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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 13:10 - 13:55, are free, 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.

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Lunch Hour Lectures: Bubbles and science

13:15  — 13:55

Is it possible to use knowledge of bubbles to examine something as large as the global ocean? Dr Helen Czerski says that we can, and believes that there are parallels between this and…

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Thursday 19 November 2015

Lunch Hour Lectures: Looking for life on Mars

13:15  — 13:55

Mars is our closest hope for life beyond Earth. 3.8 billion years ago, when life was starting here, Mars was habitable, with surface water and a thick atmosphere. Now, it is cold, dry…

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Tuesday 24 November 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: ‘A mass of obscenity’? The prosecution and banning of D. H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow

13:15  — 13:55

The Rainbow is recognised as one of the major works of British modernism. However, following its initial publication in 1915, the novel was judged obscene and banned in the UK. Dr Hugh…

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Thursday 26 November 2015

Lunch Hour Lectures: Telling stories? Family life and social science research

13:15  — 13:55

While narrative methods are increasingly used in the social sciences, some remain sceptical about whether stories have more than a peripheral part to play. This talk draws on a large…

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Tuesday 1 December 2015

Lunch Hour Lectures: Agriculture and elephants: writing in rural Babylonia

13:15  — 13:55

Archaeological excavations at Tell Khaiber in southern Iraq are revealing exciting new insights into Babylonian life in the mid-second millennium BC. Join Professor Eleanor Robson as…

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Thursday 3 December 2015

Lunch Hour Lectures: Russian cinema in 1915

13:15  — 13:55

Part of the centenary celebrations of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, this lecture examines Russian cinema in 1915, a key year in the development of this art form.…

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Tuesday 8 December 2015

Lunch Hour Lectures: Cannabis: pleasure, madness and medicine

13:15  — 13:55

Cannabis has been used throughout history for medicinal as well as pleasurable effects. Its 100 unique ingredients vary widely in different types of cannabis, posing a range of questions…

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Thursday 10 December 2015

Lunch Hour Lectures: Truth and Lies: Medicine in the Media

13:15  — 13:55

There has never been a more confusing time to consume health information, as scientists and doctors struggle to agree and big questions are continuously debated. Dr Chris van Tulleken…

Medical

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: The Health Gap - the Challenge of an Unequal World

13:15  — 13:55

There are dramatic differences in health between countries and within countries, and these health inequalities defy usual explanations. Conventional approaches to improving health only…

Global Health

Thursday 21 January 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: How should we deal with creationism in schools?

13:15  — 13:55

To many people's surprise, creationism has become more common in British schools. How should teachers respond in science lessons and religious education lessons? Should we try to reduce…

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Tuesday 26 January 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: The handmaiden's emissions: international shipping in changing climates

13:15  — 13:55

International shipping is the system that enables globalisation. The way it quietly and efficiently executes its role has led to its labelling as 'the handmaiden of world trade'. But…

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Thursday 28 January 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: Why glaciers don't like the smell of frying bacon

13:15  — 13:55

Many communities around the world think of landscapes, plants, rocks, winds, non-human ancestors and a variety of physical phenomena, beings and entities as having consciousness and…

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Tuesday 2 February 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: The state, science and Humphry Davy

13:15  — 13:55

This year marks the bicentenary of the deployment of the safety lamp, invented by Hmphry Davy. Its remarkable success has tended to mask Davy's practical failures, including a diplomatic…

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Thursday 4 February 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: International law and the protection of cultural property in war

13:15  — 13:55

Acts of destruction and pillage of historical sites and antiquities, like those seen in Syria, Iraq and Lybia, are prohibited under international law. This lecture explores the international…

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Tuesday 9 February 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: Why do we give? Charity-giving through an evolutionary lens

13:15  — 13:55

In this talk, Dr Nichola Raihani will discuss how individuals might themsleves benefit from making charitable donations and how our psychology might trick us into believing that we…

Mimesis_anthropology

Thursday 11 February 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: The illusion of infinity: is there a limit to optical fibre bandwidth?

13:15  — 13:55

The development of the optical fibre communication network has sparked the communication revolution and the growth of the internet. Is there a limit to the capacity of an optical fibre…

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Tuesday 23 February 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: From gases to gloops: instabilities in fluids

13:15  — 13:55

Fluid flows make up so much of our world, from the atmosphere and oceans to volcanic lava. They are also key to many biological processes, and almost everything we use goes through…

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Thursday 25 February 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: childhood maltreatment through the lens of neuroscience and epigenetics

13:15  — 13:55

Childhood maltreatment is a strong predictor of mental and physical ill health. How does such adversity 'get under the skin'? Latent vulnerability is one way of thinking about how maltreatment…

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Tuesday 1 March 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: 'This should be fun!': consent, sex and wronging

13:15  — 13:55

Join Professor Veronique Munoz-Darde as she explores the moral significance of consent in general, of consent to sex in particular and what should count as non-consensual bodily invasion.

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Thursday 3 March 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: Still lives: death, desire and the portrait of the Old Master

13:15  — 13:55

Michelangelo was one of the biggest international artists of his time, but being Michelangelo was not easy: he was stalked by fans, lauded and lambasted by critics and depicted in unauthorised…

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Tuesday 8 March 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: reproduction without sex: what does technology have to offer?

13:15  — 13:55

The first IVF baby was born in 1978. Since then, technology has advanced so that IVF success rates are higher than natural conception, and it is now possible to check the chromosomes…

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Thursday 10 March 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: Ovarian cancer screening: the long journey

13:15  — 13:55

Ovarian cancer is the most common cause of death from gynaecological malignancies. Professor Usha Menon speaks about her group's 30- years journey and one of the largest randomised…

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Tuesday 15 March 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: On the origins of life: a chemist's perspective

13:15  — 13:55

Over the past 150 years, great advances have been made to elucidate the molecular basics of evolution and the evolutionary trajectory of life, but the origins of life remain a mystery.…

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Thursday 17 March 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures: Bones, mummies, tuberculosis and ancient DNA

13:15  — 13:55

Tuberculosis is an ancient disease and is still with us today. Historical DNA tells us that 'modern' tuberculosis existed 9,000 years ago, and the fact that its different strains are…

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Tuesday 11 October 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - Performing matter: greatest hits and new findings

13:15  — 13:55

Materials ‘perform’, and ‘stuff’ is constantly getting up to ‘things’ all the time, just to exist and make up the world of objects. Experience some of the most wondrous matter on Earth…

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