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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:

2019
Dr Hamied Haroon, University of Manchester - 'Medical Imaging: Exploring the Final Frontier'

2018
​Dr Kevin Cowtan, University of York - 'Vulcans are from Vulcan, Humans are from Earth: Understanding Climate Science and Why Some People Reject It'

2017
Prof Debbie Chachra, Olin College of Engineering - '3D Printing, Biology, and Futures for Materials'

2016
Dr Colin Wright, Gresham College - 'The Mathematics of Juggling'

2015
Dr Anna Croft, University of Nottingham - 'To the Stars and Beyond: Making the Most of What We Have'

2014 
Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal - 'The Post Human Future' [Loncon3 additional Hay Lecture]

2013

Dr Henry Gee, Senior Editor, Nature – ‘Behind the Scenes at an International Science Journal’

 

2012

Dr Lesley Hall, Wellcome Library, London – ‘Invisible Women? The Scientists People Don’t See’

 

2011

Dr Dave Clements, Imperial College, London – ‘Secrets of Shrouded Galaxies Newly Revealed’

 

2010

Oliver Morton, Energy and Environment Editor, The Economist – ‘Geoengineering' [available to view here.] 

 

2009

Dr Adrian Bowyer, University of Bath – ‘3D Printers’

 

2008

Prof David Southwood, ESA – ‘Running a Space Agency in Fact and Fiction’

 

2007

Prof Guillaume Thierry, Bangor University – ‘Visual Illusions and Reality’

 

2006

Dr Alice Jenkins, University of Glasgow – ‘Science in C19th Literature’

 

2005

Prof Armand Leroi, Imperial College, London – ‘Human Mutation’

 

2004

Francis Spufford – ‘Behind the Backroom Boys’

 

2003

Prof Simon Conway Morris, University of Cambridge – ‘Evolution’

 

2002

Dr Alastair Reynolds – ‘Novel Astronomical Detectors’

 

2001

Dr Helen Priddle, Roslin Institute – ‘Cloning’

 

2000

Dr Amanda Baker, Cardiff University – ‘Cosmology’