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Events held in 2016-2017

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Behind-the-Scenes @ Data Science Institute

Wednesday 28th September 2016

Wednesday 28th September 2016

Yike Guo, Professor of Computing, Director of Data Science Institute

The new KPMG Data Observatory, the largest in Europe, allows observers to visualise everything from crypto-currency transactions to migration patterns. Using a circular array of 64 screens powered by 32 computers, it has immense data processing capacity, allowing users to see hitherto unobservable data patterns.

Heritage Tour of The Royal Institution

Friday 7th October 2016

Friday 7th October 2016

Frank A.J.L. James, Professor of the History of Science, Head of Collections and Heritage at the RI

Guided tour of the Royal Institution seeing where Davy, Faraday, Tyndall and the Braggs made their major scientific discoveries as well as their apparatus including the original miners' safety lamp and the world's first electric transformer.

Our bizarre future of Bitcoins, Blockchains and Smart Contracts

Tuesday 11th October 2016

Tuesday 11th October 2016

Professor William Knottenbelt, Director of Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering

This talk explores the potential for Bitcoins, Blockchains and Smart Contracts to revolutionise the way we live, work and do business.

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

The Future of Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday 1st November 2016

Tuesday 1st November 2016

Prof Murray Shanahan, Professor of Cognitive Robotics, Imperial College London

Artificial intelligence is attracting a lot of attention both from industry and from the media. But what can today's AI really do? And how far are we from the sort of AI we see in the movies?  

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

Synthetic biology: addressing global challenges

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Professor Richard Kitney OBE Director of the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation

One of UK Government's Eight Great Technologies is to apply engineering principles to biological systems in order to meet needs for low-carbon fuel, new food sources, novel pharmaceuticals and much more.

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

Annual General Meeting

Thursday 8th December 2016

Thursday 8th December 2016

The Annual Report will be presented by Chairman, Roderick Rhys Jones with Accounts presented by Treasurer, William Blackburn.</str

The Annual General Meeting of Friends of Imperial College will be held at 6pm in the meeting room opposite Lecture Theatre 1, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus.

Large Hadron Collider update

Thursday 8th December 2016

Thursday 8th December 2016

Paul Dauncey, Professor of Particle Physics and head of the High Energy Physics group, Imperial College London

How the Higgs boson was found at CERN, what experiments have been done since, what might lie ahead.

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

Managing the energy transition towards 2100

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Geoffrey Maitland, Professor of Energy Engineering, Imperial College London

Explore a vision for a clean fossil fuels future which maintains and improves quality of life globally without causing catastrophic climate change and enables us to manage a smooth transition to affordable, high capacity, renewable, zero CO2 emission energy systems later in this century.

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

Behind-the-scenes @ Next Generation Neural Interfaces (NGNI) Lab

Wednesday 25th January 2017

Wednesday 25th January 2017

Timothy Constandinou, Reader in Neural Microsystems, Deputy Director of Centre for Bio-inspired Technology, Imperial College London

The lab applies cutting-edge microchip technology to develop next generation implantable devices that enable direct, "high resolution" communication with the nervous system. Such devices can "bypass" an injury or alleviate symptoms of a neurological condition, for example, allowing an amputee to control and feel their prosthetic hand, or assist those living with chronic conditions such as Epilepsy and Parkinson's.

Quantum Mechanics on Stage

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Dr Simon Foster and students from the Controlled Quantum Dynamics Group, Imperial College London

Join us for this popular show staged by students each year to explain all you really need to know about the peculiarities of quantum physics - and some. This is a favourite with school groups!

Behind-the-Scenes @ University College of London Observatory

Saturday 11th February 2017

Saturday 11th February 2017

Dr Mike Dwortsky, Former Director of University College of London Observatory

A private tour to one of the best-equipped astronomical facilities in the UK with introductory lecture followed by a full tour of the telescopes.

Design Futures: a new agenda for interdisciplinary innovation

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Dr Nick de Leon, Head of Service Design, Royal College of Art, visiting Fellow, Imperial College Business School, Alumnus

Dr de Leon is proposing a new agenda for interdisciplinary innovation, weaving together creative design, technology and entrepreneurship

The Compatibility Gene

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Daniel M Davis, Professor of Immunology, Director of Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research, Imperial Alumnus

A tiny cluster of our 25,000 genes are disproportionately involved in defining who we are: how we fight disease, how our brains are wired and perhaps even how compatible we are with other people. This is the remarkable 60 year story of the discovery of these genes and traces the revolution in our understanding of our health, our relationships and our individuality.

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

Behind-the-Scenes @ Imperial Bioengineering and Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies

Thursday 16th March 2017

Thursday 16th March 2017

Dr Angela Kedgley, Lecturer in Orthopaedic Biomechanics of the Upper Limb; (TBC) Sqn Ldr Claire Webster, Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies

Imperial's Department of Bioengineering is the leading Department of Bioengineering in the UK. Researchers in the Department apply engineering principles to solve problems in medicine and biology.

Quantum gravity: reconciling relativity with quantum theory

Tuesday 21st March 2017

Tuesday 21st March 2017

Fay Dowker, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Imperial College London

Professor Dowker explains how recent work in theoretical and experimental physics are allowing us to glimpse how the General Theory of Relativity might be reconciled with the effects of quantum mechanics through the concept of granularity of spacetime itself.

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

Behind-the-Scenes @ White City Campus

Wednesday 5th April 2017

Wednesday 5th April 2017

Professor David Gann, CBE (Vice President – Innovation, Imperial College London)

Learn more about the initial phase of London’s most ambitious Innovation District, led by Imperial College London. At this event, we explore the science and innovative activities of the White City Campus.

Behind-the-Scenes @ Data Science Institute

Thursday 20th April 2017

Thursday 20th April 2017

Yike Guo, Professor of Computing, Director of Data Science Institute

The new KPMG Data Observatory has immense data processing capacity...

Why is life the way it is?

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Dr Nick Lane, Reader in Evolutionary Biochemistry, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London, Imperial Alumnus

Earth teems with life yet we do not know why complex life is the way it is, or, how life first began. Nick Lane draws on cutting-edge research into the link between energy and cell biology, to deliver a compelling account of evolution from the very origins of life to the emergence of multicellular organisms.

Imperial Festival

Saturday 6th May 2017
to Sunday 7th May 2017

Saturday 6th May 2017
to Sunday 7th May 2017

Every year, Imperial College London showcases the best in science and arts at the College. Their free event features interactive activities, performances and workshops

In 2017 you can visit the Imperial Festival on 6-7 May for a packed weekend of activities, talks, tours and more – all celebrating the best of Imperial’s innovative research.The full Festival Programme will be launched in spring 2017. Friends will be present in the alumni lounge at the 2017 Festival on Saturday 6 May, come and say hello!

Turning the tables on cancer

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Charles Coombes, Professor of Medical Oncology, Imperial College London

Teams at the College are drawing together a host of exciting new discoveries of how cancers develop which are leading to earlier identification, better imaging and new treatments.

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

South 2015: an Antarctic voyage to remember

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Rod Rhys Jones

This is a film of the 2015 voyage of a group of Members of Friends to the Antarctic organised by our Chairman Roderick Rhys Jones.

Antarctica: terra incognita

Thursday 15th June 2017

Thursday 15th June 2017

Martin Siegert, Professor of Geoscience, Co-director of the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London

Studying the earth beneath Antarctica not only provides information about potential sea levels as Antarctic ice begins to warm but also has revealed lakes beneath thousands of feet of Antarctic Ice that could harbour unique life forms that may have existed in isolation for millions of years. Looking for life in Antarctic lakes correlates with looking for life in the solar system.

Friends Summer Party

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Professor Alice P. Gast, President of Imperial College London

There are a number of complimentary places available for Members to the Friends of Imperial College Summer Party hosted by Professor Alice P. Gast, President of Imperial College London and Roderick Rhys Jones, Chair of Friends of Imperial College.