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The University attracts a wide range of distinguished speakers. Here we feature some of our lecture highlights.
Each year the University hosts a series of inaugural lectures given by Professors or Chairs newly appointed by the University.
The Gifford Lectures
For over a century, the Gifford Lectures have enabled international scholars to contribute to the advancement of theological and philosophical thought.
Our Changing World
A series of public lectures examining the global challenges facing society, and the role of academia in meeting these challenges.
Tam Dalyell Prize Lectures
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
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.
Global leaders examine aspects of the Enlightenment's legacy in the context of our own fraught and hectic times.
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
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
2009 marked the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of 'On the Origin of Species'.
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