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20 January
Chair of discussion session "Youth in Crystallography"
Opening Ceremony of the UN International Year of Crystallography
UNESCO HQ, Paris

Details here.


10 February

"Development, Science and Complexity"
Panel discussant with Ben Ramalingam and Sir John Beddinton, 11.00-15.00, free entry
Wellcome Trust, London NW1 2BE


17 February
"Invisibility: A Cultural History"

Public Lecture for Durham Institute of Advanced Study, 18.15
Calman Learning Centre
Durham University, South Road, Durham

Details here.


25 February

"Curiosity"
Espacio Fundación Telefónica
Madrid, Spain

Details here. *** TO BE RESCHEDULED ***


26 March

"Science and War: Working for Churchill and Hitler" (with Graham Farmelo)
4 pm, Oxford Martin School
Oxford Literary Festival

Details here.


9 April

"Curiosity"
Espacio Fundación Telefónica
Madrid, Spain

Details here.


28 May
"Serving the Reich"

Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Details to come here.


3 June

"Science and War: Working for Churchill and Hitler" (with Graham Farmelo)
4 pm
Cheltenham Science Festival

Details to come here.


27 June

"The Invention of Colour"
National Gallery, London, 6.30 pm
[part of the "Making Colour" exhibition]

Details here.


7 July

"On Truth and Beauty", with Sian Ede
Toynbee Hall, Commercial St, London E1, 7.30 pm
[Organized by The Browser]

Details here.


21 July

"What Is Music and What Is It For?"
0music, Malaga, Spain

Details here.


31 July

"Water and crystal, structure making and breaking, and other aqueous tales"
Keynote talk, Gordon Research Conference on Water and Aqueous Solutions, 7.00 pm
Holderness College, Plymouth, New Hampshire

Details here.


11 September

"Into the Unknown"
Panel discussion, Wellcome Trust, Euston Road, London, 7 pm

Details to come.


21 October

"Hydrophobicity: One Concept or Many?"
Nanobubble2014 Meeting, SINAP Pudong Campus, Shanghai

Details here.


6 November

The Future of Text
Google, London, 10 am - 5 pm

Details here.


6 November

"The Invention of Colour"
Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London, 6.30 pm

Details here.


24 November

"What Makes the Perfect Song?"
7.30 pm
Royal Opera House, London

Details here.


28 November

"Invisible"
Taunton Literary Festival, 7.30 pm
Richard Huish College, South Rd, Taunton

Details here.


 

13 February
"The Invention of Colour"
Millennium Series Lecture, 16.15
Chemistry Department, University of Bath

Details here.


21 February

Tour guide for The Light Show
Hayward Gallery, 18.30
South Bank Centre, London


12 March
"Curiosity"

Cambridge Science Festival/Cambridge Univ. Scientific Society, 20.00
Pharmacology Department, University of Cambridge
Tennis Court Road, Cambridge

Details here.


25 April

"Nature's Patterns"
5 pm
Department of Physics, University of Nottingham


20 May

"Curiosity"
9.30 am
The Learned Society, Carolinium, Prague, Czech Republic


27 May

"Sacred cows makes the best beefburgers" (with Mark Lynas)
4 pm
Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Details here.


1 June

"Music's mystery" [panel discussion]
12.00 noon
How The Light Gets In Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales


1 June

"Nasty, brutish and short" [panel discussion]
5.30 pm
How The Light Gets In Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales


4 June

"From damnation to solvation"
Opening lecture for the Opening Symposium of RESOLV
Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany


24 October

"Serving the Reich"
[The first talk about my new book]
7 pm, Rye Books (my local bookshop), 45 Upland Rd, East Dulwich, London

Details here.


7 November

Title to be confirmed
Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany


12 January
"The Invention of Colour"
International conference "Définition de la couleur", 16.30
Université Paris Diderot, 75004 Paris

Details here.


6 February
"Pattern formation and emergence: from nature to society"
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Barcelona, Spain


25 February

"Nature's patterns"
2 pm, So Beautiful or So What? Nature at the Crossroads of Art, Science and Evolution
An All-Day Wonder Cabinet, Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th St, New York

Free and open to the public


2 April
"Curiosity"
The School of Life, 70 Marchmont St, London, 7 pm

Details here.


27 April
"Water as a Biomolecule"
Baker Symposium, "Water: an Active Player in Bulk and Interfacial Chemistry", 4.40 pm
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


10 May
"Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything"
6.30 pm, Waterstone's, Gower St, London
Details here.


17 May
"Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything"
Rye Books, 45 Upland Road, East Dulwich, London SE22 [my local!], 7 pm
Details here.


28 May
"2011 and all that: the case for treating society as a complex system"
Institute of Physics Nonlinear and Complex Physics Group, IoP, 76 Portland Place, London, 6 pm


7 June
"Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything"
4 pm, Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales
Details here.


16 June
"Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything"
2.30 pm, Times Cheltenham Science Festival
Cheltenham


16 June
"Humans in Space": a panel discussion
6.30 pm, Times Cheltenham Science Festival
Cheltenham


25 June
"Is Synthetic Biology Unnatural?"
EnGENEious: Evolving Life for Future Technologies, after dinner talk
Christ Church College, Oxford

Details here.


5 September
Concluding remarks at RSC Faraday Discussion Meeting "Ion Specific Hofmeister Effects"
Queens College, Oxford

Details here.


13 September
"The Music Instinct"
Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution
11 South Grove, Highgate, London N6


23 September
"Newton and Religion"
Gravity Fields Festival, 12.15 pm
Angel and Royal Hotel, Grantham, Lincs.

Details here.


23 September
"Isaac Newton: An Outsider in the Age of Curiosity"
Gravity Fields Festival, 3 pm
Masonic Hall, Grantham, Lincs.

Details here.


24 September
"2011 and All That: The Case for Treating Society as a Complex System"
Complexity and Social Science at the Interface to the Real World, 3 pm
Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell

Details here.


27 September
"Pattern Formation in Nature"
Advances in Architectural Geometry 2012 conference, 2 pm
Centre Pompidou, Paris

Details here.


22 October
"Curiosity"
Life Centre, 6 pm
Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne

Details here.


1 November
"How Curiosity Turned into Science"
University of Sheffield, 5.15 pm
ICoSS, Portobello St, Sheffield

Details here.


23 November
"Water as a Biomolecule"
King's College London, St Thomas's Hospital, 3 pm
Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1


29 November
"Unnatural"
King's College London, 4 pm
Guy's Hospital, London Bridge, London SE1

Details here.


5 December
"Curiosity"
Perimeter Institute, 7 pm
Waterloo, Canada

Details here.


 

8 February
Royal Institution, Albemarle St, London, 7pm
‘Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People’


24 February
Blackwells, Broad St, Oxford, 7 pm
‘Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People’


1 March
George Hare Memorial Lecture 2011
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Rd, Bristol, 6 pm
'Bright Earth: The Invention of Colour'


10 March
The Travel Bookshop, Blenheim Crescent, London W11, 7pm
'Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People'


15 March
UCL Chemical and Physical Society
Ramsay Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry
Gordon St, London WC1, 6 pm
'Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People'


20 April
The Olivier Stage, National Theatre, London SE1, 6.00 - 6.45pm
(Platform Event in conjunction with the new production of "Frankenstein")
Tel. 020 7452 3329


5 May
The Royal Society of Chemistry
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
'Why water is weird'

Details here


17 May
Café Scientifique, Latest Music Bar, Manchester St, Brighton BN2, 8 pm
'Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People'


4 June
Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales, 5.30 pm
'Nature's Patterns'


5 June
Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales, 10 am
'Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People'


30 June

European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg
'Unnatural: A History of Making People'


21 July
Universitat Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Barcelona, Spain
2 pm, Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture
'The Music Instinct'
Why Music? – An Interdisciplinary Conversation


19 July
Petworth Festival
United Reformed Church, Golden Square, Petworth, 2.30 pm
'The Music Instinct'


16 August
Edinburgh International Book Festival, 12.00 pm
'Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People'

Details here.


And also: 'Debate: Natural vs Unnatural', 7.00 pm

Details here.


3 October

Ilkley Literary Festival, Ilkley Playhouse, Yorkshire, 7.45 pm
'Unnatural: The Heretical Act of Making People'


8 October

The King's Place, London, 8.00 pm
'What music communicates'

Details here.


1 December

Royal College of Medicine, London, 6.35 pm.
'The appreciation of music: the normal brain': Details here.


 

9 February
Royal Institution, London
The Music Instinct


23 February
Paracelsus: the Devil's Doctor
The Last Tuesday, London


27 February
Royal Institution, London
The Music Instinct


28 February
Brighton Science Festival
Complexity symposium


3 March
Bath Literary Festival
The Music Instinct


8 March
Aye Write Literary Festival, Glasgow
The Music Instinct


9 March
Words by the Water Literary Festival, Cumbria
The Music Instinct


12 March
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Nature's Patterns
[talk in conjunction with an exhibition of sculptures by Peter Randall-Page]


20-28 March (day to be confirmed)
Oxford Literary Festival
The Music Instinct


8 April
Topping and Company Bookshop, Ely

The Music Instinct


15 August
Edinburgh Book Festival
The Music Instinct


19 October
Durham University
"Seeing Further": discussion with Bill Bryson and others to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society.


 

19 February
Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, London
Utopia Theory: The Physics of Society


23 February
Royal College of Physicians, London
Why is Music Intelligible, and What Does it Communicate?


1 March
Words by the Water Literary Festival, Cumbria
Nature's Patterns


10 March
Royal Institution, London
Nature's Patterns


24 March
Café Scientifique, Portsmouth

Nature's Patterns


2 April
Manchester University
(The Complexity of the Crowd)


28 April
Reform Club, London
Utopia Theory: The Physics of Society


27 May
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Water as a Biomolecule


28 May
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
(Utopia theory: the physics of society)


4 June
Chelteham Science Festival
(Nature's Patterns)


 

19 February
Museum History of Science, Oxford
Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science


1 March
Brighton Science Festival
Pattern Formation in Nature


12 March
Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design, London
Utopia Theory: The Physics of Society


18 March
Solway Arts Society, Cumbria
Pattern Formation in Nature


29 April
Bedales School, Petersfield
Utopia Theory: The Physics of Society (Eckersley Lecture)


12 May
King’s College, London
The Future of Materials


27 May
Hay Literary Festival, Hay-on-Wye
Chartres Cathedral and the Origins of Order


16 June
Royal Institution, London
People in Space: The Big Debate


7 July
University of Dortmund, Germany
Water as a Biomolecule


10 July
Royal Institution, London
Beautiful Experiments in Chemistry (Dingle Prize award lecture)


22 September
RSA, London
In Conversation with Michael Braungart
(London Design Festival)


27 September
Lichfield Literary Festival
Chartres Cathedral and the Origins of Order


2 October
Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
The Invention of Colour
(Colour in Art and Chemistry symposium)


15 October
Cheltenham Literary Festival
Chartres Cathedral and the Origins of Order


18 October
Café Scientifique, Brighton
Utopia Theory: The Physics of Society


25 October
Café Scientifique, Croydon
Utopia Theory: The Physics of Society


27 October
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Water as a Biomolecule
(Workshop on Water at Biological Interfaces)


11 December
Cambridge University
International Conference on Self-Assembly and Self-Organization at Surfaces
Is Water Organized at Biological Surfaces?

'Water: life's matrix'. Opening address at the first international conference on astrobiology, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffat Field, California, April 2000.


'Bright Earth: the invention of colour'. Evening discourse at the Royal Institution, London, March 2001. Repeated at the RI for a public audience during Chemistry Week, November 2001. This talk provided the inspiration for a poem by Lavinia Greenlaw in the poetry collection 'Discourses' published by the RI (2002). Also available on CD.


'The age of molecular engineering.' Plenary talk at STM'01, international conference on microscopy and nanoscience, Vancouver, July 2001.


'The age of molecular engineering.' Plenary talk in Symposium X, 'Frontiers of Materials Science', at the Materials Research Society Fall annual meeting, Boston, December 2001.


'Bright Earth: the invention of colour'. Special public event at the Edinburgh Science Festival, April 2002.


'Colour: art and science'. Talk at the 'Colour Through Time' workshop, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, October 2002.


'Pattern formation in nature', talk presented in Limerick, Belfast and Dublin for the Irish branch of the Institute of Physics, February 2003.


'Utopia Theory: the search for a physics of society'. Presented at the Royal Institution, London, on 12 February 2004, and at the Cheltenham Science Festival on 13 June 2004.


'The history of social physics'. Plenary talk at the International Conference on Complexity Science, Boston, 16 May 2004.


'Nanotechnology in the Firing Line'. Special presentation at the International Conference on Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing, Royal Society, 15 December 2003. Available online at https://www.nanotechweb.org/articles/society/2/12/1/1


'Chemistry in 20th Century Literature'. Talk at Public Images of Chemistry in the Twentieth Century, Paris, 17-18 September 2004. See https://www.hyle.org/service/chmc2004/


'How chemists invented colour.' Dove Memorial Lecture, University of Toronto, 14 October 2004.


'Colour through the eyes of a scientist', public lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 29 March 2005.


'Utopia theory: the search for a physics of society', Northwestern University, Illinois, 31 March 2005.


'Synthetic biology for nanotechnology', Northwestern University, Illinois, 1 April 2005. (Both given as part of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems Distinguished Lecturer series.)