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Contextual Lecture Series 2018: Catch Up

For those that can't be there in person, we will be recording a selection of highlight talks from our Contextual Lecture Series 2018: Tomorrow's World - Intimations of the Future. In this series, accomplished authorities will speculate on how the wider future might look a generation from now across a variety of fields including politics, social change, engineering, law and popular culture. 

More lectures will be added in the near future, so please check back again soon.

Lecture: Shami Baroness Chakrabarti CBE: 'Of Women - Global Gender Injustice In The 21st Century'

2 March 2018

Arguing that gender injustice is the greatest human rights abuse on the planet, Baroness Chakrabarti explores its impact and makes the case for radical positive action to promote the rights of women worldwide. 

Lecture: Professor Stephen Smith: 'Global Climate: Ambition and Reality'

13 March 2018

International cooperation is essential to tackling global climate change, but such efforts have been slow and are increasingly fragile. Professor Stephen Smith poses the question, will a fundamentally different approach to negotiation lead to an outcome that is more ambitious, less costly, and – crucially – more likely to last? 

Lecture: Professor Bill McGuire: 'Waking the Giant'

20 March 2018

Thousands of years ago our planet transformed from a frigid wasteland to the temperate world we recognise today. Is today’s human-induced climate change creating a more geologically fractious world?

Lecture: Professor David Blockley: 'Turning Dreams into Reality - Engineering the Future'

1 May 2018

Download the powerpoint presentation from Professor Blockley's lecture here. From mobile phones to spacecraft, many of our modern needs rely on engineers, but with driverless cars, holograms, pollution an climate change, this profession is also facing many challenges.

Lecture: Martin Wolf: 'Money: Public Power and Economic Prospects'

8 May 2018

Download the powerpoint presentation from this lecture here. Renowned writer on economics and finance, Martin Wolf CBE will explore the economics and public funding of the future.

Lecture: Charles Townshend: 'Terrorism: Always with us?'

22 May 2018

The intensity and nature of terrorism has radically altered in recent history. This lecture considers how far these changes are likely to continue and where they may lead.

Lecture: Ian McColl: 'Lose Weight? Fat Chance!'

26 June 2018

Exploring the contentious issue of weight loss, consultant surgeon and former chairman of the Department of Surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School, Lord McColl will share his expert insights.

Lecture: Hugh Pearman: Drawing the Future: How Architecture is Dreamed Through Images

10 July 2018

The seductive power of the architectural image is explored in this lecture, taking in works ranging from Sir John Soane’s designs to the architects drawing the cities of tomorrow.