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Come along to one of our many public lectures and Topical Talks throughout the year. These talks are given by leading experts from the University of Cambridge and beyond, and are an important part of our commitment to public engagement. Learn more about a new subject and join the discussion.

Forthcoming Lectures

Event date: 
Thursday, 11 July, 2024 - 19:00
Venue: 
Virtual

Sarah Burton and Jem Poster, long-time tutors for ICE and founders of the Institute's MSt in Creative Writing, will be in conversation with Yvonne Battle-Felton, discussing their co-written novel...

Event date: 
Thursday, 15 August, 2024 - 19:00
Venue: 
Virtual

Join nature writer and creative writing tutor Jessica Lee in conversation with Alycia Pirmohamed. Jessica will be discussing her new book, Dispersals, a poetic and intimate...

Event date: 
Thursday, 19 September, 2024 - 19:00
Venue: 
Virtual

Natasha Pulley, author of award-winning books including The
Watchmaker of Filigree Street and The Bedlam Stacks
, will be talking to Dr
Jenny Bavidge about her first science...

Event date: 
Thursday, 3 October, 2024 - 19:00
Venue: 
Virtual

Dr Lucy Durneen will be talking to three ICE students – past and
present – about their writing. Constantine Blintzios is a Greek/British writer
and author of, among other things, the...

Event date: 
Tuesday, 12 November, 2024 - 19:00
Venue: 
Virtual

Join Academic Director Dr
Yvonne Battle-Felton to discuss her new novel, Curdle Creek on
Tuesday 12, October, 7-8pm in this free, Zoom event.

Yvonne will be chatting to...

Event date: 
Tuesday, 10 December, 2024 - 19:00
Venue: 
Virtual

Ellen Atlanta joins Lucy
Durneen to discuss her new book Pixel Flesh, which looks at important
themes surrounding what it means to be a woman in a new age of beauty. Their...

Past Lectures

Event date: 
Monday, 3 October, 2011 - 19:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

Politics have played a more significant part in the regulation of reproductive medicine than is commonly recognised. Baroness Deech discusses her work as chair of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and argues that rearranging the regulatory body will not in fact save money but risks the accountability and security of the field.

Event date: 
Thursday, 14 July, 2011 - 19:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

While the years of New Labour have been sometimes characterised as a golden age for culture, the first decade of the 21st century was a difficult time for heritage. Simon Thurley, who was at the helm of English Heritage through the period, looks back at what went wrong and assesses the future of the nation’s heritage.

Event date: 
Tuesday, 3 May, 2011 - 19:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

In this lecture, Professor David Spiegelhalter looks at examples of communication of sensitive topics, from statins to swine flu, climate change to volcanic ash.

Event date: 
Monday, 14 March, 2011 - 19:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

In this lecture, Dr Hugh Hunt describes the challenges he and his team encountered when recreating the bouncing bomb, including scale model testing, design of a drop rig, targeting the dam and designing the explosive. The experience really put into perspective the wartime achievements of Barnes Wallis and his engineers and airmen.

Event date: 
Saturday, 19 February, 2011 - 15:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

Francis Warner was born in Yorkshire in 1937 but spent the years of the Second World War in Epsom, Surrey, where his father was a parish priest. In this very personal reminiscence, he describes the terrors of life in 'Bomb Alley', the sustenance provided by his family and his faith, and the effect the Blitz had on the lives of those who survived it.

Event date: 
Monday, 10 January, 2011 - 19:00
Venue: 
Madingley Hall

Astronomer Royal Lord Rees explains how the first atoms, stars and planets emerged -- and how, on at least one planet around at least one star, life began and a complex biosphere evolved. What were the key stages in this process? How did the laws of nature allow such complexity to emerge, and what can we infer about the overall scale and structure of the cosmos? And what lies in the far future?

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