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Climate Fiction Festival 2020

Friday 4 Dec - Sun 6 Dec 2020
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Goethe-Institut
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Climate Fiction Festival 2020 is the world-first, multi-day literary festival with a sole focus on the climate crisis and literature. International panels online will dive into questions ranging from the dystopic to the utopian, from imaginative to realistic, from speculative to factual.

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Tribes: A Discussion with David Lammy

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V&A
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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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Kensington&Chelsea Libraries Book of the Week

Online Friday 25 Sept 2020
2:30pm-3:30pm
RBKC libraries
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Since their Book of the Week group began in June, K&C libraries have welcomed participants from as far as America, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines. Every Monday on their social media channels, a new book will be chosen for a discussion on the Friday. This week it's Murder on The Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Get reading!

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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

Science Museum
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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.

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. ,

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

Science Museum
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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

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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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

Serpentine Galleries
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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.

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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JAXA

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Japan House London
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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

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The Covid Culture Shock

Tuesday 8 December 2020
Live Online 6pm-7pm GMT
Discover South Kensington
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How are London’s leading cultural organisations adapting for the future? Join us for special, live online event, to reflect on lessons from the Covid crisis and to reimagine the future for our cultural venues and districts. The Covid Culture Shock brings together leading voices from South Kensington’s art and science district, featuring the Royal Albert Hall, V&A, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Serpentine Galleries, Ismaili Centre and Goethe-Institut London.

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Imperial Lates online: Food for Thought

Monday 30 Nov- Sunday 6 December
From 6:30pm
Imperial College London
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From chemical cook-alongs and science cocktails, to gut health and the facts behind our new food trends, pick from our delectable menu of exploratory evening and festive fun.

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The Great Exhibition Road Festival

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Discover South Kensington
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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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The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: The Understory of the Understory

Online 5 Dec 12pm-7pm
Online 6 Dec 12pm-5pm
Serpentine Galleries
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In the fourth instalment of the Serpentine's General Ecology project, an ongoing series of festivals on consciousness and intelligence across species, this year’s festival will take place online. Unfolding over two days, it will involve participants from all over the world from artists, anthropologists, and architects to scientists, ecologists and writers.

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Unarticulated narratives of women on Livingstone’s Expeditions

Monday 14 Dec
Online 2:30-3:30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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In this lecture Dr Kate Simpson explores the RGS-IBG’s digital library to identify the African women in the expeditions of David Livingstone, to present alternate narratives of exploration through which these women can be restored, and to reinscribe their role within the historical archival record

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.

Happy 200th Birthday Florence Nightingale

Science Museum
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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

Science Museum
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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

Science Museum
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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?

Goethe-Institut
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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

The Royal Society of Sculptors
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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

Natural History Museum
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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

Science Museum
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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..

Disease-carrying mosquitoes could be common in Europe by 2030

Imperial College London
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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.

Imperial geoscientists complete UK's first MSc virtual field trip

Imperial College London
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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.

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

Imperial College London
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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

Imperial College London
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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

Imperial College London
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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

Kensington Gardens
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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

Goethe-Institut
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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

Pac-Man Turns 40

Science Museum
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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.

In search of a 'lost' house in Bangladesh

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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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.

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?

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#Design Dispatches

Design Museum Kensington
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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.

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Imperial Events online

Imperial College London
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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!