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Wednesday 29 October, 18.45-22.00
Discover the science behind what we eat and drink

This month Lates is all about food and drink…. How do we digest our food? What makes alcohol? Why do we dislike certain tastes?

Join us for answers to these questions as we delve into the science behind food and drink.

Download the map and guide to this month's Lates


In Conversation with Mark Walport: Government’s Chief Scientist
(includes Q&A)
From badger culling to the potential take-over of Astra Zeneca, Professor Sir Mark Walport has faced his share of controversial science topics in his first 18 months as government chief scientific advisor.
Channel 4 science editor Tom Clarke asks him to reflect on his time on the job so far and asks where he sees science advice going as the government tries to recover from the recession. Pre-booking only.
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Punk Science: The Gameshow
That's right this month's Punk Science: The Gameshow is so good you could eat it, because the team have cooked up a mouth-watering show about the science of food and drink. Audience members are selected at random to take part in tasty science demos and delectable brain-melting quizzes to win big prizes.
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Are You What Your Mother Ate?
Delve into how our mother's and our grandmother's diets influence our risk of diseases with Professor Andrew Prentice from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Alcohol and You – How Will You Perform?
Measure your alcohol level with breathalysers and test your reaction times – all results will be put on a large graph. Do Lates event visitors have slower reaction times with increasing alcohol consumption?

Also on this month

  • Cycle your way to a Yogurt Smoothie
  • Sex Food... Why Are Certain Foods Aphrodisiacs?
  • Just Desserts
  • Close-Up Science: Food & Drink with TV Science Presenter Greg Foot and TV Science Watcher Nic Harrigan  
  • Simon Watt's Ready, Steady, Science
  • Food, People & Planet with founder of Made in Hackney, Sarah Bentley
  • Nuts to nuts. Wash your hands! Why bother?
  • Mouthwatering Medicine
  • Eat, Live, Prey
  • A Gut Full – making the Lates gut microbiome
  • Hidden Gems
  • Who Wants to be a Diabetic-aire
  • Fruit and Veg Drum Kit

Full details of all the events will be published in our PDF guide, available to download soon.

Regular events

  • Silent Disco – grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop.
  • Red mill engine demonstrations
  • The Pub Quiz – now an institution, with fantastic treats for the winners.
  • Talkaoke – this unique mobile talk show gets down with the hottest topics.
  • Planet Science demonstrations
  • Gallery tour of Who am I? Suitable for deaf and hearing visitors.
  • Screen Grab – create your own screen-print souvenir in our pop-up studio
  • Fly Studio – what better way to remember your trip to the Science Museum than with a personalised photo to take home and share?
  • Fly with the Red Arrows simulator
  • Fly 360° flight simulator
  • RAF Typhoon simulator

About Lates

The Science Museum’s Lates is a free night for adults that takes place on the last Wednesday of the month. Lates have a different theme each month, spanning issues as far apart as sex, alcohol and climate change – see what we have planned for the coming months.

Dubbed ‘drinking and thinking’ by visitors, Lates regularly attracts over 3000 adults each night, with DJs and bars on three floors of the museum.


Wednesday 29 October 2014, 18.45–22.00
Admission free, although some events may require a ticket



Lates: A night of free adults-only entertainment at the Science Museum.