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The Darwin College Lectures take place on Fridays during Lent term (January to March). The lectures are given at 5.30 p.m. in The Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue, with an adjacent overflow theatre with live TV coverage. Each lecture is typically attended by 600 people so you must arrive early to ensure a place.

The series is open to all and works on a first come first served basis.

We do not issue tickets or take bookings.

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8 upcoming talks and 96 talks in the archive.

Reporting from Extreme Environments

UserLyse Doucet, BBC.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 10 March 2017, 17:30-18:30

Extreme Ageing

UserProfessor Sarah Harper, University of Oxford.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 03 March 2017, 17:30-18:30

Extreme Politics

UserProfessor Matthew Goodwin, University of Kent.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 24 February 2017, 17:30-18:30

Extremes of the Universe

UserProfessor Andy Fabian, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 17 February 2017, 17:30-18:30

Extreme Rowing

UserRoz Savage MBE, Ocean Rower, Yale University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 10 February 2017, 17:30-18:30

Dealing with Extremism

UserProfessor David Runciman, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 03 February 2017, 17:30-18:30

Extreme Events and How to Live with Them

UserProfessor Nassim Nicholas Taleb, New York.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 27 January 2017, 17:30-18:30

Extreme Weather

UserDr Emily Shuckburgh, BAS.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 20 January 2017, 17:30-18:30

The Game Theory of Conflict

UserDr Thomas C Schelling, University of Maryland.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 04 March 2016, 17:30-18:30

Games Animals Play

UserProfessor Nick Davies, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 26 February 2016, 17:30-18:30

Games for the Brain

UserProfessor Barbara Sahakian, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 19 February 2016, 17:30-18:30

"Losing the New Great Game"

UserDr Frank Ledwidge, Barrister, Writer and Lecturer.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 12 February 2016, 17:30-18:30

Games in Sports

UserSir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 05 February 2016, 17:30-18:30

Wittgenstein's Games

UserProfessor A C Grayling, New College of the Humanities.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 29 January 2016, 17:30-18:30

The Game of Crime and Punishment

UserMrs Nicky Padfield, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 22 January 2016, 17:30-18:30

Personal Principles and the Political Game

UserBaroness Sayeeda Warsi, House of Lords.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 15 January 2016, 17:30-18:30

Technology Development

UserDr Hermann Hauser, Amadeus Capital Partners.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 06 March 2015, 17:30-18:30

Economic Development

UserDr Ha-Joon Chang, Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 27 February 2015, 17:30-18:30

Biomimicry - Development of Sustainable Design

UserMichael Pawlyn, Exploration Architecture.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 20 February 2015, 17:30-18:30

Development of Climate Science

UserProfessor Dame Julia Slingo, Met Office.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 13 February 2015, 17:30-18:30

Developing a Sense of Self

UserProfessor Bruce Hood, Bristol.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 06 February 2015, 17:30-18:30

The Development of Galaxies

UserProfessor Richard Ellis, Caltech.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 30 January 2015, 17:30-18:30

Development of an Athlete

UserDr Katherine Grainger, Olympic Gold Medallist.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 23 January 2015, 17:30-18:30

Reprogramming Animal Development

UserProfessor Sir John Gurdon, Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 16 January 2015, 17:30-18:30

Plagues & Metaphor

UserDr Rowan Williams, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 07 March 2014, 17:30-18:30

Plagues & Economic Collapse

UserProfessor Ian Morris, Stanford University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 28 February 2014, 17:30-18:30

The Human Plague

UserProfessor Stephen Emmott, Microsoft Research.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 21 February 2014, 17:30-18:30

Plagues, Populations & Survival

UserProfessor Stephen J O'Brien, St Petersburg State University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 14 February 2014, 17:30-18:30

The Nature of Plagues

UserProfessor Angela McLean, University of Oxford.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 07 February 2014, 17:30-18:30

Silicon Plagues

UserMikko H Hypponen, CRO F-Secure & columnist.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 31 January 2014, 17:30-18:30

Plagues & History

UserProfessor Chris Dobson, Dr Mary Dobson, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 24 January 2014, 17:30-18:30

Plagues & Medicine

UserProfessor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 17 January 2014, 17:30-18:30

Foresight in Ancient Mesopotamia

UserProfessor Francesca Rochberg, University of California, Berkeley.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 08 March 2013, 17:30-18:30

Foresight and Self-Control

UserProfessor Terrie Moffitt, Duke University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 01 March 2013, 17:30-18:30

Foreseeing Space Weather

UserDr Jim Wild, Lancaster University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 22 February 2013, 17:30-18:30

Foresight in Music

UserProfessor Nicholas Cook, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 15 February 2013, 17:30-18:30

Foresight in Scientific Method

UserProfessor Hasok Chang, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 08 February 2013, 17:30-18:30

Foresight and Fiction

UserRobert J Sawyer, Author.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 01 February 2013, 17:30-18:30

Foresight in Journalism

UserMs Bridget Kendall, BBC.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 25 January 2013, 17:30-18:30

Foresight in Ancient Civilisations

UserProfessor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 18 January 2013, 17:30-18:30

The After Life

UserProfessor Clive Gamble, University of Southampton.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 09 March 2012, 17:30-18:30

Artificial Life

UserProfessor Chris Bishop, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 02 March 2012, 17:30-18:30

Life and Death of a Cell

UserProfessor Ron Laskey, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 24 February 2012, 17:30-18:30

Life in Conflict

UserDr Mark de Rond, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 17 February 2012, 17:30-18:30

Life in the Ancient World

UserDr Michael Scott, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 10 February 2012, 17:30-18:30

The Spark of Life

UserProfessor Frances Ashcroft, University of Oxford.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 03 February 2012, 17:30-18:30

Life in Ruins

UserDr Robert Macfarlane, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 27 January 2012, 17:30-18:30

From Genomes to the Diversity of Life

UserProfessor Michael Akam, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 20 January 2012, 17:30-18:30

The Science and Beauty of Nebulae

UserDr Carolin Crawford, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 11 March 2011, 17:30-18:30

Terror by Beauty: Russo-Soviet perspectives

UserProfessor Evgeny A Dobrenko, University of Sheffield.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 04 March 2011, 17:30-18:30

Beauty & Happiness: Chinese perspectives

UserProfessor Jason Kuo, University of Maryland.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 25 February 2011, 17:30-18:30

Beauty & Attraction: in the eyes of the beholder

UserProfessor Jeanne Altmann, Princeton University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 18 February 2011, 17:30-18:30

The Sound of Beauty

UserDr Elizabeth Eva Leach, University of Oxford.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 11 February 2011, 17:30-18:30

Quantum Beauty

UserProfessor Frank Wilczek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 04 February 2011, 17:30-18:30

Beauty & The Grotesque

UserJose Hernandez, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (Madrid).

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 28 January 2011, 17:30-18:30

Beauty & Truth

UserProfessor Lord Robert May of Oxford, University of Oxford.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 21 January 2011, 17:30-18:30

Risk and (Human-induced) Climate Change

UserProfessor Bob Watson, University of East Anglia.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 05 March 2010, 17:30-18:30

Risk and Natural Catastrophes

UserProfessor Mark Bailey, Armagh Observatory.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 26 February 2010, 17:30-18:30

Risk, Security and Terrorism

UserProfessor Lucia Zedner, University of Oxford.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 19 February 2010, 17:30-18:30

Risk and Humanities

UserProfessor Mary Beard, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 12 February 2010, 17:30-18:30

Risk and Government: The architectonics of blame-avoidance

UserProfessor Christopher Hood, University of Oxford.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 05 February 2010, 17:30-18:30

Risk and the Brain: The neural basis of decision making under uncertainty

UserProfessor John O'Doherty, Trinity College Dublin.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 29 January 2010, 17:30-18:30

Risk: Science and the Media

UserDr Ben Goldacre, The Guardian.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 22 January 2010, 17:30-18:30

Risk: Trying to quantify our uncertainty

UserProfessor David Spiegelhalter, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 15 January 2010, 17:30-18:30

The Boundaries of Darwinism

UserProfessor John Dupre, University of Exeter.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 06 March 2009, 17:30-18:30

Is Human Evolution Over?

UserProfessor Steve Jones, University College London.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 27 February 2009, 17:30-18:30

Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity

UserProfessor Craig Moritz, University of California.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 20 February 2009, 17:30-18:30

Darwin and Human Society

UserProfessor Paul Seabright, University of Toulouse.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 13 February 2009, 17:30-18:30

Darwin in the Literary World

UserProfessor Rebecca Stott, University of East Anglia.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 06 February 2009, 17:30-18:30

Global Darwin

UserProfessor Jim Secord, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 30 January 2009, 17:30-18:30

Darwin's Intellectual Development

UserProfessor Janet Browne, Harvard University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 23 January 2009, 17:30-18:30

The Making of the Fittest

UserProfessor Sean Carroll, University of Wisconsin.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 16 January 2009, 17:30-18:30

Understanding Humans - Serendipity and Anthropology

UserProfessor Richard Leakey, Stony Brook University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 07 March 2008, 17:30-18:30

Cosmological Serendipity

UserSimon Singh, Author, Journalist, TV producer.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 29 February 2008, 17:30-18:30

Serendipity as a Force in Physics

UserProfessor Sir Richard Friend, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 22 February 2008, 17:30-18:30

Serendipity in Political Life

UserOliver Letwin, Member of Parliament.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 15 February 2008, 17:30-18:30

The Unanticipated Pleasures of the Writing Life

UserSimon Winchester, Author of 'The Map that Changed the World'.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 08 February 2008, 17:30-18:30

HIV and the Naked Ape

UserProfessor Robin Weiss, University College London.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 01 February 2008, 17:30-18:30

The Stratigraphy of Serendipity

UserProfessor Susan Alcock, Brown University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 25 January 2008, 17:30-18:30

Serendipity's Guide to the Galaxy

UserProfessor Andy Fabian, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 18 January 2008, 17:30-18:30

SPECIES IDENTITY: WHEN IT MATTERS

UserPeter Crane, University of Chicago.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 09 March 2007, 17:30-18:30

IMMUNOLOGICAL SELF

UserPhilippa Marrack, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Denver, Colorado.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 02 March 2007, 17:30-18:30

IDENTITY AND THE MIND

UserRaymond Tallis, Manchester University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 23 February 2007, 17:30-18:30

IDENTITY AND THE LAW

UserLionel Bently, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 16 February 2007, 17:30-18:30

MATHEMATICAL IDENTITY

UserMarcus du Sautoy, Oxford University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 09 February 2007, 17:30-18:30

IDENTITY OF MEANING

UserAdrian Poole, University of Cambridge.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 02 February 2007, 17:30-18:30

VISUALISING IDENTITY

UserLudmilla Jordanova, King's College London.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 26 January 2007, 17:30-18:30

MUSICAL IDENTITY

UserChristopher Hogwood.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 19 January 2007, 17:30-18:30

SURVIVAL INTO THE FUTURE

UserDiana Liverman, Oxford University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 10 March 2006, 17:30-18:30

SURVIVING LONGER

UserCynthia Kenyon, University of California, San Francisco.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 03 March 2006, 17:30-18:30

SURVIVING POVERTY AND FAMINE

UserAndrew Prentice, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 24 February 2006, 17:30-18:30

SURVIVING NATURAL DISASTERS

UserJames Jackson, Cambridge University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 17 February 2006, 17:30-18:30

SURVIVING DISEASE

UserRichard Feachem, Global Fund.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 10 February 2006, 17:30-18:30

SURVIVAL OF LANGUAGES

UserPeter Austin, School of Oriental & African Studies London.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 03 February 2006, 17:30-18:30

SURVIVAL OF CULTURE

UserEdith Hall, Durham University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 27 January 2006, 17:30-18:30

SURVIVAL OF EMPIRES

UserPaul Kennedy, Yale University.

HouseLMH, Lady Mitchell Hall.

ClockFriday 20 January 2006, 17:30-18:30

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