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Lectures and Seminars

At Durham University you'll find an extensive programme of public lectures and seminars. With an impressive line up of experts and renowned academics speaking on a myriad of topics, the aim is to share knowledge and encourage debate. Lectures on thought provoking subjects as diverse as history and astro-physics are aimed at a general audience and delivered at various locations across the University. Lectures in the Castle Public Lecture Series take place within the Great Hall of historic Durham Castle, while the Institute of Advanced Study hosts a year round programme of inter-disciplinary lectures. Our Museums offer public lectures to accompany exhibitions and events and our Colleges celebrate that they are scholary communities with series' such as Cafe Politique, Cafe Scientifique and Cafe des Arts.

Public lectures are free of charge and open to all.

Wednesday 28 June 2017

'A Brave New World? Human gene editing and Bioethics'

5:30pm to 7:30pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE
Ustinov Seminar
Are you familiar with the human gene editing method (CRISPR) currently taking place in the UK? Have you ever considered its wider implications? How would human gene editing affect diversity? Could it lead to eugenics?

Contact ustinov.seminar@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 5 July 2017

Time Machines: Talks Programme

1:00pm to 2:00pm, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green

Cherry Lewis - The Dating Game: Arthur Holmes’ dream to date the age of the Earth

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Catholicism, Literature and the Arts: 1850 to the Present

2:00pm to 6:00pm, Durham
International conference This conference will bring together leading scholars to address key questions in the study of Catholic art and writing, including the question of whether there is a distinctive tradition of ‘Catholic literature’.

Contact theresa.phillips@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 6 July 2017

Catholicism, Literature and the Arts: 1850 to the Present

2:00pm to 6:00pm, Durham
International conference This conference will bring together leading scholars to address key questions in the study of Catholic art and writing, including the question of whether there is a distinctive tradition of ‘Catholic literature’.

Contact theresa.phillips@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 7 July 2017

Catholicism, Literature and the Arts: 1850 to the Present

2:00pm to 6:00pm, Durham
International conference This conference will bring together leading scholars to address key questions in the study of Catholic art and writing, including the question of whether there is a distinctive tradition of ‘Catholic literature’.

Contact theresa.phillips@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


2017 Ustinov Annual Conference: Global Citizenship, Nationalism, and New Paradigms

6:00pm to 5:00pm, Fisher House, Ustinov College

The conference invites participants to engage with the perceived polarisation of Western society, the globalism/nationalism dichotomy, as well as non-Western discourses on global citizenship.

Contact ustinov.conference@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 8 July 2017

2017 Ustinov Annual Conference: Global Citizenship, Nationalism, and New Paradigms

6:00pm to 5:00pm, Fisher House, Ustinov College

The conference invites participants to engage with the perceived polarisation of Western society, the globalism/nationalism dichotomy, as well as non-Western discourses on global citizenship.

Contact ustinov.conference@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 12 July 2017

Time Machines: Talks Programme

1:00pm to 2:00pm, PG21, Pemberton Building, Palace Green

Martin Ward - A time machine that can look back 13.5 billion years: The Telescope

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 15 July 2017

Tomb Security in Ancient Egypt

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Room 009, Elvet Hill House, adjacent to Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH
North East Ancient Egypt Society
In this lecture, Rob CLark will discuss how Tomb robbers were a constant threat to burials in Egypt and so many ingenious and not so ingenious measures were taken to protect the tomb. From sandraulics to curses, the methods are discussed in this lecture.

Contact neaesoc@googlemail.com for more information about this event.


Thursday 20 July 2017

3rd International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology

9:00am to 6:00am, Munich, Germany

It takes us immense pleasure to announce the 3 rd International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology which is going to be held during July 20-21,2017, at Munich,Germany. Theme:"Meeting the Needs of a Changing World" which reflects the innovative progress in Synthetic Biology research.

Contact syntheticbiology@conferenceseries.net for more information about this event.


Friday 21 July 2017

3rd International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology

9:00am to 6:00am, Munich, Germany

It takes us immense pleasure to announce the 3 rd International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology which is going to be held during July 20-21,2017, at Munich,Germany. Theme:"Meeting the Needs of a Changing World" which reflects the innovative progress in Synthetic Biology research.

Contact syntheticbiology@conferenceseries.net for more information about this event.


Wednesday 26 July 2017

Time Machines: Talks Programme

1:00pm to 2:00pm, PG21 Pemberton Building, Palace Green

Andrew Crumey - Can Novelists Predict the Future?

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 2 August 2017

Time Machines: Talks Programme

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library

David Rooney - Travelling With Time: Stories from the Greenwich Observatory

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 7 October 2017

Durham Book Festival 2017

Various venues around Durham City

Saturday 7 - Sunday 15 October 2017.

Durham Book Festival is set to return this autumn taking place in and around the beautiful city. Events are held in a range of iconic venues including the historic Durham Town Hall, Durham Cathedral and the Gala Theatre.

The programme for the festival will be revealed on 9th August 2017.


Sunday 8 October 2017

Durham Book Festival 2017

Various venues around Durham City

Saturday 7 - Sunday 15 October 2017.

Durham Book Festival is set to return this autumn taking place in and around the beautiful city. Events are held in a range of iconic venues including the historic Durham Town Hall, Durham Cathedral and the Gala Theatre.

The programme for the festival will be revealed on 9th August 2017.


Monday 9 October 2017

Durham Book Festival 2017

Various venues around Durham City

Saturday 7 - Sunday 15 October 2017.

Durham Book Festival is set to return this autumn taking place in and around the beautiful city. Events are held in a range of iconic venues including the historic Durham Town Hall, Durham Cathedral and the Gala Theatre.

The programme for the festival will be revealed on 9th August 2017.


Tuesday 10 October 2017

Durham Book Festival 2017

Various venues around Durham City

Saturday 7 - Sunday 15 October 2017.

Durham Book Festival is set to return this autumn taking place in and around the beautiful city. Events are held in a range of iconic venues including the historic Durham Town Hall, Durham Cathedral and the Gala Theatre.

The programme for the festival will be revealed on 9th August 2017.


12th Global Toxicology and Risk Assessment Meeting

1:40pm to 1:40pm, London, UK

Canvassing New Innovations with the Depictive Version of Toxicology Study

Contact global@toxicologyconferences.org for more information about this event.


Wednesday 11 October 2017

Durham Book Festival 2017

Various venues around Durham City

Saturday 7 - Sunday 15 October 2017.

Durham Book Festival is set to return this autumn taking place in and around the beautiful city. Events are held in a range of iconic venues including the historic Durham Town Hall, Durham Cathedral and the Gala Theatre.

The programme for the festival will be revealed on 9th August 2017.


12th Global Toxicology and Risk Assessment Meeting

1:40pm to 1:40pm, London, UK

Canvassing New Innovations with the Depictive Version of Toxicology Study

Contact global@toxicologyconferences.org for more information about this event.


Thursday 12 October 2017

Durham Book Festival 2017

Various venues around Durham City

Saturday 7 - Sunday 15 October 2017.

Durham Book Festival is set to return this autumn taking place in and around the beautiful city. Events are held in a range of iconic venues including the historic Durham Town Hall, Durham Cathedral and the Gala Theatre.

The programme for the festival will be revealed on 9th August 2017.


12th Global Toxicology and Risk Assessment Meeting

1:40pm to 1:40pm, London, UK

Canvassing New Innovations with the Depictive Version of Toxicology Study

Contact global@toxicologyconferences.org for more information about this event.


Friday 13 October 2017

Durham Book Festival 2017

Various venues around Durham City

Saturday 7 - Sunday 15 October 2017.

Durham Book Festival is set to return this autumn taking place in and around the beautiful city. Events are held in a range of iconic venues including the historic Durham Town Hall, Durham Cathedral and the Gala Theatre.

The programme for the festival will be revealed on 9th August 2017.


Saturday 14 October 2017

Durham Book Festival 2017

Various venues around Durham City

Saturday 7 - Sunday 15 October 2017.

Durham Book Festival is set to return this autumn taking place in and around the beautiful city. Events are held in a range of iconic venues including the historic Durham Town Hall, Durham Cathedral and the Gala Theatre.

The programme for the festival will be revealed on 9th August 2017.


Sunday 15 October 2017

Durham Book Festival 2017

Various venues around Durham City

Saturday 7 - Sunday 15 October 2017.

Durham Book Festival is set to return this autumn taking place in and around the beautiful city. Events are held in a range of iconic venues including the historic Durham Town Hall, Durham Cathedral and the Gala Theatre.

The programme for the festival will be revealed on 9th August 2017.


Durham Festival of the Arts 2017

2nd – 23rd June 2017

Durham Festival of the Arts is an exciting 3 week festival organised by Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre. The exciting programme of events includes a whole host of exciting performances in venues across the city.
Visit the website for details and booking www.dfoa.co.uk