Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Our Changing World

A series of public lectures examining global challenges facing society, and the role of academia in meeting these challenges.

Our Changing World logo against a background of arctic iceburgs

This year’s Our Changing World public lecture series focuses on the theme of “boundaries”. What boundaries exist in our world, and why is it important that we cross them?

With individual lectures focusing on everything from religion and violence to sustainability, mental disorder, immigration and sleep, anyone is welcome to attend and hear from leading academics in their field discussing their research in a simple yet engaging way.

Since 2010 the Our Changing World Lectures have explored a wide range of topics from climate change, infectious diseases, stem cells and medicine, to free trade and human rights.
We welcome suggestions for future lecture series. Please let us know if you have suggestions for a speaker, or a topic that you would like to see covered.

Upcoming events

Events may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties.

Please join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Redrawing boundaries: religion, violence and the search for peace", with Professor Jolyon Mitchell.

Redrawing boundaries: religion, violence and the search for peace

Please join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Crossing boundaries for sustainability", with Michelle Brown.

Crossing boundaries for sustainability

Please join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Crossing boundaries: mental health and mental disorder, care and punishment", with Professor Lindsay Thomson.

Crossing boundaries: mental health and mental disorder, care and punishment

Please join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "New phases of matter through boundaries and topology", with Dr Christopher Stock.

New phases of matter through boundaries and topology

Please join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Natural benefits: human-nature relationships in the contemporary world", with Dr Nina Morris.

Natural benefits: human-nature relationships in the contemporary world

Please join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Immigration and the crisis of political trust", with Professor Christina Boswell.

Immigration and the crisis of political trust

George Square Lecture Theatre, The University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

Knowledge and its boundaries

Past events

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Join us for the Our Changing World Enlightenment Lecture, "Scientists change the world: why can’t they change their image?", with science journalist and broadcaster Quentin Cooper.

Read about Enlightenment Lecture: Scientists change the world: why can’t they change their image?

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Join us for Our Changing World Lecture, "Climate-smart food" with Professor Dave Reay.

Read about Climate-smart food

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "The greening of the Arctic", with Dr Isla Myers-Smith.

Read about The greening of the Arctic

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Genetically engineering livestock – why?" with Professor Bruce Whitelaw.

Read about Genetically engineering livestock – why?

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Living in a salt-saturated society – do your genes fit?" with Dr Matthew Bailey.

Read about Living in a salt-saturated society – do your genes fit?

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "The price of anarchy: why choosing the right routes for travel matters" with Dr Kathryn Stewart.

Read about The price of anarchy: why choosing the right routes for travel matters

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "In our own terms: evolving identities and diversities in black and minority ethnic youth" with Dr Rowena Arshad.

Read about In our own terms: evolving identities and diversities in black and minority ethnic youth

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Join us for this Our Changing World Lecture, "Social wellbeing: the global happiness epidemic" with Dr Neil Thin.

Read about Social wellbeing: the global happiness epidemic

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Join us for the first Our Changing World Lecture, "Scotland and Europe: the past shaping the present?" with Professor Sir Tom Devine.

Read about Scotland and Europe: the past shaping the present?