Celebration of Science 2015

Celebration of Science 2015

The festival runs from Saturday 3 to Sunday 18 October 2015.

The Council is supporting events at Imperial College and the Natural History Museum on 24 and 25 September respectively, as pre-festival events. 

Event details confirmed to date:

Imperial College Union
Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BB
Telephone: 020 7589 5111
Nearest Tube: South Kensington

Designs For Life
Thursday 24 September, 5pm to 8pm. 

Imperial College researchers will show how they are applying design concepts to all walks of life, from eating, travel and shelter, to sleeping, learning and creating. It’s a chance to get hands-on with cutting-edge research during an evening of interactive displays and lively debate. Part of London Design Week. 

Free admission.

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
Telephone: 020 7942 5000
Nearest Tube: South Kensington

Science Uncovered 
25 September, 3pm to 10.30pm

As part of European Science Evening, 200 scientists and researchers will be talking about their work. Free admission.

Holland Park 
The Stable Yard, Ilchester Place, W8 6LU
Telephone: 020 7938 8170
Nearest Tube: High Street Kensington

Wild Life in Holland Park with the Ecology Service
3 October, noon to 4pm, wildlife area

A fun day for children.

All the following events will be held at: 

Kensington Town Hall
Hornton Street, W8 7NX
Telephone: 020 7361 3000
Nearest Tube: High Street Kensington

Sir Hans Sloane and The Royal Society
5 October, 6.30pm to 8pm

Examining Sir Hans Sloane’s role in establishing the transactions and proceedings of the Royal Society, when he was its secretary, and the role that learned scientific journals and the Royal Society play in contemporary science. Dr Noah Moxham, St Andrews University and Royal Society and Professor Dave Garner FRS FRSC Nottingham University, editor of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.

Planning and the built environment 
8 October, 1pm to 5pm

The role of planning in managing change in cities, traffic flows, Smart  Cities – applying science to integrating city systems to create the future, simulating urban problems using technology, such as the computer modelling of the Boris bike to show transport movements and model changes, challenges of building underground and engineering tunnels for Crossrail and Thames Tideway Tunnel, changing materials, geology, hydrology and the work that Imperial College has done examining the concept of a modern planned university. 

Maths, science and financial markets 
9 October, 10.30am to 6.30pm

The application of mathematical and scientific concepts to financial market analysis.

Professor Terry Lyons FRS, Director of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance and President of the London Mathematical Society, and Professor Charles Goodhart CBE FBA. Dr Andreas Joseph of the Advanced analytics division of the Bank of England, will talk on what data can and cannot do for you; Mr Rudi Bogni CSFI will talk about the Black–Scholes model; Ayowande McCunn, New College Oxford, will talk on game theory and regulation; Dr Hao Ni, Oxford Mathematical Institute, will talk about algorithmic trading, high-frequency trading, the post 2008 financial crisis and flash crashes; and Professor Jonathon Read will talk about the misuse of mathematical modelling and moral hazard. 

Hao Ni - Presentation.pdf [PDF] (file size 1.16 MB)
RUDI BOGNI - BLACK-SCHOLES.pdf [PDF] (file size 235.64 KB)


Public Health Conference 
14 October, 1pm to 5.30pm

A focus on air quality and the importance of physical activity for cogitative health. Professor Paolo Vineis, Imperial College, Dr Ruth Peters Imperial College and Dr David Taylor, Imperial College.

Paolo Vineis air pollution (2).pdf [PDF] (file size 1.02 MB)


Science of Music
16 October, 2pm to 8pm 

Examining the science of performance of music, stress in performance, the physics of acoustics, the perception, judgement and evaluation of music and an analysis of the performance space: acoustics, the environment and cultural impact of concert halls, with Professor Aaron Williamon head of the Centre of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music and Imperial College. The conference will conclude with a concert of music.

Programme of Talks 
17 October, 10.30am to 6pm

Full day of talks: Astronomy and astrophysics, chemistry and the periodic table, forensic science and the work of the National and Physical Laboratory, the measurement of time and the atomic clock and the work of the Bill Gates Foundation, parasite vectors and the practical challenges of eradicating malaria, and snake venom and the treatments of patients. 


Kensington Leisure Centre
Silchester Road, W10 6EX
Telephone: 020 3793 8210
Nearest Tube: Latimer Road

Celebration of Science - In Sport
10 October, 11am to 4pm.

Free face painting, swimming sessions, exercise classes and nutrition advice. For further information download the activities programme or contact us at sportandleisure@rbkc.gov.uk or call us on 020 7938 8182.

Activities Programme [PDF] (file size 644.84 KB)

Kensington Central Library 
Phillimore Walk, W8 7RX
Telephone: 020 7361 3010
Nearest Tube: High Street Kensington

Sydney Chapman

Exhibition examining work of Sydney Chapman
3 to 24 October, library opening hours, 9.30am to 8pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9.30am to 5pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

An exhibition from the London Mathematical Society exploring the life of Professor Sydney Chapman FRS, the mathematician and geophysicist who worked on stochastic processes, the kinetic theory of gases, the magnetosphere and photo chemical processes that give rise to the ozone layer. Free admission.


For further information on a Celebration of Science 2015, contact Lamin Suwaneh at Lamin.Suwaneh@rbkc.gov.uk or call 07739 315292.