UCL has had lunch hour lectures since 1942. These are generally given by people high up in the academic ranks at UCL who are well-established in their field. But what about early-career researchers and PhD students who are much earlier in their academic careers? Surely they have something to say about their field of research which is of interest to a wider audience?
This is where the Bite-Sized Lunchtime Lectures come in. Every Friday in term time two early-career researchers will be given the opportunity to give a 15 minute lecture on a topic of their choice related to their research. I was lucky enough to be asked by UCL Public Engagement to be involved in getting this initiative up and running. And it fact it is!
Lectures for this term have already been assigned, but other students can apply for lectures in the new semester up to the 25th of March. So if you are at UCL, and you are excited about what you work on, I urge you – do apply! This term lecture topics range from Monks and Monkeys, to Meddling relatives and even Mars. I wonder what topics will be covered in the new semester!