The George Hay Lecture
The George Hay Lecture was instituted in 2000 by the Science Fiction Foundation in honour of one of our co-founders, the environmentalist and science communicator George Hay. The lecture is given each year at the British National Science Fiction Convention, known as Eastercon. It is delivered by a working scientist, or exponent of science, to an educated audience of fans, on the current work in his or her field.
The previous Hay Lecturers have been:
Dr Rachael Livermore - 'Witnessing the Dawn of Galaxies'
Dr Kirsty Squires, University of Staffordshire - 'Forensic Medieval Archaeology'
Dr Hamied Haroon, University of Manchester - 'Medical Imaging: Exploring the Final Frontier'
Dr Kevin Cowtan, University of York - 'Vulcans are from Vulcan, Humans are from Earth: Understanding Climate Science and Why Some People Reject It'
Prof Debbie Chachra, Olin College of Engineering - '3D Printing, Biology, and Futures for Materials'
Dr Colin Wright, Gresham College - 'The Mathematics of Juggling'
Dr Anna Croft, University of Nottingham - 'To the Stars and Beyond: Making the Most of What We Have'
Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal - 'The Post Human Future' [Loncon3 additional Hay Lecture]
Dr Henry Gee, Senior Editor, Nature – ‘Behind the Scenes at an International Science Journal’
Dr Lesley Hall, Wellcome Library, London – ‘Invisible Women? The Scientists People Don’t See’
Dr Dave Clements, Imperial College, London – ‘Secrets of Shrouded Galaxies Newly Revealed’
Oliver Morton, Energy and Environment Editor, The Economist – ‘Geoengineering' [available to view here.]
Dr Adrian Bowyer, University of Bath – ‘3D Printers’
Prof David Southwood, ESA – ‘Running a Space Agency in Fact and Fiction’
Prof Guillaume Thierry, Bangor University – ‘Visual Illusions and Reality’
Dr Alice Jenkins, University of Glasgow – ‘Science in C19th Literature’
Prof Armand Leroi, Imperial College, London – ‘Human Mutation’
Francis Spufford – ‘Behind the Backroom Boys’
Prof Simon Conway Morris, University of Cambridge – ‘Evolution’
Dr Alastair Reynolds – ‘Novel Astronomical Detectors’
Dr Helen Priddle, Roslin Institute – ‘Cloning’
Dr Amanda Baker, Cardiff University – ‘Cosmology’