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Hidden: Animals in the Anthropocene

Friday 29 January
4pm-4:45pm
Natural History Museum
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From the food industry and medical research to companionship and entertainment, most of us are connected to animals in profound ways, whether we realise it or not. Multi-award-winning photographer and author Jo-Anne McArthur has researched and documented our relationship with animals for over 15 years and encourages us to interrogate what value we attribute to animals and how we might rethink our relationship with them through a more considered, critical lens.

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A day in the life of .... a Royal Parks wildlife manager

Friday 29 January
Online 12:00-12:45
The Royal Parks
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Our dwindling UK wildlife populations bring the role and value of our beloved parks and urban green spaces into sharper focus. Once the hunting grounds of royalty, London’s eight royal parks today have an important role in supporting the recovery of biodiversity in our city centre. Join Hugh Smith, Senior Wildlife Officer, to discuss the modern and future role of our city centre’s parks,

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Imperial Lates: Relationships

8-12 February
Online 6pm-11pm
Imperial College London
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Inject your Valentine's with a little remote romance, as we explore one of the defining features of human life: relationships, love and attraction. From the future of dating to anatomical Valentine’s cards, discover Imperial's evening programme of adult events for an alternative Valentine’s celebration.

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature Online

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Natural History Museum
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Step into an online world full of fantastic real-life and magical beasts. There are highlights, stories and games galore. Walk around the exhibition from home with a 360° Google Streetview with Google Arts & Culture.

Architecture for Dogs virtual tour

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Japan House London
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Featuring a collection of architectural designs for dogs by world-class architects and designers such as Ban Shigeru, Kuma Kengo, Itō Toyō and Sou Fujimoto, the Architecture for Dogs virtual exhibition explores architecture and design that can be joyful for both dogs and their human companions.

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The Covid Culture Shock

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How are London’s leading cultural organisations adapting for the future? Catch up on a thought-provoking panel discussion with leading voices from South Kensington’s cultural quarter via the.ismaili/tv

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The Great Exhibition Road Festival

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Join us for a celebration of science and the arts. Discover the Festival at home with our new exhibition, Fantasies of Exhibition Road, and a year-round digital events programme for all ages, featuring talks, workshops, interviews and more each month. Then join us for the Festival weekend in South Kensington on 3-4 July 2021.

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If you would like to keep up to-date with everything that is happening at our amazing science and arts institutions in South Ken, why not sign-up to our weekly newsletter. Bursting with great content, you'll be spoilt for choice. Every week, there's something different to see and do, from fantastic new exhibitions and wonderous collections to unique, one-off events to tantalise and excite. And if you're comfortably settled at home, we have just as much fun online. Quirky, different, entertaining, there's something for everyone.

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JAXA

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Explore the universe from the comfort of your home in a series of online talks hosted by Japan House London which introduce the exciting work of JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Various dates to be announced soon

Black geographers: past, present, future

October 2020
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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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This Black History Month the RGS is sharing the stories of Black geographers from the 1800s through to the present day who have contributed to the better understanding of our world. Each Thursday during October, they will be sharing short profiles of some of the Black geographers who have a connection with the Society or who appear in the Society’s historical Collections.

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Tribes: A Discussion with David Lammy

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Tribes is a fascinating exploration of both the benign and malign effects of our very human need to belong. How this need – genetically programmed and socially acquired – can manifest itself in positive ways, collaboratively achieving great things that individuals alone cannot. And yet how, in recent years, globalisation and digitisation have led to new, more pernicious kinds of tribalism.

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Go digital: Great Exhibition Road Festival at home

From 16 October 2020
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Celebrate science and the arts at home with a year-round programme of online events from organisations across South Kensington. This month. peek behind the curtain with a magician helping surgeons develop new skills and explore how arts engagement affects mental and social wellbeing.

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In Session: Tackling Challenges Through Design

Royal College of Art
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As part of the Royal College of Art's In Session events with leading designers, Nadia Danhash, Director of InnovationRCA discusses with Judah Armani, Founder & Director of InHouse Records, about how to tackle some of the toughest challenges of our age, through design.

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What is Design Engagement?

Friday 18 September
1:30-3:40pm
Royal College of Art
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A morning of talks exploring alternative ways of living through ‘Active Engagement’ by Art & Design practitioners by leading researchers and practitioners. The speakers will discuss aspects of their practice, share their insights, and offer their views and opinions to explore the theme of active engagement.

Howard Williams in conversation with Roger Kneebone

Royal College of Music
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Join the surgeon and academic Professor Roger Kneebone in conversation with unorthodox people whose careers defy traditional boundaries and who swim against the tide. Howard Williams, distinguised international conductor, explores the parallels between our experiences, discussing similarities and differences between music and medicine.

Coronavirus: Rise of mini-organs

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Science Director Roger Highfield explores how growing human tissue into mini-organs, or ‘organoids’, will help the fight against COVID-19, from explaining puzzling complications to creating novel treatments.

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Are you ready for a home-grown steak?

Thursday 28 January
Online 6:30-7:30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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In the first of the Design Museum's digital series, Design for a Changing World, join designer Orkan Telhan and curator Michelle Millar Fisher as they discuss the controversial Ouroboros Steak, a DIY meal kit for growing gourmet steaks from human cells.

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Bye Bye Plastic

Wednesday 27 January
Online 12noon-1pm
Natural History Museum
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Plastic pollution has dominated headlines due to its widespread, damaging impact on oceans and natural environments. In this event you'll meet a Museum scientist researching the impact of plastic pollution on seabirds, an activist and changemaker who successfully campaigned for a single-use plastic ban on her home island of Bali, and a photographer raising awareness and action through a unique portrayal of plastic debris.

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Nature Live Online: Asteroid Mission

Tuesday 2 February
Online 3pm-3:45pm
Natural History Museum
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In December 2020 the Hayabusa2 spacecraft brought back samples from the asteroid Ryugu for scientists to study on Earth. What exactly is an asteroid? How did Hayabusa2 get there? What can we learn from Ryugu? Join the conversation with science communicator Khalil Thirlaway and curator Helena Bates as they answer these questions and more!

The Future of Fuel

Saturday 5 June
Streaming 7:30pm
Science Museum
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The Clean Energy Revolution

Thursday 13 May
Streaming 7:30pm
Science Museum
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In the penultimate of the Science Museum's series on Climate Talk, the streamed panel discussion focuses on the clean energy revolution with Q&As and events.

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Our Future Planet: Global Greenhouse Gas Removal

Wednesday 31 March
Streaming 7:30pm
Science Museum
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In the sixth of the Science Museum's series on Climate Talk, the streamed panel discussion focusses on Our Future Planet: Global Greenhouse Gas Removal, with Q&As and events exploring the problems caused by climate change.

Climate Change: The view from space

Tuesday 16 March
Streaming 7:30pm
Science Museum
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The Science Museum's series on Climate Change continues with the fifth in its series The View from Space. Join the streamed panel discussion with Q&As and events exploring the problems caused by climate change.

Climate Talks: Is Capitalism Compatible with Environmentalism?

Friday 26 February
Streaming 7:30pm
Science Museum
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Join the debate about whether Capitalism is Compatible with Environmentalism In the fourth of the Science Museum's series on Climate Talks. A streamed panel discussion with Q&As and events exploring the problems caused by climate change.

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Climate Talks

From 28 January 2021
Streaming 6:30pm
Science Museum
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Join the Science Museum throughout 2021 for Climate Talks, a series of streamed panel discussions, Q&As and events exploring the problems caused by climate change. The first of the series begins with Climate Change: Why should we care?

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Changing the system: Brian Eno and James Thornton in conversation

Monday 15 February
Streaming 7:30-8:45pm
Science Museum
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Join dedicated climate campaigner and renowned musician, Brian Eno, as he talks to ClientEarth’s CEO and founder, James Thornton about their pioneering work to protect life on Earth. From winning court cases over illegal air pollution, to writing laws to ensure that there will be fish in the sea for years to come, this is a chance to learn how powerful change can be achieved and what we can all do to play our part.

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Rocking rocks and shaky earthquakes

Tuesday 26 January
Online 12:30-1:30pm
Imperial College London
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Large earthquakes are rare but potentially extremely damaging and costly. However, estimating the degree of ground shaking caused by these events is difficult as so few have been recorded. Dr Anna Rood explains how the natural balancing acts of rocks can help us estimate the amount of ground shaking caused by large earthquakes.

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Two Frogs

Thursday 28 January
Online 6.30-7.30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Andy Dickson is a triathlete with a passion for the Lake District, the UK’s most visited national park. In 2020 he set himself the challenge of tackling two iconic ultra-endurance journeys - the Frog Graham and Frog Whitton - through the mountains, valleys and lakes of this celebrated landscape, becoming the first person ever to complete both.

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Andean Bears and People

Tuesday 26 January
Online 6.00-7.30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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By linking poverty reduction, improved wellbeing and benefits from biodiversity conservation, this project works towards human-bear coexistence in the southern Bolivian Andes.

Connected

11 Sept - 11 Oct
1-30 Sept 10am-6:30pm Mon-Sat | 10am-9pm Thur-Sun
Design Museum Kensington
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Connected is an experiment which set out to explore how designers and craftspeople adapted their working practices during lockdown. Nine international designers have been challenged to create a table and seating, that is personal to them, for home living and working.

Weddell Sea Resources

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Bringing together world-leading experts in polar and marine exploration, the expedition aimed to solve unanswered questions about one of the most remote and least-studied wilderness areas on our planet. From Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5. ,

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#Design Dispatches

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#DesignDispatches invites you into the lives and work of familiar faces from the world of design, fashion and architecture including Morag Myerscough, Bella Freud, Stella McCartney and David Adjaye. Every Saturday on Instagram TV, tune in to see the Design Museum’s Director, Tim Marlow In Conversation.

Imperial geoscientists complete UK's first MSc virtual field trip

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When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, 35 MSc Petroleum Geoscience students were determined to ensure their field trip to the Pyrenees mountain range still went ahead in an entirely new format, in what is thought to be the first in a UK university setting at Master's level.

Disease-carrying mosquitoes could be common in Europe by 2030

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Climate change could mean mosquitoes that can carry diseases like dengue, zika and yellow fever become established in southern Europe within 10 years, reveals a new study from Imperial College London.

Happy 200th Birthday Florence Nightingale

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Hospitals with no beds or blankets. Emaciated, weak and dying soldiers. Rats and fleas everywhere. When Florence Nightingale arrived with her 38-strong nursing team in the Crimea in November 1854, this was the appalling scene that greeted them. Two years later, she had developed pioneering statistical methods to convince other people that widespread reform was vital.

Everyday Science

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This year the Science Museum is celebrating the science of everyday objects through a new series of online stories. So grab a cuppa and settle down to learn about that mid-century icon, the Teasmade, or explore the illuminating story of how electric lighting transformed our homes.

Shaping Science

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In the Science Museum’s new Shaping Science series, meet the artisans who are using a mix of traditional and modern techniques to create beautiful hand-made scientific instruments from a replica seventeenth century globe to a brass sundial and clock wheel.

Artists in Residence: Juliana Huxtable

Goethe-Institut
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For a new residency, the Goethe-Institut London and Somerset House Studios welcome artist, DJ, writer, and performer Juliana Huxtable. Working remotely from her studio, Juliana will be taking part in live streams and artist development opportunities.

Talking Culture: Why Theatre Matters Right Now?

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The Goethe-Institut's popular podcasts regularly feature a dynamic and thought-provoking selection of exclusive interviews and debates. Kris Nelson, Artist Director of LIFT discusses 'why does theatre matter right now?' against a background of rising right-wing parties, and the current challenges of COVID-19.

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Artists in Lockdown

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In the next in The Royal Society of Sculptors' series of blogposts, written by the Society's trustees whilst in lockdown, President Clare Burnett discovers secret creative talents on her street & admits to struggling with working from home.

Why have oil prices fallen below zero?

Imperial College London
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The COVID-19 induced turmoil included US oil prices turning negative for the first time in history. Experts from Imperial have provided analysis of the global downturn in the price of oil.

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Anno's Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa

Japan House London
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Japan House launches their first virtual exhibition, 'Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa', showcasing the lifeworks of the beloved story teller and illustrator. A captivating and sensory experience.

Can you design a colour-changing object?

Design Museum Kensington
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There’s not much fun to be had on a rainy day, but Emma-Jayne Parkes wanted to use her design skills and a special type of ‘smart’ material to change that perception. Discover more about her Squid London’s colour changing umbrella!

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NHM Collections: 80 million specimens

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Of the Museum's 80 million specimens, only a tiny fraction ever go on display. Uncover colourful stories behind the specimens, meet collectors and curators past and present and read about their contributions to our understanding of the natural world.

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Nature Live online: Plastic in the Thames

Live stream 28 April
12 noon
Natural History Museum
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Watch environmental scientist Alex McGoran and take a virtual trip down the Thames to discover how plastic is affecting the animals that call the river home.

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Introducing Elsa Schiaparelli

One of the most influential designers of the 2oth Century, Elsa Schiaparelli's subversive, often surreal designs have been beautifully captured in this film, by senor curator, Sonnet Stanfill.

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Cosmonauts: birth of the space age

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Turning their eyes towards the sky, the Russian people pioneered space travel, becoming the first nation to launch satellites, animals and humans into orbit. Their early achievements were seen as a challenge by America, and created fierce competition between the two nations. Delve into a fascinating world of exploration and discovery..

Is Surveillance the Answer?

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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South Korea is a success story for managing Covid19. Is surveillance the answer?

In search of a 'lost' house in Bangladesh

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70 years after Partition, Shreyashi Dasgupta goes in search of her grandfather's old home. A tale that explores the idea that even the greatest moments in history are played out in small, intimate, human dramas. One of many fascinating podcasts you can watch with the Royal Geographical Society.

Pac-Man Turns 40

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Hard to believe that Pac-man turns 40 this month. To celebrate, Head of Commercial Experiences and gaming fan, Mark Cutmore explores the story of the much-loved character and pop-culture icon and the undisputed granddaddy of gaming mascots.

Three Wicked Men

Royal College of Art
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From joyful depictions of nightclubs to the tensions between police & the Afro-Caribbean community during the late 1970s & early 80s, ​Denzil Forrester (Painting, 1983) ​has been painting about the British Afro-Caribbean experience​ f​or nearly 40 years.

Why some communities at higher risk of COVID 19

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In his latest blog exploring the science of coronavirus, Science Director Roger Highfield speaks to Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity at UCL, about why some communities are at higher risk of COVID-19.

The Wornington Word

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The Wornington Green Estate in W10 is a unique part of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, sitting adjacent to the famous Portobello Road. Soon to be demolished as part of a major regeneration project, the residents spent a year documenting and preserving a people's history, creating an installation which travelled the North of the Borough. A fascinating glimpse into the lives of individuals that make up London.

Back to Earth: By Leaves We Listen

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How can botanical knowledge support practices of ecological and personal healing? Victoria Sin and Lucia Pietroiusti co-host a round table with Emma Nicolson from Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh with artists Keg de Souza, Nabihah Iqbal and botanist Greg Kenicer. Featuring sound works by Rachel Pimm and Keg de Souza.

From a billion COVID vaccines to its impact on emerging economies

Imperial College London
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In Imperial's latest edition of podcasts, we find out how to make a billion COVID-19 vaccines, why women feel unsafe on public transport, and how emerging economies fare under COVID-19.

Artists in Conversation: Soraya Syed

Thursday 25th June
6pm
Leighton House Museum
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In the second series of conversations with contemporary artists, classically trained calligrapher, Soraya Syed, talks about her creative journey. Through the talks, Leighton House will showcase Frederic, Lord Leighton’s travels and appreciation of Turkey.

Shipwrecked Ceramics

Asian ceramics have been the subject of international and inter-Asian trade for over one thousand years. Transported by sea through dangerous waters, many of these ceramics never made their final destination, but not all have ended up on the ocean's bed.

Dinosaur-killing Asteroid Struck Earth at 'Deadliest Possible' Angle

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New simulations from Imperial College London have revealed the asteroid that doomed the dinosaurs struck Earth at the 'deadliest possible' angle. Such a strike likely unleashed billions of tonnes of sulphur, blocking the sun and triggering the nuclear winter that killed the dinosaurs and 75 per cent of life on Earth 66 million years ago.

Virus death toll could have been 3.1 Million

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Lockdown and school closures in Europe may have prevented 3.1m deaths. This is the conclusion of a modelling study from Imperial College London scientists, published online in Nature today, which suggests that lockdown measures have been sufficient to control the growth of the epidemic.

Developing a vaccine for COVID-19

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In the first of a series of seminars on COVID-19, two experts will talk about their work into mitigating the impacts of this infection through the development of a new vaccine and other therapeutic approaches.

In Conversation with Sophie Ashby & Charlie Casely-Hayford

Design Museum Kensington
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DesignDispatches's latest chat is with Design Museum's Director, Tim Marlow, and interior designer, Sophie Ashby and fashion designer, Charlie Casely-Hayford about their personal style, working in partnership and design inspirations.

Literary Haunts & Jaunts in the Park

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With summer officially here and London gradually re-opening, why not explore the parks through the works of some famous writers - discover J M Barrie’s ultimate fancy, Peter Pan, walk in the steps of Virginia Woolf through Kensington Gardens, or visit the famous Speaker’s Corner, George Orwell’s ardent haunt.

Day-Afterthoughts

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A virus is showing us how interlinked we are globally and yet how fragile our public life is. What does the pandemic mean for each of us and for society as a whole? Artists and intellectuals from around the world respond to our present predicament and what lies in store.

The Royal Parks are Coming to You!

Hyde Park
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Not everyone can come to the Royal Parks right now, so they want to bring the Royal Parks to you. Be prepared to escape into the nature, heritage and beauty of these incredible green spaces from the comfort of your own home.

Lucy Worsley & Eleri Lynn Talk Fashion

Thursday 28th May
7pm
Kensington Palace
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Historic Royal Palaces' Joint Chief Curator Lucy Worsley is joined by Royal Dress Collection Curator Eleri Lynn for a trip inside the Royal Wardrobe to discuss some of their favourite items in the collection – from a jerkin worn by the ill-fated Charles I, right through to the beautifully tailored wardrobe of the Duke of Windsor. Register now for the event

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Imperial Events online

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Get inspired and rediscover the joy of science during the stay home guidance. You can join Imperial from wherever you are in the world with their online content and events!