Pop-up science stations: Lates

Event information

Event type: Drop-in, evening event, meet the scientist

Location: Throughout the Museum

Ticket prices:


Meet our scientists at a range of free pop-up stations as you explore the Museum after dark at Lates.

Crafty Cephalopods

Mimic octopus

Cephalopods are widely regarded as the smartest invertebrates on our planet.

Octopuses can mimic an array of ocean-dwelling neighbours to evade predators, have been seen using discarded coconut shells as portable shelters, and in at least two aquariums, have learned to turn off the lights by squirting water at the bulbs, short-circuiting the power.

Colour-changing cuttlefish can alter their appearance so they look male on one side of their bodies and female on the other, equipping them with some sneaky mating strategies.

Meet Museum cephalopod curator Jon Ablett and see some remarkable specimens from our spirit collection, and discover more about what makes these complex creatures so special.

Strength in Numbers

Ants carrying leaf

An individual ant is not considered to be very bright. But working together collectively in a colony, ants can achieve remarkable feats.

By effectively sharing information, a colony can harbour a collective memory about good places to find food, and even work together to battle a deadly fungus by diluting the infection across the colony.

Meet Museum insect researcher Paul Eggleton, see ant and termite specimens from our collections (including nests) and find out more about how these eusocial insects have managed to thrive from working together.

Bright Ideas

Toxic tiger moth

Moths are not often considered to be the most impressive insects, particularly in comparison to their beautiful day-flying relatives - butterflies.

But a number of moths show astonishing adaptations and behaviours. Some species of micro moth can detect a potential mate from an incredible distance of 10km, while others emit ultrasonic clicks to blur a bat's sonar system to avoid being eaten.

Meet moth researcher Ian Kitching and discover the surprising world of the humble moth.

Wise Man


Homo sapiens
is Latin for 'wise man'. We are the only species on the planet to transport ourselves to the moon and create the internet - does that make us smarter than our predecessors?

Meet human evolution researcher Silvia Bello and find out more about the indicators of creativity and ingenuity we've found in our early human relatives.

Could you have survived in their environment?

Event dates
25 January 2019 18.00-21.30

Lates: Intelligence

The pop-up science stations are part of our monthly Lates event.

Museum map

Use the Museum map to plan your evening and find the events and pop-up science stations.

Important information

Please note that photography and filming may take place during this event, in which you may be identifiable.

These images may be used for Museum marketing purposes on the website, social media and printed publicity materials.

If you have any concerns about being filmed or photographed, please speak to a member of staff.