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UCL (University College London) is consistently ranked among the world's top universities. Our excellence extends across all academic disciplines, from one of the world's foremost centres for research and teaching in the biological sciences to world-renowned centres for architecture (UCL Bartlett), education (UCL Institute of Education) and fine art (UCL Slade School).

UCL is London's leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 13,000 staff and 38,000 students from 150 different countries. Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL was the first university in England to welcome students of any religion and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men.

UCL Minds brings together UCL’s knowledge, insights, and ideas through events, activities, and digital content open to everyone. Find out what’s on UCL Minds: www.ucl.ac.uk/minds

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UCL (University College London) is consistently ranked among the world's top universities. Our excellence extends across all academic disciplines, from one of the world's foremost centres for research and teaching in the biological sciences to world-renowned centres for architecture (UCL Bartlett), education (UCL Institute of Education) and fine art (UCL Slade School).

UCL is London's leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 13,000 staff and 38,000 students from 150 different countries. Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL was the first university in England to welcome students of any religion and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men.

UCL Minds brings together UCL’s knowledge, insights, and ideas through events, activities, and digital content open to everyone. Find out what’s on UCL Minds: www.ucl.ac.uk/minds

    Lunch Hour Lecture: Contemporary Public Art at UCL East

    Lunch Hour Lecture: Contemporary Public Art at UCL East

    Today we live longer and more prosperous lives than ever before, as a species, we have made huge advances to create conditions for better health for billions of people, however, this progress is taking a heavy toll on the planet's natural systems. I will explore the links and interdependencies between our health and the health of our planet with particular reference to understanding how rapid global environmental change impacts the emergence and spread of high impact infectious diseases like COVID-19, Ebola or SARS. I will discuss how recent advances in the resolution and coverage of remote-sensing satellite data and cutting-edge machine-learning algorithms open up the possibilities of developing global early warning systems to prevent and manage future epidemics.

    Date: Thursday 21 May 2020
    Speakers: Kate Jones, Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity at UCL

    UCL's popular public Lunch Hour Lecture series has been running at UCL since 1942, and showcases the exceptional research work being undertaken across UCL.

    Free to attend, live stream or watch online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY7vFbAmvRA&t=11s
    More info : http://events.ucl.ac.uk/lhl
    Join the conversation on Twitter at #UCLMinds #MadeAtUCL

    • 47 min
    Coronavirus: The Whole Story - What can we learn from the history of pandemics?

    Coronavirus: The Whole Story - What can we learn from the history of pandemics?

    What does the black death, HIV, and Covid-19 have in common? This week we're looking into the past, teasing apart the surprising similarities and learnings from previous pandemics - HIV/ AIDS in the 1980s and the Black Death in the 14th century. Join Vivienne Parry as she speaks with Dr John Sabapathy (Senior Lecturer in Medieval History), Prof Graham Hart (Professor of Sexual Health and HIV Research), Prof Dame Anne Johnson (Professor of Infectious Disease)

    Access the transcript and more information here: www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-minds/podcasts…avirus-whole-story

    • 40 min
    Lunch Hour Lecture: Mental Health and the Pandemic: Past, Present and Future!

    Lunch Hour Lecture: Mental Health and the Pandemic: Past, Present and Future!

    We are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and cannot know quite what effects it will have on physical and mental health. Mankind has suffered pandemics before, for example the ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic of 1918 - perhaps the worst in modern times. More recently coronaviruses have caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome epidemics in Asia and the Middle East. Concern regarding mental health is prominent in the current pandemic and there is already considerable effort being made to measure and mitigate mental disorders. In this lecture I will try and draw some lessons from previous pandemics. I will look specifically at suicide and summarise work from a recent systematic review which highlights anxiety, depression and stress disorders following coronavirus infections. I will also show how modern epidemiological research and social media are helping us monitor mental health relevant outcomes in the population. On the basis of this there are grounds for both optimism and pessimism regarding the future mental health burden of COVID-19.

    Date: Tuesday 19 May 2020
    Speaker: Anthony David, Director at Institute of Mental Health, UCL

    UCL's popular public Lunch Hour Lecture series has been running at UCL since 1942, and showcases the exceptional research work being undertaken across UCL.
    Free to attend, live stream or watch online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY7vFbAmvRA&t=11s
    More info : http://events.ucl.ac.uk/lhl
    Join the conversation on Twitter at #UCLMinds

    • 41 min
    Coronavirus: The Whole Story - How is it affecting our mental health?

    Coronavirus: The Whole Story - How is it affecting our mental health?

    How do we cope and protect ourselves and our communities?

    This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and we’re exploring the impact of coronavirus on people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health. Hear from UCL experts as they talk about how it affects us in lockdown, front line staff, bereaved families, the vulnerable, and the many factors that impact various groups.

    With special guests :
    - Dr Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor at the Institute of Epidemiology & Health
    - Dr Jo Billings, Clinical Associate Professor at the Division of Psychiatry,
    - Dr Rochelle Burgess, Lecturer in Global Health at the Institute for Global Health.

    Access the transcript and more info on https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-minds/podcasts/coronavirus-whole-story

    UCL support available: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/support-and-wellbeing/support-during-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

    • 34 min
    Lunch Hour Lecture: Contemporary Public Art at UCL East

    Lunch Hour Lecture: Contemporary Public Art at UCL East

    Sam Wilkinson, Head of Public Art, UCL Culture will discuss UCL’s commitment to Public Art as an expression of the culture of UCL. Whilst in its infancy, Public Art now plays an important role within some of the most significant UCL Capital developments, the DRI/Ion at 256 Gray’s Inn Road and UCL East Campus. Sam will explain how we are working with artists to open up and inspire the university community and our important local neighbours. The presentation will explore our commitment to collaborative working with academics and students to contribute to knowledge exchange and public engagement with a focus on UCL East and its Trellis Art Programme. Sam will be joined by Trellis artist David Rickard.

    Date: Tuesday 12 May 2020
    Speakers: Sam Wilkinson, Head of Public Art at UCL Culture and David Rickard, Artist

    UCL's popular public Lunch Hour Lecture series has been running at UCL since 1942, and showcases the exceptional research work being undertaken across UCL.

    Free to attend, live stream or watch online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY7vFbAmvRA&t=11s
    More info : http://events.ucl.ac.uk/lhl
    Join the conversation on Twitter at #UCLMinds #MadeAtUCL

    • 36 min
    #MadeAtUCL Disruptive Discoveries: What came before

    #MadeAtUCL Disruptive Discoveries: What came before

    This episode was created during lockdown and a timely reflection on what came before us.

    Hear about historical figures from World War 1 to extinct species because of climate change and unearthed ancient fossils as Suzie takes you back in time with our UCL experts:

    - Vicky Price, Head of Outreach at UCL Special Collections, Library Services
    - Professor Richard Pearson, Professor of Ecology, Genetics, Evolution & Environment in the Division of Biosciences
    - Dr Dominic Papineau, Lecturer in Geochemistry and Astrobiology

    Find out more on https://www.ucl.ac.uk/made-at-ucl/podcasts

    • 32 min

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