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The Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science hosts a range of events, from large public lectures to smaller seminars and open days, across a broad spectrum of topics. Unless otherwise stated, our events are free and open to all.

While our face-to-face events and seminars have been postponed, we will be listing here all the events that our staff and researchers are part of online. 

Events to join from home

COVID-19: The Policy Response. Online public event series


Behavioural Science in the Context of Great Uncertainty

13 May 2020
2.00 to 3.30pm (BST)

The impacts of COVID-19 and how we deal with them hinge on how politicians, firms and the public respond. Join Paul Dolan (PBS Head of Department), Grace Lordan, Liam Delaney (University College Dublin), Nick Chater (University of Warwick), Ulrike Hahn (Birkbeck), and hosted by Julia Black.

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Assessing the Impact of Covid-19: from mortality to misery?

Thursday 21 May 2020
1.00 to 2.30pm (BST)
Register for this free, online, event on LSE Events

In the current crisis, government policies, such as physical distancing, are paying enormous attention to the mortality risks of COVID-19 to the exclusion of the wellbeing hits borne elsewhere (e.g. mental health, loneliness, domestic violence). Join Paul Dolan, Richard Layard, Gus O'Donnell (Frontier Economics), Carol Propper (Imperial College London), and hosted by Julia Black.

All online events 

Maxi Heitmayer

The Asian Conference on Psychology

Saturday 28 March 2020
From 3.30pm (UTC+9)

PBS PhD candidate Maxi Heitmayer will give two talks:

Smartphones at the Workplace: An in situ Mixed-Method Study on Smartphone use During Intellectual Work 

The Ethics of Qualitative Video Research: A Comprehensive Overview of the State of the Art and Prospective Solutions - findings from a collaborative research project project with Lahlou, Yamin & Everri.


Catch up on our public events on LSE Player

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For the time-being, public events at LSE have been postponed as we all deal with the ongoing situation surrounding coronavirus (Covid-19). 

We are currently revising how we might deliver events to our audiences. To stay up to date with our plans email to join the mailing list.

Most of our events, past and present, are available to watch and listen to on LSE Player which you can access here.

Highlights include:

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Breaking Class: Is tackling social class discrimination the real route to equality, diversity and inclusion? 

Tuesday 24 March 2020

6.30pm to 8.00pm

Speakers: Danny Dorling (University of Oxford), Erzsebet Bukodi (University of Oxford) and Sam Friedman (LSE).

Chair: Paul Dolan, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE.

In debates around societal equality and discrimination, social class has been neglected in comparison to gender, race, disability and sexuality, which are protected characteristics in the UK under the Equality Act 2010. Is it time to afford social class the same protection, or is it too amorphous and changeable for that to be a viable option? And should we even care about social class, since everyone ought to aspire to be middle class anyway? 

Recent events


LSE Festival 2020: Shape the World

2 to 7 March 2020

What impact will psychology and behavioural science have on global challenges? During LSE Festival Shape the World, PBS hosted a number of events.

Can Behavioural Insights Shape Public Policy-making all over the world? Listen here.

Inclusion in the City: Watch here.

Catch up on all the Shape the World series on LSE Player here.

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London Wellbeing Week: Student Happiness 

Friday 6 March

1pm to 2pm

Wolfson Theatre

Professor Paul Dolan presented results from a recent study conducted at the LSE to look at the happiness of students as they went about their daily activities. 


London Public Understanding of Science Seminar: Aidan Peppin 

Wednesday 29 January 2020

Speaker: Aidan Peppin, Researcher, Ada Lovelace Institute


In 2020 the Ada Lovelace Institute will convene the Citizens’ Biometrics Council, a citizens’ assembly on biometrics technologies. The Council will involve 60 members of the UK public, randomly selected from a broad range of demographic backgrounds. It will convene in two groups across a series of weekend workshops to: consider varied and balanced evidence on the use of biometrics data and technologies, listen to and debate with expert witnesses, and deliberate in-depth on all the issues raised. The aims are twofold: 1) to give a deeper understanding of public perspectives and 2) to produce recommendations for policy and technology development. In this seminar, I’ll present our current progress, background, method and aims on this project, and welcome discussion and input from the group. 

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How Change Happens with Cass Sunstein

Tuesday 14 January 2020

Host: Professor Paul Dolan

How does social change happen? Why is it so hard to anticipate? In this talk, Cass R. Sunstein (Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University) discussed his new book How Change Happens, and the lastest research in behavioural economics.

Watch the event on the LSE YouTube channel.


London Public Understanding of Science: Professor Ahmet Suerdem

11 December 2019

Prof Ahmet Suerdem from Istanbul Bilgi University and Senior Academic Visting Professor in PBS, will speak on the topic - Cultural differences in media framing of AI: Bridging topic modelling with INDSCAL.


London Public Understanding of Science: Prof Helene Joffe (UCL)

Wednesday 27 November

In the next London Public Understanding of Science seminar series, Prof Helene Joffe (UCL) will talk about 'Neuro-self and Myths' and explore how the media and public represent neuroscience.


LSE Research Showcase 

A free event for the LSE community.

Tuesday 19 November 2019
3.30pm to 7.00pm
LSE Life, Workspace 4

LSE's annual research showcase is a free, drop-in event featuring photography and film, activities and games and a chance to speak with faculty and researchers about their work. This year, Pathways to Reconciliation a UKRI project led by Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch, investigating the impact of Schools for Forgiveness and Reconciliation (ES.PE.RE) in Colombia will feature as part of the Global Health Initiative. 

Find out more about the LSE Research Showcase here


Public Understanding of Science Seminar: Ethan Greenwood (Welcome Trust)

Wednesday 30 October, 4.15pm

Presenter: Ethan Greenwood, Wellcome Global Monitor Project Manager.

Abstract: In 2018 Wellcome commissioned Gallup, as part of their Worldpoll to ask a series of questions on attitudes to science and health. The Wellcome Global Monitor, the largest survey of such attitudes represents adult populations in over 140 countries. Its key themes are awareness of science, trust in scientists and other institutions, perceived benefits of science to the individual and society and trust in vaccines. 

This forms part of the London Public Understanding of Science seminar series.


I am Echoborg

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Would you know if you were speaking to an Echoborg? An Echoborg is a human, whose actions are entirely dictated by an Artificial Intelligence, or AI. They are a friendly, human interface for a machine. 

I am Echoborg is an interactive theatre performance based on academic research by London School of Economics (LSE) psychologists Kevin Corti and Alex Gillespie, who developed the Echoborg concept in 2015. 


Messengers: who we listen to, who we don't, and why

Tuesday 1 October, 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Speakers: Joseph Marks, Steve Martin

Chair: Professor Paul Dolan

Sheikh Zayed Theatre

Why are self-confident ignoramuses so often believed? Why are thoughtful experts so often given the cold shoulder? And why do apparently irrelevant details such as a person’s height, their relative wealth, or their Facebook photo influence whether or not we trust what they are saying? These are just some of the questions that behavioural experts Steve Martin and Joseph Marks tackle in their new book Messengers: Who We Listen To, Who We Don’t, and Why which they will discuss in this talk.

Missed this event? Listen to the podcast recording here on LSE Player.


LSE Undergraduate Open Day

Thursday 4 July, 9am - 4pm, LSE Campus

The Open Day is a great opportunity to come and hear about the LSE undergraduate programmes, including the BSc in Psychological and Behavioural Science from our Department. 

Programme Director Prof. Bradley Franks and Programme Manager Chris Hunt will talk to prospective students about the BSc and will be there to answer any questions. 

If you didn't get a chance to come to the Open Day, you can listen to the podcast recording for the BSc Psychological & Behavioural Science programme here.


LSE Religion Scholars Network 2019 day conference 

Tuesday 11 June, 10am - 4pm, LSE PhD Academy

PBS PhD student Nihan Albayrak-Aydemir speaks at the LSE's first ever Religion Scholars Network day conference on 'How do Religious Identities Promote or Hinder Support for Refugees?


London PUS seminar with Edd Bankes

Wednesday 5 June 2019, 4.15pm, QUE.3.28/9

Edd Bankes from UCL’s Department of Science and Technology Studies will talk on the topic of 'A scientist walks into a bar: science comedy and the professionalisation of the science communicator'

This seminar is presented by Public Understanding of Science (PUS)

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Social Butterflies: reclaiming the positive power of social networks

Thursday 9 May 2019

Speakers: Michael Sanders & Susannah Hume

Chair: Dr Grace Lordan

Michael Sanders and Susannah Hume presented research from their new publication "Social Butterflies", an examination of our social selves.


London PUS seminar with Prof Carolina Moreno-Castro

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Speaker: Prof Carolina Moreno-Castro, University of Valencia

How do citizens build their thoughts related to scientific issues in contemporary life? This work is part of the CONCISE project.

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London PUS Seminar

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Speaker: Jürgen Hampel, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Autonomous Driving, Smart Homes and Nursing Robots – Digital Technologies in the Eyes of the German Public


LSE Festival: New World Order 2035

Saturday 2 March 2019

What will the world look like in the not too distant future? By 2035 how could the way we live, work, interact with each other and understand ourselves have changed?

Speakers: Dr Ilka Gleibs, Dr Liam Kofi Bright, Dr Rebecca Elliott, Dr Barbara Fasolo, Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan.

Missed this event? Listen again on LSE Player


LSE Festival: Conspiracy Theory as Truth

Saturday 2 March 2019

Psychologists and anthropologists explore how only some “conspiracy theories” fail tests of reason, and discuss the problems and potential of  “conspiracy theory” for social movements.

Speakers: Professor Bradley Franks, Dr Erica Lagalisse, Dr Matijs Pelkmans.

Chair: Professor Martin Bauer

Missed this event? Listen again on LSE Player


London PUS Seminar

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Speaker: Thibault Le Texier

The Stanford Prison Experiment: Anatomy of a Successful Fraud

Conducted by Philip ZImbardo in 1971, the Stanford Prison Experiment had immediately grasped large public attention. Since then, the SPE has become part of American pop culture: it has been featured in dozens of TV reports, it has inspired three feature-length fiction films, and it was given a new lease of life when Zimbardo became expert witness for one of the guards involved in the Abou Ghraib abuses. Yet, a thorough investigation in the newly released archives of the experiment proves that the SPE is a fraud; this investigation also shows Zimbardo's unremitting efforts to publicize his fixed findings.



Why Minds Go Awry: Evolutionary Explanations for Mental Illness 

Thursday 14 February 2019

Speaker: Randolph M. Nesse, Arizona State University

“Buy two copies and give one to your doctor.” — Richard Dawkins on Randolph Nesse’s Why We Get Sick

We live in one of the wealthiest, most peaceful and most technologically advanced societies in the world. And yet in the last week alone, one in six of us experienced anxiety, depression or another common emotional health problem. What can science tell us about the root causes of this troubling development? And what can we do to help – as sufferers, carers, and a society?

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Book Signing and Reception 

Monday 11 February 2019 

Speaker Paul Dolan

Reflections on Happy Ever After  

Professor Paul Dolan is continuing the conversation of the book launch of Happy Ever After, and is holding a more intimate discussion and book signing session, with refreshments provided.


London PUS Seminar 

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Speaker: Louise Archer,  UCL Institute of Education

Science Capital: A Social Justice Approach to Understanding and Improving Science Participation

Increasing and diversifying participation in science is an issue of international concern. In this talk, I discuss research conducted across two large national projects: the ASPIRES ten year study of young people's science and career aspirations, age 10-18 and the Enterprising Science project, exploring science engagement among under-served young people age 11-16. The concept of science capital is introduced and explained, outlining its explanatory potential for understanding differential STEM participation and how it might also help improve participation, through implementation of the science capital teaching approach.

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Book Launch: Happy Ever After

Thursday 24 January 2019

Speakers: Paul Dolan, Tali Sharot

Professor Paul Dolan is launching his new book, Happy Ever After, exploring the narratives society installs in us, using good evidence to debunk bad stories.

Missed this event? Watch again on LSE Player





London PUS Seminar 

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Speaker: Hauke Riesch, Brunel University


The Behavioural Science Hub

Friday 23 November 2018

Speaker: Jonathan Haidt

The Coddling of the American Mind

Missed this event? Listen again on LSE Player



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