FutureFest Lates

May 8th, The Vaults, London

Explore the future with Jim Al-Khalili

At the very first FutureFest Late, BBC broadcaster and physicist Jim Al-Khalili will be exploring the future through a scientific lens on 8 May at The Vaults in London. Join the conversation hosted by presenter, writer and comedian Timandra Harkness - get your tickets for £15 (or £9 for students).

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Inventing the Future: can sci-fi predict the shape of things to come? 

At a time of mounting anxiety about the powerful influence that technologists and scientists are exerting over our future, does fiction allow scientists to have a more truthful conversation with the public about charged ethical issues? Or does it just serve as a form of escapism to numb our fears about the future?​​

At the first FutureFest Late, the host of BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific, Jim Al-Khalili, will discuss the science that will shape our world in the future - from dark matter to quantum biology. Ahead of the publication of his new sci-fi novel Sunfall, he will be discussing the appeal of science fiction to scientists, and whether it can help us predict the future. Join the conversation at 6.30pm at the Vaults in London.

What are FutureFest Lates?

FutureFest Lates offer a taste of Futurefest. Through a distinctive mix of installations, talks and debates, Lates offers audiences an opportunity to imagine and lay claim to a different vision of what might lie ahead.

Photo of Jim Al-Khalili courtesy of Edinburgh Napier University

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