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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 October 2014 with topics including: the placebo effect, the science of fireworks, the taboo history of the toilet, archaeology on Easter Island and lots more. Watch this space for more information or follow us on twitter @ucllhl

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…

Big Ben

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: Dying to have a baby

13:15  — 13:55

NB: This lecture has been cancelled Dr Lewis explores the underlying political, social and medical factors contributing to continuing and inexcusable global health inequities. This…

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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…

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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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