Basic Income Now?

Thursday 30 April 2020

Professor Guy Standing, Ritula Shah (chair)

Aside from the human cost, the Covid-19 pandemic is having massive negative effects on the worldwide economy, and therefore household incomes. One suggested solution is a Universal Basic Income. Our speaker, Guy Standing, the leading expert on the concept, argues that we can solve the ‘evils of modern life’, for almost zero net cost: we...

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How Bats Changed The World

Thursday 23 April 2020

Professor Kate Jones

In this free online event, we looked at the ecology behind coronavirus, in particular how taking bats out of their natural habitats may have led to the virus moving to humans, as was the case with Ebola, SARS, and MERS.  Our speaker, Professor Kate Jones, specialises in the ecology and biodiversity of bats and also...

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Why are there fewer female psychpaths?

Thursday 27 February 2020

Dr Mark Freestone

In our new series of very short podcasts, Mark Freestone talks about psychopathy and females.    

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Is my partner a psychopath?

Thursday 27 February 2020

Dr Mark Freestone

In our new series of very short podcasts, Mark Freestone tells you how to decide if your partner is a psychopath.

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Making a Psychopath

Thursday 27 February 2020

Dr Mark Freestone

  Find out what makes a psychopath, from the leading expert who helped to create Killing Eve’s Villanelle. Dr Mark Freestone has worked on some of the most interesting and infamous psychopath cases of recent times. Using real case studies, Mark will be looking into their minds. Do you remember the scene where Villanelle dresses...

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Health Inequalities in the time of Climate Change

Thursday 30 January 2020

Dr Karyn Morrissey

  Recent headlines across the world declared that Climate Change is the ​“the biggest global health threat of the 21st century”—based on the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change published in November 2019. Its co-author joins us from the University of Exeter to discuss her vital work behind the story.  The impacts of climate...

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Big Natural History Television and Conservation

Thursday 28 November 2019

Julian Hector

    Our speaker is head of the BBC Natural History Unit; founded in the 1950s as the first and biggest production unit of its kind, it is regarded as the world’s greatest maker of wildlife documentary films. Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Life on Earth, and dozens more groundbreaking series were all delivered by this...

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The Evolution of Public Attitudes During Brexit

Thursday 31 October 2019

Sir John Curtice

Download the images for this talk here Politicians assert that their views reflect the will of the British people, especially when it comes to Brexit. In this special talk, the President of the British Polling Council examines the evidence behind these claims. It takes place on the last day of the extension to Article 50....

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The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think

Thursday 26 September 2019

Professor Marcus Du Sautoy

SLIDES AVAILABLE HERE Will a computer ever compose a symphony, write a prize-winning novel, or paint a masterpiece? New developments in AI are shaking up the status quo, as we find out how many of the tasks humans engage in can be done equally well, if not better, by machines. But can machines be creative?...

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The Extinction Rebellion Lawyer

Thursday 29 August 2019

Farhana Yamin

When police unglued Farhana Yamin from the forecourt of the Shell building—during climate protests—she became a figurehead of the Extinction Rebellion movement. The Climate Change lawyer appeared on front pages across the world and deftly handled interviews on programmes such as Newsnight. For this Agile Rabbit talk, Farhana argues that now is the time to...

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Can I Do Anything About Climate Change?

Wednesday 31 July 2019

Professor Piers Forster, Professor Penelope Endersby FREng, Hon FInstP, Ritula Shah (chair), Molly Scott Cato, Danny Chivers, Professor Steffen Boehm

Do you wonder if altering your diet, cutting down on flights, or declaring a climate emergency makes any difference to climate change? This sell-out discussion with world-leading speakers from politics, business, activism, and science, moved beyond superficial responses to the vital question ‘Can I do anything about climate change?’ The audience brought its own ideas...

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The Mental Health Crisis in Schools

Thursday 25 July 2019

Professor Tamsin Ford CBE

Are school-days the best of your life? For many they are not. Today, six times more children report mental illness than twenty years ago. Last month, Theresa May announced that every teacher will be trained to spot early warning signs of mental illness, describing tackling the rise in mental health problems as a ‘personal priority’....

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