UCL Events


Sex: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

13 March 2019, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm


This event is free.

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UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences


Kennedy Lecture Theatre
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street

Professor Dame Anne Johnson, Professor of Epidemiology, UCL, is Director of the Centre of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at UCL. She is known internationally for her groundbreaking work on the epidemiology of HIV infection and the study of sexual lifestyles and risk behaviour. 
Dr Cath Mercer, Reader in Applied Statistics, UCL, leads UCL's Centre for Population Research in Sexual Health and HIV. She has worked on Britain's National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) for over 20 years. She is a trained demographer with an interest in sexual mixing, that is, who has sex with whom, and its implications for sexual health and wellbeing. 
Dr Kate Devlin, Senior Lecturer, Kings College London, in the Department of Digital Humanities King’s College London. Her work in the fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) investigates how people interact with and react to technologies, focusing on cognition, sex, gender and sexuality. Her most recent book is Turned on: Science, Sex and Robots.


This year’s Faculty of Population Health Sciences alumni event is all about sex. Three special guest speakers will give their own insights into how our attitudes towards sexual behaviour, sexual health, gender and sexuality are changing.

UCL’s Professor Dame Anne Johnson, Dr Cath Mercer and King’s College London’s Dr Kate Devlin will together explore the past, present and future of sex, followed by an open Q&A with the audience. How has sex changed over the last 20 years? What role does and should sex play in our lives? How should we talk about sex?