Our Changing World, the innovative University of Edinburgh series that brings together today's brightest and biggest thinkers to tackle some of the world's most pressing questions, has celebrated the completion of its third year with nearly 10,000 audience members and over half a million lecture downloads.
Professor Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, closed this year's series as she spoke to 1200 people in the McEwan Hall about placing human rights at the heart of dealing with climate change.
Watch Professor Mary Robinson's lecture, 'Human rights in the modern world':
Like the 26 lectures before it, the event was a sell-out. With 9,900 tickets distributed for free over three years, it has established itself as one of the University's most popular public events.
Other high profile speakers who have taken part in Our Changing World include journalist Jon Snow on the changing face of media, emeritus professor Aubrey Manning on the world's ballooning population, and Professor Mona Siddiqui on religion and secularity.
Our Changing World has run since the autumn of 2010. Designed to showcase the University's role in tackling global challenges such as population growth, public health, the economy, and inter-religious dialogue, the lecture series is free to attend for both public and students.
First year undergraduate students in their initial semester are invited to enrol in an accredited Our Changing World course. As well as attending the evening lectures, where they are taught by some of the most high-profile experts drawn from across the University's three Colleges and around the world, the students complete coursework based on their own research into the lecture topics.
Our Changing World is available online, reaching a global audience through more than half a million downloads on iTunes U and more than 50,000 views on YouTube.
The Our Changing World lectures are a tremendous showcase for the University’s world-leading research on some of the pressing challenges of our time. They also offer our first-year students the opportunity to engage with these global challenges that affect them all, and learn critical thinking skills that benefit them throughout their University career and beyond.
Prof Mayank Dutia
lecture series organiser
The 2013 Our Changing World Series will begin in September next year.
This article was published on Nov 8, 2013