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Events and Talks 2014

Those events which are open to the public are always listed here, so keep coming back to see if I am doing a public lecture near you.

I also appear at a lot of events which are not open to the public. To book me for after-dinner speeches, keynote speeches at conferences or training events, authoring/editing books, or for anything else, please contact one of my agents.

Upcoming events which are open to the public:


James Watt Gala Dinner 2015 - I am giving the after-dinner speech at the The 2015 James Watt Dinner, hosted by IESIS, featuring the 2015 Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame inductees, in Glasgow, Friday 2nd October 2015. More information available here.


University of York. Sunday 4th October at 12.30pm. I am giving a careers talk to under-graduates at the University History Society.


Sidmouth Science Festival. Sunday 18th October 2015. I am giving a talk entitled "Are we alone in the Universe?" at the Norman Lockyer Observatory at 2.30pm. More information here.


Tyne and Wear Heritage Conference 2016 -  On  Saturday 23 January 2016 The Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum (TWHF) present: 'Innovation, Invention, Industrialisation', a conference to celebrate the central contribution of Tyne & Wear to the industrial revolution, to which members of all the different local heritage and history groups will be invited, as well as members of the public. Adam Hart-Davis is the keynote speaker. Book tickets here.




I also give a great variety of talks at private functions, to audiences ranging from local schools, history groups, and the WI, to the Royal Society, the Royal Institution, and the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society. Here is a list of some of the subjects about which I give lectures.

Subjects include:

  • About Time – is it real; how we measure it; time travel.

  • Are we alone in the universe?

  • Charles Darwin; Are earthworms deaf?

  • Coal, steam, and power

  • Coping with Climate Change

  • Cosmology, a beginner’s guide

  • Hands-on science for primary schools

  • Heroes of the Industrial Revolution

  • Inventors and scientific heroes of Devon/ Cornwall/the north-east/Scotland etc.

  • Just another day - science and technology of everyday life

  • Much ado about nothing (the history of the vacuum)

  • Taking the piss out of London

  • The Eddystone lighthouses

  • The Great Exhibition of 1851

  • The Lunaticks of Birmingham

  • Toilets and history

  • What made Britain Great

  • What the industrial revolution did for us

If you are interested in organising a talk for your organization, please contact my agent John Willcocks  or email my assistant alisonseldon@gmail.com

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