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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

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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Tuesday 17 January 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - The neurobiology of beauty

13:15  — 13:55

The experience of beauty, whether derived from perceptual sources, as in visual or musical beauty, or cognitive ones, as in mathematical beauty, correlates with activity in the same…

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Thursday 19 January 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Cosmic archaeology

13:15  — 13:55

Telescopes may be the closest thing we have to time machines: the farther in space we look, the earlier in the history of the Universe we get to see. Dr Amelie Saintonge shows how by…

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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Panel – spotlight on emerging research

13:15  — 13:55

Since 1826, we have championed independent thought by attracting and nurturing the world's best minds. Join us as three of our researchers present their ideas to tackle the most pressing…

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Thursday 26 January 2017

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. Join Professor Julienne Stroeve as she discusses the transforming of the Arctic Ocean,…

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Tuesday 31 January 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - The global reach of EU law

13:15  — 13:55

Given the global reach of EU law, it may be harder for the UK to 'take back control' than those who favoured withdrawal from the EU might have supposed. This lecture will explore the…

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Thursday 2 February 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Planetary economics: getting to a stable climate with a healthy economy

13:15  — 13:55

Why has it been so hard to get to grips with climate change? This scientific, but also deeply moral problem challenges our thinking: it is psychologically distant, yet caused by local…

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Tuesday 7 February 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Can we ever have a crime free world?

13:15  — 13:55

Professor Kate Bowers will discuss how crime rates have dropped over the past few decades, and what we need to do to keep them down. Some research on crime control challenges our assumptions…

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Thursday 9 February 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - “The youth of our middling rich”: how egalitarian were UCL’s founders?

13:15  — 13:55

When the plan for a university for London was outlined by the poet Thomas Campbell in 1825 in a letter to The Times, the establishment unleashed a storm of controversy. We are proud…

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Tuesday 21 February 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - The Battle Within: mobilising our immune system to fight cancer

13:15  — 13:55

For more than 100 years scientist have attempted to use the immune system to control cancer. In the last 5 years, a number of high profiles clinical trials have finally demonstrated…

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Thursday 23 February 2017

Lunch Hour Lectures - Cooling babies to protect the brain: one of the success stories for baby care

13:15  — 13:55

Cooling babies deprived of oxygen at birth improves their chances of growing up without disabilities such as cerebral palsy, blindness and epilepsy. Professor Nicola Robertson of UCL’s…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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