The legacy of Frankenstein

A series of events celebrating 200 years of Frankenstein

  • Credit: Caspar David Friedrich

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's novel 'Frankenstein'. To celebrate, we're hosting a series of panel discussions with Philip Ball and a range of scientists, curators, ethicists, authors and historians, exploring the continuing relevance of Shelley's gothic masterpiece.

Tuesday 23 January

Frankenstein and its legacy

Phil Ball and a panel of science historians and biographers discuss the continuing relevance of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, published 200 years ago.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Theatre

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Talks

Friday 02 March

The origin of life

Dr Frankenstein aimed to create new life from inanimate parts. But how did life first arise on Earth? Join Nick Lane in conversation with Phil Ball as they discuss the latest ideas, from warm ponds to space rocks and hydrothermal vents.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Theatre

Type:

Talks

Wednesday 21 March

The electricity of life

Electricity plays a vital role in our bodies, from neurons in our brain to nerves in our feet. But how does our body create electricity, how was it discovered and what clues can our understanding of electricity give us to help cure disease? Join Phil Ball and an expert panel for an electrifying evening of discussion.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Theatre

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Talks

Tuesday 24 April

Making monsters? Ethical gene editing

What is the cutting-edge of genetic medicine and are we ready for the ethical challenges the technology raises?

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Conversation Room

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Talks

Tuesday 05 June

Do fictional monsters reflect our reality?

Delve into the realm of monsters and creatures and discover how they reflect the fears and worries of the society that created them.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Theatre

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Talks