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Going Neutral

2 December 2009, 19:00 - 21:00

Carbon offsetting? That’s so last year! It’s now all about infidelity offsetting. The Dana Centre plays matchmaker and brings Cheatneutral and Punk Science together to present their ground-breaking comedy show. Then get back to reality and join the carbon trading debate.

Creative Community

26 March 2009, 19:00 - 21:00

How does the brain interpret art? An assortment of artists and scientists are on hand to explore how the brain understands music, language, touch and the visual to help you enhance your own creativity. Prepare for greatness in our participatory workshops.

Creative Brains

12 March 2009, 19:00 - 21:00

What does creativity look like? Neuroscientists, improvisational musicians and visual artists discuss this elusive process using imaging techniques to help visualise the creative brain. Demonstrations from artists and musicians provide an insight into the creative process in action.

Static Shadows

11 March 2009, 19:00 - 20:45

How can electrostatic energy enhance the sensory experience of our surroundings? Join designer Zane Berzina, architect Jackson Tan and material scientist Mark Miodownik in our e-static shadows installation to talk future textiles. Explore the invisible forces of electrostatics in this night of playful interactions.

Sleep Creative

4 March 2009, 19:00 - 21:00

Do sleeping and dreaming stimulate creativity? Sleep scientists have shown that these processes use the same brain circuitry, while artists have used hypnogogia to induce creative states for centuries. Experiment in our bed installation as musicians perform live and inspire your imagination.

Future Foods: Join the GM Debate

22 January 2009, 18:45 - 20:30

Supporters of genetically modified foods claim we need them to help feed the developing world. Are these claims just a way of making us accept the idea of genetic modification? Or is our choice not to buy GM food ultimately contributing to world hunger?

Zero to Infinity

20 November 2008, 19:00 - 20:30

What is zero? Is infinity a number? How have mathematicians made sense of zero and infinity, and what relevance does this have for understanding the universe around us? Join Marcus du Sautoy and others on a journey through this story of mathematics.

How Happy Are You?

6 November 2008, 19:00 - 20:30

Mental health problems cost billions, so it makes sense for the government, economists and brain experts to work out what makes us happy. What defines a sense of wellbeing that motivates us at home and at work, and enhances our relationships?

Paranoia

29 October 2008, 19:00 - 20:30

Horror stories of crime dominate the news, yet we hope ‘it’ll never happen to me’. Maybe the unthinkable did happen to you. Deep down, are we all becoming more paranoid? A virtual reality research study reveals our anxieties and fears.

Science Museum Lates

24 September 2008, 18:30 - 22:00

Dana decamps to the Science Museum. Enjoy our world-famous interactive gallery Launchpad, race a robot with Robot Wars expert Noel Sharkey and talk sci-fi and its influence on science with FutureWorld authors Mark Brake and Neil Hook.

Virtuoso Stress

17 June 2008, 19:00 - 21:00

Musicians experience huge mental and physical stress during performances. Watch engineers monitor classical musicians’ rising blood pressure and heart rates rise as they perform live. And find out how this information can help you with performance anxiety and stress management.

Strokes of Good and Bad Luck

30 April 2008, 19:00 - 20:30

Is there such a thing as luck in science? What are the ingredients for a chance discovery? BBC presenter Vivienne Parry will be talking to Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell about the challenges and the ‘eureka’ moments in brain research.

Beatbox Laboratory

27 March 2008, 19:00 - 21:00

Beatboxers do battle whilst being monitored physiologically… See inside a beatboxer’s vocal cords on the big screen and meet scientists who can tell you how to beatbox better. Performances follow live experiments in our very own beatbox laboratory.

Keeping Your Marbles

25 March 2008, 19:00 - 20:30

Think long term. Over a million people are likely to be afflicted by dementia in the UK by 2025. Will you be one of them? Talk to scientists researching Alzheimer's disease, and find out how to keep your brain healthy as you age.

Cancer: In the genes?

19 March 2008, 19:00 - 20:30

How do your lifestyle and genetic make-up impact on your cancer risk? Can your genome protect itself? Does eating certain foods really make any difference? Sort through the mixed messages with scientists and make better choices for lifelong health.

Babies’ Best Start

5 March 2008, 19:00 - 20:30

How does the environment in the womb affect babies’ health in later life? What could you do to give your baby the best start? Chat to scientists involved in lifelong health studies and find out for yourselves.

Britain’s Most Dangerous Drug

5 February 2008, 20:45 - 22:45

New research rates alcohol and tobacco as more dangerous than ecstasy or LSD. Is it now time to change drug classification and policies in Britain? Have your say in our post-screening discussion of the BBC Horizon programme 'Is Alcohol Worse Than Ecstasy?'

The Rubbish Game

16 January 2008, 19:00 - 21:00

What stops you recycling? Could you reduce your waste to zero? Is it worth it? Come and play a new game of recycling households, refereed by ‘rubbish’ experts. Sign up by emailing tickets@danacentre.org.uk in advance to get into the game…

Is Science Colour Blind?

30 October 2007, 19:00 - 21:00

How inclusive is science? Might race have a useful role to play in contemporary science? Talk about the legacies of scientific racism today with those involved in mental healthcare and genetics, and share your views in an open forum.

Scientific Racism: A history

16 October 2007, 19:00 - 21:00

Where did the concept of race come from? How and why did nineteenth-century science divide people into races? Investigate the role of science in the system of slavery, domination and power with historians, geneticists and scientific objects from history. Come and share your views.

Taste

11 October 2007, 19:00 - 20:30

What has the taste and texture of future food got to do with nanotechnology? Find out in an evening of discussion on how engineering food on a nano-scale may impact on our health, the environment and food sustainability.

Smell

9 October 2007, 19:00 - 21:00

Discover why the human nose is more complicated than a jumbo jet! See how aeronautics is being is used to create artificial noses, and check out the latest 3D models. What potential do artificial sniffers have? Come and find out…

Touch

2 October 2007, 19:00 - 21:00

Roll up, roll up, for the touchy-feely funfair! Experience how haptic technology replicates touch and movement. Meet the researchers and get hands-on with their latest haptic inventions. How might interacting with virtual environments be useful for training, rehabilitation and communication?

Mind Wars

26 September 2007, 17:30 - 19:00

A transatlantic discussion on how brain research may change the way future wars are fought. What could the consequences be? Experts in the UK and USA will talk about how the worlds of science, technology and government are intertwined.

Sight

25 September 2007, 19:00 - 21:00

Come touch and test future solutions engineered for the blind and visually impaired in an interactive evening. Discuss your thoughts on the latest developments with the researchers behind virtual-reality headsets, tactile pictures, sonic canes and artificial retinas.

Sound

18 September 2007, 19:00 - 21:00

If you like to be beside the seaside come and play with Ah... the sea, a 3D soundscape installation. Find out how acoustic engineering is being used in art and explore audio perception in a surround-sound workshop.

Tone-Deaf Tune-In

25 July 2007, 19:00 - 21:00

Think you’re tone deaf? Can you blame your genes, or your confidence? Come and see if you really are by taking our tone-deaf test. Find out how your brain picks up a tune. And let us help you sing – confidently!

Voice Makeover

17 July 2007, 19:00 - 21:00

Transform your voice to sing country, rock or opera! Voice coaches show you how to manipulate your vocal anatomy to maximise your vocal range. Alternatively, take the technological approach and mix your own voice electronically in our customised sound studio.

Voice Gym

12 July 2007, 19:00 - 21:00

How do you keep your voice healthy? Ask an opera singer or laryngologist at our voice gym. They’ll help you give your voice a work-out! We’ll also explore methods of saving the voice with transplant experts and tissue engineers.

Be a Beatbox

5 July 2007, 19:00 - 21:00

Become a human beatbox! Live beatboxers show you how... Ultrasound imaging lets you see inside beatboxers’ mouths as they perform. Come and explore the acoustics of your own vocal anatomy. Followed by a live performance.

Blagger’s Guide to Singing

3 July 2007, 19:00 - 21:00

Karaoke will never be the same again... Fame Academy’s Carrie and David Grant give a crash course to coach you to singing success. Medical imaging lets you see singer Jeremy Fisher’s voice box in action – scientists explain all.

Are Fatherless Children Inconceivable?

7 June 2007, 19:00 - 20:30

Three years ago, scientists created a mouse with two mothers. Now they’ve made artificial sperm from stem cells. So how long will it be before a ‘fatherless’ human child is born? Quiz our experts about the science – and ethics – of future fertility treatments.

Punk Science: Climate change

30 May 2007, 19:00 - 20:30

Using comedy, music and live experiments, the Punk Science team take a look at climate change. Do you want to be greener or sit on your backside, enjoy the heat and wait for the cooling sea to come to you?

Skin Colour: Should it matter?

3 May 2007, 19:00 - 20:30

Today, lighter-skinned people earn more than darker-skinned people. Can we escape the prejudices a hierarchy of skin colour evokes? What does genetics have to say about skin colour and will this affect our identity? Join us for an open and frank discussion.

Brainy Brave New World

26 April 2007, 19:00 - 20:30

Stem cells, brain imaging and drugs to enhance the brain often hit the headlines. Is new technology speeding ahead of the law? Share your views on the best way forward with British and American experts.

Genius

17 April 2007, 20:30 - 23:00

For hundreds of years great minds have been arguing over intelligence. But are there different types of intelligence that go beyond IQ? Watch the BBC Horizon programme and continue the discussion on what it takes to be a genius.

Tracing Your Ancestry

29 March 2007, 19:00 - 21:00

Where do your genetic roots lie? Celebrate the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade as renowned geneticists unravel the DNA of our special guests: Tim Campbell, the winner of The Apprentice in 2005, and Cedric Barber, a white descendant of Samuel Johnson’s servant.

Comics' Carnal Knowledge

14 February 2007, 19:00 - 20:30

Forget romance. A whip-cracking line-up of frisky comedians and salacious scientists awaits you, with Science Museum sex objects galore. Chastity belts, vibrators and anti-masturbation devices take prime position in this slinky sex quiz which – among other things – reveals how orgasms evolved.

The Power of Hypnosis

23 January 2007, 19:00 - 20:30

Hypnosis intrigues us. It can generate strange and fascinating experiences, but at the same time we fear we might lose control. Are our beliefs justified? Psychologist Peter Naish will reveal some of the mysteries of this state of consciousness.

New Year, New You!

9 January 2007, 19:00 - 20:30

Enter the new year fighting fit, fighting flab! Chew the fat over exercise extremism, svelte smokers and excuse-mongering. What resolutions do we set and why don’t we stick to them? Scrutinise the science of self-improvement, and revamp your resolve.

God Rest Ye Merry Scientists…

14 December 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

With Christmas around the corner, we ask if religion and science can tell each other anything. Are they really two opposing ways of seeing the world? Join us to find out more about why we believe in religion – and science!

Playing to Learn

7 December 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

Would you consider video games a useful educational tool? Or should parents and teachers be wary of them? Discover how games could provide a new way to interact and teach children in our classrooms.

What Makes Us Laugh?

29 November 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

'With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die,' Abraham Lincoln once said. Why do we laugh? What emotions are generated in the brain by a funny situation?

Chimps Are People Too

10 October 2006, 20:45 - 23:00

Chimps, apes, humans – what’s the difference? If it’s down to the genes, does sharing 99.4% of our genetic material mean that chimps are people too? Watch the programme then join Horizon editor Andrew Cohen and presenter Danny Wallace in discussion.

Lifting the Lid on Radiation Risks

19 September 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

Radioactive rain or medical miracle – what's the truth about radiation? Scientists and risk experts go head-to-head over the value and safety of nuclear technologies. How do scientists and the media shape our opinions?

Meeting of Minds: European citizens’ participation in science policy-making

8 September 2006, 16:00 - 19:30

Find out about Meeting of Minds, a project which has brought citizens from nine European countries together with brain-science experts to discuss and compare views on how developments in brain science will - and should - alter people’s lives.

Dr Karl's Dis-Information

26 July 2006, 19:00 - 21:30

In an exclusive one-night-only show, Australia's most popular geek comic, Dr Karl, will debunk some of science's most persistent myths. See fact separate from fiction and the dirt dished on some of the greatest moments in science.

Sourcing Sexuality

18 July 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

Come and tackle that nurture-versus-nature debate. With advances in our understanding of genetics and developmental biology, can scientists now offer an answer to sexual preference? Or is our sexuality socially constructed?

Punk Science: News review

27 June 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

This new comedy show takes an irreverent look at the science stories hitting the headlines this month. Blending stand-up comedy with music, spoof and multimedia, the Punk Scientists bring you the cutting-edge, the controversial and the quirky.

Read My Lips - Can You Hear Me?

22 June 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

Surrounded by the constant barrage of noise, how do our ears and brain process hearing? What other facial cues do we rely on for the free flow of conversation? And how do people who cannot hear communicate?

Van Gogh: Method in his madness?

17 May 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

It has long been thought that there is a fine line between creativity and insanity. Great artists such as Van Gogh and Michelangelo suffered from mental illness, but does it really aid creativity? Is madness the only way to true originality?

The Politics of Science

4 May 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

Where does science end and politics begin when governments legislate on thorny topics such as bio-terriorism? What about stem cells, or intelligent design? Get behind the scenes of US science policy-making with Michael Stebbins and compare with UK perspectives.

The Dana Pub Guide to: Robots

2 May 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

Roll up, roll up! Marvel at a demonstration of the delights of robotics; nod sagely as scientists let you inspect their cunning inventions; and squeal with glee as a robot you have assembled joins a real robot menagerie.

Reinventing Technology

4 April 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

Discover new prototype devices and objects from the Science Museum's collections with scientist Adam Hart-Davis and inventor Trevor Baylis. Old and forgotten devices, gadgets and gizmos are being revisited. Find out how new knowledge is breathing life back into old technology.

Deep Brain Stimulation

15 March 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

News of Deep Brain Stimulation has revealed the amazing stories of wheelchair-bound Amy, chef Fergus and businessman Mike, whose careers were threatened by Parkinson's disease - until they had DBS. Join them and their surgeons to find out more.

Creating Brains: the science of genius

6 March 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

Where does creativity come from? Can anybody be creative? Michelangelo was a stonecutter's son and Shakespeare the son of a middleclass businessman. What causes some people to soar free of their limited lives and be a creative genius?

Meet the Mighty Gene Machine

23 February 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

A fast-paced drama explores a future in which your genetic profile can predict your destiny. A lively audience discussion follows the performance about what genetic profiling can and cannot deliver, and who should have access to your genetic makeup.

The Origins of Magical Beliefs

16 February 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

Most of us believe in supernatural phenomena. Why? Children's intuition explains much of the world, but as adults we may assume there are magical forces. Bruce Hood will describe the basis of magical beliefs, from the benign to the bizarre.

Global Pandemics: Should we panic?

17 January 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

Should the world be in fear of a devastating global outbreak of bird flu? As we hear more about people getting infected in Turkey and Southeast Asia, what is the real threat? Find out the answers to your questions.

The Humour Behind the Headlines

12 January 2006, 19:00 - 20:30

Join top comics and eminent scientists for a quizzical look back at last year's science news headlines. Will 2005 go down in history as the year of wild weather, tantalising Titan or poorly parrots?

Cybersalon: The future of creativity and innovation

15 December 2005, 19:30 - 20:30

James Woudhuysen is Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester. Join James for the Cybersalon and NMK annual Christmas Lecture to speculate about how media and communications technologies are interacting and impacting on society, economics, politics and culture.

Punk Science: Aliens

6 December 2005, 19:30 - 20:30

A rip-roaring ride through star systems, crop circles, UFOs and extraterrestrials, Punk Science asks: Is anybody out there? Does anybody actually care? Join us to find out the answers through action packed science experiments, music, audience voting, gags and demos.

Drugs and the Brain: Pills to make you normal

10 November 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

Drugs can be used to change the brain's chemistry to make people more 'normal', but what effect do they have on people's personalities? Do they benefit the individual, or society, enabling those on drugs to fit in? Join our panel for a discussion.

Drugs and the Brain: Recreation or Therapy?

3 November 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

Why are some drugs legal and others illegal? For example amphetamine-like drugs have a history of being abused yet are used to treat children with ADHD. Join us to discuss what defines the difference between a therapeutic drug and a recreational one?

Alien Evolution

11 October 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

How special is our planet? What can life on Earth tell us about the possible evolution of extra-terrestrials? Could there be life on Mars or a moon of Jupiter, and what life forms might evolve on planets around other stars? In association with Channel 4.

Cybersalon: Future Wireless

4 October 2005, 12:00 - 20:30

Join Cybersalon and Open Spectrum UK to scan the horizon of wireless communications and explore its emerging landscape and ecology in the future. This will be a full day of presentations, workshops, artistic interventions and debate.

The Ethical Brain

27 September 2005, 17:30 - 20:30

Developments in brain research are producing ever more questions on how we apply this new knowledge to health, law and the economy. For the first time, there will be a live Trans-Atlantic discussion to compare and contrast views on neuroethics.

Is It You or I Who Should Be in the Asylum?

15 September 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

People with severe personality disorders, such as schizophrenia, are often perceived to be a danger to the public. Yet some abnormalities in behaviour can lead to highly creative phases. Should they be locked up to protect themselves or the community?

The x-change: climate change

26 July 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

Were the G8's promises on climate change hot air? Join the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser Sir David King and Charlie Kronick, Chief Policy Adviser for Greenpeace, as they discuss this environmental issue and more.

Neuroethics: The ethics of brain research

23 June 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

The rapid pace of brain research points towards new ways to understand the brain and ourselves. Find out about the hopes and fears of those at the leading edge of brain research and take part in a discussion on 'neuroethics'.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Artificial Intelligence

14 June 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

Should we develop machines with human intelligence and emotion, like Marvin the paranoid android in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? How would such machines affect human relationships? Share your views on artificial intelligence with humanoid and android experts.

Can Science Make Poverty History?

9 June 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

In the build-up to the UK's G8 summit next month, the Antenna science news team invites you to explore how science and technology - from renewable energy to GM crops - could alleviate poverty in developing countries.

DNA, Genes And The Brain: Meet James Watson

20 May 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

The discovery of the structure of DNA more than 50 years ago by James Watson and Francis Crick revolutionised science. James Watson will discuss 'DNA, Genes and the Brain' with Colin Blakemore.

Naked Science: Are leaders born or made?

10 May 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

Is a great leader made by their charisma and ability or by the people who follow in their wake? Are there innate qualities in a leader that can't be trained for? Join us for a look at the psychology behind leadership.

Naked Science: (Ir)Rational voting?

3 May 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

How do you vote? Do you carefully consider each of the options that a political party offers you or do you get swayed emotionally? Find out how people around the country make their choices at election time.

Naked Science: Clash of crises?

20 April 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

What will pose the greatest threat to society in the future - climate change, pandemics, such as the SARS outbreak, terrorism or something else? What can science do to answer this question and what should be done to prevent the crises?

Naked Science: Protecting the planet

13 April 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

Resources to tackle the world's problems are limited - so what should get the cash? Environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg, who ranks climate change as the lowest of global priorities, debates with Mark Lynas, campaigner for greater action to be taken.

Pleasure, music and the brain

18 March 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

Highlights of the event with Dr Harry Witchel from Bristol University,
accompanied by two musicians playing horn and clarinet, exploring how the brain responds to music, including how music changes and influences our perception of what we are watching, and how the ear interprets harmony.

Naked Science: Where is the UK in the nano-world?

17 March 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

Are attitudes to nanotechnology the same the world over? Are there particular differences between the UK and US? Explore your views with international experts and decide whether we should follow America's lead or find our own nano-niche.

The 21st-Century Brain

24 February 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

As we launch more missions into space, is it part of our human destiny to colonise other worlds? Before we step onto other planets, should we not consider the health of our own? Discuss your views with experts from all sides.

Punk Science: The Albert Einstein Experience

8 February 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

Everyone knows that what Albert Einstein found out is really, really important. As soon as the Punk Scientists figure out why, they're going to write a really funny show with live music, weird experiments, and possibly some form of nudity, to explain it all.

Changing Planets!

2 February 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

As we launch more missions into space, is it part of our human destiny to colonise other worlds? Before we step onto other planets, should we not consider the health of our own? Discuss your views with experts from all sides.

Naked Science: Criminal memories

13 January 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

How would you feel about having your mind read by a machine? Is this the ultimate invasion of privacy? Find out more about the sophisticated memory-testing technologies currently being used on criminals in the USA and discuss whether we should use them here.

Space Detectives: Probing Saturn's secrets

11 January 2005, 19:00 - 20:30

On 14 January a space probe called Huygens will plunge through the clouds of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan, looking for clues about life's origins. What will it find? Join the Antenna science news team and the Huygens mission scientists for the latest on 2005's most exciting space investigation.

Social Space in a Virtual World -Cybersalon & NMK

14 December 2004, 19:00 - 20:30

Cyberia, the world's first fully Internet-enabled café,opened ten years ago in London. Join its founder, Eva Pascoe, to talk about how Internet cafés have evolved over the years and what their role is today.

Smoking or Non-smoking?

10 November 2004, 19:00 - 20:30

Does cigarette smoke get up your nose, or would you quit going to the pub if you couldn't light up there? Either way, don't be passive - Find out in a heated debate on whether smoking should be banned in our public places.

Naked Science: My Face, My Passport

19 October 2004, 19:00 - 20:30

Passports will soon be embedded with biological information to help identify the holder. Will this new recognition technology prevent terrorist attacks and identity theft? Join a panel of experts to discuss e-passports for the jet set.

Our Common Inheritance

13 October 2004, 19:00 - 20:30

Join John Sulston, Nobel Prize winner, for a talk on governance and public debate in genetics, drawing on his work with the Human Genetics Commission.

Naked Science - Infectious Hospitals

16 September 2004, 19:00 - 20:30

It's been the summer of the 'superbug' MRSA. Should it be tackled by making wards cleaner, isolating patients or doing more research? Join experts from London to discuss how we defeat the bug.

Naked Science - Gene Screen

8 September 2004, 19:00 - 20:30

Should all unborn babies be tested for genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Huntington's chorea or sickle-cell anaemia in a national screening programme? What would you do with the knowledge? Voice your opinion to the experts.

Naked Science - Marathon Minds

15 April 2004, 19:00 - 20:30

Pick up some top tips for mental success in this year's London marathon and get set for a lively discussion of the psychology of sport.

Naked Science - Catching up with our climate

29 March 2004, 19:00 - 20:30

Hear what the experts have to say about our best hopes for combating climate change and learn how your lifestyle choices affect people in developing countries.

Naked Science - World AIDS Day

1 December 2003, 19:00 - 20:30

Stigma and discrimination are rife for people living with HIV and AIDS. Do cultural attitudes, assumptions and taboos create additional problems for the black community?

Naked Science - Face of the future

19 November 2003, 19:00 - 20:30

Plastic surgeons will soon be transplanting the face from one person to another. Would you be willing to donate your face? This webcast is audio only.