Upcoming Garden Talks

Our live online Garden Talks give you the chance to learn and engage with world experts on fascinating topics. We have 9 upcoming talks to pique your curiosity.

Rethinking HIV: How does HIV affect the brain?

With Dr. Dionna Williams

Researchers around the world have been studying the HIV virus for years. But do we completely understand how it behaves and how far are we from finding a cure?

Thu, Dec 2, 2021

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM UTC

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Do we really eat with our ears?

With Prof. Charles Spence

Besides taste, there are other senses at work when we eat. How much of an influence does the environment have over our food behaviour?

Thu, Dec 2, 2021

7:30 PM – 8:20 PM UTC

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Why is the teenage brain so receptive to peer influence?

With Dr. Wouter van den Bos

Peer pressure is a powerful influence on adolescent decision-making. What is it about the brains of teenagers that makes it so important to be liked, and to go along with the crowd?

Mon, Dec 6, 2021

7:30 PM – 8:20 PM UTC

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What is life like beneath the polar ice?

With Prof. Antje Boetius

We know so little about the deep sea, and even less about what it's like beneath the ice of the Earth's polar regions. How does life flourish in one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet?

Wed, Dec 8, 2021

7:30 PM – 8:20 PM UTC

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What can the recipes of the past tell us about the society they came from?

With Prof. Rebecca Earle

Old cookery books can tell us a lot more than just how to cook a meal. What do they reveal about topics as diverse as access to technology and the concept of truth?

Thu, Dec 9, 2021

5:30 PM – 6:20 PM UTC

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What does bioluminescence tell us about life in the ocean?

With Dr. Edie Widder

More than 75% of sea creatures produce their own light. How do they do it, and what can we learn from this incredible marine firework display?

Wed, Dec 15, 2021

7:30 PM – 8:20 PM UTC

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Why are allergies on the rise?

With Dr. R. Sharon Chinthrajah

1 in 15 people globally has a food allergy - a rate that's more than doubled since 1960. What's behind the soaring prevalence of this life-threatening condition?

Thu, Dec 16, 2021

7:30 PM – 8:20 PM UTC

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What's the purpose of comedy?

With Dr. Angus Fletcher

Humans have created art to provoke laughter for millennia. Why does comedy work, and what does it reveal about the counterintuitive biology of the human brain?

Tue, Jan 4, 2022

7:30 PM – 8:20 PM UTC

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Why did WW1 inspire so many utopian experiments?

With Dr. Anna Neima

A century ago, the world was reeling in the wake of the First World War and the Spanish Flu pandemic. How did these catastrophic global events motivate people to live in new ways?

Wed, Feb 9, 2022

7:30 PM – 8:20 PM UTC

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