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Birkbeck launches lecture series this week, celebrating the 100th anniversary of joining the University of London

In February there are five lectures being held from an invited guest in each School, and Dr Iroise Dumontheil, Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience, kicks off the lecture series on Tuesday 11 February.

Since Dr George Birkbeck created the London Mechanics’ Institute in 1823, the organisation that is now Birkbeck, University of London, has been the gateway for ambitious people to study in the evening. In so doing they change their own lives - and make an immediate impact on business, the economy and our entire society.

This year Birkbeck marks the 100th anniversary of joining the University of London and the College is celebrating this milestone by presenting a lecture series in February on the theme of “opening education”, showcasing Birkbeck’s unique commitment to access and excellence.

Professor David Latchman, Master of Birkbeck, commented:

“We are proud of our membership of the University of London and the value to our students that holding a University of London degree brings.”

On Tuesday 11 February from 6 to 7 pm Dr Iroise Dumontheil is delivering the first lecture, entitled 'Using an educational neuroscience approach to improve maths and science achievement in primary school'. Dr Dumontheil is part of the team behind 'UnLocke: An innovative maths and science learning activity informed by neuroscience' and works alongside other neuroscientists, computer scientists, and education experts to enhance children’s learning in maths and science.

The evening lecture series, all being held from 6 to 7pm, are open for all to attend and are free of charge:

  • 11 February: Dr Iroise Dumontheil, Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck
  • 13 February: Sir Ed Davey, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
  • 17 February: Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, barrister, broadcaster and Labour member of the House of Lords
  • 19 February: Professor Dame Marina Warner, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck and novelist
  • 25 February: Professor Jean Seaton, Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster and the official historian of the BBC

Find out more about each talk and book to attend here.

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