UEA academics to host free public lectures at The Forum

Sixteen leading academics will bring their expertise in everything from Doctor Who to weather prediction to The Forum this week, with a series of public lectures.

The rolling programme of talks by lecturers at The University of East Anglia will be held on Monday June 3 and Tuesday June 4, in The Curve at The Forum, Norwich.

Each of the one-hour long talks will cover different topics which form part of the studies of students across the various university degree courses, bringing them to the public as part of a week-long university Forum Showcase.

The two-day series kicks off with a lecture by Prof Bruce Lankford from the School of International Development, titled ‘If *you* save the world, who gets it? A light-hearted exploration of resource efficiency.’

Also on Monday, Dr Jenni Barclay, School of Environmental Sciences will talk about volcanoes in her talk, ‘Burnt fingers? Playing games with volcanoes’.

And on Tuesday June 4, Dr Keith Johnston presents ‘50 Years in the TARDIS? Doctor Who and the TV anniversary special’ at the start of the day, with the event wrapped up by Professor Sarah Churchwell, from the School of American Studies, hosting ‘Careless people: Scott Fitzgerald and the invention of The Great Gatsby’ followed by a book signing.

David Richardson, deputy vice-chancellor at UEA, said: “We are bringing these high calibre academics to the centre of Norwich to offer the community a chance to see just some of the subjects and areas which are taught and researched at the university.

“Whether people have a specific interest in one of the subject areas, or just want to come and learn something new, there is something in there for everyone. This is just one of the many ways we are sharing the celebrations of our 50th anniversary with the rest of the region.”

Each of the 16 lectures is free, open to everyone, with no need to book or buy tickets. For more information or to see a full schedule of public lectures, visit www.uea.ac.uk/50years/forthcoming-events.