7.20pm to 8.45pm, Friday 24 April
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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been cancelled. All attendees will be contacted to offer a full refund.
Are we free to shape our own destiny? Or are our lives already mapped out?
This talk discusses the recent neuroscience challenging our concept of agency and free will.
Join Hannah Critchlow as she explores how much of our behaviour is predetermined and asks, is there anything we can do to alter our brain biology and better shape our futures?
Hannah Critchlow is an internationally acclaimed neuroscientist based at the University of Cambridge. She loves demystifying the human brain on Radio, TV and at Festivals.
She's helped present BBC’s Tomorrow’s World Live and BBC2 Family Brain Games, published ‘Consciousness: A Ladybird Expert Guide’ and 'The Science of Fate', which made The Sunday Times Bestseller list.
In 2019 she was named by Nature as one of Cambridge University’s ‘Rising Stars in Life Sciences’ in recognition for achievements in science engagement. She was also elected member of the prestigious European Dana Alliance of the Brain and joined the judging panel for the prestigious Wellcome Trust Science book Prize for 2018.
Her work in science communication saw her named as a Top 100 UK scientist by the Science Council in 2014 and one of Cambridge University’s most ‘inspirational and successful women in science’ in 2013.
Discourses are one of the Ri’s oldest and most prestigious series of talks. Since 1825, audiences in the theatre have witnessed countless mind-expanding moments, including the first public liquefaction of air by James Dewar, the announcement of the electron by JJ Thomson and over 100 lectures by Michael Faraday. In more recent times, we have had Nobel laureates, Fields medal winners, scientists, authors and artists – all from the cutting-edge of their field. Discourses are an opportunity for the best and brightest to share their work with the world.
Steeped in nearly two centuries of tradition, a Discourse is more than just a lecture. To keep the focus on the topic, presenters begin sharply at 7:30pm without introduction and we lock the speaker into a room ten minutes ahead of the start (legend has it that a speaker once tried to escape!). Some of our guests dress smartly for our Discourse events to add to this sense of occasion.
Find out more about the history of the Friday Evening Discourses on our blog.
Please be aware that this Discourse starts at 7.30pm, but all attendees must be seated in the theatre by 7.20pm.
The doors will open at approximately 6.45pm.
Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.
The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.
The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.
There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.
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