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The science and culture of sleep and sleeplessness

Start: Jan 10, 2018 11:15 AM
End: Jan 10, 2018 09:00 PM

Location: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA

The science and culture of sleep and sleeplessness / Image credit: Andrew Carnie

Sleep is an enormous part of our lives and has fascinated scientists, artists and writers for centuries: Why do we sleep? And why do we sometimes struggle to sleep?

Join UCL Grand Challenges for a day of informal talks – with perspectives on sleep and sleeplessness from biologists, historians, artists, medics and cultural critics – and continued discussion over drinks in the evening.


  • Professor Matthew Beaumont (UCL Urban Laboratory / UCL English)
  • Professor Nick Franks (Imperial College London, Department of Life Sciences)
  • Dr Guy Meadows (The Sleep School) 
  • Kimberley Whitehead (UCL Department of Neuroscience)
  • Professor Simon Morgan Wortham (Professor of English, Kingston University)
  • Dr Fran Knight (UCL Institute of Education)
  • Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner (Reader in Comparative Literature and Medical Humanities, University of Kent)
  • Dr Sasha Handley (Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History, The University of Manchester)
  • Andrew Carnie (artist) 
  • Dr Sofia Eriksson (National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery)

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