Cambridge Conversations events in 2020

Cambridge Conversations events in 2020

Cambridge Conversations events in 2020
Wednesday 1 January 2020 to Thursday 31 December 2020
Wednesday 1 January 2020 to Thursday 31 December 2020
  • COVID-19
Cambridge Conversations webinars allow you to listen, connect and engage with current Cambridge thinking, wherever you are.
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

With the majority of Cambridge alumni the world over in isolation or lockdown, we have launched a series of webinars enabling digital access to leading academics and the chance to participate in real-time Q&A sessions.

As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the very foundations our society, Cambridge experts are leading research into the diagnosis and treatment of the virus itself, and examining the challenges to our economic, political and educational systems. Their informed insights, provided through the Cambridge Conversations series, are an antidote to the speculation and misinformation rampant on social media.

You will find up-to-date information here about upcoming webinars, as well as recordings of those you might have missed or wish to see again.

Past events: 

All of our previous events are available to watch again on the Dear World, Yours Cambridge YouTube channel, under the Cambridge Conversations Playlist

  • Friday 17 April: 'Responding to the medical challenges of COVID-19' featuring Professor Ken Smith and Dr Nick Matheson, with facilitator Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists podcast. 
  • Thursday 14 May: 'COVID-19 behind the numbers – statistics, models and decision-making' featuring Professor Sir David Spiegelhalther and Professor Mike Hulme, with facilitator Dr Alexandra Freeman. 
  • Thursday 11 June: 'When is a school not a school? Education during the COVID crisis' featuring Dr James Biddulph and Dr Ems Lord, with facilitator Professor Dame Madeleine Atkins. 
  • Thursday 18 June: 'The locked-down mind — how the COVID crisis is affecting our mental health and that of our children' featuring Professor Ed Bullmore and Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, with facilitator Dr Chris Smith. 
  • Wednesday 29 July: 'A worldwide economic web: interdependence and recovery in a post-COVID world' featuring Professor Diane Coyle and Dr Mohamed El-Erian, with Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope.



Confirmed events

Thursday 17 September 2020, 6.30pm to 7.20pm BST

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope, will be joined by leading Cambridge experts Dr David Erdos and Dr Kirsty Hughes to discuss the nature and importance of privacy and personal data protection, and the challenges facing this fundamental legal concept at a time of great turbulence.