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Science Week 2018

Running from 18-21 June, Birkbeck Science Week will explore the research taking place at the College.

Shark teeth fossil to illustrate a talk given by Dr Charlie Underwood, Lecturer in Palaeontology at Birkbeck
Shark teeth fossil. Credit: Charlie Underwood

Science Week is returning to Birkbeck where the College will open its doors to the public with a series of free talks exploring the research taking place at the College, and its practical impact on the world.

The annual Rosalind Franklin Lecture will take place on Monday 18 June, as part of the ISMB Symposium (Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology) and will be given by Professor Eva Nogales (UC, Berkeley, USA) on her research into human gene expression using cryo-electron microscopy.

Dr Charlie Underwood, Lecturer in Palaeontology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will explain how the particular attributes of fossil sharks’ teeth can reveal the evolution of ancient ecosystems and environments in a lecture on 20 June.

On the same day, Dr James Hammond, who travels the globe with his research into the seismology of volcanoes, will share his experiences of science diplomacy while working with the US, North Korean and Chinese scientists to reveal the secrets of the Mt Paektu/Changbaishan volcano on the North Korean/Chinese border.

On Thursday 21, there will be two lectures from academics in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Dr Lara Maister explores the different ways we represent both our minds and bodies and how this affects our interactions with others, while in our last lecture of the week Professor Nazanin Derakhshan, Director of the BRiC Centre (Building Resilience in Breast Cancer Centre), will talk about her research into how targeting and exercising key brain functions can lower anxiety and help build mental resilience in breast cancer patients.

These talks are free and open to the Birkbeck community and the general public – you can find out more about the talks and how to book on our programme page.

And if our talks inspire you to think about studying science at Birkbeck, at undergraduate or postgraduate level, bring your questions along to our next Open Evening on Tuesday 26 June (4-7.30pm).

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