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Spring public lectures: self delusion and big bad tech

Public lectures

We have two exciting public lectures coming up - be sure to reserve your place now tyo avoid disappointment.

Public Lecture Series - The Self Delusion: how we are all connected and why that matters

Wednesday 26 February, 19:30

G10, Palmer Building, Whiteknights campus


We often think of ourselves as individuals, acting alone, with an inner self that stays the same across our lives. But this is an illusion - in fact, we are more connected with others, the planet and the universe than we realise. In his lecture, ecologist Tom Oliver explains some surprising science that will make you think differently about yourself and your place in the world. While our sense of individual self has helped our species to succeed, he argues that seeing beyond this mindset to understand the complex connections between us may well be the key to a better future.

Admission free. Booking advisable. Please click here to book your place.


Public Lecture Series - Biscuits to Big Tech: Reading's rise to economic prosperity

Wednesday 18 March, 19:30

G10 Palmer Building, Whiteknights campus

Reading was once a sleepy county town famed for its ‘beer, biscuits and bulbs' but today it is a hub for high-tech industry with international links. How did it get that way and how can we make sure its economic success continues? In this lecture, Professor Kathy Pain will explore the town's rise to prosperity and the future sustainability problems facing densely developed urban regions like Reading. She will draw on her research which shows how investing in so-called ‘good density' - well-designed and compact cities with affordable public transport; available jobs and talent; and ‘green and blue infrastructure' such as hedgerows and waterways - could help secure Reading's future success in a changing economic landscape.


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