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Lunch Hour Lectures

Lunch Hour Lectures are an opportunity for anyone to sample the exceptional research work taking place at UCL, in bite sized chunks. Speakers are drawn from across the university, and lectures frequently showcase new research and recent academic publications.

Lunch Hour Lectures take place 13:15 - 13:55, are free, require no pre-booking, and are open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis.

All lectures are streamed live online and can be watched by clicking on the Watch Lunch Hour Lectures online link above. Lectures can also be watched from one week after the event on our YouTube channel where all lectures will be subtitled. Alternatively, lectures can also be downloaded from iTunes U and from SoundCloud.

Lunch Hour Lectures will be returning for a short summer series in June 2014.
Watch this space for more information, or follow us on twitter @ucllhl for the most up-to-date information.

Thursday 28 February 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Genomics and Healthcare

13:15  — 13:55

Greater understanding of how genetic differences influence disease susceptibility and drug response has potentially important healthcare applications. This lecture, marking Heart Awareness…

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Tuesday 5 March 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Civil Engineers against the double negative

13:15  — 13:55

Is a culture of infallibility holding back our engineers by celebrating the avoidance of failure rather than the achievement of success? Do we really want our engineers to live their…

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Thursday 7 March 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Scandinavian crime fiction and the end of the welfare state

13:15  — 13:55

Scandinavian crime fiction has in recent years enjoyed surprising success world-wide. The region, with its universal welfare states, is most commonly considered a very peaceful place,…

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Tuesday 12 March 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Stuff Matters

13:15  — 13:55

Whatever people think about the rapid pace of change of technology, our most fundamental categorization of stuff on the planet has not altered: there are living things and there is…

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Thursday 14 March 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Cigarettes: the most successful product ever

13:15  — 13:55

Despite five decades of research into the harms of smoking and numerous successful public health campaigns, many people take up and continue with the habit. Cigarette sales remain high…

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Tuesday 4 June 2013

Lunch Hour Lectures on tour at the Museum of London: Dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park

13:15  — 13:55

The famous ‘monsters’ in Crystal Palace have been on display since the park opened in 1854. These are the first life-sized three-dimensional sculptures of dinosaurs and other prehistoric…

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Tuesday 11 June 2013

Lunch Hour Lectures on tour at the Museum of London: Britain and the legacies of slavery

13:15  — 13:55

Once abolition was secured, Britons were keen to overlook slavery and emphasise the memory of emancipation. But Britain and Britons benefitted in multiple ways from slavery. By focusing…

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Tuesday 18 June 2013

Lunch Hour Lectures on tour at the Museum of London: Plague Bones: how London’s Black Death became a tropical disease

13:15  — 13:55

At its height the Black Death claimed the lives of 7,000 Londoners every week. The Museum of London excavated a plague cemetery in the 1980s but it was not until 2011 that technology…

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Tuesday 25 June 2013

Lunch Hour Lectures on tour at the Museum of London: Hidden no longer: community history-making in London

13:15  — 13:55

Over the last fifty years many independent projects have attempted to tell London’s hidden histories. This talk will examine the origins and motivations behind community history-making,…

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Thursday 3 October 2013

UCL President and Provost inaugural Lunch Hour Lecture

13:00  — 14:00

New UCL President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur opens the 2013/14 Lunch Hour Lecture programme by outlining his vision for the future of UCL. We are now collecting any questions…

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Tuesday 8 October 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: LOLZ! The science of laughter

13:15  — 13:55

If you ask people what makes them laugh, they will tell you they laugh at jokes: however if you look at when they laugh a very different pattern emerges, in which laughter can be seen…

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Thursday 10 October 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Dr Dre in the classroom

13:15  — 13:55

Is rap / hip hop, as its proponents claim, the poetry of the contemporary street, and if so should it be incorporated into the syllabus? John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of English at UCL

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Tuesday 15 October 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Global growth vs human health: finding the balance

13:15  — 13:55

Population growth, global health, economic development and climate change are some of the big challenges we face in the 21st century. This talk takes a historical look at how they are…

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Thursday 17 October 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Patterns of nature

13:15  — 13:55

Scientists try to understand apparent patterns and structures from data. This is complicated because patterns can be deceiving; we are apt to see structure in noise. Prof Olhede will…

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Tuesday 22 October 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Holding it Straight: Sexual Orientation in the Middle Ages

13:15  — 13:55

Historians tend to be reticent about applying the phrase ‘sexual orientation’ to periods before the nineteenth century, but should we be so quick to dismiss the concept? Focusing on…

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Thursday 24 October 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Technology for nature

13:15  — 13:55

Wild nature is declining rapidly as humans use more of the earth’s resources and change climate patterns. Scientists studying the impact of humans on wildlife and ecosystems now have…

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Tuesday 29 October 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Breast is best?

13:15  — 13:55

We all want to give our children a good start in life. Breastfeeding an infant is one of the many ways to do that. This talk will examine the latest evidence on the long-term benefits…

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Thursday 31 October 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Animating Architecture

13:15  — 13:55

Traditionally, we perceive the built environment be inert and lifeless, but this is being challenged as our world is increasingly inhabited by artificially intelligent systems, contextually…

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Tuesday 12 November 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Learning from vaccine scares: MMR and beyond

13:15  — 13:55

After clean water, childhood immunisation is the most effective intervention for protecting children against infectious diseases. In the UK, vaccine uptake rates are high, in spite…

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Thursday 14 November 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Friday nights with Caine and Christie: remembering 1960s cinema-going

13:15  — 13:55

The cinema has long been associated with memory, its flickering images recalling past moments and former stars. However, what happens when we remember cinema itself? Is it the films,…

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Tuesday 19 November 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: After Fukushima: risk and resilience to disasters in Japan

13:15  — 13:55

The Japanese islands face an extraordinary range of natural hazards – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, lahars and tropical cyclones. In the wake of the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima…

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Thursday 21 November 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: What goes on in the mind of a London cabbie?

13:15  — 13:55

Navigating a city such as London is a challenge. How do we, and the expert London cabbies, use our brain to do this? New neuro-scientific research is beginning to reveal the secrets.

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Tuesday 26 November 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Encounters with portraiture: exploring with the pencil and lens

13:15  — 13:55

Artist and UCL Reader in Fine Art Dryden Goodwin will discuss his work engaging with expanded notions of portraiture. This lecture, coinciding with UCL Slade’s print fair, will open…

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Thursday 28 November 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Does gender make you sick?

13:15  — 13:55

Men take more risks with their health, get sicker, and die younger than women do. But policies focusing on the health needs of men are notably absent from the strategies of global health…

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Tuesday 3 December 2013

Lunch Hour Lecture: Antibiotics: ever diminishing returns

13:15  — 13:55

Antibiotics are among the most beneficial drugs ever introduced into clinical practice. However, eighty years on from the discovery of penicillin, the overuse and abuse of antibiotics…

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