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Science Week 2017 highlights

Our 2017 Science Week is over, but if you missed a talk or want to recap on an event you attended, we'll be adding blogs, photos and videos to this set of highlights in the coming weeks.

[Science Week photos courtesy Harish Patel, Technical Services Manager, Psychological Sciences]

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Event blogs and videos

Monday 3 April: Microbes in the real world

Film screening: Resistance: documentary screening and panel discussion - read the blog

Antibiotics: victims of their own success - read the blog

Talk: Sophie Downes (PhD candidate): The interactions between fungi and heritage buildings - read the blog


Tuesday 4 April: On the Source of Human Irrationality

Professor Mike Oaksford: On the Source of Human Irrationality


Wednesday 5 April: Rosalind Franklin Lecture

Professor Gaia Scerif: Attention, Nature and Nurture

  • Video [64 mins]


Thursday 6 April: What controls the Earth's long term climate?

Talks: Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann and Tianchen He (PhD candidate) Keeping the Earth habitable and Triggering the radiation of early animals.

  • Read the blog for both talks
  • Video - Keeping the Earth habitable [48 mins]
    To view the temperature animation referred to in the video, play this Powerpoint file full screen.

  • Video: Triggering the radiation of early animals [26 mins]

Talk: Professor Andy Carter: Understanding climate change through studying how and when Antarctica became a frozen continent.


A day in the life of a Birkbeck scientist

As part of our 2017 Science Week, we asked three of our Birkbeck academics to share a 'typical' working day with us and then turned those reports into these short videos.


Dr Anthony Roberts, Department of Biological Sciences


Dr Emma Meaburn, Department of Psychological Sciences


Dr James Hammond, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences