217th Session: Lecture Programme

Title Speaker Date

Wellbeing – what is it and what causes it?

Sir Harry Burns
Director of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde
17th Oct 2018


“A downright, thorough-going catastrophe”: the loss in the Arctic of the 1845 ‘Franklin Expedition’

Professor Keith Millar

Emeritus Professor, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, University of Glasgow
31st Oct 2018

Predicting Earth’s Weather and Climate: How Certain Can We Be?

Professor Tim Palmer
Royal Society Research Professor in Climate Physics, University of Oxford
14th Nov 2018

On building a university for the common good

Professor Tim Ingold
Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen
28th Nov  2018

Not the End of the World, Dystopia as Nostalgia. The ongoing attraction of the apocalypse in fiction

Professor Louise Welsh

Professor of Creative Writing, University of Glasgow

12th Dec 2018

Why genetic biodiversity matters and how we can best conserve it for future generations

Professor Mike Bruford

Professor of Biodiversity, Cardiff University and Director of The Frozen Ark

9th Jan 2019

Genes and mental illness: what are their properties and how might discovery enhance future care

Professor Michael O’Donovan
Deputy Director/Clinical Professor, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University
23rd Jan 2019

The Thinking Robot

Professor Alan Winfield
Professor of Robot Ethics, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UWE Bristol
6th Feb 2019

East West Street: on the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity, on the individual and the group

Professor Philippe Sands, QC
University College London and Matrix Chambers
20th Feb 2019

Between a border and a breath: Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts

Professor Alison Phipps

UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts

UNESCO artist-in-residence at the University of Glasgow

6th Mar 2019

Samaritans – the theory and practice of listening


Children’s Hearing system in Scotland – from mass infanticide to compassionate care via”The Wind in the Willows”

Prof Jan McDonald


Dr Jeffrey Jay

20th Mar 2019

Reconstructing the Mackintosh :
and the race between Education and Catastrophe

Liz Davidson
Senior Project Manager
3rd Apr 2019