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Events held in 2016-2017

Wednesday 28th September 2016 @ 18:15
Behind-the-Scenes @ Data Science Institute

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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.

Friday 7th October 2016 @ 16:00
Heritage Tour of The Royal Institution

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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.

Tuesday 11th October 2016 @ 19:00
Our bizarre future of Bitcoins, Blockchains and Smart Contracts

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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

Tuesday 1st November 2016 @ 19:00
The Future of Artificial Intelligence

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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?

 

Tuesday 22nd November 2016 @ 19:00
Synthetic biology: addressing global challenges

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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.

Thursday 8th December 2016 @ 18:00
Annual General Meeting

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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.

Thursday 8th December 2016 @ 19:00
Large Hadron Collider update

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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

Wednesday 18th January 2017 @ 19:00
Managing the energy transition towards 2100

Geoffrey Maitland, Professor of Energy Engineering, Imperial College London

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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.

Wednesday 25th January 2017 @ 18:15
Behind-the-scenes @ Next Generation Neural Interfaces (NGNI) Lab

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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.

Wednesday 1st February 2017 @ 19:00
Quantum Mechanics on Stage

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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!

Saturday 11th February 2017 @ 18:30
Behind-the-Scenes @ University College of London Observatory

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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.

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 @ 18:30
Design Futures: a new agenda for interdisciplinary innovation

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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

Thursday 2nd March 2017 @ 19:00
The Compatibility Gene

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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.

Thursday 16th March 2017 @ 18:00
Behind-the-Scenes @ Imperial Bioengineering and Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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.

Tuesday 21st March 2017 @ 19:00
Quantum gravity: reconciling relativity with quantum theory

Fay Dowker, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Imperial College London

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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.

Wednesday 5th April 2017 @ 18:00
Behind-the-Scenes @ White City Campus

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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.

Thursday 20th April 2017 @ 18:15
Behind-the-Scenes @ Data Science Institute

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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

Wednesday 26th April 2017 @ 19:00
Why is life the way it is?

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

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Imperial College invitation to Friends.

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.