Open Lectures at the University of York
Every term, the University organises free open lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience. Some require tickets (available from individual event pages) but most do not. Where tickets are needed, this is also indicated in the publicity.
We distribute information on upcoming lectures to interested members of the public at the start of each academic term (October, January and April). If you would like to receive a free copy of this leaflet either by email or by post, please join our mailing list. Updated lecture details are also available here on our web pages. As they are updated frequently, they may publicise lectures which we were unable to include in the leaflet.
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The majority of lectures are held on the University campus. There is a regular bus service and the campus is easily accessible by bicycle. Car parking is available in the Pay & Display car parks, which are free after 6pm. Please note however space in the Field Lane car park on Campus East is limited. More information on reaching the University together with maps and additional parking information can be found on our Information for Visitors webpages.
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Life after encephalitis
The personal and often devastating experiences of living with an acquired brain injury will be brought vividly to life by Dr Ava Easton, the author of Life after Encephalitis
Newton and Universal Gravitation: The story of the apple
New students in the Physics department are welcomed to the University with a talk about the apple tree growing in the department's courtyard. An apple tree with a remarkable history. We finally have the opportunity to share this fascinating story to the public
Couple Relationship, Family Management and the Workplace
In her research Dr Gerlinde Mauerer has analysed the work-life-balance of fathers on parental leave and their female partners, as well as the insights of personal managers on paternal leave practices and career opportunities of part-time employees in Austria
Factory of the Future - Industry 4.0
Are we on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution - driven by 'embedded' or 'cyber physical' systems interacting intelligently? What does this mean for UK productivity and growth? How will technologies change the way we do business? Are we about to witness a period of advanced reindustrialisation?
Organometallic anticancer drugs with novel modes of action
Many types of cancer are now treated quite effectively by drugs that are increasingly designed and made on the basis of sound knowledge of their mode of action. Nonetheless, there are very many different types of cancer and despite these advances, there are some tumours that remain difficult to treat.
Rosenberg's war: "Iron, honey, gold"
In her lecture, Jean Liddiard will draw out the relationship between Rosenberg's poems and his comments on them in his letters. She will refer to Leavis's experiences during the First World War and discuss his admiration for Rosenberg and that of his student and later colleague on the board of Scrutiny, DW Harding, one of Rosenberg’s early editors.
Protecting ocean life in an era of rapid global change
How do we protect marine species when we don’t know where they are or even that they exist? How do we protect life in a realm that is hostile to most of the conservation methods used on land? In this talk, drawing on thirty years’ experience studying the sea and its protection, and working with governments and international bodies, Callum Roberts will try to answer these questions.
The Foss barrier, what happened and what can we learn
On the evening of 26 December 2015 the Foss barrier was lifted during one of the most severe floods in York. Over 600 properties and businesses were flooded as well as the inner ring road, telephone exchange and other key infrastructure. This presentation summarises the events leading up to that tragic night and the recovery that has happened since
Miners Shot Down
Film-screening of Miners Shot Down and Q and A with the film's director, Rehad Desai.
Understanding the Global Citizen, c.1200-c.1600
This lecture aims to contribute to answering the puzzling question of how decentralised societies were able to lay the groundwork for globalisation of European history and the European globalisation of the world
Nuclear physics out of the lab
Physsoc's last public lecture for the autumn term will be delivered by Professor David Jenkins and will discuss the topic of Nuclear Physics
In this lecture Alistair Hudson will argue for a rethinking of aesthetics as a universal system of transformation, which permeates and shapes all aspects of our daily lives; in politics, economics, culture and society
The University of York produces a huge range of research spanning from Nuclear Fusion to Facial Recognition. The PUBlic Seminar gives PhD students and Post-Docs from the Faculty of Science an excellent opportunity to share their passion and expertise with a public audience over a drink in a local pub
The Planet and the public: Communicating geo-environmental science to non-technical audiences
This talk will draw from a decade of putting Earth science 'on the box' to explore a number of questions. How can we best use the entertainment industry to convey 'sound science'? What are the communication barriers that need to be overcome? And also, given the emerging research 'impact' agenda, what are the costs and benefits of early career geo-environmental scientists 'going public'?
Conversion Hysteria 4: Believe It Or Not
Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and has been Visiting Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature since 2006. He is the General Editor of the Penguin Freud, and author of more than 16 books of essays and studies from On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored (1993) to Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst (2014)
The Cult of the Book
The University of York presents the Inaugural Lecture of the Friends of the University of York Library and Archives, our supporters circle launched in June this year
Conservatism and liberalism
In this lecture Andy Hamilton will argue that liberalism and Burkean conservatism lie on a continuum, and that they are analogous in having rationalist and pragmatic forms, the latter represented by Mill