Pop-up science stations: Lates

Event information

Event type: Drop-in, evening event, meet the scientist

Location: Throughout the Museum

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Meet our scientists at a range of pop-up stations as you explore the Museum after dark at Lates.

Busy Bees

In California, there are rows and rows of almond trees spanning over 800,000 acres. These provide about 80% of the world's almond supplies.

Farmers cannot rely solely on wind and native pollinators to visit 90 million trees during the two-week bloom period, so how do they keep up with demand? By using billions of buzzing honeybees.

Nuts aside, experts suggest that one out of every three bites of food humans take depends on bees. From apples and pears to chocolate and coffee, countless crops we love to consume rely on bees' pollinating prowess.

Join the Museum's bee expert, David Notton, as he highlights spectacular specimens from the collections, and find out more about the extent to which humans have become dependent on these industrious insects.  

Location: Fossil way

Marine Medicine

The ocean might not seem like an obvious place to look for medicine, but treatments developed for HIV, herpes and leukaemia (to name just a few) are thanks to one of the most primitive animals on Earth: sponges.

There are over 9,000 described species of sponge in our oceans. Not only do they provide crucial habitats for many marine creatures, but in recent years, humans have been investigating chemical compounds found in sponges to develop more effective antibiotics and drugs to support human health.

Join our Museum sponge expert, Ana Riesgo Gil, to see some beautiful sponge specimens from the collections and discover how humans have been soaking up the medicinal power of these understated animals.

Location: Dino way

From Farm to Fork

There are around 7,000 species of food crops available in the world, yet only 12 account for about 80% of global consumption. Huge monocultures reduce genetic diversity, leaving crops vulnerable to pests, diseases and a changing environment.

Meet the scientists from Kew Gardens and learn about the key crops we rely on, how we cultivate them on a grand scale and how we're attempting to safeguard food security for the future.

Location: Fossil way

Origins: The Start of Our Human Journey

We, Homo sapiens, are arguably the most impactful species living today. But how did our ancestors successfully adapt to their environment hundreds of thousands of years ago? What did they eat? How did they move around and engineer tools?

Join Museum researchers Chris Stringer and Julia Galway-Witham as they discuss how early humans looked and lived, from bone shape and structure to wear and tear on tools. See remarkable specimens from the collections and find out about the first stages of the human journey.

Location: Dino way

Event dates
27 April 2018 18.00-21.30

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