Lecture series

Many of our previous lectures are available online. You can also subscribe to our podcasts to receive previous and future lectures, seminars and events.

Featured lectures

An Audience with Professor Peter Higgs
The University attracts a wide range of distinguished speakers. Here we feature some of our lecture highlights.

Inaugural lectures

Audience applaud at a lecture
Each year the University hosts a series of inaugural lectures given by Professors or Chairs newly appointed by the University.

The Gifford Lectures

Rt Hon Gordon Brown gives his Gifford Lecture
For over a century, the Gifford Lectures have enabled international scholars to contribute to the advancement of theological and philosophical thought.

Our Changing World

Prof. Sethu Vijayakumar presnets an Our Changing World lecture
A series of public lectures examining the global challenges facing society, and the role of academia in meeting these challenges.

Tam Dalyell Prize Lectures

Professor Harald Haas
A series of lectures presented by the winners of the annual Tam Dalyell Prize for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science.

TEDx University of Edinburgh

Dee Isaacs presents her TedX lecture
TEDx University of Edinburgh is an independently organised programme of local events that brings people together to share an experience similar to the multidisciplinary TED conferences.

Enlightenment Lectures

Irene Khan delivers her Enlightenment Lecture
Global leaders examine aspects of the Enlightenment's legacy in the context of our own fraught and hectic times.

International Women's Day Lectures

Katherine Grainger in Old College Quad
Our annual lecture series celebrates International Women's Day with inspiring women speakers of international reputation.

Medical Detectives

Sherlock Holmes figure
Medical Detectives is a series of public lectures showing that keen detective work is still essential for 21st century doctors.

250 Years of English Literature

Philippa Gregory
The year 2012 marked 250 years of the study of English Literature at Edinburgh. The University hosted a year of lectures, exhibitions and activities to celebrate this milestone.

Edinburgh Celebrates Darwin

Charles Darwin
2009 marked the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of 'On the Origin of Species'.

David Hume: Celebrating Connections

Professor Amartya Sen lecture
2011 marked the tercentenary of the birth of David Hume, one of our most distinguished alumni.

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