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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

February 2020

Join us for an inspiring evening with author and BBC presenter Claudia Hammond to discover how to find rest in a busy world.

March 2020

Gulwali Passarlay’s journey to the UK, as told in his autobiography, “The Lightless Sky: A Twelve-Year-Old Refugee’s Harrowing Escape from Afghanistan and His Extraordinary Journey Across Half The World”, shaped his future and inspired an insatiable determination and commitment to raise awareness and make a difference for other refugees by co-founding the charity organisation My Bright Kite.

Join The Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal in discussion with architects shortlisted in the W Awards 2020 (formerly the Women in Architecture awards)

We are obsessed with status. Annual awards and league tables of universities, liveable cities and national happiness reflect this obsession. But how valid are these rankings?

Arthur I Miller argues that computers can already be as creative as humans – and someday will surpass us. This is not a dystopian account; Miller celebrates the creative possibilities of artificial intelligence in art, music, and literature.

Sunday Assembly Lates is back! Zoe Cormier, a science communicator raised in the music industry, will explain how and why humans are able to create music. Did it give us an evolutionary advantage? Why have all civilisations throughout history made music? And why don’t other animals understand music?

In this evening lecture, Jim Al-Khalili will discuss the fundamental concepts of space, time, energy, and matter, and then describes the three pillars of modern physics – quantum theory, relativity, and thermodynamics – showing how all three must come together if we are ever to have a full understanding of reality.

Daniel Zoran is a research scientist atDeepMind, the UK based world-leading artificial intelligence company. His talk will summarise the uses of AI and provide a glimpse into the future of this exciting field.

Love drugs are no longer speculations of science-fiction writers like Aldous Huxley. They are already with us. A Yale bioethicist explores the implications of this.

Join Councillor Asher Craig, deputy mayor, Bristol City Council; Guardian columnist Tom Hunt; Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University; and author Carolyn Steel as they discuss the issues we face on the environmental impact of our food consumption and production.

Described by a former senior Intelligence official as a ‘long-term thorn in the side of the intelligence establish-ment’, and winner of numerous awards for his journalism Richard Norton-Taylor reveals the secrets of his for-ty-year career as a journalist covering the world of spies and their masters in Whitehall.

Explore the extraordinary mind of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking as we are joined by an all-star panel of scientists and comedians to talk about Hawking’s legacy and what he had to say about some of the biggest questions facing humanity.

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