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Wednesday 26 October

Join the Science Museum as we infect you all with the deadliest diseases facing the world today

Over 18s only

Join the Science Museum as we infect you with the five deadliest diseases facing the world today: 

  • Explore the Malaria Zone to meet MozzyMan and test how tasty your blood is. 
  • Visit the Ebola Zone's treatment centre, where you can practice the life saving techniques used in the field by the experts who deal with Ebola for real. 
  • Use your creative skills in the Polio Zone to make a 'Polio virus' to take home with you. 
  • In the Zika Zone you'll learn about repellents for the ever-dangerous mosquito.
  • Finally, meet NHS educators in the HIV Zone, who will be sharing knowledge of HIV treatment and testing. 

Go from infected to informed in our totally immersive Contagion Lates.

Plus, all the regular Lates highlights are waiting for you to enjoy, including live music, the Punk Science comedy show and the best silent disco in town.

Download the Lates guide and map 

Science Museum Lates are adults–only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month. Each entry in this hugely popular ongoing series of events centres on a different theme: from sex to climate change, from big data to childhood.

See what we have planned for the coming months

Inspiring, enlightening and unbelievably good fun, Lates always draw a crowd, so we strongly suggest you arrive early to ensure the best chance of getting in. Be advised that you may have to queue before a timed event.


Being Bill Gates: Understanding Action Against AIDS with VR
Join Bill Gates (virtually) as he travels to South Africa and discovers how the country’s youth are creating a future free of AIDS in this short virtual reality film. Headsets supplied!

Meet a British Adventurer
Ash Dykes has trekked Madagascar and Mongolia, facing some hair-raising challenges along the way. Hear all about his adventures and his toughest trial to date –  battling a deadly strain of malaria.

Polio Eradication: Failure is Not an Option
Join television presenter Konnie Huq and Rotary International’s Judith Diment as they talk about the challenges facing the Global Polio Eradication Initiative from first-hand experience on the ground in India and Pakistan. Broadcaster Julia Roberts will be sharing her experience of being a polio survivor.

Hidden Gems of London’s Medical Museums
Come and marvel at a selection of fascinating objects brought straight from the stores of 11 of London’s finest medical museums.

The Science Museum Comedy Club
Punk Science prove that laughter is the best medicine. The Science Museum’s resident comedy team present awesome science, memorable demonstrations and some great guests. This month they are joined by comic and TV regular Sara Pascoe; palaeoanthropologist, archaeologist and stand-up comic Ella Al-Shamahi; and medical curator Jack Mitchell. Let us infect you with laughter and learning.
Tickets are limited and cost £9 per person

Also on this month

Malaria Zone

  • Meet the Mozzy man
  • Swat a mosquito Batak wall
  • The history of malaria
  • Driving out malaria with gene drive mosquitoes
  • Man versus malaria
  • How tasty is your blood?
  • Drone mapping malaria
  • Malaria: Past problems and future prospects
  • Meet a British adventurer – Ash Dykes

    Zika Zone

    • Do mosquitoes love you?
    • Tracking viruses in space and time
    • Viral origami
    • The challenge of Zika virus

      Ebola Zone

      • Outbreak! Modelling infection spread in real time
      • Ebola Treatment Centre
      • Ebola: The calm before the next storm?

      Polio Zone

      • Polio eradication in action
      • Hidden gems: Polio 
      • Global Citizen's chopper challenge
      • Polio eradication: Failure is not an option

      HIV Zone

      • John Hunter Centre for sexual health
      • The White death
      • Viral origami
      • Being Bill Gates: Understanding Action Against AIDS with VR
      • Doris versus HIV
      • Did HIV give us better sex with less harm?
      • HIV/AIDS: The story of a disease controlled but not beaten

      Other events

      • Build a killer antibody
      • Can kissing give you Tuberculosis 
      • Back to the future of medicine
      • Joseph Lister: Our actor tells all 
      • Catch a bug
      • Screen grab
      • Shake it like a polaroid
      • Plant plagues and crop contagions
      • Hidden gems of London's Medical Museums
      • How to keep your vaccines cool when all around you are losing theirs!
      • How science helps farmers in Africa
      • The art of saving a life: How vaccines change history

      Events for BSL users

      • A BSL tour of Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care with English voice-over
      • BSL interpreted talk: The challenge of Zika Virus
      • Viral origami: make your own paper virus

        Regular events

        Supported by

        Wednesday 26 October 2016


        Admission free although some events may require a ticket


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