Biomedical Sciences

Our Changing World lecture series

Join us for the fifth anniversary of the Our Changing World series of public lectures that bring together today's leading thinkers to tackle some of the world's most pressing questions.

The Our Changing World lectures examine global challenges facing society, and the role of academia in addressing them.

Topics addressed in this year’s programme include antibiotic resistance, impact and adaptation to climate change, society’s relationship with the internet and Scotland after the referendum.

For full details on the lecture series and to book tickets, visit the Our Changing World website.

Our Changing World website

Enlightenment lecture

This year's Our Changing World Enlightenment Lecture will be delivered by Professor Sir John Beddington, entitled ‘Legacies of the 20th Century and Challenges for the 21st’.

Former Government Chief Scientific Adviser, and Edinburgh alumnus, Sir John is a world-leading expert on global challenges and their impact on society.

He is Convenor of the Global Academies Advisory Board and is renowned for coining the infamous phrase “the perfect storm”.

The University’s Enlightenment Lectures highlight aspects of the Enlightenment's legacy in the context of today's society, encompassing talks from global leaders in politics, philosophy, science and economics.

Previous speakers include Joseph Stiglitz, Irene Khan, Mary Robinson, Aubrey Manning, Amartya Sen, Jon Snow and Robert Winston.

Professor Sir John Beddington will deliver his Enlightenment Lecture on Wednesday 19 November 2014, 6.30pm - 8pm McEwan Hall, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG