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Events held in 2013-2014

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Tuesday 23rd May 2000

Tuesday 23rd May 2000

Behind-the-Scenes @ the Large Hadron Collider

Wednesday 11th September 2013
to Friday 13th September 2013

Wednesday 11th September 2013
to Friday 13th September 2013

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

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.

TEDx Albertopolis

Monday 23rd September 2013

Monday 23rd September 2013

Gilead Amit and Kadhim Shubber, Imperial Alumni

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.

Behind-the-scenes @ Orion Laser, Aldermaston

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

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

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.

Behind-the-scenes @ Imperial West

Wednesday 9th October 2013

Wednesday 9th October 2013

Professor David Gann, CBE, Vice President Development and Innovation

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.

Brain Sex: Health and disease

Tuesday 15th October 2013

Tuesday 15th October 2013

Glenda Gillies, Professor in Neuroendocrine Pharmacology

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

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

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 12th November 2013

Tuesday 12th November 2013

Roderick Rhys Jones, Chair John Little, Deputy Chair Bill Blackburn, Treasurer

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

A perfect storm: food, water and energy security

Tuesday 12th November 2013

Tuesday 12th November 2013

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

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.  

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

Behind-the-scenes @ Science Museum Collider

Saturday 7th December 2013

Saturday 7th December 2013

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

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...

Behind-the-scenes @ Diamond Light

Wednesday 8th January 2014

Wednesday 8th January 2014

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

Dark matter: dark energy: dark gravity

Tuesday 28th January 2014

Tuesday 28th January 2014

Alan Heavens, Professor of Astrophysics, Director Imperial Centre for Inference and Cosmology

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?

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

The Quantum Showcase: for the love of science

Wednesday 5th February 2014

Wednesday 5th February 2014

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

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.

The battle against influenza

Thursday 20th February 2014

Thursday 20th February 2014

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

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.

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

Big Data is the new oil or new soil ?

Tuesday 11th March 2014

Tuesday 11th March 2014

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

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.

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

Behind-the-scenes @ Blyth Centre for Music and Visual Art

Tuesday 18th March 2014

Tuesday 18th March 2014

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

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.

Behind-the-scenes @ Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine

Wednesday 26th March 2014

Wednesday 26th March 2014

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

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.

Behind-the-scenes visit to CERN Geneva

Thursday 27th March 2014
to Sunday 30th March 2014

Thursday 27th March 2014
to Sunday 30th March 2014

Roderick Rhys Jones - Tour Leader

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.

Graphene: super material

Thursday 3rd April 2014

Thursday 3rd April 2014

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

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.

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

Behind-the-Scenes @ Science Museum Collider

Wednesday 9th April 2014

Wednesday 9th April 2014

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

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

"My testimony on Lord Patrick Blackett”

Wednesday 30th April 2014

Wednesday 30th April 2014

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

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

Imperial Festival

Saturday 10th May 2014

Saturday 10th May 2014

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

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

From Spying to Science: by Baroness Manningham-Buller

Wednesday 4th June 2014

Wednesday 4th June 2014

Baroness Manningham-Buller, Chair of Imperial College London

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

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

Annual Summer Party and Launch of Friends 2014-15 Programme

Thursday 26th June 2014

Thursday 26th June 2014

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

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

Extraordinary General Meeting

Thursday 26th March 2015

Thursday 26th March 2015

John Little, Deputy Chairman Friends of Imperial College

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