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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.

Thursday 16 March 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - How can 21st century research on autism empower London’s teachers?

13:15  — 13:55

The wealth of new knowledge we are developing on autism tends to stay within the lab. Yet teachers are the most important people working with children who have autism. Dr Mintz will…

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The secret life of objects: volunteer lunchtime talk

13:15  — 13:45

We have more than 80,000 objects at the UCL Petrie Museum. Discover more about them through a series of short talks given by our wonderful volunteers. The stories that you'll hear will…

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Tuesday 16 May 2017

Artificial Intelligence and the future of learning - UCL Lunch Hour Lecture

13:00  — 14:00

What makes a good teacher and a successful lesson? Artificial Intelligence in the classroom is the key that is unlocking the answer, according to Rose Luckin, Professor of Learning…

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Thursday 18 May 2017

What Generation Rent Can Teach Us – UCL Lunch Hour Lecture

13:00  — 14:00

PwC predicts that London is set to become a city of renters, with only 40% of Londoners owning their own home by 2025. What does that mean for individuals and for the character of the…

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Thursday 12 October 2017

Provost's Lunch Hour Lecture

13:10  — 13:55

UCL’s President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, will give a summary of our progress to date with our ambitious strategy, UCL 2034. This will be set against the background of his…

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Thursday 19 October 2017

Taboo - The ethics of abortion

13:10  — 13:55

Despite its legalisation in most western nations, a significant minority of people are still deeply morally opposed to abortion. Dr Greasley will explore exactly why the abortion problem…

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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Encore! Non-human personhood? Demanding legal rights for our next of kin

13:10  — 13:55

Is an orangutan an item of property or a being with legal rights? Around the globe, lawyers, philosophers and scientists have begun arguing such questions. While some say that only…

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Thursday 26 October 2017

Taboo - Speaking my mind or being myself? How should European law treat religious expression at work?

13:10  — 13:55

Religious symbols in work raise key issues about the future relationship between religion, law and state in Europe. Dr McCrea will ask whether courts should see religion as a form of…

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Thursday 2 November 2017

#trending - Is Euroscepticism unethical?

13:10  — 13:55

Both left-wing and right-wing voters judge the EU’s merits in terms of cost and benefits to the national interest. Professor Letsas will ask whether there are reasons of justice to…

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Thursday 16 November 2017

Taboo - The death of others: suicide in the German Democratic Republic (GDR)

13:10  — 13:55

The movie The Lives of Others features suicide in the GDR in an impressive, but somewhat misleading way. The communist regime was not responsible for the high suicide rate. Dr Grashoff…

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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Encore! Who likes working in open-plan?

13:10  — 13:55

Why do some insist that they need the privacy of a cellular office while others insist that an open office landscape is better? Professor Penn will review what we know about the way…

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Thursday 23 November 2017

Opposites Attract – Facsimile cities: should architects now be making video game worlds?

13:10  — 13:55

For centuries, architects have dreamed up new cities and societies. Today, the widespread influence of contemporary video game technologies challenges the architect’s hold on speculative…

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Tuesday 28 November 2017

To Infinity and Beyond! Life in our solar system: redefining the habitable zone

13:10  — 13:55

Traditionally, the search for life beyond Earth has been in the ‘habitable zone’, where water may be, or may have been, present on a planetary surface. Professor Coates will examine…

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Thursday 30 November 2017

#trending – Language brokers, not stock brokers: young people as traders of culture

13:10  — 13:55

When young people migrate to a new country, they often learn the local language rapidly and inevitably begin to translate on behalf of their family. These ‘child language brokers’ translate…

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Tuesday 5 December 2017

Taboo – Lesbians as a metaphorical threat to the heteronormative national order? History of sexualities, politics and cinema under communism in Eastern Europe - Dr Urszula Chowaniec

13:10  — 13:55

Is there a history of lesbian life under communism? Following a screening of the 1982 film The Other Way, Dr Urszula Chowaniec will analyse the attitude to homosexuality in Eastern…

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Thursday 18 January 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture - A Renaissance theme park: the lost ‘garden of marvels’ at Pratolino

13:00  — 13:55

In the late 16th century, Grand Duke Francesco de Medici had a garden built in the hills near Florence to please his Venetian mistress Bianca Cappello. This park at Pratolino became…

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Thursday 25 January 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture - The rising culture of non-drinking: are we getting sick of being sick?

13:10  — 13:55

Adolescence is the time when children are likely to experiment with risky behaviours such as drinking alcohol. While around the age of 15 is the time when children are likely to engage…

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Thursday 1 February 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture - The cradle of humanity – why did the changing landscape of Africa make us so smart?

13:10  — 13:55

Humans are weak and have no natural weapons, but because we are super smart, we are the world’s top predator. But why did revolution favour the brainy ape? Mark Maslin investigates…

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Tuesday 6 February 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture - The passenger rail network: a public good or a profit maker?

13:10  — 13:55

The subject of many newspaper columns and supposed poster child of a success of private sector involvement in transport provision: Britain’s railways. Come find out more about the complex…

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Thursday 8 February 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture - Lesbian mothers and practices of conception in post-war Britain

13:10  — 13:55

This lecture will explore the history of lesbian motherhood in Britain 1945–1978 – a period when cultural attitudes largely assumed that it was impossible to be both a lesbian and a…

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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture - What happened to the hydrogen economy?

13:10  — 13:55

In the early noughties, the hydrogen economy was touted as the next energy global revolution. Then it disappeared from view. What happened? In this talk, we’ll explore how fuel cell…

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Thursday 22 February 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture - Understanding sleep and sleeplessness: can science and cultural history be used together?

13:10  — 13:55

Sleep is an enormous part of our lives: why do we do it? And why do we sometimes struggle to do so? Biology cannot fully explain our experience of sleep. Writers have always been fascinated…

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Tuesday 27 February 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture - What’s your bias? Psychological insights into political conflicts

13:10  — 13:55

This talk explores recent psychological research that offers some insight into why we disagree on topics such as inequality, nationalism and immigration. This research suggests that…

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Thursday 1 March 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture - The birds and the bees: animal sex in medieval art

13:10  — 13:55

“Birds do it, bees do it” goes the refrain of a popular song. But how different species ‘do it’ is left to the imagination. Taking in examples from illuminated manuscripts, Professor…

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Friday 9 March 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture - Tick-tock of the biological clock

13:10 

Globally, women are increasingly delaying the birth of their first child, as they lead very different lives to their mothers. But a woman’s fertility declines with age, significantly…

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