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What were the Universe's dark ages?
Tue04Oct6:30pm UTC
Are creatives born or made?
Thu06Oct6:30pm UTC
Does dark matter really matter?
Tue11Oct6:30pm UTC
Is maths an art?
Thu13Oct6:30pm UTC
What were the Universe's dark ages?

Dr Emma Chapman

400 million years after the Big Bang, the Universe was very different from what it appears today. At that time (around 13 billion years ago) the universe was dark and empty. But how can we know that? Is there a way to travel back in time?

Tue, 4 Oct 2022 6:30 pm UTC

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Are creatives born or made?

Prof. Dean Keith Simonton

What makes someone a creative genius? Dean Keith Simonton, the godfather of creativity, will share his decades of research on how our genes and our environment contribute to everyday creativity and the emergence of genius.

Thu, 6 Oct 2022 6:30 pm UTC

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Does dark matter really matter?

Dr. Harry Cliff

We are all surrounded by an unseen, invisible world; a world made of mysterious substances that we can’t see or touch: the Dark Universe. But if we can’t see it, touch it, or detect it, why do we think it is there?

Tue, 11 Oct 2022 6:30 pm UTC

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Is maths an art?

Dr Eugenia Cheng

What jumps to your mind when thinking about creativity? Chances are it wouldn't be maths. Philosophers, scientists and mathematicians used creativity to solve seemingly impossible problems. Could maths actually be as creative as the arts?

Thu, 13 Oct 2022 6:30 pm UTC

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Are we missing a planet in our solar system?

Dr Malena Rice

Our solar system has anomalies. Astronomers suggested the existence of a hidden giant planet as a plausible explanation. The problem is that we have never been able to see this planet. Is our math wrong or are we really missing something?

Tue, 18 Oct 2022 6:30 pm UTC

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Is our future really written in our genes?

Prof. Giles Yeo

We all know that genes provide the blueprint for life. They're the code written into our DNA, but can they also predict our future? What can we learn from our genes? 

Thu, 20 Oct 2022 5:00 pm UTC

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Is there creative power in paradox?

Dr. Wendy Smith

Could those moments where uncertainty or contradictions exist foster creativity? Dr. Wendy Smith will share how dilemmas and paradoxes can create the conditions for creativity and innovation and how this exists in all our lives.

Tue, 25 Oct 2022 6:30 pm UTC

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Why do we have to grow old?

Dr Andrew Steele

Everybody gets older, but not everyone ages in the same way. While everlasting youth is thought to be the stuff of myths, could this become a reality? What biological changes drive ageing? Can our bodies and minds cope with longer lives?

Tue, 1 Nov 2022 7:30 pm UTC

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How can we unlock our brain's creative potential?

Prof. Anna Abraham

How can I be more creative? This is the question Professor Anna Abraham is most often asked and in this fireside conversation, she will be sharing the answer to this question, grounded in her research on creativity and the brain.

Thu, 1 Dec 2022 6:30 pm UTC

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Can technology help conservation?

Prof. Tanya Berger-Wolf

Animal diversity is declining at an unprecedented rate. But did you know that your holiday snaps could be the key to preserving the planet’s biodiversity?

Date to be announced

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