Record numbers choose brain food for lunch
26 March 2010
It's been a record-breaking year at UCL for obscene thoughts, murderous women, and vampires and the undead...
They're just a few of the topics covered by this year's free Lunch Hour Lecture series, which has captured the imagination of more people than ever before.
The lectures, which have been running since the 1940s and rated as one of the 10 best ways to spend your lunch break in London by The Guardian, featured some of the university's most high-profile academics.
Their provocative subject matter included a defence of the right to think obscene thoughts, ruminations on the dark side of the universe, a debate about the appearance of aliens, a focus on World Aids Day and a celebration of Mahatma Gandhi's birth.
The lectures reached an even larger audience as thousands who couldn't make it in person watched live over the internet.
The current series of lectures has now come to a close, but are available to watch online or download from UCL's iTunes platform.
To view the back catalogue or find out more information about the new autumn season, which starts on 12 October, follow the links above.
UCL's 'mini-lecture' series on YouTube has also proved a hit online with thousands of people watching the bite-sized introductions to some of the university's ground-breaking research.
To find out more about subjects ranging from discovering new dinosaurs to the origins of complex life follow the YouTube link above.
Image: Lunch Hour Lectures logo.
Mini-lecture: Discovering a dinosaur