Next month, the Royal Society’s Late event mixes tomfoolery with science as it tackles fake news and hoaxes in Fakes, forgeries and misinformation.
Join the Royal Society for an evening exploring scientific fakes, forgeries and misinformation. Discover remarkable scientific stories and artefacts housed in their extensive, world-class archives. These include the story of the first Fellow ejected from the Royal Society for ‘diverse frauds’ and a perpetual motion machine. Get up close and personal with AI-generated art and speak to experts on cryptocurrencies, false memories and faking it in the natural world.
Activities and events at the Royal Society Late
There’s a host of activities you can join in with throughout the evening. Can you spot a dodgy banknote? Test your skills in Fake or Fortune and learn about the methods for tackling forgeries. Or join Dr Erica McAlister and Dr Beulah Garner to look at specimens from the Natural History Museum in Flies, fakes and sneaky shapes. See artwork created using the open source AI-assisted digital collage generator CLIP-CLOP. And speak to the researchers who developed this clever bit of tech.
There’ll also be the opportunity to create your own mythical creature with artist Tim Pond and a chance to see a perpetual motion machine in the Wellcome Trust lecture hall. Meanwhile, the Natural History Museum’s Professor Chris Stringer will be talking about the famous scientific hoax of the Piltdown Man. And Keith Moore from the Royal Society’s library team will be retelling the career of conman and accidental literary great Rudolph Raspe.
During the evening, you can also join a workshop to make some edible artwork and hear from an expert panel about how to combat online misinformation. PhD researcher Arianna Trozze explores current research on cryptocurrency scams while Professor Paresh Malhotra looks at brain diseases that affect our memory. So, there’s plenty to see and do at this intriguing Late.
This adult-only event takes place on Thursday 2nd March 2023 from 6.30pm.
When: 2nd March 2023, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Where: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG
£: Free to attend with no registration needed. A paid bar and refreshments are available. This event is for over 18s only and is on a first-come, first-served basis. So, get there early!
More info: www.royalsociety.org/fakes-lates