UEA London Lectures have been engaging members of the university community and beyond with UEA research since 2010.

We've brought you London Lectures from across the capital, and more recently we've reached a global audience by taking the lectures online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delivered live to living rooms around the world, the London Lectures remain free and open to all and cover a range of topics from across every UEA Faculty - from how COVID-19 affects our taste and smell, to how not to regulate the internet.

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London Lectures: Spring Series 2021

2021 is shaping up to be a brilliant year for our London Lectures, as we welcome speakers from a range of disciplines. You can book your free place and watch the series trailer below, or read on for a full list of events and dates.


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The Biden presidency: from the art of the deal to the heart of the heal

Thursday 25 February, 6.30pm

Prof Lee Marsden

In the wake of the most bitterly contested US election in living memory, how can President Biden seek to heal the partisan divide? In this lecture examining the leadership style and character of the US’s outgoing and incoming presidents, Prof Lee Marsden reflects on competing visions of America and the prospects for bringing the country together. Click the button below to watch a recording of this lecture on YouTube.

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Is a digital future also a low carbon future?

Thursday 18 March, 6.30pm

Prof Charlie Wilson

Digital technologies are woven into the fabric of everyday life. In this talk, Prof Charlie Wilson will explore the ways in which digitalisation is changing how we move, shop, interact, and manage life at home – and the impact this is having on carbon emissions... for better and for worse. He will argue that digitalisation can help us make progress towards net-zero emission targets, but only if it is steered in that direction by public policy.

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How children learn words: individual differences and common processes

Thursday 29 April, 6.30pm

Prof Larissa Samuelson

Infants and toddlers vary widely in their rate of early word learning – variation that is predictive of later language development and school success. In this lecture, Prof Larissa Samuelson will discuss the difficulties children face when learning even a single concrete noun, and the work being done in UEA’s Developmental Dynamics Laboratory to understand individual children’s unique word learning pathways – work with the goal of informing interventions for children struggling to learn words.

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Bringing Sleep science to the NHS frontline

Thursday 13 May, 6.30pm

Prof Kristy Sanderson

Health care is a 24/7 business, with NHS staff routinely working through the night. This type of working is not normal for humans, and some people never truly adapt. How do we keep staff and patients safe? In this lecture, Prof Kristy Sanderson will explore possible solutions from the latest in sleep science, from chronotype-matched shift scheduling to wearable bright light therapy.

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Science - not just for scientists

Thursday 27 May, 6.30pm

Prof Ben Garrod

With just one in ten members of the British public feeling able to confidently engage with science, it may come as a shock that 80 per cent still believe more investment and support should go into science. Having dug up dinosaurs with Attenborough, and made animal dissections into 'family events', author and award-winning science broadcaster Prof Ben Garrod will look at how we can make science 'user-friendly', and how UEA is at the forefront.

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