Not often featured in these listings, but Pushkin House has an excellent looking event tonight: The Men Who Fell to Earth: How Russia’s Pilots, Parachutists and Pioneers Won the Space Race. Simon Ings meets Science Museum space curator Doug Millard to look at the history and future of Russia in space. 7:30pm; £7, Pushkin House near Holborn.
Sadly fully booked now, but you can add yourself to the mailing list for a video of another fascinating sounding talk in Imperial’s spy series. Drawing on the history of MI6 over its first 40 years (1909-49), Keith Jeffery will investigate the extent to which the profession of intelligence might be described as a science, and also explore the role of science itself in both the working and the targeting of British intelligence operations in peace and war.
The Dana Centre looks at another controversial topic tonight: Food for Thought: Global or Local? asking whether the UK’s two-thirds self sufficiency where food production is concerned is enough. 7pm start, free; book now.
Meanwhile at the Royal Institution this year’s Christmas lecturer Bruce Hood gives us a sneak preview into some of the demonstrations which will feature in his Christmas lectures on topic of the human brain. 6pm start, £10, book now.
The two day Intelligence Squared conference begins today: a full two days of 15 minute talks from people from Susan Greenfield to Lewis Dartnell with dozens of other well known and unknown names in between. The theme is tomorrow’s world and with speakers covering science, technology, architecture and more, the range is vast. It’s not cheap at £299 for a two day pass, but day and half day passes are also available: book now.
Sticking with the large scale challenges, the RI’s Friday Evening Discourse looks at Climate Change on a global scale. FEDs are members and their guests only, formal occasions and from the sound of this one, well worth looking at becoming a member for. 8-9:15pm with drinks and food available at the bar.
Day 2 of the Intelligence Squared conference including the big debate entitled “For the poor the future will look very familiar”.
You can follow the Nature Network London Google calendar of events in London at http://blogs.nature.com/london/2011/05/17/scientific-events-calendar. Updated daily.