Recent Events


Prof Sir Andy Haines and Prof Chris Dye in Conversation: "Building back healthier: climate change, health and the recovery from Covid-19"

21st January 2021: 5:00pm   Live Stream

Covid-19 killed around two million people in 2020. At the same time, the social and economic impact of the pandemic led to an 8% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the biggest one-year decline on record.

Series: Building back better - lessons and opportunities from the COVID-19 pandemic

Prof Myles Allen, Kaya Axelsson, Prof Sam Fankhauser & Dr Steve Smith in conversation: "Net zero – why and how?"

18th January 2021: 1:00pm   Live Stream

The first discussion in the Oxford Net Zero Series, hosted by the Oxford Martin School, hones in on the fundamental motivation of the research programme: ‘Why net zero?’.

Series: Oxford net zero: climate in the balance


Prof Yvonne Jones, Prof Phil Biggin & Prof Charles Godfray in conversation: "Protein structure & AI: the excitement about the recent advance made by Google DeepMind’s AlphaFold Programme"

10th December 2020: 5:00pm   Live Stream

On the 30th November it was announced that the Artificial Intelligence computer programme AlphaFold had made a decisive breakthrough in the determination of the 3-D structures of proteins.


Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt in conversation: "The Web, internet and data during the pandemic: lessons learnt and new directions"

26th November 2020: 5:00pm

In 2020, Governments around the world made the decision to lock down their country to help stop the spread of Covid-19. This led to teaching, meetings, conferences, contacting family and more being conducted from home via the internet.

Series: Building back better - lessons and opportunities from the COVID-19 pandemic

Prof Susan Jebb and Prof Sir Charles Godfray in conversation: "Rethinking diet, weight and health policy in and after the COVID-19 pandemic"

19th November 2020: 5:00pm   Live Stream

The current covid-19 pandemic has focussed attention on the variability in personal risk of serious illness. After age and ethnicity, one of the most important factors associated with developing serious covid complications, requiring admission to hospital or ICU, is being overweight.

Series: Building back better - lessons and opportunities from the COVID-19 pandemic

Prof Tim Schwanen and Dr Jennie Middleton in Conversation, chaired by Prof Jim Hall: "Re-imagining urban mobility after COVID-19"

12th November 2020: 5:00pm   Live Stream

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented disruptions to urban mobility systems across the globe yet also presented unique opportunities for people to drive less, walk/cycle more and reduce carbon emissions.

Series: Building back better - lessons and opportunities from the COVID-19 pandemic


Book talk: “The ages of globalization” with Prof Jeff Sachs

27th October 2020: 5:00pm   Live Stream

We are justified to say that we are living through a new age of globalisation, which Professor Jeff Sachs calls the Digital Age. The hugely disruptive changes were already with us before Covid-19, but now we’ve been hurled head-first into the new age.

Book Launch "Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years" with Prof Ian Goldin

14th October 2020: 5:00pm   Live Stream

Expert in globalisation and development, Professor Ian Goldin uses state-of-the-art maps to show humanity’s impact on the planet and demonstrate how we can save it and thrive as a species.

Prof Sarah Smith & Prof Cameron Hepburn in conversation: "Baby steps: the gender division of childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic"

7th October 2020: 4:00pm   Live Stream

The nature and scale of the shocks to the demand for, and the supply of, home childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic provide a unique opportunity to increase our understanding of the division of home labour and the determinants of specialisation within the household.

Series: The economics of the COVID-19 pandemic