Dr Giles Yeo talks on 

Gene Eating: The Science of Obesity and the Truth about Dieting

Friday 6 September
Pamoja Hall   4.30pm
Admission FREE   Book a Place

Dr Giles Yeo of Wolfson College, Cambridge, offers a groundbreaking look at how our genetic makeup influences our relationship with food. Indispensable for anyone interested in biology or, indeed, any human who eats food.


Professor Richard English 

Does Terrorism Work? A History

Thursday 19 September
Recital Room   6.15pm
Admission FREE    Book a Place

Professor Richard English FBA, Professor of politics and distinguished professorial fellow in the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice,Queen’s University Belfast and Fellow of the British Academy, has been studying terrorism for 30 years. In his new book, Does Terrorism Work? A History, he says that the key question about whether it works or not has yet to be examined in depth. He looks at some of the major terrorist organisations of the last 50 years, including al-Qaida, the IRA, Hamas and ETA, and argues that we need a far more honest understanding of the degree to which terrorism works.


Professor Martin Hendry

Gravitational Waves

Monday 11 November
Recital Room   6.15pm
Admission FREE, Book a place

One hundred years ago Albert Einstein in his general theory of relativity predicted the existence of a dark side to the cosmos. He thought there were invisible ‘gravitational waves’, ripples in space-time produced by some of the most violent events in the cosmos – exploding stars, colliding black holes, perhaps even the Big Bang itself. For decades, astronomers have gathered strong corroborative evidence of the existence of these waves, but they have never been detected directly – until now. They were the last part of the general theory still to be verified.