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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.

The lectures return in October 2014 with topics including: the placebo effect, the science of fireworks, the taboo history of the toilet, archaeology on Easter Island and lots more. Watch this space for more information or follow us on twitter @ucllhl

Thursday 19 June 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: Investigative conservation and the archaeology of the Western Front

13:00  — 14:00

Staff and students at the UCL Institute of Archaeology have been involved in the investigative conservation of objects excavated from Western Front trenches. Some of these objects were…


Wednesday 25 June 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: Reconstructing Broken Bodies: From Industrial Warfare to Industrial Engineered Tissues

13:00  — 14:00

Trench warfare protected combatants from many injuries, but left the head exposed, producing a massive demand for experimental facial reconstructive surgery. WW1 is acknowledged as…


Thursday 26 June 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: Science and the First World War

13:00  — 14:00

By examining the lives of figures such as Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley and Fritz Haber, Prof Jon Agar will show how scientists on all sides of the First World War were swept up in the…


Tuesday 7 October 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: On supernovae and serendipity

13:15  — 13:55

Thermonuclear supernovae signal the sudden and explosive destruction of a white-dwarf star, but rarely occur in our cosmic neighbourhood. However in January 2014 such a supernova appeared…


Thursday 9 October 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: Does parliament matter?

13:15  — 13:55

Many people dismiss the Westminster parliament as an ineffective 'talking shop', and similar allegations are commonplace about parliaments in other democracies. But based on substantial…

Big Ben

Tuesday 14 October 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: The powerful effect of placebo

13:15  — 13:55

Placebos have been a component of healing since the beginning of medicine. Today, placebo response remains enigmatic and elicits mixed attitudes from diverse disciplines. This presentation…


Thursday 16 October 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: Distracted, confused and unaware: the elusive gift of attention

13:15  — 13:55

At times, we are highly distracted and can’t focus our minds; at other times, we are so focused we may fail to notice important things and not even hear a person talking to us. In this…


Tuesday 21 October 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: Truth and illusion in philosophy and theatre

13:15  — 13:55

This lecture explores the relationship between philosophy and theatre via the notions of truth and illusion. Theatre is traditionally taken to be a place for illusions and deceit while…


Thursday 23 October 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: How to read paintings

13:15  — 13:55

Liz Rideal discusses the language of painting and how to read artworks, with particular reference to artists such as Van Dyck, Daumier, Morandi and Frankenthaler.


Tuesday 28 October 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: The powers of the EU: myths and realities

13:15  — 13:55

The growing and ever more intrusive powers of the EU are a constant refrain in political discourse. This lecture will examine what is myth and what is reality, and will discuss the…

European flag

Thursday 30 October 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: Bright Sparks: the history and science of fireworks

13:15  — 13:55

Dr Werrett explores the changing relationship between science and art in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries by looking at interactions between pyrotechnicians and scientists. Fireworks,…