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Distinguished Lecture Series

Hear from our international network of guest speakers

The colloquium is a public distinguished lecture series sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering.

Each lecture will see distinguished guest lecturers from around the world present a one-hour talk about their work, followed by a Q&A session. University students and research staff are encouraged to attend these colloquia.

New lecture topics will be added regularly throughout 2023. To be notified of upcoming Distinguished Lectures from the Faculty of Engineering, please register your interest.

Past events


Professor Anna Kadefors from KTH Stockholm gave an overview of her research on how intuitive perceptions of fairness, trust and motivation may both foster and counteract collaboration in construction projects.

Professor Gregory Deierlein from Stanford University presented key advancements through an application looking at earthquake risk for the large inventory steel-framed buildings in downtown San Francisco. 

Professor Christos Harilaos Papadimitriou, the Donovan Family Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, introduced the Assembly Calculus, a computational system and programming framework which appears to be a promising bridge between neurons and cognition.

In this presentation, Professor Michael Levin, Vannevar Bush Professor, and Director, Allen Discovery Center & Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, Tufts University, explained how his group is using new approaches to understand the collective intelligence of cells.


In the face of increasingly common extreme rainfall events over Eastern Australia, Dr. Nandini Ramesh, Senior Research Scientist, Natural Hazards and Climate Risk at Data 61, CSIRO, outlined how climate scientists analyse the processes through which greenhouse gases in the atmosphere affect rainfall and how to think about the resulting predictions for the future.


Professor Andrew Davies from the University of Sussex Business School shared how his research over the past 15 years has helped to create a movement for innovation – in new ideas, practices, organisational structures and delivery models – in London’s ecology of megaprojects (e.g. Heathrow, London Olympics and Crossrail).

During this presentation Professor Hoon Sohn from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology presented a real-time displacement estimation technique to address challenges of understanding the real behaviour of civil infrastructure systems. 

During this lecture Professor Ron Hui, Nanyang Technological University and Chair Professor, Imperial College London, explored the past, present and future of wireless power transfer (WPT), addressing the latest research and future trends