Find details on past lectures back to 1999

Full information on all our past lectures back to 1999 can be found in our Lectures Archive.
  • The human scale: technology and leadership in times of crisis – Misha Glenny

    What happens when technological, political, biological and economic change outstrips the capacity of humanity to comprehend that change? Humans face a challenge of scale which has reached a moment of crisis. The exponential increase – which we are about to witness – in the power of technology and our dependence…

  • The Mind of the Bee – Professor Lars Chittka

    Bees have a diverse instinctual repertoire that allows the functioning of the beehive like a smoothly oiled factory, with different workers specialising in comb construction, climate control system, defence and foraging for nectar and pollen. However, the richness of bees’ instincts has traditionally been contrasted with the notion that bees’…

  • Catching the artist’s skill: a journey of discovery and wonder – Prof Erma Hermens

    We are often marvelling at the 17th-century painter’s skilful and realistic rendering of materials such as glass, metal, fur and human skin, or at the technical ingenuity of the goldsmith or glassblower, who manipulate their materials with such sophistication. Through a multidisciplinary approach, combining expertise and methods from technical art…

  • Raising the Dead: Constructing Characters from the Ancient Christian Past – Professor Helen Bond

    The gospels are full of memorable vignettes – Pontius Pilate washing his hands, Jesus healing a blind man, Mary Magdalene weeping at the cross. It’s no surprise that these scenes have an established place in Western art, literature and culture. But what do we really know about any of these…

  • Elite sport performance: is there a formulae for success? – Prof Mark King

    In the increasingly competitive world of elite sport, understanding the factors that limit human performance is critical as athletes push their bodies to the limit to achieve incredible performances that we can only dream of. Over the last 30 years as technology has developed we are now able to quantify,…

  • Understanding suicidal behaviour – Professor Rory O’Connor

    Suicide and self-harm are major public health concerns with complex aetiologies which encompass a multifaceted array of risk and protective factors. There is growing recognition that we need to move beyond psychiatric categories to further our understanding of the pathways to both. Recent approaches have conceptualised suicide as a behaviour,…

  • Britain’s police and food supply in World War One – Dr Mary Fraser

    The example of Britain’s police families shows how many middle-class households fared in World War One on the Home Front. By 1915 the police portrayed themselves as struggling to feed their families as food prices rose twice as fast as the war bonus. From October 1915 their journal published costed…

  • ‘Volcanoes from fuming vents to extinction events’ – Prof Tamsin Mather

    Volcanoes are spectacular natural phenomena. Earth has experienced volcanism since its beginnings and observing a volcanic eruption is a truly primeval experience. Volcanoes have shaped our planet and have been key in creating and maintaining its habitability. However, they can also be deadly natural hazards and are implicated in some…

  • The building of the Borders Railway – Hugh Wark

    The Borders Railway has been hugely successful since its opening in 2015. In this presentation we will take a look back to the challenges of building the line including bringing old viaducts and tunnels back to life, dealing with old mineworkings and protecting the environment whilst delivering this £300m project.…

  • A guided excursion round the geology of Islay – David Webster

    The island of Islay is a treasure trove of geological sites. We will visit the “Billion Year Gap”, look through a “window” at the basement underlying most of the Grampian Highlands, see signs of “Snowball Earth”, and discover the best evidence in the British Isles of Precambrian life. With the…

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    View the Lectures from 2017 to 2020

    University of Strathclyde Archives and Special Collections Home of the recordings of Society Lectures 2017 – 2021 Digital recordings of lectures, plus abstracts of lectures and biographies of speakers, from the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow’s 216th, 217th, 218th and 219th lecture series. Annual accruals are expected. Arranged by lecture…

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