Stories from science in the background: Science Shambles live

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 17 June

The Conversation room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Credit: Alexander Hallag


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons Free

Event description

Join the team from the popular podcast Science Shambles for a live recording.

The type of science stories that make the mainstream headlines are usually those that feature big, flashy discoveries or something that means we can spend a few hours pretending we found aliens. But what about that long running research that’s taking place in background. Not in any sinister way, it’s just happily taking small steps and quietly changing the world, it just never gets a bold, all caps ‘A-HA’ headline moment. Well The Cosmic Shambles Network are putting that science front and centre for a special evening at the Ri with a live recording of their popular Science Shambles podcast. Hosted by Helen Czerski and with a panel featuring Lucie Green, Suzi Gage and Linda Cremonesi, find out more about some of the most exciting, under-reported science happening in the world today.

Science Shambles is the podcast where world leading scientists just chat about science. From cutting edge research and big ideas to popular science books and documentaries, every thing is open for discussion. Like everyone at The Cosmic Shambles Network the approach is fun, open and accessible for everyone whether you’ve got a PhD in astrophysics or are simply curious about how this universe works. Please note, other universes are available. 

About the speakers

Dr Helen Czerski is a physicist, first and foremost, but she’s acquired a few other labels along the way: oceanographer, presenter, author and bubble enthusiast. A regular on The Cosmic Shambles Network, she has also presented a number of acclaimed documentaries for the BBC and her first book, Storm in a Teacup, which looked at the physics of every day things, was a bestseller. Recently she was awarded the prestigious William Thomson, Lord Kelvin Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics.

Lucie Green is  a Professor of Physics and a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics and studies activity in the atmosphere of our nearest star, the Sun. In particular, looking at immense magnetic fields in the Sun’s atmosphere which sporadically erupt into the Solar System. If these eruptions reach the Earth they can drive major space weather events. She is interested in how the magnetic configuration of the eruptions relates to geomagnetic activity and what this means for those living in the UK.

Dr Suzi Gage is a psychologist and epidemiologist interested in understanding the causal nature of associations between lifestyle behaviours and mental health. In particular she is interested in the impact of recreational drug use on mental health, and vice versa. I have been a lecturer here since January 2017. She obtained my PhD from the University of Bristol in 2014, where she also worked as a researcher both before and after her PhD studies. She has a BSc in psychology and an MSc in cognitive neuropsychology from UCL.

Dr Linda Cremonesi's involvement in particle physics started in Italy, where she gained a Bachelor in Physics at the Università degli Studi di Milano in 2010. She went on to complete a Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy at University College London, where she hunted very dense materials by using the natural radiation from cosmic rays. During her PhD at Queen Mary University of London, she studied the changes of various neutrino flavours at the T2K experiment to understand why there is so much matter (and not antimatter!) in the universe. In 2015 I joined UCL as a Research Associate and became an UltraHighEnergyNeutrinoHunter, using radio antennas attached to a balloon and buried 200m deep in ice as part of the ANITA and ARA experiments in Antarctica. Since 2015 she's also been involved in the NOvA long baseline to further my research in neutrino oscillations.

From December 2013 she's been involved in the organisation of some of the events of the Pint of Science Festival, bringing together academics from the Physics Department to provide a platform that allows people to discuss research with those conducting it (in the pub!). She's also spoken at a variety of science outreach events, including Radio McMurdo (Antarctica), Science Museum LATES, Out Thinkers, Physics Unbound and others.


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