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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 January 2015 with topics including: Vermeer’s Camera, social harmony and religious diversity, environmental law, the grand challenge of education and lots more. Watch this space for more information or follow us on twitter @ucllhl

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Did God Evolve?

13:15  — 13:55

Many scientists are atheists. Even so, religion itself is open to scientific study and Professor Jones will discuss what science can tell us about how it may have begun. Science has…

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Thursday 22 January 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Visualizing time: calendars, time lines, and other time images from ancient Egypt to early modern Europe

13:15  — 13:55

This lecture will trace the history of time visualisation, from ancient Egypt to early modern Europe. It will attempt to explain why visual representations of time developed in some…

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Tuesday 27 January 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Places=Spaces+People

13:15  — 13:55

As Professor of Places, Peter Rees draws on four decades of experience as an architect-planner. Although buildings and spaces are designed by professionals, it is people who turn them…

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Tuesday 3 February 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: The Impact of Impacts: how the media play in the Death of the Dinosaur debates 

13:15  — 13:55

Many people now believe that the dinosaurs were wiped out by the impact of a large asteroid about 66 million years ago. Professor Steve Miller will talk about the threat to Earth from…

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Thursday 5 February 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Global Citizenship and the Problem of Global Fellow Feeling from the Polis to the World-Wide Web

13:15  — 13:55

When Diogenes of Sinope, the Greek philosopher, claimed to be a “citizen of the whole world”, his listeners knew then that he was mad for certain. This lecture will examine the difficulties…

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Tuesday 10 February 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Social Harmony and Religious Diversity: is conciliation possible?

13:15  — 13:55

The tensions between social harmony and religious diversity are no longer exclusively a matter of scholarly interest. This lecture will examine when social harmony can legitimately…

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Thursday 12 February 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Protecting Users' Privacy in Modern Web Applications

13:15  — 13:55

In this talk, targeted at a lay audience, Professor Karp will describe how today’s web architecture forces app developers and users to choose between functionality and privacy, and…

Cyber Security

Tuesday 24 February 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Nature Inspired Chemical Engineering: Addressing Challenges in Sustainability by Taking Guidance from Nature

13:15  — 13:55

Evolution has made nature a treasure trove of clever solutions to sustainability, resilience, and ways to efficiently utilize scarce resources. This lecture will discuss the fundamental…

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Thursday 26 February 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Accounting for nature: past, present and future

13:15  — 13:55

Rapid changes are now underway that jeopardise many of the irreplaceable benefits that people gain from nature. Professor Mace will discuss various approaches to understanding and reacting…

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Tuesday 3 March 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: The grand challenge of education - the IOE, UCL and the world of education

13:15  — 13:55

Education has never been more important to more people than it is today. But it is contradictory: global, yet driven by local relationships between teachers and learners; emancipatory,…

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Thursday 5 March 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Vermeer’s Camera and Tim’s Vermeer

13:15  — 13:55

In 2001, Philip Steadman published a book, Vermeer’s Camera, about the Dutch painter’s use of the camera obscura – the predecessor of the photographic camera. The book inspired engineer…

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Tuesday 10 March 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: How can we improve growth of small babies before birth?

13:15  — 13:55

The failure of a baby to grow normally in the womb is a common pregnancy complication. Every year, it affects up to 70,000 UK pregnancies. Yet there is no treatment. Marking International…

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Thursday 12 March 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture:Nature as an economic asset: a new era for environmental law and policy?

13:15  — 13:55

The term ‘natural capital’ is now widely used to describe parts of the natural environment that provide valuable goods or services. Dr Milligan will highlight the potentially transformative…

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Tuesday 17 March 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Language and the brain: Insights from deafness and Sign Language

13:15  — 13:55

How does experience shape language development? This lecture will examine what we currently know about how the brain processes a signed language and how you learn to read a language…

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Thursday 19 March 2015

Lunch Hour Lecture: Rethinking the English Country House: ‘Indians’ at Home

13:15  — 13:55

This lecture explores the Englishness of the English country house in the Georgian and Victorian periods. Focusing on material culture, wealth accumulation and social relations, its…

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