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Guardian Live: Robot Surgery

Friday 10 March
Special Exhibition Gallery 2, 19.00–20.30 (doors open at 18.30)

Is robot-assisted surgery the way forward? Robots may well be the answer to surgery in space or on the battlefield, and today their use is already more common than you might expect, with dozens of robotic surgical systems now in use in the UK.

This event represents a unique opportunity to witness first-hand a simulated operation performed by a surgical robot, the da Vinci Surgical System. Recently acquired by the Science Museum, this particular da Vinci was the very first machine to carry out a surgical procedure in the UK, and we are extremely privileged to be joined by the surgeon who performed that operation, Lord Professor Ara Darzi. Lord Darzi will be at the helm of the da Vinci once again for this event, joined by Professor Roger Kneebone, Head of the Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Sciences.

Professor Kneebone will host a Q&A with Lord Darzi, and will talk the audience through the operation as it is performed – on a surgical mannequin rather than a live patient, it should be pointed out! There will also be the opportunity for audience questions, offering a rare chance to learn about the past, present and future of robotic surgery.

For ages 18+
No latecomers will be admitted


  • £25 Premium seats
  • £22 Adults – standard seats
  • £20 Seniors – standard seats
  • £18 Concessions – standard seats

Special offer: Add a Robots exhibition ticket for 10 March to your basket and get 20% off your exhibition ticket.

Further information

  • The Robots exhibition has limited capacity, so if you'd like to see it on the evening of your talk you will need to book a timed slot.
  • If you don't pre-book an exhibition ticket, you may need to queue for the next available slot. 
  • Please allow at least 10 minutes to walk from the exhibition to the Special Exhibition Gallery 2.
  • The Science Museum is open until 22.00 on Fridays. Last entry to the Robots exhibition on Fridays is 20.45.

Guardian Live: Robot Surgery

Witness first-hand a simulated operation performed by a surgical robot
Floor: B
Age ranges