ml_posterWelcome 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.

Forthcoming lectures

Booking is now available for the following talks. Please note that Lord Browne's talk will now take place on 8 October rather than 6 May.

6 May 2014, 7.30pm
What do we mean by 'music'? (and how can we make sense of it?)
Professor Ian Cross, Director of the Centre for Music and Science, University of Cambridge

8 October 2014, 7.00pm
Title to be confirmed
Lord Browne of Madingley, Member of the House of Lords and former Chief Executive of BP

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Previous lectures

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.

Lectures in 2011

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

Lectures in 2012

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

Lectures in 2013

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.

Lectures in 2014

Imagination: the door to identity, 21 January 2014 – *video available*
Professor Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge

If Donald Rumsfeld were a scientist, 2 April 2014
Professor Stephen Emmott, Head of Computational Science at Microsoft Research Cambridge and author of 10 Billion

Further information

Directions to Madingley Hall

If you have any questions about the lectures in the series, contact Lisa Hitch on 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.