LIVESTREAM: The alchemy of us

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 20 October

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
  • Credit: peter clifford via Flickr

Price

Suggested donation £10

Event description

How did the brevity of the telegram influenced Hemingway's writing style? How did a young chemist expose the use of Polaroid's cameras to create passbooks to track black citizens in apartheid South Africa?

This talk showcases little-known inventors, particularly people of colour and women, who had a significant impact but whose accomplishments have been hidden by mythmaking, bias, and convention.
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Science writer Ainissa Ramirez examines eight inventions, revealing the fascinating and inspiring stories on our relationships with technologies.

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About the speaker

Ainissa G. Ramirez is a science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science.  

Dr Ramirez received her training in materials science and engineering from Brown University and Stanford University. Prior to being on the faculty at Yale, she was a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, in Murray Hill, New Jersey were she did award-winning research. She has authored more than 50 technical papers, holds six patents, and has presented her work worldwide. 

She now focuses her energies on making science fun, and gave an impassioned called to action at TED on the importance of understanding science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), which generated widespread enthusiasm. At Yale, she was the director of the award-winning science lecture series for children called ‘Science Saturdays’ and hosted two popular-science video series called ‘Material Marvels’ and ‘Science Xplained’.

Timing

The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you miss the live stream, it will be available to watch on WebinarJam for the following 72 hours.

How to watch live

1. Register for the livestream by clicking the ‘Register now’ button above.

2. Enter your first name and email address and click ‘Register now’.

3. The registration completion page will give you your link to the live stream 'room'.  Simply click the link and bookmark the page so that you can return to it later

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Don’t worry if you miss the live stream. You will receive an email with a link to access a replay video, which will be available for 24 hours after the live stream. Check your spam filter if you don't receive this email. The video will also be uploaded onto our YouTube channel.

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