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Flagship Event: The Future Human | Cruciform Building Lecture Theatre 1 | 11:00-12:30 | Book here

Join journalist, broadcaster and author Mark Lawson (UCL English 1984) to quiz leading UCL academics on what’s in store for humanity. From the future of cities to the future of the universe, from how we buy stuff to the stuff it’s made of – how will we live and what will we know? Put your questions to city planning expert Peter Rees, materials scientist Mark Miodownik, physicist Chamkaur Ghag and computer scientist Sarah Meiklejohn.

Magic and Medieval Literature | Quad Pop-Up G01 | 10:00-10:45

Illusions, potions and demons... Where did the cliches about magic come from? Join UCL English for a talk about magic in literature from the Middle Ages, and how it reflects what people at that time thought about the classical world (no booking required - just turn up).

High on Hydrogen | Quad Pop-Up G02 | 12:45-13:15 

London buses, Japanese residential homes and California's transport network are all switching to hydrogen. So what's next? Find out more about what hydrogen is set to deliver (no booking required - just turn up).

Democracy and the Role of Referendums | Quad Pop-Up G01 | 13:00-14:00 | Book here

The use of referendums is increasing globally but are they good or bad for democracy? Join the UCL Constitution Unit to debate whether referendums strengthen or weaken democracy and what can be done to improve how they work.

UCL Mechanical Engineering: The Future Is Now - Redux | Cruciform Building Lecture Theatre 1 | 13:30-14:30

Fast forward to the future! Join the researchers and students of UCL Mechanical Engineering for an engineering showcase with a difference, featuring engaging short talks, films, demos and more. Explore possible futures based on our current engineering research into energy, nanotechnology, robotics, biomechanics and more. 2068 is not that far away!

War, Peace and Human Rights | Cruciform Building Lecture Theatre 2 | 14:00-15:00 | Book here

UCL’s Conflict & Change Group invites you to discuss conflict, peace and human rights. Come and share your questions, comments and ideas.

Beyond Da Vinci : driving the world of the future | Main Quad Pop Up G02 | 2pm – 2.20pm

From the Chinese south pointing chariot in the 5th century BC and the first belt drive in 15BC to Da-Vinci's roller chain in 16th century, the story of how we transfer power to moving things is both fascinating and important. Marcel Fowler from InfiGear will take us from the first technologies more than 2000 years ago to today and the technologies of the future.

The Will of the People: A Modern Myth | Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | 15:30-16:30 | Book here

“The will of the people” is the buzz phrase of our time and held by many to be a hallmark of democracy. In this interactive talk, Professor Albert Weale will explore the idea and why he thinks it is a modern myth.