27 MARCH 2019

Explore how UNESCO is solving global challenges at Science Museum’s Lates


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Join us on Wednesday 27 March for a special Lates in collaboration with UNESCO UK that will explore the incredible work of this global organisation.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is the United Nations body responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. It aims 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.

Discover how UNESCO uses science and the latest technology to understand the past and safeguard our future. From preserving historic sites like Stonehenge and Maritime Greenwich to the ancient sculptures of Kathmandu meet the UK based experts carrying out the vital work of UNESCO across the globe.

Find out how autonomous submarines are helping climate scientists map changes in the Antarctic ocean and how lasers could help avert natural disasters. Learn how scientists are working together to provide access to clean water, avert environmental catastrophes and tackle climate change.

All this and much more, including the chance to go on a virtual journey that is out of this world in Space Descent VR with Tim Peake, and get down at our famous intergalactic silent disco.

Science of UNESCO Lates is at the Science Museum on Wednesday 27 March from 18.45 – 22.00. For more information and to book free tickets see: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/lates

The Lates 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’s secrets

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

Kathmandu’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.

Virtual Avebury

This Virtual Reality experience will take you 4,300 years back in time to explore Avebury (UNESCO) World Heritage Site and the largest known Neolithic stone circle in the world.

Tracking floods

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.

Greenwich Park Revealed

Discover the work of The Royal Parks charity and their latest project Greenwich Park Revealed as they seek to protect and enhance Greenwich Park’s heritage and natural landscape. The project poses a unique challenge as the park dates from the 17th century, is home to a 600 year-old deer park and welcomes five million visitors a year.

Discovering the treasures of Cornwall

Join Geologists as they time-travel to the Cornish mines (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Find out about the treasures this amazing landscape holds, how these are essential to our everyday lives and how we mine them today.

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.

Microscopic marvels and magnificent monuments

Meet Historic England’s scientists and discover how they investigate England’s(UNESCO) World Heritage Sites.  From diving into an ancient shipwreck to discovering the origins of objects through laser scanning.

Conserving Greenwich’s Painted Hall

Will Palin, Conservation Director at the Royal Naval College will reveal the secrets of a painstaking project to conserve a 4,000m2 Baroque painting while allowing the public unprecedented access to a unique piece of history.

Silent Disco

Whether you’re practising your moves or just in the mood to slam dunk the funk, grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop.

The Sun: Living With Our Star

Spectacular interactive experiences, unique artefacts and stunning imagery shed fresh light on humanity’s relationship with our closest star in our blockbuster exhibition. Visitors can bask in sunlight on our indoor beach, virtually try on a range of historic sunglasses in a digital mirror and see the Sun rise in different seasons and locations around the world on a huge illuminated wall display. 50% off the usual ticket price.

The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution

Explore the extraordinary lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family and go behind the scenes to uncover the science behind one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century in this popular exhibition.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Embark on an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission and experience the thrill of being an astronaut. With Tim Peake as your guide, retrace the 400 km high-speed journey back to Earth from the International Space Station. 35% off the usual ticket price.


The UK National Commission for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) enables UK Government and civil society to contribute to UNESCO’s global role to coordinate international cooperation in building peace. It is the UK’s focal point, encouraging education, science, culture and communication through its work with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves, Global Geoparks, Creative Cities and other projects. For more information visit unesco.org.uk

As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.  For more information about the Science Museum visit sciencemuseum.org.uk.

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