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Science Museum Lates: The next big thing



18:45 - 22:00


The Science Museum, London


Join our experts at the Science Museum Lates in their bid to discover the next big thing.

Credit: Science Museum

Explore the latest research over a drink with some of the UK’s leading scientists.

Bounce a bucky ball or paint new molecules or proteins in virtual reality, discover your inner ape and become a master impersonator using voice modifying technology.

You'll also be able to dance the night away on our "Turing Dancefloor", take on the role of a meteorite detective and find out how a gin and tonic could help save your life.

About Science Museum Lates

The Science Museum’s Lates is a free night for adults that takes place on the last Wednesday of the month.

Lates have a different theme each month, spanning issues as far apart as sex, alcohol and climate change – this month the Royal Society is taking over the programme and showcasing some of the best research from the UK’s leading scientists; join them in their journey to discover the next big thing.

For more information please visit the Science Museum website.

Science Museum Lates: The next big thing

Join our experts at the Science Museum Lates in their bid to discover the next big thing.

Discover the incredible research the Royal Society supports as we take over at the Science Museum Lates for one night only.


Attending this event

Free entry

No registration required

Adults only

For all enquiries, please contact the events team.

Booze on the brain

Mix your own DNA cocktail and learn why alcohol and other drugs affect some people more than others with our neuroscientist barstaff.

Become a molecular Jedi

Wield the force to sculpt energetic dynamics of the invisible nano-realm. Form a team of friends and explore the luminosity of the hidden world around us, using VR.

Danceroom spectroscopy
Blue Sun

Solar 2.0

Tomorrow’s solar cells won’t need to sit on top of your house, they’ll be printed onto your mobile, clothes and headphones. Come race solar bugs and play with the superlight, ultraflexible next gen solar technology.

Bot or not

Learn about modern speech synthesis and test your ability to detect synthetic speech. Get a personal message from a totally fake Donald Trump speech bot; will you be fired or hired?

copyright Gage Skidmore
Ape Walk

Walk like an ape

Size up your footprint against a chimpanzee’s and see how your walking technique fares when navigating a simulated jungle canopy.

Trip the light photoelastic

Learn how the properties of photoelasticity and polarisation help engineers test structures using light alone. Be mesmerised by a beautiful photoelastic avalanche and play with some specially made birrefringent toys.

Simon Watt

Live podcast - Level up human

Evolutionary Revolutionary Simon Watt pushes the genetic envelope and thinks outside the technological box to testdrive new suggestions for human development. Tonight he meets with four Royal Society Research Fellows – Liz Tunbridge, Steven Lee, Holly Bridge and Robert Pal – aided by comedian, medic and Chase-star Paul Sinha.

Pocket power plant

Generate electricity from walking, exercising or even just fidgeting. Find out how harvesting energy from wasted movement, friction or body heat means your clothes could be the power plants of the future.

Pocket power plant
Cuttlefish eye

A polarized view

See through the eyes of a cuttlefish, build your own invisible artwork, and learn how there's more than meets the eye when it comes to polarized light.

Meteorite hunt

Earth is bombarded with dozens of meteorites every year. But once they’ve landed, how can we tell them from other boulders, stones or pebbles? Try out some astro-geo-sleuthing yourself here.

copyright Paul Maritz

Zebra bar codes

“A zebra never changes its stripes” and no two share the same pattern. Find out how conservationists use this ‘barcode’ to identify trends in populations and try the method yourself to find a specific individual in a dazzle of zebras.

No assembly required

What if the building blocks we made things from already knew how to put themselves together? Learn how nanomaterials engineers are coming up with ways create structures that build themselves.

can a gin and tonic save your life?

Can a gin and tonic save your life?

Learn about how the physical properties of your gin and tonic are helping in the fight against autoimmune diseases, via a peek under the bonnet of a laser microscope and a chance to take a super-resolution selfie.

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