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An Explosive Start for the London Group Autumn/Winter 2016 Lecture Series

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4 Oct 2016

Join the SCI London Group from 4 October for the return of their celebrated lecture series at UCL.

Broadcaster Stefan Gates will begin the Autumn/Winter 2016 Term with his spectacular, bizarre and explosive food demonstration. Be prepared to be dazzled with Stefan’s array of visual aids and samples - they’ll be robots, bizarre food tasters, rockets, vortex cannons, sweets, live insects and glowing drinks. The audience will be challenged to a food ‘smackdown’ - perhaps this will be our most extreme lecture yet! Make sure you get there early to secure your place.

Dr Tristam Wyatt will follow Stefan’s talk on 11 October where he will put forward his argument on human pheromones - that if we are to find human pheromones, we need to treat ourselves as if we were a newly discovered mammal, and use the rigorous chemical methods and bioassays already proven successful in pheromone research on other species.

On 18 October, John Hudson will present his lecture on the history of alchemy - looking at its various phases in Alexandria, Ancient China, the Islamic world, and in Europe - and will address the question of whether the modern chemist should be indebted to their work.

Low Carbon SocietyThe following week, on 25 October, Prof Angela Druckman will explore how we can move forward with a sustainable yet enjoyable lifestyle so climate change can be reduced.

On 1 November a Careers event will be taking place. Speakers from a variety of industries (teaching, medicinal research, academia and law) will talk at this special event designed to assist you with your career choices. A discounted SCI membership rate will be in operation for all students who sign up to SCI membership at this event.

Later that week, on 4 November, the London Group will temporarily move away from UCL and will host its annual Members’ Lunch and Lecture at SCI. The subject of this year’s lecture will be the well-known pharmacist and philanthropist, Henry Wellcome. Ross MacFarlane, Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library, will look at Wellcome's life through the lens of his business career.

There will be a short break and then the lectures will move back to UCL on 15 November for David Witty’s lecture on magic, folk medicine and modern drug discovery. David will give his personal perspective on the development of painkillers from folk medicines in the age of alchemy, through to the first scientific drug discoveries of effective analgesics, and onto the medicines of today.

Periodic TableOn 22 November, Meet Mendeleev the Man and His Matrix, will be delivered by the bearded Mendeleev ‘himself’ in 19th century costume. He will talk about his personal life and his career, describing the formulation of a periodic law and its subsequent somewhat reluctant acceptance.

The final lecture of the year will be given by Dr Jennifer Bizley on 29 November. Is Hearing Believing? will consider how the brain makes sense of sound and how what we hear is integrated with what we see.

With the exception of the Members' Lunch and Lecture, the events are free to attend. Booking is not required for events taking place at UCL but please book for the Members’ Lunch and Lecture, where there is a small charge to cover catering costs. Refreshments are also served prior to and at the end of each event.

Please follow the London Group Events link and click on the individual events for more information.

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