Science events

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'Politics is hot, science is cold': some thoughts on working at the science-policy interface

23 September 2016 16.30

A SciFri seminar

Speaker: Claire Craig (Head of Science Policy, Royal Society)
Venue: Neil Chalmers Seminar Room, Natural History Museum

If you are external to the Museum and would like to attend, please contact a staff member with links to your interest or area of expertise.

Megarafting and the long-distance transoceanic dispersal of coastal marine organisms

26 September 2016 12.00

Seminar

A vast number of objects - including buoys, vessels, and docks - from the Tohoku coast of Honshu have arrived in North America and Hawaii since being sent into the Pacific Ocean by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011.

Along with this debris field have been more than 300 Japanese species, with molluscs, crustaceans, bryozoans, hydrozoans, polychaetes and algae comprising the majority of rafted taxa.

Instances of long-distance transoceanic dispersal across the North Pacific are apparently so rare that there are no previous scientific or historical records of living coastal species from Asia landing on the shores of North America or Hawaii by means of ocean rafting.

Professor Carlton will discuss the biology and ecology of this marine debris.

Speaker: Professor James Carlton (Williams-Mystic College)
Venue: Neil Chalmers Seminar Room, Natural History Museum

The dominant role of mergers in evolutionary history

28 October 2016 16.30

A SciFri seminar

Speaker: James MccInerney (University of Manchester)
Venue: Neil Chalmers Seminar Room, Natural History Museum

If you are external to the Museum and would like to attend, please contact a staff member with links to your interest or area of expertise.

Evolution of exceptional longevity in bats: do they hold the secret to everlasting youth?

25 November 2016 16.30

A SciFri seminar

Speaker: Emma Teeling (University College Dublin)
Venue: Neil Chalmers Seminar Room, Natural History Museum

If you are external to the Museum and would like to attend, please contact a staff member with links to your interest or area of expertise.

The Marsh Awards for Palaeontology and Mineralogy

3 February 2017

Special event: awards presentation

Venue: Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum
More information: Contact Dr Martha Richter

Workshop: Chondrules and the protoplanetary disk

27-28 February 2017 

Special event

Organisers: Sara Russell, Harold Connolly and Sasha Krot
Venue: Natural History Museum
More information: Workshop flyer PDF (262KB)

Types of seminar

The Natural History Museum hosts specialist seminars aimed at collections management and the research communities based within the Museum and externally. They provide:

  • expert views on current science
  • a forum for discussion 
  • an opportunity to develop networking and collaboration.

Collections management seminars

Collections management seminars are organised by the Collections Management Committee.

They present up-to-date information relating to the care and conservation of collections across the institution and within museums generally.

Departmental seminars

Departmental seminars are organised by the earth and life sciences departments and the core research laboratories. 

Invited speakers present their latest research. Speakers include:

  • visiting specialists
  • students
  • staff
  • scientific associates.

Science Forum 'SciFri' Talks

These are cross-departmental monthly talks, usually by external speakers.

They are informal and inter-disciplinary covering a range of fields including:

  • latest research
  • science policy
  • publishing
  • media
  • fieldwork
  • science methods.

Additional regular yearly events:

  • Earth Perspectives Lecture
  • Darwin's Birthday (February)
  • Young Systematists Forum
  • Annual Student Conference & Thackray Lecture

CEE seminars

The Museum is a partner of the Centre for Ecology and Evolution, which fosters collaboration between researchers in London working on evolution and ecology.

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Who can attend science seminars?

Find out if you can come along, who to contact and how to get here. 

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