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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 take a break over the summer, but watch this space for more information about our Autumn programme, or follow us on twitter for the most up to date news: @ucllhl

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

Dr Peter Duncan will argue that the deterioration of relations between Russia and NATO since Putin’s annexation of Crimea cannot be considered the prelude to a new Cold War between…

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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 - The Arctic on the fast track of change

13:15  — 13:55

Nowhere else on Earth are we witnessing such dramatic changes in response to a warming climate as in the Arctic. Join Professor Julienne Stroeve as she discusses the implications of…

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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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