Science events

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Earth Sciences Seminar: New directions in fossil colour research: colour patterns, melanins and beyond

9 February 2016 12.00

Research into colour in fossils often focuses on fossil melanin, which limits our understanding of the evolutionary history of colour.

Dr Maria McNamara will present new findings relating to non-melanin colours in vertebrates and pigmentary colours in insects - hitherto poorly understood aspects of fossil colour that broaden dramatically the scope of future research in fossil colour.

Venue: Earth Sciences seminar room, Natural History Museum
Speaker: Dr Maria McNamara (University College Cork)

Life Sciences Seminar: Phenotypic conservatism conceals old parallel radiations in Wallacea and Australasia

10 February 2016 11.00

Dr Nancy Irwin will present evidence of two cryptic genera and four cryptic species in an old subfamily of tropical tube-nosed fruit bats from 10-20 million years ago (Nyctimeninae).

Venue: Neil Chalmers seminar room, Natural History Museum
Speaker: Dr Nancy Irwin (University of Queensland)

CEE Seminar – Darwin's Birthday Debate: How does animal behaviour influence evolution?

10 February 2016 16.00

For over 20 years, the Centre for Ecology and Evolution has celebrated Darwin's Birthday with a debate between two eminent speakers. This year, Professors Jane Reid and Rebecca Kilner will present their views on the role and importance of animal behaviour in evolution.

The presentations will be followed by a wine reception.

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Life After Death: Social Evolution in a Grave
Prof Rebecca Kilner (University of Cambridge)

Polyandry and Inbreeding: Social Evolution and Mating
Prof Jane Reid (University of Aberdeen)

Venue: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

SciFri: Well adapted but extinct? Norse Greenland revisited

26 February 2016 16.30

Venue: Neil Chalmers seminar room, Natural History Museum
Speaker: Prof Andrew Dugmore (University of Edinburgh)

CEE Seminar – Huxley Memorial Lecture: Alien species and citizen science

9 March 2016 12.00

Professor Helen Roy will provide an overview of invasion biology, specifically focusing on recent trends and future predictions, and highlight the invaluable contributions of the volunteer recording community to our understanding of invasion biology.

Find out more.

Venue: Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Speaker: Prof Helen Roy (NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)

SciFri: The animal tree of life - progress and prospects on its most recalcitrant branches

18 March 2016 16.30

Venue: Neil Chalmers seminar room, Natural History Museum
Speaker: Prof Gonzalo Giribet (Harvard University)

Types of seminar

The Natural History Museum hosts specialist seminars aimed at collections management and the research communities based within the Museum and externally. They provide:

  • expert views on current science
  • a forum for discussion 
  • an opportunity to develop networking and collaboration.

Collections management seminars

Collections management seminars are organised by the Collections Management Committee.

They present up-to-date information relating to the care and conservation of collections across the institution and within museums generally.

Departmental seminars

Departmental seminars are organised by the earth and life sciences departments and the core research laboratories. 

Invited speakers present their latest research. Speakers include:

  • visiting specialists
  • students
  • staff
  • scientific associates.

Science Forum 'SciFri' Talks

These are cross-departmental monthly talks, usually by external speakers.

They are informal and inter-disciplinary covering a range of fields including:

  • latest research
  • science policy
  • publishing
  • media
  • fieldwork
  • science methods.

Additional regular yearly events:

  • Earth Perspectives Lecture
  • Darwin's Birthday (February)
  • Young Systematists Forum
  • Annual Student Conference & Thackray Lecture

CEE seminars

The Museum is a partner of the Centre for Ecology and Evolution, which fosters collaboration between researchers in London working on evolution and ecology.


Who can attend science seminars?

Find out if you can come along, who to contact and how to get here. 

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