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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 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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Thursday 13 October 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - Does social science tell the truth?

13:15  — 13:55

There is now abundant evidence that only around half of all published findings in the social sciences are true, and research even suggests that some entire bodies of work are based…

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Tuesday 18 October 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - Barking up the right tree: how do we understand what words mean?

13:15  — 13:55

If you look up just about any word in a dictionary you will usually see a long list of possible definitions, yet it takes no apparent effort to figure out the intended definition of…

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Thursday 20 October 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - Shake, rattle and roll: communicating lethal risks

13:15  — 13:55

The 2009 L’Aquila earthquake sent a ‘shockwave’ through the research community, causing scientists to become increasingly concerned about what risk advice they communicate prior to…

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Tuesday 25 October 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - The lifelong benefits of reading for pleasure

13:15  — 13:55

Drawing on a nationally representative longitudinal study of more than 17,000 people born in Britain in 1970 (the 1970 British Cohort Study), Professor Alice Sullivan will explore the…

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Thursday 27 October 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - Navigating the brain: software programming for surgical planning

13:15  — 13:55

Epilepsy affects around 500,000 people in the UK, and one-third of individuals with focal epilepsy continue to have seizures despite optimal medical management. Professor Sebastien…

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Tuesday 1 November 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - Hospitality and hostility: the role of established refugees in a crisis

13:15  — 13:55

It is often assumed that refugees passively wait to receive assistance provided by the UN, host states and international organisations, but established refugees are also often active…

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Thursday 3 November 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - Paying the penalty: the sporting prison

13:15  — 13:55

How do sporting cultures help shape the world around us? And how do the stories historians tell about them shape the present and future? This talk will examine how the history of early…

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Tuesday 15 November 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - The 2016 US presidential election: a post-mortem

13:15  — 13:55

Dr Nick Witham will provide an accessible and insightful overview of the historic and controversial 2016 US presidential election campaign. This talk will include a review of the Donald…

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Thursday 17 November 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - How Putin reacts: ideology, power, wealth and security in Russian foreign policy

13:15  — 13:55

Putin aims today above all to maintain and strengthen his position in power and protect the wealth of himself and his allies. His foreign policy is essentially reactive, responding…

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Tuesday 22 November 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - Cancer evolution through space and time

13:15  — 13:55

While it has long been appreciated that no two tumours are identical, recent work suggests that even two regions of the same tumour can be remarkably distinct, which likely contributes…

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Thursday 24 November 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - Imagine a world with no slums

13:15  — 13:55

How can we make our cities slum free? Dr Priti Parikh will discuss innovative approaches where engineering solutions are used to improve the living conditions of slums dwellers and…

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Tuesday 29 November 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - Are we waking up the sleeping Arctic Ocean?

13:15  — 13:55

Temperatures in the Arctic are rising at more than twice the global average rate. As the sea ice cover retreats, there is a radiation imbalance and a modification of the Arctic Ocean…

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Thursday 1 December 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - Migrants and healthcare: educating tomorrow’s doctors for a global challenge

13:15  — 13:55

The relationship between migrants and the NHS is long, complex and, as recently seen, highly political. This lecture considers the role of doctors in the care of vulnerable migrants,…

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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - Game of clones: why it matters if our friends are the same as us

13:15  — 13:55

Do you find yourself making friends with people like you? Dr Katherine Woolf draws on her sometimes controversial research into doctors’ and medical students’ learning and performance…

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Thursday 8 December 2016

Lunch Hour Lectures - The end of mass incarceration?: The moral purpose of prison

13:15  — 13:55

The United Kingdom has doubled its prison population, twice, in the past 65 years. By outlining a philosophical account of the moral purpose of prisons, Dr. Jeffrey Howard will explain…

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Tuesday 17 January 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - the neurobiology of beauty

13:15  — 13:55

The experience of beauty, whether derived from perceptual sources, as in visual or musical beauty, or cognitive ones, as in mathematical beauty, correlates with activity in the same…

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Thursday 19 January 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Cosmic archaeology

13:15  — 13:55

Telescopes may be the closest thing we have to time machines: the farther in space we look, the earlier in the history of the Universe we get to see. Dr Amelie Saintonge shows how by…

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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Following birds along the pathway to invasion

13:15  — 13:55

Biological invasions by aliens (in this context, species transported by human actions to areas in which they do not naturally occur) represent one of the primary ways in which people…

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Thursday 26 January 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Tackling the challenge of elder abuse in dementia cases

13:15  — 13:55

Elder abuse may be defined as a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress…

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Tuesday 31 January 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - The global reach of EU law

13:15  — 13:55

Given the global reach of EU law, it may be harder for the UK to 'take back control' than those who favoured withdrawal from the EU might have supposed. This lecture will explore the…

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Thursday 2 February 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Planetary economics: getting to a stable climate with a healthy economy

13:15  — 13:55

Why has it been so hard to get to grips with climate change? This scientific, but also deeply moral problem challenges our thinking: it is psychologically distant, yet caused by local…

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Tuesday 7 February 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Can we ever have a crime free world?

13:15  — 13:55

Professor Kate Bowers will discuss how crime rates have dropped over the past few decades, and what we need to do to keep them down. Some research on crime control challenges our assumptions…

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Thursday 9 February 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - “The youth of our middling rich”: how egalitarian were UCL’s founders?

13:15  — 13:55

When the plan for a university for London was outlined by the poet Thomas Campbell in 1825 in a letter to The Times, the establishment unleashed a storm of controversy. We are proud…

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Tuesday 21 February 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - The Battle Within: mobilising our immune system to fight cancer

13:15  — 13:55

For more than 100 years scientist have attempted to use the immune system to control cancer. In the last 5 years, a number of high profiles clinical trials have finally demonstrated…

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