Einstein's greatest mistake

Posted in Events on 02 September 2016


Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped to lead us into the atomic age. Yet in the final decades of his life he was also ignored by most working scientists, his ideas opposed by even his closest friends. Join bestselling author of E=mc², David Bodanis, as he discusses Einstein's Greatest Mistake, a brisk, accessible biography of Albert Einstein that reveals the genius and hubris of the titan of modern science.

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Mon 3 October 2016

19:00 – 20:30

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Rubber Duckies at the End of the Ocean

Posted in Events on 02 September 2016

Oceans cover almost 70% of the surface of our planet, and we know so little about them. The deep ocean is the last unchartered territory in the world. We’ve discovered only a fraction of all the organisms that live in the deep.

And yet, we keep on putting plastic waste in our oceans. We find plastic in the guts of almost all marine animals we inspect.

So what do we do about all this plastic? Come and find out in this lecture!

Dr Erik van Sebille is a lecturer in oceanography and climate change at Imperial College’s Grantham Institute and Department of Physics. He studies how currents move heat, plankton and plastic around. He has won the 2016 Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the European Geosciences Union, and often appears in international media to discuss ocean pollution and climate change.

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Ballot for: An evening with Stephen Hawking

Posted in Events on 02 September 2016


Imperial’s Theoretical Physics group are pleased to announce that Professor Stephen Hawking’s March talk has been rescheduled. An evening with Stephen Hawking will take place on Monday 17 October at 18.00 in the Great Hall.

Professor Hawking’s recently published paper ‘Soft hair on black holes’ takes us one step closer to solving the black hole information paradox, and we are pleased to be able to reschedule this special event after unfortunately having to cancel twice due to Professor Hawking’s ill-health


There are limited public tickets available. Due to anticipated demand, we are operating a ballot system.

Please note: You will need to re-register here despite having registered for previous ballots.

The ballot will be closed on 23 September. Successful ticket winners will be contacted on 27 September.

Interact with us online using #hawkingtalk.


If you would like to volunteer at this event please email Simone Dagnino.


Great Hall, Sherfield Building (no. 20 on the map)

18.00 TALKS
Professor Jerome Gauntlett, Imperial College London

Quantum Black Holes 
Professor Stephen Hawking, University of Cambridge

Vote of Thanks
Professor Fay Dowker, Imperial College London

Meet Imperial's theoretical physicists over drinks for informal discussions about general relativity and beyond.
Queen’s Lawn marquee, Sherfield Building (no. 20 on the map)


Stephen Hawking is one of the most accomplished theoretical physicists of our time. He has made profound contributions to our understanding of spacetime, cosmology and black hole physics. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1966 and held the Lucasian Chair there (1979-2009). He holds 12 honorary degrees, was awarded the CBE in 1982 and was made a Companion of Honour in 1989. Stephen is also a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of numerous popular science books including the best-selling A Brief History of Time.

Jerome Gauntlett is Professor of Theoretical Physics and Head of the Theoretical Physics Group at Imperial, where his research focuses on string theory, black holes and quantum field theory. He moved from Australia to Cambridge to carry out his PhD in Stephen Hawking’s Relativity Group, graduating in 1991. He then held research positions at the University of Chicago and CALTECH before returning to the UK, first to Queen Mary University of London and then to Imperial in 2003. Jerome was the Theoretical Physics Consultant on the Oscar-winning film The Theory of Everything.

Fay Dowker is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial. She did her PhD in Cambridge under the supervision of Stephen Hawking, graduating in 1990. She has since held research positions at FermiLab (Chicago), University of California Santa Barbara and CALTECH, before joining Queen Mary University of London and then Imperial in 2003. Her research focuses on the causal set approach to quantum gravity.

Imperial’s Theoretical Physics Group was founded by Abdus Salam in 1956, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1979.  Members of the Group carry out world-leading research in some of the most exciting areas of theoretical physics today including string theory, quantum field theory, cosmology, quantum foundations and gravity.



Canvas is set to disrupt the London events industry with its new venue finding website

Posted in Tips on 02 September 2016

Canvas, a young London-based startup, has relaunched their website after a complete overhaul of the design and user interface. The new format, which has been developed in the last 12 months, allows users to navigate faster and more easily on desktop and mobile devices while giving venues new tools to showcase their spaces in full.

With over 20,000 monthly active users and a mission to provide digital innovations without compromising on simplicity and usability, Canvas enables direct contact between its users and venue owners without going through a middleman. This guarantees a much simpler way of doing business and generates a higher calibre of client for its venues.

This concept has allowed Canvas to build an exclusive portfolio of more than 350 unique locations in London over the last 3 years, helping to generate around £900k of event enquiries per month.  Having primarily connected big brands such as Chanel, GQ, HBO, Jeep, EA Games, and London Fashion Week with their venues of choice; Canvas has seen growth for private hires and weddings over the last 18 months by diversifying its portfolio.

The new mobile friendly website has furthered the company’s philosophy of helping users to find the right venue quickly. Important improvements include changes to the search function, adding new filters, and an optional map search. In addition to this, venues can now personalise their profiles and upload higher definition photos to larger image galleries, allowing Canvas’ visitors to engage more with the spaces.


Social Media and Marketing Assistant

Posted in Jobs on 02 September 2016

A fantastic opportunity for a fashion and beauty obsessed Marketing Graduate.

Trend driven, social media savvy and with a flair for fashion and writing, you will work with an exciting brand to increase its cool appeal across all social channels as well as increase in-store and online sales.
You will be creating informative and innovative videos, blog posts, and social media content to really take this brand to the next level.
Reporting to the Marketing Manager you will also work across the entire marketing spectrum, from helping to create direct mail and wholesale catalogues through to in-store display, PR and e-commerce in a true omni-channel environment.
To be successful in this role you will have a Marketing Degree or similar and may have already worked in a marketing role. You will be an enthusiastic and bright individual who is motivated and looking for a challenge in their next role.
The ideal candidate will be in demonstrably in love with all things hair or beauty, whether through creating your own blog/vlog & social channels or have worked in a hair or beauty salon.

Desired Skills & Experience
Graduate Calibre

  • Marketing Degree or similar
  • Creative Eye with excellent photographic skills to aid imagery creation across social networks
  • Social Media Star: Proven user of social media channels with a high level of understanding of key social networks, particularly Instagram,Youtube and Pinterest.
  • Knowledge of social platform management tools advantageous (Hootesuite/Tweetdeck/Tailwind)
  • Confident Filming or appearing on film to aid content creation
  • Excellent Copy Writing Skills
  • Passionate and informed about hair, beauty & fashion trends
  • Competent with hair and beauty styling
  • Proficient with Microsoft packages & Google Analytics, Knowledge of Adobe software an advantage
  • Creative & Flexible Thinker, Self Starter,
  • Excellent written & spoken English
  • Photo and film editing ability an advantage

Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted.
Please ensure that you are eligible to work in the UK before applying.
Please apply here.

London Design Festival

Posted in Events on 26 August 2016

The London Design Festival spans dozens of locations, includes hundreds of exhibits and has one clear mission: to prove that our city is the capital of design. The majority of events take place from September 17-25 2016 and it's the perfect chance to explore craft and design at its very best. With some mighty London museums at the helm and loads of events in 'design districts' across town, where do you start? We've picked the highlights below so you can design your ideal visit to London Design Festival.

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Totally Thames: what's on this year?

Posted in Events on 26 August 2016

The Totally Thames festival will once again grace the banks of our much-loved waterway this September (Sep 1–Sep 30 2016). An annual celebration of the River Thames, dive into a month-long party full of arts festivals, community events, regattas, river races, foreshore archaeology and environmental activities. With new installations for 2016 and an event line-up bigger than previous years, check out our pick of highlights below and head down to the river for one of the many London events in September worth making a splash about.

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Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

Posted in Events on 26 August 2016

Date: 26th - 31st August

Buckingham Palace

Poke around the palace while the royal family are on their hols.

Every summer London's most famous house opens for tours with an accompanying exhibition. As well as exploring the state rooms, visitors in 2016 will take in an exhibition of royal clothing, 'Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe'.

Whether you’re royalist or republican there is no denying the incredible might of Her Majesty’s wardrobe; she’s almost as famous for her impeccable style as she is for, you know, being Queen. Over her 60-year reign, she’s seen trends come, go and come back again, so this exhibition is also a filtered history of post-WWII fashion – filtered because whatever is happening in contemporary fashion has to be tempered for the Queen. 
In the ’60s, hemlines crept up, which wasn’t appropriate for a monarch, so she embraced her now iconic A-line skirt suits. When knighting yachtsman Francis Chichester, she wore a cream suit of incredibly clever design: the shape of the skirt places it bang in the ’60s, while the navy trim gives it a nautical look, also tricking the eye into seeing it as shorter.

This exhibition throws a spotlight on the British couturiers the Queen has patronised. Throughout her reign she has worn almost exclusively British designers: from Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies, who created some of her impossibly beautiful eveningwear, to Angela Kelly who was responsible for the Queen’s pink ‘Bond Girl’ dress for the London Olympics

It’s the little details that make this exhibition such a joy. In the main exhibition space, you can see the Queen’s dazzling coronation gown – heavy with embroidery and undoubtedly the most important dress that she has ever worn. It’s brilliant to see it in all its glory, instead of shrouded by the velvet robe, and among the embroidered shamrocks representing Ireland, you can see a four-leaf clover added by Hartnell for luck on the big day.

An entire corridor is dedicated to headgear. Sculptural, feathered, her hats are incredible, perhaps because it’s one part of her wardrobe where she can be a bit less restrained. This exhibition also tells the story of a woman ageing in the public eye. As Britain’s longest-serving monarch celebrates her ninetieth birthday this year, she is the most recognisable and most photographed woman in the world, so not only has her wardrobe responded to fashion, it has developed with her. The full-skirted, sparkling dresses she wore as a young monarch are unthinkable now.

Throughout her reign she has remained a sartorial icon. While Kate Middleton might pick up a bargain in Reiss, compared to her grandma-in-law, her style is beyond basic.Miriam Bouteba

A visit to the State Rooms usually takes around two to two and a half hours. Be prepared for airport-style security and don't expect to get away with taking any selfies.

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Marketing and Events Administrator

Posted in Jobs on 26 August 2016

International House World Organisation is the membership office for a network of 158 private language schools worldwide that provide language training, teacher training and other related services.

We are looking for an enthusiastic marketing professional with excellent communication skills and a commitment to client-focused service to join our small, dynamic head office team.

Working closely with our Marketing and Communications Manager the main objective of this role will be to promote the International House brand and IH schools to agents, students and other key stakeholders, both in person at a variety of industry events and via online campaigns.

This is a fantastic role for someone with a couple of years’ experience in marketing or sales along with some working knowledge of the language travel industry, who is looking to develop further in this international field. You will use your excellent people skills to build relationships with IH schools and agents across our global network, so you will be working with a diverse and interesting range of people. There will be a number of trips overseas each year to industry events and events organised by IH, but you will be based in our office in Shad Thames, near Tower Bridge.

As well as being an exceptional communicator you will be highly organised with a keen eye for detail, able to juggle the range of logistical tasks that come with event management. You will also have the opportunity to use your creative streak in contributing to social media campaigns aimed at raising awareness of IH language programmes.

This role has three key areas of activity and time spent on each area will vary according to the time of year.


  • Provide input to the COO and Marketing and Communications Manager on the annual marketing plan.
  • Work with Marketing and Communications Manager to produce engaging and interesting content for social media and post on social media, including creating video and campaigns to create user generated content.
  • Monitor and analyse the success of content on social media and on website through analysis tools such as ‘google analytics’.
  • Arrange advertising for fairs and in publications (online and print) including advertising organised on shared cost basis for IH schools. Coordinate design work, when necessary, and ensure print deadlines are met.
  • Produce materials, documents and case studies to support IH schools - Community and Study Abroad - with branding and marketing, in consultation with colleagues. (To be shared on the IH Brandbox website).
  • Work with the team to ensure brand compliance across the membership.
  • Build relationships with partner organisations and colleagues within the industry.
  • Monitor and analyse the activities of competitors within the industry and report on this to member schools and management.

Agent Relations:

  • Maintain & extend IHWO’s relationship with Study Abroad agencies and manage the IH Agent database.
  • Respond to enquiries from students and agents about Study Abroad courses.
  • Oversee the IH Partner Agent scheme and work to ensure its integrity and growth.
  • Source and produce content for newsletters and other communications to Agents and Study Abroad schools.
  • Coordinate and communicate with the IH Study Abroad Committee that represents IH Study Abroad schools.


  • Plan, coordinate and take part in the annual International House Study Abroad Roadshow event. This responsibility includes managing the budget for this event (with support from line manager) finding venues, generating sponsorship, coordinating attendance by IH schools and agents and producing associated documentation. (Additional small IH SA events may arise subject to future IHWO strategy).
  • Play an active role in the organisation of the annual IH Directors’ Conference by generating sponsorship, assisting in preparations for the event and sometimes working during the event.
  • Plan for, arrange and represent IHWO at language and language training-related fairs, exhibitions and events such as ICEF Berlin and ALPHE. With the aim of promoting the IH brand and IH schools as well as building relationships with agencies.

Person specification

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: client focused with a warm and friendly manner.
  • Solid B2B marketing experience, preferably in international education or travel.
  • Experience of conceptualising marketing materials and coming up with brand driven copy.
  • Open-minded interest in other cultures, languages and people.
  • Excellent administration skills and proven organisational skills.
  • Demonstrable project management skills with the ability to think quickly and creatively.
  • Experience in managing a budget and the ability to bring products and events in on target.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Database Management.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication in English.
  • Good team player who enjoys working in small team.
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure; commitment to deadlines.
  • Flexible approach to work tasks, duties and working hours; and to changes in these.
  • Willingness to travel 3-5 times per year and work occasional weekends and evenings.

The following skills and experience are desirable:

  • Marketing qualification
  • Experience working in language school environment or in agency care role
  • Working knowledge of a second language
  • Working knowledge of graphic design software, preferably Adobe InDesign and Photoshop

Salary - £26,000 - £29,000 depending on experience

To apply please email with your CV and a cover letter outlining your experience and suitability for the role. Deadline for applications is Thursday 15th September 2016.

Please apply here. 

WhatsApp to Share User Info With Facebook

Posted in News on 26 August 2016

WhatsApp will soon be sharing user data with its parent company, Facebook.

The change comes as the social network revamps its privacy policy to enable businesses to communicate directly with users of the platform.

“People use our app every day to keep in touch with the friends and loved ones who matter to them, and this isn’t changing. But as we announced earlier this year, we want to explore ways for you to communicate with businesses that matter to you too, while still giving you an experience without third-party banner ads and spam,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.

“Whether it’s hearing from your bank about a potentially fraudulent transaction, or getting notified by an airline about a delayed flight, many of us get this information elsewhere, including in text messages and phone calls. We want to test these features in the next several months, but need to update our terms and privacy policy to do so.”

The newly updated policy reveals that users’ phone number, profile name and photo, online status, last seen status and receipts will be shared. Content of messages will not be shared.

Users do have an opt-out option available to them, however, by going to Settings > Account to choose not to share their info with Facebook.

Users can get a step-by-step walk-through here.


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