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Lectures

The Museum frequently hosts lectures, usually as a series, in which experts in the field of the history of science and scientific instruments share their insights. For forthcoming lectures please see below, or visit the link to the current programme PDF download at the right.

27 April 2017 18:00 - 27 April 2017 19:00
Regulation and Resistance
Lecture
Agricultural antibiotic use has a long and controversial history in Western food production. Dr Claas Kirchhelle (University of Oxford) discusses why antibiotics were introduced to food production, tracks the development of agricultural antibiotic use on both sides of the Atlantic, and examines why regulations designed to curb bacterial resistance differ in the US and Europe.

Please reserve a ticket through Eventbrite.

Please note that the doors to the Museum will open at 5.45pm and the talk begins promptly at 6pm.
09 May 2017 18:00 - 09 May 2017 19:00
The Magic of Crystallography: From Penicillin and Chocolate to Drug Discovery
Lecture
Professor Elspeth Garman (Biochemistry, University of Oxford) discusses how Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin unravelled the 3-D shape of penicillin using crystallography, and highlights what else this field has taught us since Hodgkin's pioneering work in the 1940s.

Please note that this talk is on Tuesday 9 May, not Thursday 11 May as advertised elsewhere.

Please reserve a ticket through Eventbrite.

Please note that the doors to the Museum will open at 5.45pm and the talk begins promptly at 6pm.

Archives

Many of the presentations are available as podcasts, some accompanied by slides and photographs – as for the following series on astronomy and telescopes.

February 2009

Telescopes Now website

Telescopes Now: real stories of astronomy today

Four eminent astronomers share stories behind some of the major instrumental developments of the modern era. The lectures, available here as podcasts, touch on the practical, technical, financial and organisational challenges facing telescope builders.

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