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Week In Geek: 6-12 July 2015

Sarah Jayne Bell
By Sarah Jayne Bell Last edited 23 months ago
Week In Geek: 6-12 July 2015

London events for people with inquisitive minds.

Ongoing

ORGAN DONATION: The world premier of Pieces, a series of six short plays about organ donation performed by actor and transplant patient Steven Mortimer at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, Islington. July 7-12, £12, prebook, Tues-Sun 7.30pm, Sat matinee 3pm

Monday 6 July

CYCLING: Londonist nerdvana — engineers talking about cycling in London. A panel of transport engineers, architects and planners discuss engineering a cycling revolution at the Institution of Civil Engineers (Great George Street). Free, prebook, 6pm

THE UNIVERSE: Join Nobel Laureate and quantum physicist Frank Wilczek on a journey from Plato to modern physics in a quest to find underlying beauty and order in the universe in his talk A beautiful question: finding nature’s deep design at the Royal Institution. Free, prebook, 7pm

Ever wondered about the order of the universe? You'll be in good company at the RI on Monday night.

Tuesday 7 July

MUSEUMS SHOWOFF: Museums have a lot more to offer Londoners than air conditioning. A night of comedy, music and factertainment by curators, behind the scenes peeps and museum lovers at the Slaughtered Lamb (Clerkenwell). £5 (goes to charity), prebook, 7pm

Wednesday 8 July

Scary ant movie, a smart professor and a private viewing of the most excellent Grant Museum on Wednesday night.

ANTS: The UCL Grant Museum of Zoology Film Club screens Empire of the Ants starring Joan Collins and Robert Lansing. If that isn't geek enough for you, the film will be discussed by the very clever and funny Prof Joe Cain, followed by a private view of the museum AND a free drinks reception. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

Thursday 9 July

FLIES: It wouldn't be summer without flies. Find out how knowledge of their anatomy has changed over the last 350 years in this afternoon talk, The Microscopic World of the Fly, by one of the Natural History Museum's fly experts. There may or may not be reference to 50s/80s horror films. Free, just turn up, 2.30pm

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION: Mark Storor is an artist and Leighton Seal is an endocrinology consultant at St George's Hospital. They've been working together with men attending erectile dysfunction clinics since May 2014. Find out about their work through a series of performances and interactive discussions in Barometer of my Heart at Wellcome Collection. Free, prebook, 3.30pm and 7pm

Friday 10 July

Dragonfly street art by DZIA, photo by Peter McGowan from the Londonist Flickr pool.

DRAGONFLIES: Nothing says green and pleasant land quite like a dragonfly darting over a chalk stream on a dozy summer day. Join dragonfly geek Ruary Mackenzie-Dodd for a talk about these handsome creatures at the Natural History Museum. Free, just turn up, 2.30pm

CSI: The more solvent geeks among us can solve a murder mystery with forensic scientists at the Natural History Museum. £60, prebook, 6.30pm

LIFE AND DEATH: Cheaper geeks can enjoy the adults-only Ri Lates (Royal Institution), with talks and activities asking big questions like 'where might we find ET?' and 'what does death smell like'. £12/£8, prebook, 6.30pm

TRACHOMA: Trachoma is bad. It is the leading infectious cause of blindness. David Mabey and Anna Last from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are at the British Museum to talk about the history of the disease in Africa and prospects for its elimination. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

Saturday 11 July

WOMEN: Enjoy a Women's Movement walk with the Museum of London and learn about famous and ordinary women at the beginning of the 20th century. £20, prebook, 11am

SLAVERY: A walking tour around the City of London and the Docklands looking at sites of significance in the connection between Sugar and Slavery in London's history, with the Museum of London. £20, prebook, 10.30am

Sunday 12 July

HOUSING: People have been living in the area we now call Camden for 2,000 years. Locals Jenny Rossiter and Lester Hillman lead a walking tour of the history and diversity of housing as part of the Camden 50 programme, celebrating 50 years of the borough. Free, prebook, 11am

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Last Updated 04 July 2015