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Public Evening Lectures

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Public Evening Lectures are free and open to all. They are part of an SCI initiative led by the Membership Affairs Committee to reach members of the public and provide discourse on SCI-linked topics and relevant popular subjects.

Upcoming lectures

The 2016/17 series of Public Evening Lectures returns in September with the following lecture already confirmed.

Please click through to the event page using the links below to register your place.

2016

  • 27 September, Sir Simon Campbell - Science, Art and Drug Discovery Register today
  • 25 October, Sir Colin Berry What have they put in my food: should I worry? Register today
  • 29 November, Prof Gideon Lack - Stemming the tide of allergies Register today

Previous lectures

2016

  • 21 June, Prof Graham MacGregor - Unhealthy Food: By Far the Biggest Cause of Death in the UK 
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  • 17 May, Prof Jack Winkler and Dr Rob Winwood - Fat Lies and Thin Truths - is Eating Fat Bad for You? 
    Watch the video
  • 26 April, Prof David Mottram - Doping and Anti Doping in Sport Watch the video
  • 30 Mar, Sir Paul Nurse - The Francis Crick Institute: tackling the world's biggest health problems faster More
  • 10 Feb, Mr Guy Smith - Are Farmers 'Bee Aware'? Watch the video

2015

  • 1 Dec, Dr Sam Collins - Ebola diagnostics in Sierra Leone: Experiences from the field Watch the video
  • 11 Nov, Prof Kevin Harrington - Using Viruses to Treat Cancer: Turning Poachers into Gamekeepers Watch the video
  • 13 Oct, Prof Simon Lovestone - Alzheimer's Disease: Big Problem, Big Data, Big Solution? Watch the video
  • 28 May, Prof Ed Bullmore - Understanding and treatment of mental health disorders such as depression and psychosis Watch the video
  • 30 April, Prof Myles Allen - How we will eventually solve the climate change problem - and why UN conferences are largely irrelevant Watch the video
  • 26 March, Prof Geoffrey Maitland - Fossil fuels and avoiding climate change - are they incompatible? Watch the video
  • 29 January, Michael Stephenson - Shale gas and fracking: the science behind the controversy. Watch the video

2014

  • 10 December, Dr Denis Koltsov: Nanomaterials in foods - recent developments, regulations, standards and public perception. Watch the video
  • 19 November, Prof Robin Clark - Raman Microscopy and the Identification of Forgery in Artwork. Watch the video
  • 1 October, Hadyn Parry - The war against mosquito-borne diseases - changing times, changing minds. Watch the video
  • 24 September, SCI Public Evening Lecture: Professor Dame Sally Davies - Anti-microbial resistance - The Chief Medical Officer's Role. Watch the video
  • 19 February, Prof Peter Atkins - War and Peace: Chemistry's Contribution. Watch the video

2013

  • 31 October, Prof Lord Krebs - Feeding the 9 billion. Watch the video
  • 25 June, Prof David Nutt - Should chemistry dictate the drug laws? Watch the video
  • 5 February, John Pickett - Plant metabolism exploited for sustainable food production by breeding, GM and companion cropping. Watch the video
  • 23 January, Tom Crotty - Sustainability in Biofuels. Watch the video

2012

  • 20 November, David Torres - Meeting the Energy Challenge Through Innovation. Watch the video
  • 10 October, Prof Julia King - The Future of Transport: Sustainable, Affordable and Effective. Watch the video
  • 18 September, Dr John Emsley - 2050: Sustainable UK? Watch the video
  • 16 May, Sir John Beddington - A Sustainable Future for Food and Farming. More

2011

  • 14 December, Thames Tideway Debate
  • 17 November, Prof Subhash Anand - Nonwoven Fabrics in Healthcare and Medical Devices. More
  • 20 October, Dame Sue Ion - When the Lights go out will we care about Carbon Emissions? More
  • 22 September, The Redemption of the British Breakfast! Re-evaluating the importance of the role of saturated fats and cholesterol in the diet of healthy adults.
  • 9 June, Lord Lawson of Blaby - Energy Policy and Global Warming.
  • 14 April, Prof Sir Brian Hoskins - The Challenge of Climate Change. More

2010

  • 12 December, GM Foods: Genetic Manipulation or Global Malnutrition? Colin Tudge and Prof Jonathan Jones. More
  • 18 November, Jerry Stone - Space Exploration: An alternative history.
  • 21 October, Prof David Phillips - A Little Light Relief. More
  • 6 September, Fred Pearce - Peoplequake: Mass Migration, Ageing Nations and the Coming Population Crash. More

2009

  • 15 October, Ben Goldacre - How to recognise bad science. More

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