EPS Distinguished Lecture Series

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences is delighted to present the EPS Distinguished Lecture Series. Launched in 2014, the Series features leading professionals from across industry and academia. They are invited to share their experiences, the good and the bad, with you and offer an insight into their success.

Also included in the Series are the EPS Christmas Lectures which invite internationally renowned science and engineering broadcasters to share their favourite conundrums and celebrate the enormous impact of innovation, all with a festive feel.

All these events are open to the public and free of charge, but booking is essential. Please click on the below headings to register for an event or hear from our previous speakers.

Upcoming events 

None at present.

Past events 

Yvonne Baker OBE

Chemical Engineering graduate Yvonne Baker is best known for creating the STEM Ambassador Scheme. Here she shares some of her thoughts on how we can all make science more attractive.

David Phillips

Past-President of the Royal Society of Chemistry Professor David Phillips shares his story from raw Birmingham undergraduate, through an international career in photochemistry.

Simon Singh - Christmas Lecture

Simon Singh is a scientific journalist and author, known for his books such as Fermat’s Last Theorem and The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.

Osman Kent

Computer Science and Electronics alumnus Osman Kent shares his improbable journey from Turkey to Birmingham to Silicon Valley, and sheds light on the future of building technology companies.

Professor Sir J. Fraser Stoddart

Sir Fraser received the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the design and synthesis of molecular machines. He returned to the University in November to deliver a special lecture on his research

Dave Charlton

Professor Charlton reveals the fundamental science with the world's largest scientific instrument: what's next at the CERN Large Hadron Collider?

Mark Miodownik - Christmas Lecture

Everything is made of stuff and that stuff is changing all the time. Mark reveals upcoming changes to the material world, from bionic people to living buildings and objects that heal themselves.

Seeram Ramakrishna

Director of Centre for Nanofibers and Nanotechnology at the National University of Singapore, Seeram shares how engineering can help us live beyond 100 years.

Jim Al-Khalili - Christmas Lecture

Jim Al-Khalili, Presenter of The Life Scientific on Radio 4, British scientist and author, selects some of his favourite scientific conundrums.

Paul Cannon

President of the International Union of Radio Science, Professor Cannon discusses the potential global impact of solar superstorms.

Professor Sir Martin Sweeting

Director of the Surrey Space Centre, Sir Martin delivered the first of this Series entitled "Keeping Satellites in Space - Where Science and Engineering Meet".


Our scientific journalistic magazine Science and Technology News and Views cover all events in this Series, offering great overviews and exclusive interviews. Find out more about the society here.


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The Distinguished Lecture Series is brought to you by the College Alumni Relations Office as part of the EPS Community. To find out more about our community and how you could get involved head to www.birmingham.ac.uk/eps-community.