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The Royal Institution is the home of science in the heart of London, with a packed programme of accessible science for adults, children, families and schools.
Through talks in our world famous theatre, leading scientists and cultural commentators explore the latest amazing science and the way in which it shapes our lives.

21 October—04 November

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21.10.2019

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Monday 21 October

LYSC Holiday Workshops: Cosmetic chemistry (age 7–9)

In this workshop, for 7–9 year-olds, students will be introduced to pH, neutralisation, solubility and changes of state.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

An introduction to quantum theory (short course)

Dr James Millen returns to present a six part introduction to the world of quantum theory

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm weekly

Type:

Short courses

Make, think, imagine: In conversation with Lord Browne

Join engineer and business leader, Lord Browne in conversation with Vivienne Parry.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Theatre

Type:

Talks

Tuesday 22 October

LYSC Holiday Workshops: Cosmetic chemistry (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will be introduced to pH, neutralisation, solubility and changes of state.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

Nanotechnology: The high-tech revolution

Join Dave H A Blank as he explores the small but powerful world of nanotechnology.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Theatre

Type:

Talks

Wednesday 23 October

LYSC Holiday Workshops: A question of taste (age 16–18)

In this workshop for 16–18 year-olds, students will extract and test their own DNA to learn about the evolution of taste.

When:

10.00am to 4.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 16–18

The Future of Health: What is health?

Find out how scientists measure 'good health' and what healthcare might look like in the future in the first event in our new series

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Theatre

Type:

Talks

Friday 25 October

What is life? (Discourse)

Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse will be the speaker for this year's October Discourse.

When:

7.20pm to 8.45pm, The Theatre

Type:

Discourses, Talks

Saturday 26 October

Family Fun Day: Chaos, contagions and cures for catastrophe

Join us at the end of the world for this season's Family Fun Day!

When:

Arrive any time between 11.00am and 4.00pm

Type:

Family and young people

Audience:

Ages 7+

Tuesday 29 October

LYSC Holiday Workshops: Extract your own DNA (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students learn about DNA and enzymes, and make their own DNA necklace.

When:

11.00am to 1.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops

Audience:

Age 7–9

LYSC Holiday Workshops: Extract your own DNA (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students are introduced to enzymes, DNA structure, using equipment usually found at degree level.

When:

2.00pm to 4.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops

Audience:

Age 10–12

Einstein on the run

Andrew Robinson tells the story of Albert Einstein in rural England.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Theatre

Type:

Talks

Wednesday 30 October

LYSC Holiday Workshops: Forensics (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13-15 year-olds, students experience hands-on the science of a forensic lab.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age age 13–15

Pushing the boundaries of human movement

Eline van der Kruk will explore the world of Biomechanics in this year's Karl Luyben Lecture outside of Delft.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Theatre

Type:

Talks

Friday 01 November

Is obesity a choice?

Giles Yeo is this year’s Genetics Society JBS Haldane Lecturer.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Theatre

Type:

Talks

Saturday 02 November

Andrew Szydlo's metal mayhem

Andrew Szydlo explores the chemistry of metals in the demo filled spectacular!

When:

6.00pm to 7.30pm, The Theatre

Type:

Schools, Family and young people, Talks

Audience:

Ages 7+