We believe knowledge and expertise should be accessible to all. Our Public Lectures are a series of thought-provoking, entertaining talks from prominent figures that are free to attend and open to everyone.

Lord Jonathan Evans

Wednesday 20 March

Lord Jonathan Evans was Director-General of the British Security Service (MI5) from 2007-13. Dubbed by The Independent as ‘the spy who came out from the cold’, Lord Evans was Britain’s top domestic spy. His main focus was counter-terrorism, both international and domestic, including initiatives against cyber threats. Lord Evans will be discussing the nation's current security challenges.

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Our most recent Public Lectures include:

Sarah Porter - Mortal Humans, Time Machines, and a Future with AI

Wednesday 22 November 2023

Sarah gave us an overview of current state of AI and explored what that means for our future.

Sarah is the founder and CEO of InspiredMinds (a global community of 220,000 high level experts in AI and emerging technology), an advisor to the UN and the EU AI Council, the previous chairperson of Women in AI, and founded ADA-AI; a not for profit focusing on the democratization of tech. In 2017, Sarah lobbied on behalf of the all-girl Afghan Robotics team vs the Trump travel ban. She founded the first STEM school for girls in Kabul and is now working to build an online school for girls still in Afghanistan.

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Robin Ince - Weapons of Empathy

Tuesday 21 February 2023

Robin Ince is best known as the host of Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox.

Since writing his book I'm a Joke and So Are You, Robin has become increasingly engaged with trying to understand the disparity between how we project ourselves to the outside world and who we are on the inside. Weapons of Empathy explored neuroscience, psychology, and how books can lead us into the minds of others and help us understand their world. It also contained jokes, impressions and poetry.

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Jo Brand - Growing Old Gracelessly

Tuesday 1 November 2022

Jo says: “This lecture is about making more of a fuss, getting decent care, some proper respect and irritating people. This is not an academic lecture, because I am a comedian, so lower your expectations. And there might be some jokes.”

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Past events

Previous speakers include The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, former Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, children’s author Michael Morpurgo, Stonewall CEO and activist Ruth Hunt, and musician, journalist and parish priest Reverend Richard Coles.

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