Welcome to the Madingley Lectures
A series of free public lectures given by leading authorities in their fields
The Madingley Lectures take place at Madingley Hall, home of the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE). The lectures complement the Madingley Concert series, and are an important part of ICE's commitment to public engagement.
Booking is advised as places are limited.
Booking will be available shortly for the following talks:
Imagination: the door to identity, 21 January 2014
Professor Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge
Re-living memories and imagining future scenarios lies at the heart of humanity. The very nature of imagination impedes and disorientates memories, and diversifies reality. We make use of this to define multiple realities, coexisting side by side. But are we unique among the animal kingdom in travelling mentally in time?
Title to be confirmed, 2 April 2014
Professor Stephen Emmott, Head of Computational Science at Microsoft Research Cambridge and author of 10 Billion
Title to be confirmed, 6 May 2014
Lord Browne of Madingley, Member of the House of Lords and former Chief Executive of BP
Videos of many of the previous Madingley Lectures are now available to watch online.
View them using the links below, or subscribe to Madingley Lectures on iTunes U.
Life in the cosmos, 10 January 2011 – *video available*
Lord Rees, Astronomer Royal and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
Armageddon and faith: a survivor's meditation on the Blitz, 19 February 2011 – *video available*
Dr Francis Warner, Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge
Dambusters and the engineering behind the bouncing bomb, 14 March 2011
Dr Hugh Hunt, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge
Communicating risk and uncertainty, 3 May 2011 – *video available*
Professor David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, University of Cambridge
Politics of heritage, 1997-2011, 14 July 2011 – *video available*
Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive, English Heritage
Playing God: who should regulate reproductive medicine?, 3 October 2011 – *video available*
Baroness Deech, Chair of the Bar Standards Board
Challenges of global health, 24 November 2011 – *video available*
Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Victorian desire and the classical body, 30 January 2012 – *video available*
Professor Simon Goldhill, Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge
The justice and imperative of girls' education in Africa, 5 March 2012 – *video available*
Ann Cotton OBE, Founder and Executive Director of Camfed International
How might we protect the wages of the weak?, 20 June 2012 – *video available*
Professor William Brown, Montague Burton Professor of Industrial Relations, University of Cambridge
Nature's glass: half-full or half-empty?, 8 October 2012 – *video available*
Professor Andrew Balmford, Professor of Conservation Science, University of Cambridge
The science of philosophy, 19 November 2012 – *video available*
Professor Colin McGinn, Professor of Philosophy, University of Miami, USA
Historian as detective: the search for Darwin's predecessors, 18 February 2013
Professor Rebecca Stott, Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
A slice of Raspberry Pi, 7 May 2013
Dr Eben Upton, Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Quantum writing: literature and the world of numbers, 13 June 2013 – *video available*
Professor Steven Connor, Grace 2 Professor of English, University of Cambridge
What's wrong with wrongdoing?, 23 October 2013 – *video available*
Professor Alison Sinclair, Professor of Modern Spanish Literature and Intellectual History, University of Cambridge.
If you have any questions about the lectures in the series, contact Lisa Hitch on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01223 746212.
The shield at the top of this page depicts the arms of the Harding family, who restored Madingley Hall between 1905 and 1910.
- What we do
- Subjects we teach
- Part-time and short courses for the public
- Professional development
- Open days
- Bespoke training
- Madingley Lectures
- Life in the cosmos
- Armageddon and faith
- Dambusters and the engineering behind the bouncing bomb
- Communicating risk and uncertainty
- Politics of heritage, 1997-2011
- Playing God: who should regulate reproductive medicine?
- Challenges of global health
- Victorian desire and the classical body
- The justice and imperative on girls' education in Africa
- How might we protect the wages of the weak?
- Nature's glass: half-full or half-empty?
- The science of philosophy
- Historian as detective: the search for Darwin's predecessors
- A slice of Raspberry Pi
- Quantum writing: literature and the world of numbers
- What's wrong with wrongdoing?
- Madingley Concerts
- Festival of Ideas
- Science Festival
- Open Cambridge