Science Museum shows climate science of the future at April Lates with MasterCard

18/04/2013

Dance floors that collect energy as you bust a move, schemes to foil the floods, a giant snakes and ladders game that changes the way you think...if it’s hot news in climate change then it will be at the Science Museum April Lates with MasterCard on Wednesday 24th April 18.45 – 22.00. Whether you want to stay ahead of the crowd, be amazed or simply have fun, it’s set to be an unmissable event.

At Lates, you can enjoy all the usual Lates activities – including the popular pub quiz, silent disco, speed dating and Cockroach tour of the Museum – along with special themed activates highlighted below:

Pavegen Dancefloor

Saving the planet has never been so much fun. Compete to be crowned London’s most energetic dancer on the first ever floor to convert dancing into useful energy. The dance floor is designed by Laurence Kemball-Cook, Pavegen’s CEO and a Shell Springboard finalist.

Tim Reeder

Some experts think that the increased risk of flooding from climate change may render the Thames Barrier redundant by the middle of the century. So how will London be protected? Environment Agency's Tim Reeder shows us what's being planned. Climates of the past and future How do scientists know what the climate was like in the past? Get hands on with experts from UCL and their sediment core extracted from the depths of a lake and peer at the micro-organisms within that can reveal the secrets of the past to help reveal the future.

Cape Farewell

The Science Museum has teamed up with artistic group Cape Farewell to bring you a packed programme of creative entertainment including poet Tom Chivers, musician A.J Roach and film screenings. Shackleton’s Man Goes South A new novel by acclaimed author Tony White will be available to download as an ebook from atmosphere gallery or sciencemuseum.org.uk/shackletonsman. This thought-provoking work of fiction explores the possible political, social and cultural impacts of climate change is published exclusively by the Science Museum for three months from 24 April 2013.

Climate Changing programme

This month's Lates is part of the Science Museum's Climate Changing programme of events, a series of activities that support the Science Museum’s Atmosphere gallery. The Atmosphere gallery is a dedicated space for visitors to deepen their understanding of climate science in an engaging and memorable way.

The Atmosphere gallery and the Climate Changing programme have been made possible by support from Principal Sponsors Shell and Siemens, Major Sponsor Bank of America Merrill Lynch, major funder the Garfield Weston Foundation, and with additional support from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Patrons of the Science Museum and members of the Founders Circle: Climate Changing programme: Accenture, Bayer and Barclays.

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For more information contact William Stanley, Science Museum Press Office on: 0207 942 4429 William.Stanley@sciencemuseum.org.uk

VISITOR INFORMATION

Wednesday 24th April, 18.45 – 22.00
Entry to Lates is FREE and no booking is necessary
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
0870 870 4868 | sciencemuseum.org.uk

Notes to Editors

About the Science Museum

As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.

About MasterCard Worldwide

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Royal Dutch Shell plc

Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 80 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects. For further information, visit www.shell.com. Shell runs a series of nationwide social investment programmes and sponsorships.  For more information please see www.shell.co.uk/socialinvestment.

Siemens 

Siemens was established in the United Kingdom 170 years ago and now employs around 13,520 people in the UK. Last year’s revenues were £3.2 billion*. As a leading global engineering and technology services company, Siemens provides innovative solutions to help tackle the world’s major challenges, across the key sectors of energy, industry, infrastructure & cities and healthcare. Siemens has offices and factories throughout the UK, with its headquarters in Frimley, Surrey. The company’s global headquarters is in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.siemens.co.uk

Data includes intercompany revenue. Data may not be comparable with revenue reported in annual or interim reports.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Corporate Responsibility

Developing solutions for social and environmental challenges is at the core of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s responsibility platform. In more than 100 markets around the world, the company partners with shareholders, clients, customers and employees to create shared value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive, whilst simultaneously contributing to the long-term success of our business. Bank of America Merrill Lynch focuses on responsible business practices, environmental sustainability, advancing opportunity in local communities through education and employability programmes, investing in global leadership development, and promoting cultural understanding. By harnessing our intellectual capital, sharing knowledge and developing innovative solutions, we can provide opportunities that effect positive change for all. Learn more at bankofamerica.com/about

The Garfield Weston Foundation

For over half a century the Foundation has been donating money to a wide range of charitable causes across the UK including education, community, welfare, youth, health, the arts and the environment.
On average, approximately 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from grants made by the Foundation and these include the smallest community and volunteer projects though to large national organisations. Grants are located from the smallest rural communities through to Britain’s major cities.  Despite the diversity of organisations and projects the Foundation funds, the common theme is an approach to quality and excellence, with projects demonstrating clear outcomes and benefits, capable individuals and sensible plans. To find out more visit www.garfieldweston.org

Defra

Defra is the government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs. Defra runs the cross-government Adapting to Climate Change Programme, aimed at ensuring that the country is prepared for the challenges and opportunities posed by a changing climate. In May 2011, Defra updated its Climate Change Plan, along with all other government departments in order to assess progress on actions, and set out new priorities. The plan explains what Defra is doing across its policy areas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to address the risks and opportunities that climate change presents. More information on Defra’s work to adapt the UK to climate change can be found at www.defra.gov.uk\adaptation.

Founders Circle: Climate Changing Programme

The Founders Circle is an exclusive Corporate Membership offer designed to allow organisations to focus their support of the Science Museum, and enjoy a range of benefits associated with the dynamic Climate Changing programme running in the Museum until 2013. Founders Circle members commit to supporting the Science Museum through an annual fee for a minimum of three years. Current Founders Circle members are Accenture, Barclays and Bayer. For more information please visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/corporatemembership

Patrons of the Science Museum
Our Patrons are people who are united by the same aim – to make the Science Museum the best place in the world for people to enjoy science.  Annual support from our Patrons enables us to develop cutting-edge exhibitions, innovative new galleries and to continue our inspirational and award-winning learning programmes. For more information please visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/supportus