his team at Imperial are meeting the challenge of commercialising one of the thinnest, lightest, strongest and most conductive materials to have been discovered.

Note this event is on Thursday 3 April, not as indicated in the printed programme.

Wednesday 9th April 2014 @ 16:00
Behind-the-Scenes @ Science Museum Collider

Alison Boyle, lead curator and exhibition director at the Science Museum

(Event Code: E17-05)

This event is open to members and their guests only.

Hosted tour of Collider: Step Inside the World’s Greatest Experiment at the Science Museum.

Wednesday 30th April 2014 @ 14:00
"My testimony on Lord Patrick Blackett”

by Professor Antonino Zichichi, President of the World Federation of Scientists

(Event Code: E17-05)

No advanced booking is required for this event

The life and times of Lord Blackett, Nobel Laureate and formerly President of the Royal Society, from a former student

Saturday 10th May 2014 @ 12:00
Imperial Festival

Come and join in the fun with Dr Simon Foster and his team for Friends' Annual Festival Quantum Physics Showcase; the opening event for the public on Saturday 10 May

(Event Code: E17-05)

No advanced booking is required for this event

Installations, experiments, interactions, explanations, dancing, music and a little feasting. Bring the family - they'll love it .

Wednesday 4th June 2014 @ 19:00
From Spying to Science: by Baroness Manningham-Buller

Baroness Manningham-Buller, Chair of Imperial College London

(Event Code: E17-05)

This event is open to members of Friends and their guests and members of Imperial College Staff, Students and their guests.

Please book in advance as you will not be able to pay at the door for this event.

Baroness Manningham-Buller has kindly agreed to give a talk to Friends entitled: From Spying to Science. Her talk will follow her own journey from studying the humanities and arts to her engagement with science.

Baroness Manningham-Buller is Chairman of the Court and Council of Imperial College London. She is a member of the Board of Governors of The Wellcome Trust and a member of the . She is a member of Science and Technology Committee of the House of Lords.

At school she was encouraged to the humanities and the arts and went on to read  English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford before taking a teaching post at a school in Queen's Gate. At shool she thought sciecne dull. She will talk about her epithany and the role of science in society.

Baroness Manningham-Buller served as Director-General of the Security Service between 2002 and 2007, and was Deputy Director-General for the five previous years. She became a crossbencher life peer in 2008. She is a director of the Wellcome Trust

Thursday 26th June 2014 @ 18:30
Annual Summer Party and Launch of Friends 2014-15 Programme

Hosted by Professor James Stirling, CBE FRS Provost of Imperial College London

(Event Code: E17-05)

This event is open to members and their guests only.

Fizz, live jazz and conversation with our speakers, faculty and other members... and of course a preview of our 2014-15 programme.

Thursday 26th March 2015 @ 18:15
Extraordinary General Meeting

John Little, Deputy Chairman Friends of Imperial College

(Event Code: E17-05)

This event is open to members only.

Extraordinary General Meeting to vote on the adoption of the revised constitution.