‘We are arriving at very curious results’: Charles Darwin and the practice of science (4 Oct 2013, 1.00pm – 2.00pm)
He became famous for a significant scientific theory, but Dr Alison Pearn reveals the important contributions Charles Darwin also made to scientific method, devising some of the most influential ideas ever formulated.

‘Sacrifice of a genius’: Henry Moseley’s role as a Signals Officer in World War One (11 Oct 2013, 1.00pm – 2.00pm)
Dr Elizabeth Bruton discusses the pre-war contributions to physics and chemistry made by renowned English physicist, Henry Moseley, and reflects on how his and other scientists’ deaths led to a heightened awareness of their military value.

Mutations: great and small (17 Oct 2013, 6.30pm – 7.30pm)
The 2013 winner of the Francis Crick Lecture, Dr Matthew Hurles, explains how investigating our genetic variation has helped shape our understanding not only of the genetic causes of disease, but the mutation processes that edit the genome as it is passed from one generation to the next.

Everest, the first ascent: the untold story of the man who made it possible (18 Oct 2013, 1.00pm – 2.00pm)
Harriet Tuckey tells the story of how her father, Griffith Pugh, carried out pioneering physiological research funded by the Royal Society, which made invaluable scientific contributions to the success of the British conquest of Everest.

Physicians, chemists and experimentalists: the Royal Society and the rise of scientific medicine, c. 1600-1850 (25 Oct 2013, 1.00pm – 2.00pm)
Join Dr Allan Chapman to discover how fundamental changes in experimentation during 1600 – 1850 saw chemistry and medicine move away from classical ideas of ‘vital properties’, such as fire and water, to develop a new understanding of the behaviour of matter.

How does the biodiversity of tropical forests affect our planet? (28 Oct 2013, 6.30pm – 8.00pm)
In this café scientifique with Professor Oliver Phillips, we learn how the biodiversity and ecology in the world’s tropical forests influences and is influenced by our changing climate.

The book of barely imagined beings (29 Oct 2013, 6.30pm – 7.30pm)
Join Caspar Henderson, shortlisted author for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, as he reveals the weird and wonderful array of creatures inhabiting our planet, at this year’s Manchester Science Festival.

Bird sense: what it’s like to be a bird (30 Oct 2013, 6.30pm – 7.30pm)
Professor Tim Birkhead FRS, shortlisted author for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, shows us what it’s like to be a bird and how they interpret the world at this year’s Manchester Science Festival.

The cosmic tourist (31 Oct 2013, 6.30pm – 7.30pm)
Take a tour of the cosmos with Dr Chris Lintott, longlisted author for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, as he explores the familiar and curious objects in our universe, from zodiacal dust to Alpha Centauri, at this year’s Manchester Science Festival.

Other upcoming events

Fossils: the evolution of an idea (1 Jul – 8 Nov 2013)
Explore some of the fossil specimens owned by Fellows of the Royal Society along with beautifully illustrated books, outlining the work of scientists from the 16th century onwards in their endeavour to understand the progress of life on earth.