21st February 2019

6:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Annual Debate: The Future of Plant Science

In association with the London Evolutionary Research Network (LERN). Plant science has never been more important or relevant. We live in a demanding age, where environmental change along with increasing

6th March 2019

12:30 pm and 1:00 pm

The History of Seed Exchange

This lecture will explore the material practices of exchanging and saving seeds during the long eighteenth century. Drawing on the Linnean Society’s rich carpological collections, this lecture will trace the

19th March 2019

10:00 am and 4:00 pm

Flowers in Vintage Vases

The course will include a visit to the unique Linnean Treasures Collection and a visit to the Library to see flower illustrations The classes will take place in the newly-built

21st March 2019

6:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Nature’s Palette: Understanding how Flowers Pattern their Petals

Flowering plants very often display striking patterns on their petals. These patterns are key to attract pollinators and are very elaborate, combining different pigmentations but also an amazing array of

22nd March 2019

10:00 am and 5:00 pm

Linnean Society Conference: Diversity within Natural History

23.9% of students studying biosciences in the UK are minority ethnic, yet only 4.4% make it as Professors. Why is that? This conference will try to address this while also

3rd April 2019

12:30 pm and 1:00 pm

Reforming the Whale

Humankind and whales have had a remarkably long but rather bloody relationship. This stretches from prehistory, when stranded carcasses provided food to coastal communities, and includes the infamous heyday of

4th April 2019

10:00 am and 4:00 pm

Easter Special: Eggs, feathers and bowls

This class will look at drawing and painting eggs and feathers using pen-and-ink and/or watercolour. An exotic display of real nests, feathers and eggs, as well as natural history illustrations,

18th April 2019

10:00 am and 4:00 pm

Gain Confidence Drawing Nature

This course will provide participants with some approaches to making marks in an exploratory way to build overall confidence. In addition to drawing, the course will involve discussion and thinking

18th April 2019

6:00 pm and 7:00 pm

How and Why Biological Shapes change during Evolution

History of Ideas from D’Arcy Thompson to Developmental Genetics In 1917, D’Arcy Thompson in his book On Growth and Form claimed that living organisms and their parts should be viewed as geometric

1st May 2019

12:30 pm and 1:00 pm

Putting Flesh on Ancient Bones

The origins and early evolution of dinosaurs remain controversial. This is partially due to the challenging nature of many early dinosaur remains, which have suffered crushing, breakage or deformation during