Public Lectures

2018-2019 Lecture Programme:


Cardiovascular Disease: Go with the Flow
Professor Faisel Khan
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee
Wednesday 3 October, 7 pm
Lecture Theatre 4, Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, Dundee University

 Disease of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease) can begin early in life, well before the development of clinical signs, such as a heart attack or stroke. Prevention of cardiovascular disease is of great importance and a major challenge in achieving this is our understanding of the underlying biology involved in development of the disease.


Futures Forum – Question the Experts

Tuesday 6 November, 7 pm
Lecture Theatre 4, Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, Dundee University

Having highlighted some of the major scientific achievements of the past 50 years in our last lecture series, we now look ahead to the coming decades with this panel discussion and Q&A session. Experts from a range of fields will share their thoughts on the significant developments in science and technology we might expect to see in the near future, in response to questions and comments from the audience.   


Seals as Sentinels of Ocean Health: Understanding the Harmful Effects of Pollution from Plastic, POPs and Pills 
Dr Kimberley Bennet, Abertay University
Thursday 24 January 2019, 7 pm
Kydd Building, Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee

Our wild seals are swimming in plastic-polluted seas, but this means they can also help us monitor the state of our seas. This lecture will explore the harmful effects of plastic pollution – along with other hidden pollutants that we hear less about in the news – using seals as sentinels of ocean health.


Reducing the Global Burden of Crop Pests and Diseases
Professor Ian Toth, James Hutton Institute
Wednesday 20 February, 7 pm
Lecture Theatre 4, Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, Dundee University

Food crops support a growing global population of over 7 billion, yet pests and diseases destroy a third of crops each year – equivalent to a billion tonnes – even before harvest. This lecture will examine the challenges of reducing crop losses while protecting the planet from increasing agricultural pressures, and will consider the question ‘are these two challenges compatible?’

Supported by Scottish Society for Crop Research



A Compass Always Points North – or Does It?
Dr Ciaran Beggan, British Geological Survey, Edinburgh
Wednesday 20 March, 7 pm
Lecture Theatre 4, Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, Dundee University

The compass points to magnetic north, which rarely coincides with true north. The magnetic pole wanders constantly – sometimes slowly, sometimes rapidly. This lecture will show how measurements both ancient and modern can tell us more about the behaviour of the Earth’s magnetic field, from reversals to jets in the liquid outer core.

Supported by British Geological Survey







The Tayside & Fife Branch of the British Science Association is most grateful to the University of Dundee, and Abertay University for their contributions towards this lecture series.


More Information

The annual Public Lecture programme seeks to offer a varied and interesting series
of talks by accomplished scientists in a range of disciplines. It runs from Autum to Spring with five or six talks evenly spaced out over the winter months.

Prof. John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, shows the "Magic of the Cosmos" during his very popular lecture to mark the 50th anniversary of Dundee Astronomical Society in September 2006.

All talks are FREE and are intended for a non-specialist public audience and are open to everyone . There is no need to book in advance.

You may also be interested in the following series of talks which are held locally: