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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 2 October 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture: What is a Disaster?

13:10  — 13:55

About the lecture: An earthquake shatters Haiti and a hurricane slices through Texas. We hear that nature runs rampant, fighting to destroy us through these 'natural disasters'. Science…

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Tuesday 9 October 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture - Cosmic Dawn: The Quest for the First Galaxies

13:10  — 13:55

About the lecture: The first billion years after the Big Bang is widely regarded as the final observational frontier in assembling a complete picture of cosmic history. During this…

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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture: What’s Really Going On in Hillary Clinton’s Emails?

13:10  — 13:55

About the lecture: Since the US Government released Hillary Clinton’s emails to the public, there has been huge interest from journalists, politicians, and the general public, looking…

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Thursday 18 October 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture: On Data, Media, and Democracy

13:10  — 13:55

About the lecture: In this lecture Professor Lee Grieveson explores the ways in which digital media and new practices of data-mining and psychographic messaging were used in the 2016…

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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture: Free Movement, Open Borders and the Global Gains from Labor Mobility

13:10  — 13:55

About the lecture: What are the economic gains from free mobility of labor? Straightforward economic arguments point to the potential for large global output gains from movement of…

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Tuesday 30 October 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture: A Journey through the Cuban Economic Labyrinth

13:10  — 13:55

Ideological battles rage over Cuban economic performance: is it a basket case, proving the calamity of central planning, or a shining example of social progress made possible by rejection…

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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture: The Impact of the First World War on UCL

13:10  — 13:55

The First World War had a significant impact on life at UCL, as at other universities in the UK. Over 2,600 members and former members of College served during the war. The UCL community…

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Tuesday 20 November 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture: Tracing Desert Sand over Months to Millions of Years

13:10  — 13:55

Northern Chad’s Bodele Depression is home to the world’s largest and fastest moving barchan (crescentic) dunes. These dunes are not made of sand but of diatom fossils. The migration…

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Tuesday 27 November 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture: What Can the ONS Longitudinal Study Tell Us about Time Travel and about the Force?

13:10  — 13:55

The ONS Longitudinal Study is a sample of around 1% of persons in England and Wales, drawn from the decennial census. The sample comprises all people born on four (undisclosed) days…

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Tuesday 4 December 2018

Lunch Hour Lecture: The Revolutionary Striptease, 1968

13:10  — 13:55

About the lecture: Viva Maria!, French director Louis Malle’s film comedy of 1965, starring Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau, seems an unlikely catalyst for world revolution. It narrates…

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Tuesday 15 January 2019

Lunch Hour Lecture: Nanomaterials tackling the global health challenges

13:10  — 13:55

About the lecture: The plasmonic gold nanoparicles were already synthesised by Micheal Faraday in 1857, so what is new? How the iron rust can be used to diagnose and treat cancer? How…

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Tuesday 22 January 2019

Lunch Hour Lecture: AI in healthcare - over-hyped or under-used?

13:10  — 13:55

About the lecture: Artificial intelligence (AI) is lauded in sectors from banking to marketing, yet its healthcare applications are comparatively incipient. It has enormous potential…

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Tuesday 29 January 2019

Lunch Hour Lecture: Should abortion be decriminalised in the UK?

13:10  — 13:55

About the lecture: Legal abortion has been available in the UK since the 1967 Abortion Act. However, many people are unaware that inducing an abortion is still a criminal offence under…

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Tuesday 5 February 2019

Lunch Hour Lecture: Risk Communication in Multilingual Societies: ‘We don’t need no translator’

13:10  — 13:55

About the lecture: Limited access to information renders linguistically and culturally diverse communities vulnerable in crisis scenarios (from natural hazards to pandemics, via local…

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Thursday 7 February 2019

Lunch Hour Lecture: Caesarean section: Too few or Too many?

13:10  — 13:55

About the lecture: Caesarean section(CS), has become the most commonly performed major surgical operation worldwide. Although “modern style” CS were first performed at the end of the…

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Tuesday 26 February 2019

Lunch Hour Lecture: Cancer of The Vulva

13:10  — 13:55

About the lecture: Vulval cancer is rare and little known about. It mainly affects older women, and a large proportion experience a delayed diagnosis due to being unaware of the symptoms…

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