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Tom Kibble: breaking symmetries, breaking ground and the new boson

Nobel Laureate Professor Steven Weinberg presents a special lecture on particle physics to celebrate Imperial Professor Tom Kibble's 80th birthday.

  • published: 08-05-2013

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Regeneration and the immune system

Professor Nadia Rosenthal discusses human tissue regeneration in her inaugural lecture.

  • published: 01-05-2012

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Ig Nobel Awards Tour Show 2012

This year featuring Mirjam Tuk, Mason Porter, John Hoyland and Stevyn Colgan; Marc Abrahams once again hosts the Ig Nobel Awards UK tour. Recorded on 9th March 2012 at Imperial College London

  • published: 26-03-2012

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Imperial Horizons Six: Energy without greenhouse gases: pipedream or attainable reality? (panel debate)

Geoffrey Maitland chairs a discussion on energy policy for Imperial's new Horizons Programme. Panellists include Richard Green, James Barber, Richard Templer and Rob Gross.

  • published: 03-03-2012

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Imperial Horizons Five: Engineering solutions to Climate Change (Nigel Brandon)

The 5th lecture in Imperial Horizons: Nigel Brandon, Director of the Energy Futures Lab on Engineering solutions to Climate Change. Slides here (pdf).

  • published: 27-02-2012

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Imperial Horizons Four: The Ethics of Climate Change (Marianne Talbot)

Marianne Talbot, Director of Studies in Philosophy, Department of Continuing Education, Oxford University delivers the fourth lecture in Imperial Horizons.

  • published: 20-02-2012

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Imperial Horizons Three: Impact of Climate Change on Global Health (Paolo Vineis).

The third lecture in Imperial Horizons: Paolo Vineis, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, on the impact of Climate Change on Global Health. Slides here (pdf)

  • published: 08-02-2012

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Imperial Horizons Two: Climate Science in the Mass Media (panel debate)

Lord Oxburgh FRS chairs a panel debate for Imperial's new Horizons Programme. With Louise Gray (Telegraph), James Randerson (Guardian), Joe Smith (OU) and James Painter (Oxford).

  • published: 03-02-2012

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Imperial Horizons One: the Science of Climate Change (Brian Hoskins)

Sir Brian Hoskins FRS, Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, delivers the opening plenary lecture of Imperial's new Horizons Programme.

  • published: 31-01-2012

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Exploring the deep

Dr Jenny Collier delivers the 2012 Annual Christmas Demonstration Lecture, which this year is about exploring the deepest parts of our earth's oceans

  • published: 08-12-2011

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Spies, secrets and science: reflections from the history of MI6

Author of the official history of MI6, Professor Keith Jeffery, presents the second Vincent Briscoe Annual Security lecture.

  • published: 28-11-2011

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A Business and Its Ideas: Shaping a Company and a Century

Samuel J. Palmisano, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, IBM, gives a talk at Imperial College London

  • published: 23-11-2011

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Speeding up the web and finding the right shade of blue: Google Vice President shares his insights

The Vice President of Google for Northern and Central Europe shared tales of the organisation's ongoing quest to make the internet faster and its users happier

  • published: 14-11-2011

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How we perceive and live with risk and uncertainty

In the aftermath of the Fukushmia disaster, how do we communicate risks without frightening people? Professor Gudela Grote, ETH Zurich, presents the 2011 Imperial College London - Lloyd's Register Educational Trust lecture

  • published: 14-11-2011

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Extract 4 of 5 - Imperial College podcast 12 October 2011

Katie Weeks reports from Science of Secrecy, the Institute for Security Science and Technology public lecture about the history of cryptography, and gives podcast listeners a taste of what's coming up in College events

  • published: 12-10-2011

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The science of secrecy

Join Imperial's Institute for Security Science and Technology for an informative presentation on codes, ciphers and computers.

  • published: 15-09-2011

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Cooler babies, better brains

Work over the last decade has shown that brain damage which can be reduced by cooling the affected infant for 3 days after delivery. Cooling doubles the chance of normal survival, and is the first therapy been proven to reduce brain damage. Lecture by Professor David Edwards, Weston Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London

  • published: 21-07-2011

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DJ Physics

Martin Archer is a DJ Physicist. By night he's dropping tunes on his evening show on Kiss FM. By day he works at Imperial College London as a PhD Space Plasma Physicist.

  • published: 21-07-2011

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Better, stronger, faster

In her inaugural lecture, Professor Alison McGregor explains how working with back pain patients and elite rowers to understand the spine can help prevent injury and enhance performance.

  • published: 10-06-2011

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From 'Big Bang' to biosphere

The Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees ponders if there is widespread life in the cosmos, amongst other big theories.

  • published: 28-03-2011

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Lies, damned lies and tricking the light fantastic

What you learnt in physics wasn't exactly a lie, but it wasn't the whole truth either. Light can behave in amazing ways with extraordinary consequences. Professor Martin McCall presents his inaugural lecture, held on 2 March 2011.

  • published: 23-03-2011

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The Pursuit of Innovation - 10 March 2011

Inaugural lecture by Professor Ammon Salter, Professor of Technology and Innovation Management in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the Imperial College Business School.

  • published: 16-03-2011

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Oil exploration in the Arctic - Professor Alastair Fraser

In overcoming the technical challenges of oil production in the Arctic, are we making the most of a strategic resource or heading for an environmental and political minefield? Professor Alastair Fraser

  • published: 08-03-2011

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Chemistry for a cleaner world

Our society depends totally on the product of the chemicals industry, but the production of these products can lead to harm to the environment. In this lecture Tom Welton will show you just how many chemical products we use every day.

  • published: 06-12-2010

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From Einstein's intuition to quantum bits: a new quantum age?

Distinguished CNRS scientist Professor Alain Aspect delivers the 2010 Schrodinger Lecture on qubits.

  • published: 25-11-2010

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A world nuclear future built on talented people - an EDF perspective

This first EDF Annual Lecture will examine different sources of electricity generation and their respective merits, and will position nuclear energy as a key contributor to the energy mix accordingto the needs of different countries.

  • published: 01-11-2010

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Science, technology and secret intelligence: Professor Christopher Andrew

The lecture is named in honour of HVA (Vincent) Briscoe, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Imperial College London from 1932 to 1955.

  • published: 28-10-2010

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A mathematician's journey...

Professor Marcus du Sautoy, holder of the Charles Symonyi Chair in Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford University presents this talk; 'A mathematician's journey...' on how can science and mathematics best be popularised.

  • published: 09-07-2010

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Solar Influences on Climate

IChemE Lecture on Solar Influences on Climate by Professor Joanna D Haigh

  • published: 08-07-2010

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Global Temperatures

IChemE Lecture on Global Temperatures by Dr Peter Stott, Met Office Hadley Centre

  • published: 07-07-2010

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Uncertainty in Climate Change & Policy Response

IChemE Lecture on Uncertainty in Climate Change & Policy Response by Professor Sir Brian Hoskins

  • published: 07-07-2010

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Athena Lecture 2010: No escape from stress by Professor Julia Buckingham

The Athena Lecture celebrates the achievements of women in science, technology and medicine. It is given annually by a prominent female scientist who has made outstanding contributions in any of these fields.

  • published: 02-07-2010

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Global health lecture 2010 - Dr Richard Horton

Dr Richard Horton, Chief Editor, The Lancet gives keynote speech on global health and journalism

  • published: 21-05-2010

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Kohn lecture 2010 - Cell cycle control

Sir Paul Nurse presents this lecture as part of the Imperial College London Kohn Lecture Series

  • published: 29-03-2010

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Ig Nobel Awards 2010

The show will be presented by Marc Abrahams, organiser of the Ig Nobel prizes, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research and Guardian columnist, and will feature a whole host of Ig Nobel Prize winners and other 'improbable' researchers.

  • published: 23-03-2010

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Professor Dennis Gabor's Nobel Prize lecture

Professor Dennis Gabor's Nobel Prize lecture is repeated at Imperial College on 22 Feb 1972. This lecture was given during the 1972 "three day week", hence references to power cuts. Introduced by Lord Penney, Rector at that time.

  • published: 04-03-2010

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The Dennis Gabor Lecture 2010: Building Brains

Computer Technology has advanced spectacularly since the first program was executed by the Manchester Baby machine on June 21 1948, but if this progress is to be sustained there are major challenges ahead in the area.

  • published: 24-02-2010

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Discovering the Quantum Universe: The LHC Project at CERN

A special lecture presentation given by Professor Tejinder Virdee of Imperial College London

  • published: 16-02-2010

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Chemical Christmas Crackers

Professor David Phillips, department of chemistry, presents this years Annual Children's Christmas Demonstration Lecture

  • published: 17-12-2009

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Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture 2009

The world of 2050 will be vastly different from the one we know today. However, only dramatic change will enable us to create a world in which energy efficiency and affordability go hand in hand with sustainability and security of supply.

  • published: 11-12-2009

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Molecular Cooking is Cooking: Molecular Gastronomy is a Scientific Activity

If you have ever been surprised and impressed by an unusual serving of emulsion, a helping of frothy foam, or a plate of frozen gases as your meal, the chances are that Herve This and his gastronomic research will be behind them.

  • published: 04-12-2009

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  • published: 11-06-2009

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  • published: 08-06-2009

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Science and the Media

An open discussion with Alan Rusbridger (Editor of the Guardian) and Sir Roy Anderson (Rector of Imperial College) - 3 June 2009

  • published: 03-06-2009

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2009 Athena lecture - Insights and vistas in hyperbolic geometry

Professor Caroline Series, University of Warwick - 26 May 2009

  • published: 26-05-2009

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Ig Nobel 2009

The Ig Nobel Tour of the UK was sponsored by the British Science Association as part of the National Science and Engineering Week - 12 March 2009

  • published: 12-03-2009

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  • published: 17-02-2009

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Darwin's Sacred Cause: race, slavery and the quest for human origins

Evolutionary biologist and journalist Olivia Judson in conversation with Adrian Desmond and James Moore, co-authors of a groundbreaking re-evaluation of Darwin's science and ideas - 9 February 2009

  • published: 09-02-2009

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2008 Children's Christmas Demonstration Lecture - Are we in a sixth mass extinction?

Professor Andy Purvis, Professor of Biodiversity presents the 2008 Children's Christmas Demonstration Lecture - 11 December 2008

  • published: 11-12-2008

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2008 Annual Schrodinger Lecture - The molecular basis of Eukaryotic Transcription

Professor Roger Kornberg, Professor in Medicine at Stanford University presents the twenty first annual Schrodinger Lecture - 27 November 2008

  • published: 27-11-2008

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2008 Gabor Annual Lecture - The Energy Challenge

Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, Theoretical Physics, Oxford and Chair ITER Council, presents the seventh Gabor Annual Lecture - 10 November 2008

  • published: 10-11-2008

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Alumni Reunion 2008 - Innovating the social experience

Alumnus Michael Birch (Physics 1991), co-founder of Bebo, delivers the Reunion's keynote lecture - 20 September 2008

  • published: 20-09-2008

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  • published: 18-06-2008

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  • published: 10-06-2008

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  • published: 22-05-2008

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  • published: 07-04-2008

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  • published: 26-02-2008

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