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Join us at The Royal Society for an evening exploring scientific fakes, forgeries and misinformation. Discover the remarkable scientific artefacts and stories housed in our extensive, world-class archives. 

Fake news is not a recent phenomenon. Throughout history, scientific information has been shared inaccurately – either unintentionally or maliciously. Identify how misinformation can harm society and what research is being done to prevent this, and find out about faking it in the natural world. 

Attending this event

  • In-person event
  • Over-18s only
  • We are operating a Challenge 25 policy on the door and you may be required to show a valid form of ID to enter the event
  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Doors will open at 6.30pm and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis
  • This event may be popular and entry cannot be guaranteed
  • Certain talks will be recorded
  • Travel and accessibility

Events and activities

More talks and workshops to be announced.

Piltdown - the man that wasn't (7.10pm)

In 1912, the sensational ‘discovery’ of ‘Piltdown Man’ was announced to the world. The apparently fossilised remains consisted of an ape-like jawbone and parts of a human-like braincase, and these were assembled to reveal a new kind of ancient human. Many hailed the find as a ‘missing link’ on British soil, but it was to be another 40 years before the brutal truth began to emerge.

Join the Natural History Museum’s Professor Chris Stringer CBE FRS as he reviews the greatest scientific hoax in history and current thinking about "whodunnit".

This talk may be busy and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.