Institute of Education


Seminar series

The UCL Knowledge Lab monthly seminar series provides a showcase and platform for debate across the six broad strands of our work.


Unless otherwise stated, seminars are held at 12:30-13:30 at the UCL Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald Street, WC1N 3QS. They are followed by tea, coffee and informal discussions until 14:00.

The seminars are free to attend and all are welcome. For booking instruction for non-UCL attendees, please view the individual event pages below.

Follow the talks online via Twitter with #UCLKLtalks or subscribe to our seminar mailing list. Past seminars are available online at UCL Media Central; search for 'Knowledge Lab'.

Seminar series 2019-2020

Wednesday 9 October 2019

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Wednesday 4 December 2019

Thursday 16 January 2020

Thursday 30 January 2020

Thursday 13 February 2020


Past seminars

DateTitleSpeakerSeminar recordings
Wednesday 26 September 2018Supporting learning of social-emotional competencies with technologyDr Petr Slovak (UCL Interaction Centre)Watch it again on UCL MediaCentral
Wednesday 17 October 2018 *starts at 3:30pm*Young people’s digital practices: the question of generativityDr Rebecca Eynon (Oxford Internet Institute / Department of Education, University of Oxford)N/A
Wednesday 14 November 2018Computing in primary school: Setting out for a systematic approachProfessor Ivan Kalaš (Comenius University, Slovakia)Watch it again on UCL MediaCentral
Wednesday 5 December 2018Game design and learning experiencesDr Nikoleta Giannoutsou (UCL Knowledge Lab)Watch it again on UCL MediaCentral
Wednesday 30 January 2019UCL EDUCATE: Understanding and improving the London EdTech ecosystemKim Issroff and Katie Parker (UCL Knowledge Lab)Watch it again on UCL MediaCentral
Wednesday 27 February 2019

Designing for non-visual geography

Emiline Brulé (University of Sussex)

Watch it again on UCL MediaCentral
Wednesday 20 March 2019Intimate Data: postgenomics and neuro-technologies of precision education

Ben Williamson (University of Edinburgh)

Watch it again on UCL MediaCentral
Thursday 11 April 2019Technology enhanced learning at Great Ormond Street: the place of education in a digitising hospitalSimon Blackburn (Great Ormond Street Hospital) 
Wednesday 22 May 2019

AI programming by children and a case study using AI in a medical training game

Dr Ken Kahn and Dr Niall Winters (University of Oxford) 
Wednesday 26 June 2019Communication in non-speaking children with physical disabilities: design-oriented researchSeray Ibrahim (UCL Knowledge Lab)  
DateTitleSpeakerSeminar recordings
Wednesday 25 October 2017Slowly scaling up from "proof-of-concept" in robotics for Autism: the DE-ENIGMA projectAlyssa Alcorn
(CRAE, UCL Institute of Education)
Video on UCL MediaCentral (open access)
Tuesday 21 November 2017Working towards a comprehensive instructional framework for CSCL supportNikol Rummel
(Institute of Education Research, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum)
Video on UCL MediaCentral (open access)
Wednesday 13 December 2017Creativity and crafting with tactile technologies: a different take on accessibilityJanet Van Der Linden
(Department of Computing and Communications, Open University)
Wednesday 31 January 2018A magical noun: thinking critically about 'creativity'Dr Mark Readman (Bournemouth University)Video on UCL MediaCentral (open access)
Tuesday 20 February 2018Virtual play as event: engaging with potentiality in on and off screen meaning-makingCathy Burnett and Guy Merchant
(Language and Literacy Education Research Group, Sheffield Hallam University)
Wednesday 7 March 2018CancelledRebecca Eynon
(Oxford Internet Institute / Department of Education, University of Oxford)
Wednesday 18 April 2018Digital media, culture and education: theorising third space literaciesJohn Potter (UCL Knowledge Lab) and Julian McDougall (Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University)Video on UCL MediaCentral (open access)
Wednesday 23 May 2018*
starts at 1:30pm
Data mining for performance assessment and adaptive intelligent tutoring of scientific inquiryJanice Gobert (Rutgers University)Video on UCL MediaCentral (open access)
Tuesday 12 June 2018Designing an engaging, multi-lingual, personalised and adaptive reading game for childrenLaura Benton (UCL Knowledge Lab) and Drew Wilkins (Fish in a Bottle)Video on UCL MediaCentral (open access)