Space medicine

Beth Healey spent a year in the Antarctic wilderness, using the knowledge she gained of its remote conditions to study the effects of space on astronauts’ health. This work is now helping solve the world’s biggest medical problems, but how and why are we looking to solve such issues on earth? Speaker: Beth Healey, British … Continued

At the edge of the Humber

People living and working in and around the Humber have navigated its dynamic environment for thousands of years. In this talk, Briony McDonagh explores interdisciplinary approaches to the landscape, revealing how men and women of the past shaped, managed and understood the world around them.

Mind the gender gap

Recent revelations about the disparity between women and men’s pay packages were shocking. With this in mind, Barbara Petrongolo and others explore the idea of ‘femininity’, and whether or not gender quotas are the best way to empower women in the workplace and improve equality. Other speakers: Ghazala Azmat Manuel Bagues

Changing the face of science engagement

What have we learned about public engagement with science? John Durant looks back over his three decades as a leader in this field, beginning with surveying the public’s understanding of science in the 1980’s. Drawing on multiple examples and a growing body of empirical data, he will identify key lessons from the changing face of … Continued

Automation for the nation

Robots, computers and ‘electronic brains’ have been central to hopes and fears about the future for 70 years, from dreams of a fully-automated society to nightmares of mass unemployment, and even remorseless robot overlords. James Sumner probes how these ideas spread among public audiences, how scientists have tried to harness and change them, and how … Continued

Missing emissions

In the UK, diesel fuel pollution levels are dangerously high, but research also suggests that there are hidden emissions we aren’t yet detecting. Jacqueline Hamilton delves into the problems of the ‘missing emissions’ and seeks to understand what this means for our health and the planet.

Bringing the past into the present

Virtual Reality (VR) is helping archaeologists like David Robinson journey into unexplored historical sites, such as the spectacular and fragile Native Californian Cache Cave. Here, he shows that VR is more than just a whimsical plaything – it’s allowing indigenous Californian groups to reconnect with their past. Speaker: David Robinson, Lecturer in Archaeology, University of … Continued

Do you look before you leap?

Whether riding a bike or sky diving, sometimes we gauge the activities in our life as more or less risky than they really are. Get to grips with your own personal relationship with risk alongside Jennifer Rogers, who shows how statistics can help you make better decisions. Speaker: Jennifer Rogers is Director of Statistical Consultancy Services … Continued


Biofortification – breeding crops to improve their nutritional value – has been hailed as the answer to alleviating nutritional deficiencies affecting over two billion people worldwide. Martin Broadley discusses the impacts of this on developing countries and how an integrated approach, including improved soil management, may help to alleviate this nutritional crisis.

For your viewing pleasure

Fifty years ago, liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) became commercially available. The University of Hull played a large part in their development, enabling what is now a multi-billion-dollar global display industry. Join Cliff Jones and other UK scientists as they detail the early breakthroughs, how these fitted into the international effort, and the future of LCDs in … Continued