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What if… the world really did revolve around teenagers?

29 January 2020, 5:45 pm–7:00 pm

What if… the world really did revolve around teenagers?

What causes so-called 'teenage behaviours'? Leading experts from a range of fields – from neuroscience to psychiatry and education – examine the evidence and how best that evidence can inform the design of our education system, as well as public understanding of the teenage years.

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Kate Thomas


Jeffery Hall
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
20 Bedford Way

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Ever since ‘the teenager’ rose to prominence in the 1950s, the difficulty of adolescence has been a common trope and source of amusement in popular culture. But it is also a lived reality for young people and those around them.

To what extent are ‘teenage behaviours’ part of our biology and to what extent are our societal structures and practices – from the time the school day starts, to the inexorable rise of social media – helping or hindering teenagers in navigating the years from age 11 to 19, and beyond?

What could we do – via education and wider social policy – to smooth the transition to adulthood, and perhaps give us all an easier time in the process? What are the prospects for such change, and what about the parallel need to prepare young people for the challenges and demands that adulthood itself will place upon them?


  • Iroise Dumontheil, Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience, Birkbeck
  • Mark Lehain, Director, Parents and Teachers for Excellence
  • Mike Shooter, Psychiatrist
  • Bettina Hohnen, Clinical Psychologist
  • Chair: Professor Sue Rogers, Interim Director, UCL Institute of Education

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