On the last Wednesday of every month, the Science Museum hosts an adults-only, after-hours themed night.
Tonight (27 March) it will showcase and explore the work of UNESCO, from the UK-based experts who help to preserve historic sites such as Stonehenge and the ancient sculptures of Katmandu to the climate scientists using autonomous submarines to map changes in the Antarctic ocean.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is the United Nations body responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. Its aim is to ensure that everyone has access to quality education, may grow and live in an environment rich in diversity and dialogue, can fully benefit from scientific advances and can enjoy full freedom of expression.
From Stonehenge to space
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Here are some of the event’s highlights.
PUTTING THE ‘S’ IN UNESCO
Learn more about the ‘Science’ in UNESCO. Discover the extraordinary organisation behind CERN and the Tsunami Warning System, and how UNESCO promotes science as key for global peace and sustainability.
Stonehenge is one of the most studied archaeological monuments in Britain. Find out the results of the largest survey ever carried out on the World Heritage site and discover its fascinating history.
SOLVING GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Meet the scientists confronting some of the biggest global challenges as they demonstrate pioneering solutions to issues including climate change, environmental devastation and access to clean water.
PRESERVING KATMANDU’S HERITAGE
Katmandu’s sculptures and inscriptions are one of Asia’s wonders, but theft and earthquake destruction have caused many to be lost. Learn how Photogrammetry is being used to record surviving pieces and print 3D replicas.
EXPLORING OUR OCEANS
Come and see how UK marine robots, including the Autosub Long Range fleet which includes ‘Boaty McBoatface’, are contributing to our understanding of oceans by mapping the deep-sea floor and measuring the impacts of climate change.
This Virtual Reality experience will take you 4,300 years back in time to explore Avebury World Heritage Site and the largest known Neolithic stone circle in the world.
Early warning systems for floods and droughts are crucial for communities across the world. Discover how tiny laser-based sensors on rivers and water wells can provide this information and save lives.