Domain Chair:

Prof. Trevor Smart

Domain Coordinator:

Dr Matt Wakelin

Communication and Events Officer:

Rachel Heatley

Public Engagement Events

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Help inspire students with a laboratory placement this summer

Rebecca McKelvey, a PhD student in Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology will run a 2 week laboratory placement scheme in the summer for gifted A-level science students from low income backgrounds (the poorest 10% of our society).

The aim of this scheme is to inspire and motivate students and support them in their application to competitive research universities. We ask students (who are interviewed prior to being placed in your lab) support you with your experiments and have the opportunity to talk to you and others in your group about research and your past education experiences.

In2Science Placement student Jack in Dr Kittler's lab

The scheme is designed so that supervisors are asked to complete the minimal amount of paper work.  We will ensure all students have health and safety documentation, inductions, access cards and insurance.

Last year was a massive success with 38 students being placed in laboratories including that of Prof Fitzgerald, Prof Dickenson, Prof Atwell, Dr Edwards, Prof Dolphin and Prof Gibb.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When are the placements and how long do they last?  Placements occur for a period of 2 weeks during the students summer holiday (any time between the 16th July-29th August). A day usually starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm.
  • Does the student need an individual project?  This is advised but not essential. Students may also support you with your on-going project. Students are able to observe animal studies.
  • If the student has down time in the lab and there are no experiments to complete, what should they do? The student will have a number of reading and writing tasks to complete during the placement. Students will write a summary on a journal article, and they will also need to submit a brief report on their placement. This usually includes the techniques they learn, and any results they may have.
  • How do students afford to get to their placement? Students receive £100 for the two weeks at placement to pay for their travel and lunch. Students also receive a ‘New Scientist. 

If you, or someone in your lab, would like to make a difference to the prospects of these young people by providing a placement please contact Rebecca.




Please note that the archive of events tabled below is constantly being updated, and does not include all engagement events that have involved UCL neuroscientists. If you know of any events, which are not listed below, please send details, including any useful website, to us.

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Counting Sheep: The Science of Sleep

  Fri 14 Mar 2014, 19:00-21:30

What is sleep and why do we need it? What happens to our mind and body when we are asleep? 

Professor Vince Walsh is joined by Professor Russell Foster and other sleep experts for an interactive evening of science, art and improvised opera exploring the stuff that dreams are made of. Find out how our body clocks determine the rhythms of life, and what happens when we don’t get enough sleep. Explore the sounds of sleep with the British Library’s resident experts, and sip on some sleep-themed cocktails in this collaborative event hosted by the British Library and UCL Neuroscience.

In partnership with UCL Neuroscience

 Performance, talks

Rewired - The Brain, Art and Innovation

   Tues 4 Feb

University College London and Movement for Hope have joined forces again to hold their second cross-disciplinary evening at the heart of innovation. Rewired shares the story of our human experiences through unique and inspiring collaborations between researchers, patients and artists. There will be a variety of talks that include live dance, fine art, and live music. All proceeds from ticket sales goes to support people with brain and spinal illnesses.


  • TEDMED speaker Alexander Seifalian, UCL Professor of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, on revolutionising medicine by making organ donation a thing of the past.
  • British singer-songwriter, Josh Osho
  • MND celebrity & Movement for Hope patron, Sarah Ezekiel, on painting with her eyes using eye-gaze technology to communicate with the world without voice or hands.
  • Performance, talks

The Vox Lab: a poetry residency at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

   Feb-March 2013
  • Consortium student James Wilkes is poet-in-residence at UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. He will be working with the ICN’s Speech Communication Laboratory to write a new work of poetry investigating speech and the voice. As part of his residency, he will be organising public talks between neuroscientists, poets and humanities scholars. Conversationalists will include Steven Connor and Denise Riley from the London Consortium, and Sophie Scott from the ICN. The residency will result in a symposium and publication.
  • The Vox Lab is supported by the Wellcome Trust and the London Consortium. For further details see the residency blog and follow on Facebook or Twitter
  • Related news
  •   Performance, talks

The Voice Symposium

   Nov 2012
  •  A one-day symposium and evening performance bringing together scientists, artists, researchers, musicians and poets around the common topic of the voice
  • As a preview for "The Voice Symposium," symposium organiser James Wilkes presented an hour-long feature on Resonance 104.4FM, discussing the subject of the human voice from scientific and artistic perspectives. Listen here
  •  Multidisclipinary symposium

Neurology and Me: Disease, Art Health and Hope

   Nov 2012
  • The UCL Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation and Movement for Hope presented a public evening of talks and artistic works featuring cutting-edge collaborations between neuroscientists, artists and individuals diagnosed with neurological conditions.  This evening included videography, fine art, live ballet, jazz and contemporary dance, live music and exhibition.  
  • A playlist of all the videos for the entire event can be seen here
  •  Performance, talks

TED talks

TEDxUCL talks on You Tube

  • Talk, podcast

UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience public engagement activities

  • General activities (talks, exhibitions, media work etc.)
  • Work with schools, young people and teachers
  • Books
  • Podcasts and media links

DCAL public engagement listing

  • Details of public engagement activities at the Deafness, Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre

Objects of Emotion at Wellcome Collection

  June 2012
  • Profs Patrick Haggard and Vince Walsh (ICN) and others uncover the latest science exploring the mysteries of empathy in puppetry and elsewhere in culture.
  • Talk/workshop

Gathering Light exhibition at Street Gallery, University College Hospital

  May-June 2012
  • The exhibition is the result of a ground-breaking project in which patients and clinical researchers worked together with award-winning photographer Clare Park to explore their feelings about clinical research.

Read more

  • Exhibition

Wellcome Trust blog - Focus on Stroke: Making Advances

  May 2012
  • Ten leading clinicians, researchers and other professionals, including Prof Masud Husain (ION)Prof Sophie Scott (ICN), Dr Nick Ward (ION), working on stroke answer the question: What do you think has been the most significant advance or turning point in the field during your career so far?
  • Blog

"Out of Control" BBC Horizon

  March 2012
  • TV

Brains on Film 2012

  March 2012

Winner of the 'ICN Brains on Film' Competition 2012 at University College London, We Didn't Start the Scanner

  • Short films pitched at general audience

The search for genius and Einstein's brain

  March 2012

Dr Mark Lythgoe presents The search for genius and Einstein's brain during Brain Awareness Week.

  • Public talk

The Performing Brain - A Moving Story @ British Library

  March 2012
  • A collaborative event hosted by the British Library and UCL Neuroscience, with scientists from UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and UCL Institute of Neurology
  • Watch lecture here
  • Multi-disclipinary lecture
  • Interactive demonstrations

The Social Brain in adolescence

  March 2012
  • Public talk

The Point of Perception

  end March 2012
  • An installation by Madi Boyd made in collaboration with neuroscientists Dr Beau Lotto and Dr Mark Lythgoe is now open for public viewing at the LottoLab, The Science Museum in London

  • Art installation

It's Nice That Selfridges Talks Series

  Feb 2012
  • Three experts, including UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience's Dr Jenny Crinion, from three distinctly different fields talked about language - how it has evolved, its modes of use, experimentation with format, and what happens when we lose language skills.  Read review
  • Public talk

The Ear

  Jan 2012
  • Listen to The Ear, the first in a new series of podcasts called Body Pods. The Ear has been made by David Rosenberg, co-founder of experimental theatre company Shunt and UCL Ear Institute's Director,  David McAlpine. Body Pods is co-produced by Fuel and Roundhouse. To find out more visit
  • Podcast

BBC Radio 4 - The Life Scientific: Uta Frith

  Dec 2011
  • Professor Uta Frith (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) talks to Jim Al Khalili about her pioneering work on autism and dyslexia
  • Radio broadcast

The Curious Brain in the Museum - The 2010 Henry Cole Lecture

  Nov 2011
  • Lecture
  • Film


  Nov 2011
  • Inspired by Tate Liverpool’s  exhibition, Alice in Wonderland, an art-science collaborative made up of scientists, led by UCL Institute of Child Health Dr Michelle de Haan, curators, game designers and filmmakers, Wondermind is a series of pioneering interactive games, videos and an online blog to help children learn about the science of the developing human brain
  • Read more: UCL Neuroscience News, BBC Click (from 2:45mins)
  • Interactive games
  • Video
  • Blog

BBC Free Thinking Festival

  Nov 2011
  • Radio broadcast+

Fry‘s Planet Word

  Oct 2011
  • TV documentary

Battle of Ideas

  Oct 2011
  • Public debate

Musical Brain Conference 2011 -

  Oct 201
  • Why Music?  Is Music Different from the Other Arts?
  • Conference

The Science Network panel discussion

  July 2011
  • Prof Neil Burgess took part in a panel discussion on Spatial Cognition 
  • Panel discussion

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival

  June 2011
  • Science festival, talks, demos


  May 2011
  • Fissure was a unique walking performance that unfolded over three days in the Yorkshire Dales between 20-22 May, 2011. It was an extraordinary encounter between artisits, scientists, including UCL's Dr Chris Clark, audiences and landscape that explored life, death, grief and renewal
  • Dr Chris Clark also talked about tractography, brain mapping and art with Louise Wilson at the ‘Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art’ Exhibition at the British Library in September 2010.
  • Louise Ann Wilson's webpage
  • Site-specific performance
  • Talks

Brains on Film  2011

  April 2011
  • Short films pitched at general audience

Knit a Neuron

  • Hands on

Brain Awareness Week at UCL

  14-20 March 2011
  • Online interviews and videos, featured on UCL home page
  • Public talks (for general audience and patient groups)

'Do You Hear What I Hear? Your Brain and Sound @ British Library

  11 October 2010
  • British Library-UCL Neuroscience collaborative project (involving researchers from UCL Ear Institute, Speech, Hearing and Phoentic Sciences, Psychology and Languages Sciences and Deafness Research UK) - details reported as case study on NCCPE website
  • Multi-disclipinary lecture
  • Interactive demonstrations

Lottolab Studio

  • World's first public perception research space. Collaboration between Beau Lotto (IoO), Science Museum, and a variety of other collaborators
  • Talks, exhibitions, apps, art-science collaboration, media work etc.
  • Participative experiments and events with and for children and adults