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For the first time in its history, 2021’s YorkTalks event was delivered entirely online. On Wednesday 13 January our academics demonstrated their current research, showcasing the University's efforts to meet some of the most pressing global and societal challenges.

Our academics presented their research in a series of fascinating 15-minute presentations. Talks were grouped into four sessions, each followed by a live question and answer discussion.

Session one

Two cows, 20 chickens and 50 kilograms of maize: celebrating research impact in style

Lindsay Stringer,
Department of Environment and Geography

How researchers at York and NASA developed an algorithm that reveals the links between the global pandemic and the planet’s atmosphere

Mathew Evans,
Department of Chemistry

Unequal risk: how vulnerability to climate change is determined by social systems, not natural forces

Henrice Altink,
Department of History

Food for thought: how the pandemic could be a turning point in the way we feed ourselves

Bob Doherty,
York Management School

Session two

Judges in the dock: defenders of democracy or vandals in ermine?

TT Arvind,
York Law School

Not the usual suspects: religious leaders as influencers of humanitarian norms compliance

Ioana Cismas,
Centre for Applied Human Rights

The role of social media in business innovation

Deborah Roberts,
York Management School

Smart data analysis helps understand the role of GP care for people with severe mental illness

Rowena Jacobs,
Centre for Health Economics

Session three

Algae helped make the earth a home fit for humans. Now they may help protect the planet from our impact

Luke Mackinder,
Department of Biology

Eavesdropping on an innovative approach to combating malaria

Matthew Thomas,
Director of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute

Immersed in a good game: why you shouldn’t feel guilty about playing The Legend of Zelda and other digital games

Paul Cairns,
Department of Computer Science

Session four

Time travel for beginners

Gary Brannan,
Keeper of Archives and Special Collections, Borthwick Institute for Archives

Dirty little secrets in the family tree of blood

David Kent,
Department of Biology

New economics for a world in crisis

Jasper Kenter,
Department of Environment and Geography

Revelation, restoration and renewal: the remarkable history of Pickering’s parish church paintings

Kate Giles,
Department of Archaeology

York Ideas

York Ideas is a year-round series of events led by the University of York to educate, entertain and inspire. As a University for public good, based in a city of ideas and innovation, we're committed to engaging with diverse audiences and widening participation in education.

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YorkTalks 2020

The benefits of community singing and the consequences of food insecurity were 2020 talks.

YorkTalks 2020

YorkTalks 2019

Talks in 2019 included research into child wellbeing and creativity within the sciences.

YorkTalks 2019

YorkTalks 2018

Fire in the African savannah and pilotless drone warfare were topics featured in 2018.

YorkTalks 2018

YorkTalks 2017

2017's event featured research into the biological life of robots and ozone depletion.

YorkTalks 2017