U3A at the Ri: Sun, CERN and the psychology of sorcery

1.45pm to 4.45pm, Monday 7 October

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

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U3A members can only book directly through U3A National Office events in the members’ area.

Event description

U3A members and other members of the public join us at the Ri for an afternoon of talks on subjects ranging from how the sun effects us, the psychology of magic and particle physics. Tea and coffee included.

U3A members can only book directly through U3A National Office events in the members’ area.

About the speakers

Linda Geddes is a Bristol-based freelance journalist writing about biology, medicine and technology. Born in Cambridge, she graduated from Liverpool University with a first-class degree in Cell Biology. She spent nine years at 'New Scientist' magazine working as a news editor, features editor and reporter, and remains a consultant to the magazine. Linda has received numerous awards for her journalism, including the Association of British Science Writers’ awards for Best Investigative Journalism. She is married with two young children, Matilda and Max. 

Gustav Kuhn is a Reader in the department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and director of the MAGIC Lab. He is the leading researcher in the science of magic and he has authored over 70 scientific papers and a highly acclaimed book on the Science of Magic (Experiencing the Impossible, MIT press). He is also president of the Science of Magic Association, and a member of the Magic Circle. 

Harry Cliff is a particle physicist based at the University of Cambridge who works on the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. Harry’s research is focussed on searching for signs of new particles and forces beyond the Standard Model of particle physics by studying the decays of particles known as bottom quarks. For the past seven years he has held a joint fellowship with the Science Museum, where he curated exhibitions on physics and astronomy including a major exhibition about the Large Hadron Collider. Harry is an enthusiastic communicator of science, including talks for TED and the Royal Institution that have received millions of views.


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The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

Seating is usually unreserved for our events. If you and your group require seating reservations, please do let us know by email and we’ll be more than happy to help. Email: events@ri.ac.uk.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop.  

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