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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 January 2015 with topics including: Vermeer’s Camera, social harmony and religious diversity, environmental law, the grand challenge of education 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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,…

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Tuesday 11 November 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: Who wants to work forever?

13:15  — 13:55

With state pension age increasing, people are retiring from work at an older age. Is this good or bad for your health? Is the choice between working longer or retiring poorer going…

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Thursday 13 November 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: Short films from a small nation - marketing postwar Denmark

13:15  — 13:55

Fifty years before Borgen hit British TV screens, Danish directors were making films for British audiences. Driven by the need to market Danish produce and culture abroad after World…

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Tuesday 18 November 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: Toilets and taboos

13:15  — 13:55

Marking World Toilet Day (19 November), this talk exposes the global sanitation crisis. Every person in the UK flushes 50 litres of drinking water down the toilet daily. In the rest…

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Thursday 20 November 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: understanding other people’s actions

13:15  — 13:55

Successful human interactions depend upon the verbal and non-verbal signals from one individual to another. Our ability to read and understand other people’s actions is essential, and…

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Tuesday 25 November 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: The archaeology of Easter Island

13:15  — 13:55

Easter Island is famous for its colossal statues (moai), which were quarried and sculptured c. AD 1200–1500 and are the product of a prehistoric society. Study of this society has focused…

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Thursday 27 November 2014

Lunch Hour Lecture: The power of objects

13:15  — 13:55

Objects are typically considered ‘dead’ and passive things used to complete tasks and as symbols of self-branding. This presentation provides an alternative view and discusses the power…

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Tuesday 2 December 2014

Lunch Hour Lectures: Accessibility engineering: enabling a human right

13:15  — 13:55

Disabled people make up the world’s largest minority; in the UK, about 10% of a person’s life will be spent with a disability. Access to buildings and services is a human right, however…

Paralympics

Thursday 4 December 2014

Lunch Hour Lectures: Can big data attack heart disease?

13:15  — 13:55

How can the data collected in hospitals be used to help improve quality of care? What benefits might come from linking health record data with genomic data? And how can we build public…

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Tuesday 20 January 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Did God Evolve?

13:15  — 13:55

Many scientists are atheists. Even so, religion itself is open to scientific study and Professor Jones will discuss what science can tell us about how it may have begun. Science has…

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Thursday 22 January 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Visualizing time: calendars, time lines, and other time images from ancient Egypt to early modern Europe

13:15  — 13:55

This lecture will trace the history of time visualisation, from ancient Egypt to early modern Europe. It will attempt to explain why visual representations of time developed in some…

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Tuesday 27 January 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Places=Spaces+People

13:15  — 13:55

As Professor of Places, Peter Rees draws on four decades of experience as an architect-planner. Although buildings and spaces are designed by professionals, it is people who turn them…

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Tuesday 3 February 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: The Impact of Impacts: how the media play in the Death of the Dinosaur debates 

13:15  — 13:55

Many people now believe that the dinosaurs were wiped out by the impact of a large asteroid about 66 million years ago. Professor Steve Miller will talk about the threat to Earth from…

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Thursday 5 February 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Global Citizenship and the Problem of Global Fellow Feeling from the Polis to the World-Wide Web

13:15  — 13:55

When Diogenes of Sinope, the Greek philosopher, claimed to be a “citizen of the whole world”, his listeners knew then that he was mad for certain. This lecture will examine the difficulties…

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Tuesday 10 February 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Social Harmony and Religious Diversity: is conciliation possible?

13:15  — 13:55

The tensions between social harmony and religious diversity are no longer exclusively a matter of scholarly interest. This lecture will examine when social harmony can legitimately…

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