The Equity Premium and Low Interest Rates
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Equity Premium and Low Interest Rates @ Gresham College, Barnard's Inn Hall | London | United Kingdom

What kinds of returns should we expect from risky stocks and shares (equities)? Should equities yield a high return relative to short term risk-free instruments? Do they still do so in the post-crisis world? For what reasons might investors demand such a premium? What do these high returns tell us about investor risk aversion?

This is a free public lecture by Jagjit Chadha, Gresham Professor of Commerce.

There is no need to book in advance for this lecture. It runs on a first come first served basis.

Aviation and its Contributions to Healthcare
Nov 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Aviation and its Contributions to Healthcare @ Museum of London, Barbican | London | England | United Kingdom

There are surprising similarities between the aviation (and especially airline) industries and healthcare; especially cardiac surgery. Both involve highly trained and skilled people working in teams over unusual hours and in stressful circumstances whilst being responsible for the lives of others. How airlines mitigate its risks and investigates its disasters has important lessons for healthcare.

This lecture will explore these lessons, with examples from both camps, and concentrate on the human factors which govern the performance of high reliability organisations.

This is a free public lecture by Martin Elliott, Gresham Professor of Physic.

There is no need to book in advance for this lecture. It runs on a first come first served basis.

Creation renewed: (Re)understanding Jesus in a changing climate
Nov 25 @ 6:05 pm
Creation renewed: (Re)understanding Jesus  in a changing climate @ St Mary-le-Bow Church | London | United Kingdom

A Christian Social & Political Thought Lecture by The Revd Dr Susan Durber,Theology Advisor at Christian Aid

Jesus asked us to ‘consider the lilies of the field’, but what did he mean us to conclude? As we face the challenges of climate change, and look again at what is happening to the flowers, the birds and the glaciers, new things come into focus. But it’s not just Jesus’ teaching. The first Christians thought that God was remaking creation in Jesus, and not just humankind. They saw him as a new Adam, the saviour of the earth and not just people. Can this ‘lost’ good news find a hearing today, and can it help us face a changing climate; from the city of London as much as from the fields of Palestine?

Chaired by David Shreeve, Environmental Consultant to the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England

Fairtrade refreshments to follo

Unpacking Urbanism with the London School of Architecture
Nov 25 @ 6:15 pm – Nov 26 @ 3:00 pm
Unpacking Urbanism with the London School of Architecture @ Design Museum | London | United Kingdom

The London School of Architecture hold their second Show and Tell at the museum with Lucy Musgrave of Publica and Alessandra Cianchetta of AWP, discussing different approaches to urbanism and public space with Elsie Owusu and Will Hunter.

The London School of Architecture’s monthly Show and Tell asks leading figures to give an insight in to how they design. For November, Lucy Musgrave of London-based public realm Consultancy Publica appears with Alessandra Cianchetta of the award winning and proactive AWP – one of France’s leading architecture practices. They are joined by Elsie Owusu OBE (Feilden+Mawson) for a panel discussion, chaired by London School of Architecture Director Will Hunter.

An audience with Sir Dave Brailsford
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm
An audience with Sir Dave Brailsford @ The Royal Institution  | London | United Kingdom

Team Sky and British cycling mastermind, Sir Dave Brailsford will join Alastair Campbell in conversation at the Royal Institution, London, on Wednesday 25 November, in support of the UK’s leading blood cancer charity Bloodwise.

Following his latest triumph leading Team Sky’s third Tour de France win, Sir Dave will talk winning mindsets and give the inside track on how he took British cycling by storm.

Guests will have the rare opportunity to put their questions to Sir Dave and Alastair, two of the UK’s most sought after public speakers.

Material Miracles
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Material Miracles @ Skeel Lecture Theatre | London | United Kingdom

Professor William Gillin’s Inaugural Lecture will look at how technological breakthroughs are based on developments in the fabrication of new materials. This lecture will highlight some examples of the ways materials have influenced he modern world and go on to explain the current research that may lead to future miracles.

Michelangeldo – Presentation and Commission Drawings / Italian Renaissance Drawing: Design, Form and Function
Nov 26 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Michelangeldo – Presentation and Commission Drawings / Italian Renaissance Drawing: Design, Form and Function @ The Course at the University Women's Club | London | United Kingdom

Nowadays drawings are seen as great works of art, but this was not always so. Drawings were at the outset purely functional. So when did drawings become works of art? We will look at this phenomenon, pioneered by Leonardo and ultimately perfected by Michelangelo. Also what was it that constituted a presentation drawing; the nature of Michelangelo’s relationship through those that received these presentation drawings (Tomasso, Quaratesi, Colonna etc) and his architectural commission drawings for his most important patrons.

TRIDENT: Arguments for, against, and alternatives
Nov 26 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
TRIDENT: Arguments for, against, and alternatives @ The Tabernacle | London | United Kingdom

Trident is on the agenda again. Our nuclear submarines are due for replacement, at a cost estimated between £15bn and £100bn. But will they make the UK safer?

Among those speaking will be former Foreign and Defence Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Oxford Research Group’s Global Security Consultant Professor Paul Rogers; SNP spokesperson on Defence Brendan O’Hara MP and Dr Patricia Lewis of Chatham House. The event will be moderated by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA and former Chief Advisor on Political Strategy to Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Science with a million people
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Science with a million people @ The Royal Society  | London | United Kingdom

Join Chris Lintott for an exploration of the past, present and future of citizen science and discover the power of people behind it.

Scientists are drowning in data, but an increasing number are asking for help. Through ‘citizen science’ projects, volunteers have discovered galaxies, found planets, hunted for aliens and explored the Earth’s wild places.

This talk, by Chris Lintott – the founder of the Zooniverse, home to all of these projects and more – will share their stories, explore the links between this very contemporary way of doing science and history of science, and consider how science, and scientific publishing, is changing in order to meet the crowd.

Sinister Side
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sinister Side @ The National Gallery | London | United Kingdom

Why do bad things such as death, disease, and the Devil so often come from the left-hand side of paintings? Why is Christ often depicted raising his right hand in blessing, or leaning to the left in paintings of the Crucifixion?

Left-right symbolism has played a vital and varied role in Western culture and features in works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Titian, Velázquez, and Rembrandt. In almost every culture and religion, the left side has been regarded as inferior – evil, weak, worldly, feminine – while the right side has been seen as good, strong, spiritual, and male. During the Renaissance however, there was a ‘left turn’ revolution when the left side or ‘heart side’ came to be associated with beauty and fine feeling.

This discussion tour explores the largely forgotten and misunderstood meanings of left-right symbolism in a range of paintings from the collection.

West Africa Writes
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
West Africa Writes @ British Library, Conference Centre | London | United Kingdom

Exploring West Africa’s literary and oral cultures heritage

Some of the greatest writers in modern world literature have emerged from West Africa. In this major conversation with one of the leading figures of our era we explore how West Africa’s heritage, and literary and oral cultures have shaped these extraordinary voices.

In association with the Royal African Society.

The Tsar’s cup
Nov 27 @ 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm
The Tsar's cup @ Royal Institution | London | United Kingdom

One of the last acts of Tsar Alexander I before his death in 1825 was to give Humphry Davy a silver-gilt cup — the Davy cup. It was a token of gratitude for Davy’s invention of the miners’ safety lamp ten years before. With appropriately explosive demonstrations, Frank James will showcase Davy’s experimental development of his lamp while reflecting on the relationship between science and the state symbolised by the Davy cup, a treasure from the Ri’s Faraday Museum.

Turning a Hospital into a Museum
Nov 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Turning a Hospital into a Museum @ Bethlem Museum of the Mind | Beckenham | England | United Kingdom

Gill Smith discusses the after-life of Bethlem’s third building as the Imperial War Museum.

Storm Clouds Over the Countryside: What Future for Rural England?
Nov 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Storm Clouds Over the Countryside: What Future for Rural England? @ Conway Hall Ethical Society | London | United Kingdom

Talk and discussion led by John Iles and Neil Sinden.

This talk will outline the ominous threats to the English countryside from unsustainable and unplanned development, and look for signs of hope. It will examine the growing pressures for housing development, food production, the changing character of the landscape and rural economy, the relationship between town and country, and how we can reconcile conflicting objectives for the use of land, one of our most important natural resources. These issues will be illuminated by an exploration of recent land management activities in and around Ruskinland in the Wyre Forest, the largest contiguous area of ancient woodland in England.

Following on from a career in environmental management and regeneration, John Iles moved to Uncllys Farm in the heart of the Wyre Forest in 2004. He a have brought the farm back to life through establishing a 50+ herd of pedigree Dexter cattle to ensure that valuable wildflower meadows continue to flourish, and by replanting and restoring the traditional orchards? He established the Ruskin Studio which is used as a training centre for teaching arts and crafts.

Neil Sinden recently stepped down as Policy and Campaigns Director at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, a leading environmental charity. For over 10 years he spearheaded CPRE’s campaigns to influence Government planning reforms, promote improvements in housing policies, and protect the beauty, diversity and tranquility of the English countryside. He recently moved from London to St George’s Farm in the Wyre Forest to work with John Iles to develop and realise the vision for Ruskinland.

Doors 10.30. Entry £3, £2 concs./free to Conway Hall Ethical Society members.

Tea, coffee & biscuits will be available.

From the Suez Canal to Megiddo: The British Imperial Army’s War in Sinai and Palestine, 1916-18
Nov 30 @ 12:30 pm
From the Suez Canal to Megiddo: The British Imperial Army's War in Sinai and Palestine, 1916-18 @ The Army & Navy Club | London | United Kingdom

The First World War is principally seen as a European conflict but there was also a global war in the Middle East involving a British Army made up of robust, multi-ethnic troops from Australia, New Zealand and India. Battles were fought across Sinai and Palestine culminating in the decisive battle of Megiddo. High levels of disease and combat casualties took their toll but the imperial army played a fundamental role in securing British victory.

Dr Kitchen is an academic and writer and is currently Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance by calling: 020 7730 0717 or email: Bookings close three days before each lecture.

The Reading Agency Lecture: Shami Chakrabarti
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Reading Agency Lecture: Shami Chakrabarti @ Conference Centre, The British Library | London | United Kingdom

The fourth annual Reading Agency lecture

Director of Liberty and civil liberties campaigner Shami Chakrabarti, CBE, follows in the footsteps of comedian Russell Brand and internationally renowned authors Jeanette Winterson and Neil Gaiman to give The Reading Agency’s fourth annual lecture On Liberty, Reading and Dissent’. Initiated by national charity The Reading Agency in 2012, the prestigious lecture aims to provide a platform for leading writers and thinkers to share original, challenging ideas about reading and libraries as we explore how to create a reading culture in a radically changed 21st century landscape.

(un)natural: an evening of poetry and debate
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
(un)natural: an evening of poetry and debate @ Rich Mix | London | United Kingdom

What do people mean when they say genetic modification or cloning is wrong because it’s unnatural, or that natural food and medicine is better for you? Join us for an evening of poetry and debate where language, philosophy and science will come together to shed light on the concept of naturalness.

Exciting poet Kayo Chingonyi will perform a new piece, and the top entries of our (un)natural poetry competition will be performing their work. A panel debate with scientists, philosophers and poets will then give you an opportunity to contribute to the conversation.

The event is free to attend but places are limited. To book your place email

London is Drinking
Nov 30 @ 7:15 pm
London is Drinking @ Conway Hall | London | United Kingdom

Join beer experts Pete Brown and Melissa Cole, gin-historian Richard Barnett, and London brewers and distillers for a celebration and discussion of London and it’s drinking history and culture; from the taverns to the gin craze, to craft brewing and beyond. Londonist and Conway Hall Ethical Society are really excited to present an evening of ale, gin, pubs, conversation and a tipsy toddle through our fantastic city’s history and life.

London has always celebrated, commiserated, mediated or self-mediated over an alcoholic drink. Tonight we delve (responsibly) into this rich and boozy culture looking at the history of London’s beer and gin life, discuss pubs past, present and future. A bar of London-based brewers and distillers will be open from 6.30pm including Five Points, Brew By Numbers, Wild Card and more.

Pete Brown is a London-based writer who specialises in making people thirsty. He is the author of five-and-a-half books, mostly about beer, as well as the annual Cask Report, and numerous articles in the drinks trade press and consumer press. He appears regularly on TV and radio, and is a judge on the BBC Food and Farming Awards and the Great Taste Awards. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, and was named Beer Writer of the Year in 2009 and 2012.

Author, journalist, broadcaster and sommALEier Melissa Cole writes extensively about beer. Her début book Let Me Tell You About Beer has been hailed as the perfect beginner’s guide to beer, and has now been launched not only in the UK but France, Brazil, USA and Canada. Melissa is a regular speaker at food and beer festivals all over the world, and was named Educator of the Year by Imbibe magazine in 2013.

Richard Barnett a writer, teacher and broadcaster, mostly on the cultural history of science and medicine, and a poet. His books include The Dedalus Book of Gin and Medical London: City of Diseases, City of Cures.

Agriculture and elephants: writing in rural Babylonia
Dec 1 @ 1:15 pm – 1:55 pm
Agriculture and elephants: writing in rural Babylonia @ Darwin Lecture Theatre | London | United Kingdom

Archaeological excavations at Tell Khaiber in southern Iraq are revealing exciting new insights into Babylonian life in the mid-second millennium BC. Join Professor Eleanor Robson as she shares her latest findings and explains why there is still so much to learn about the ancient past.

But it feels so real! Creating detailed memories of crimes that never happened
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
But it feels so real! Creating detailed memories of crimes that never happened @ LG01, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths, University of London | New Cross | United Kingdom

New research has demonstrated the fascinating reality that we can come to believe we committed crimes that never happened. This talk discusses how over three studies the generation and characteristics of rich false memories of committing criminal and emotional events were examined. Study 1 was the first study ever to demonstrate how easily full false memories of committing a serious crime can be implanted when suggestive memory retrieval techniques are used in a research environment. Over three interviews, the majority of participants came to believe that they had committed a crime (theft, assault, or assault with a weapon) with police contact or experienced a non-criminal emotional event (injury, animal attack, lost a large sum of money) in early adolescence, and volunteered a detailed account. Studies 2 and 3 examined videotapes of these false memory accounts, and demonstrated that false memories are hard to distinguish from real memories. Participants were no better than chance at classifying true and false memories correctly. Together, these three studies present a strong case for the reality of criminal and emotional false memories and the importance of implementing safeguards to prevent them from happening.

Dr Julia Shaw is a senior lecturer and researcher at London South Bank University. Her primary research interests are topics at the intersection of psychology and the law, including memory, police interrogations, and lie detection. Dr Shaw also provides training opportunities to professionals, the military, and the police to maximize the effectiveness of interrogations.

Breaking the Cycle: A Slow Journalism Night
Dec 1 @ 6:15 pm – 8:45 pm
Breaking the Cycle: A Slow Journalism Night @ Design Museum | London | United Kingdom

The editors of slow journalism magazine Delayed Gratification host an evening which delves into some of the disruptive technologies and innovative designs that are challenging the status quo.

The world is full of cycles that need breaking, problems which are replicated year after year and generation after generation. But maybe things don’t have to be this way.

Breaking the Cycle brings together journalists, scientists and technology experts to discuss solutions to long-term problems both big and small.

The night is curated by the editors of Delayed Gratification, the Slow Journalism magazine. Since 2011, it has set out to mount a challenge to the ever-increasing speed of the digital news cycle, reporting on events long after the dust has settled and providing considered analysis instead of kneejerk reaction.

The publication’s editors pride themselves on finding stories of people, companies and technologies which promise to challenge received wisdom and disrupt negative trends. For this evening they plan to introduce some of the most interesting among them.

A British-Owned Congo: Roger Casement’s Battle with Slavery in Peru (1910-1914)
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A British-Owned Congo: Roger Casement’s Battle with Slavery in Peru (1910-1914) @ Conway Hall | United Kingdom

Roger Casement was the twentieth century’s first outstanding humanitarian. Best known for his 1904 chilling report on conditions in King Leopold’s Congo, Casement continued his campaign for human rights in the Putumayo Valley bordering Peru and Colombia, where a rubber company with headquarters in London was abusing and murdering indigenous people on a massive scale – nearly thirty thousand workers had died for a few thousand tons of rubber. Casement’s 1912 Foreign Office published report made for disturbing reading. He was widely celebrated as a hero in his battle to expose widespread abusive labour regimes. In 1916, Casement was hanged on a charge of treason by the British Government.

Speaker: Prof Jordan Goodman

Jordan Goodman is a historian presently affiliated as an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL. He has written widely in the fields of the history of human rights, cultural history and the history of science for both a general and an academic audience. His talk is based on his book, The Devil and Mr. Casement: One Man’s Battle for Human Rights in South America’s Heart of Darkness, (London, 2009/New York, 2010).

This event is the seventh of eight talks in the series titled The British Business of Slavery, curated by Deborah Lavin.

The London Underground / The London Course: Exploring Growing Village Suburbs
Dec 2 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm

So much of suburbia has been developed because of and alongside the Underground. This lecture will follow its development from the steam-hauled days of the 19th century to its golden years of the 1930s. The evolving architecture of its stations will be a major theme, culminating in the exciting avant-garde structures of Charles Holden, whose Art Deco 55 Broadway remains a major building. Along with this, we will see the work of numerous artists promoting the lure of suburbia through posters and the rapid connection with working London and its widespread amenities.

Galactic Archaeology
Dec 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Galactic Archaeology @ Museum of London, Barbican | London | England | United Kingdom

The history of our galaxy will be addressed by a local approach that is in essence the search for fossils. To probe back in time, one can look in our vicinity for the oldest stars. This motivates exploration of the field of galactic archaeology where one effectively digs into the past. Stars that formed long before our Sun are different; they are deprived of most heavy elements. Their orbits and their chemical signatures trace the evolution of the galaxy. We will learn how our galaxy formed by the assembly of diverse fragments of star-forming clouds.

This is a free public lecture by Joseph Silk, Gresham Professor of Astronomy

There is no need to book in advance for this lecture. It runs on a first come first served basis.

The Magic of {Christmas} Computer Science
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Magic of {Christmas} Computer Science @ Queen Mary University of London | London | United Kingdom

Experience some amazing magic tricks and sneak behind the scenes to explore the maths and computing behind them.

Mathematics and computer science are behind today’s technological wizardry… Let Professors Peter McOwan & Paul Curzon, both scientists and magicians, be your guides to the secret world where science meets conjuring…

This special one-off Christmas event – co-hosted by the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – will be a fun-filled evening full of surprises.

The evening is aimed at secondary school aged students, but with surprises to be unveiled for both adults and young people alike. All are welcome so if you have a curious mind, book your (free) tickets below quickly as places are vanishing fast!


17:00 Registration
17:15 Seating
17:30 Start of lecture
18:30 Drinks and mince pies
19:00 Close

About your hosts…
Professor Peter McOwan QMUL Vice-Principal (Public Engagement and Student Enterprise) and Professor Paul Curzon.

Peter McOwan and Paul Curzon are Professors of Computer Science in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary.

As researchers and academics they apply their ‘magic’ to everything from robotics and artificial intelligence to the software of medical devices. Their infectious enthusiasm for exploring the endless possibilities of computer science has led them both to be elected as National Teaching Fellows.

They work closely with the Computing at Schools network (they were both founding members), and Paul also runs Teaching London Computing, which creates inspiring activities for teachers to use in class. They also run ‘Computer Science for Fun’, a magazine about the fun side of computing, and have been giving linked computing magic shows for over 10 years.