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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 28 February 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Knowledge and law: exploring landscape in the context of wind energy

13:15  — 13:55

Landscape is not just physical, but also filled with symbolic, social and cultural attachments. The impacts of large wind energy projects on landscapes can be enormously contentious…


Thursday 2 March 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Adventures in the 7th dimension

13:15  — 13:55

In 7 dimensions there exist special shapes that may help us unlock the mysteries of the universe. Looking for this unique geometry is challenging, but nature holds a possible solution…


Tuesday 7 March 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Women against pit closures: women in the miners’ strike of 1984–5

13:15  — 13:55

The miners’ strike of 1984–5 was able to continue for as long as it did because of a support network run by women in mining communities. They fundraised, fed miners and their families,…


Thursday 9 March 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Swearing as a second language: should we teach 'bad language' to language learners?

13:15  — 13:55

The language learner is often well-versed in polite phrases, but lacks the necessary guidance on how to be rude. Swearing can shock and offend, yet this powerful form is largely ignored…


Tuesday 14 March 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Heads you win: tails you lose – the leadership gamble

13:15  — 13:55

In a volatile and uncertain world where everybody and everything is on the move, Kathryn Riley, Professor of Urban Education, asks, are we getting the leaders we need to head up our…


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…


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…

Petrie Museum