Delivered by newly appointed professors, the lectures will delve into the ground-breaking research Brighton academics are carrying out to address some of the biggest challenges facing people and communities here in Brighton, across the UK and around the world.
The lectures are free to attend, and open to staff, students and the general public – but booking is essential. A catered reception follows each lecture where conversations can continue informally with people from across the university and the wider community.
The 2023 programme kicks off on Wednesday, 15 February with an exploration of Professor of Psychology Rusi Jaspal’s research into the creation, growth and defence of identity among gay and bisexual men. The event, which takes place during LGBTQ+ History Month, will shine a light on the coping strategies adopted by some gay and bisexual men whose identity is challenged or threatened, and provide practical recommendations for individuals and groups.
Becky Allen, Professor of Education, will then provide a fascinating glimpse inside Britain’s classrooms, drawing on her experience of asking around 8,000 teachers three questions a day since 2017.
Andrew Dilley, Professor in Neuroanatomy, will unravel the complexities of chronic pain that affects millions of people, discussing his research to better understand how relatively minor ailments may contribute to chronic pain.
Finally for the spring series, Barbara Phillips, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, will discuss her research into the prescription of drugs in high stakes intensive care environments.
A further programme of lectures is planned for the summer term, with booking information to be made available soon. You will find details for all inaugural lectures available to book on our open lectures page. If you would like to attend, please register online no later than 48 hours prior to the event.
Find out more about inaugural lectures and explore films from our previous ones for insights into a variety of intriguing research topics.
Professor Rusi Jaspal
Identity: Its creation, growth and defence among gay and bisexual men
Wednesday 15 February 2023 at 6.30pm, Rooms 103 and 104, Elm House
Professor Becky Allen
The hidden lives of teachers: Seeking best practice in a diverse world
Wednesday 1 March 2023 at 6.30pm, Rooms 103 and 104, Elm House
Professor Andrew Dilley
Touching a raw nerve: Controversies in the field of chronic pain
Wednesday 15 March 2023 at 6.30pm, Chowen Lecture Theatre, BSMS Teaching Building, University of Sussex
Professor Barbara Philips
Individualising chaos: Prescribing drugs in high stakes environments
Wednesday 29 March 2023 at 6.30pm, Chowen Lecture Theatre, BSMS Teaching Building, University of Sussex
Save the dates for the summer series
Professor James Ebdon
Humans, Health and H2Ope: Combatting waterborne disease in an age of phage
Wednesday 26 April 2023
Professor Mark Devenney
Political equality and climate catastrophe: Democracy after ‘humanity’
Wednesday 10 May 2023
Professor Tamar Jeffers McDonald
Movie magazines and Hollywood: An interdependent history
Wednesday 24 May 2023
Professor Stephen Bremner
Fishing, dredging and veering off-course: How statisticians ensure you're waving, not drowning
Wednesday 7 June 2023