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

Available recordings are included on our Podcasts and Videos page.

The events listed below include events hosted by PBS and partners across LSE, and includes external speaking events with experts from the department.

Unless stated otherwise, our events will be hosted online. 

Upcoming events

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Workshop on Behaviour, Wellbeing and the Environment

4 & 5 November 2021, 2.00pm to 5.30pm (GMT)

Two-day workshop on Behaviour, Wellbeing and the Environment. Co-hosted by members of the Behavioural Science and Policy group at University College Dublin (Dr Kate Laffan and Dr Leonhard Lades) and the Psychological and Behavioural Science Department at the LSE (Dr Ganga Shreedhar, Dr Cristian Krekel and Daniele Pollicino). 

Free and open to all.

Find out more and sign up on eventbrite.

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Virtual Graduate Open event from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, hosted by LSE Student Marketing & Recruitment

16 November 2021, 11.30am to 12.30pm (GMT)

Free

Find out more about Master's and Research programmes in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, speak to faculty and hear from past students at our upcoming Virtual Graduate Open event. Register for the PBS Virtual Graduate Open event here.

Find out more about all the LSE Virtual Graduate Open events (8 to 19 November 2021) here.

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Science & You Conference 2021 (hosted by the University of Lorraine)

16 to 19 November 2021

"Science & You" is an international event of scientific and technical culture organised by the University of Lorraine. Sessions will be led by researchers in the field of science communication and is chaired by Professor Martin Bauer (Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE).

Find out more about all the speakers and the full schedule at "Science & You" 2021 here.

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BehaviouralHack 2021: #ItsNotOK: BehaviouralHack on Collaborative Solutions to Transform Social Norms around Intimate Partner Violence

17 November 2021, 11.00am to 2.00pm (US-EST), 4.00pm to 7.00pm (GMT)

The BehaviouralHack 2021 is a free online event that will bring together local citizens, academic experts and policy institutions to discuss the challenge of intimate partner violence in Lithuania, and to explore ways in which behavioural science can inform sustainable solutions to transform the social norms that are prevalent in this topic.

Co-hosted by the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science (LSE) and the Behavioural Lab LT, with the support of the Human Rights Monitoring Institute of Lithuania, the Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania (US), and the Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health (Portugal).

Free. Register for this online event here.

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Nudge: the final edition

Tuesday 7 December 2021, 6.00pm to 7.00pm (GMT)

Originally published over a decade ago, Nudge by Nobel Laureate Richard H. Thaler, and Cass R. Sunstein has published in a completely revised final edition with six new chapters. Join us to hear from co-author Richard Thaler.

Speakers:

  • Professor Richard H. Thayler
  • Professor Liam Delaney 

This event is free and open to all but registration is required. Registration opens at 10am on Tuesday 16 November 2021 via the Nudge: the final edition event page here.

 

Ongoing seminars from PBS faculty members across psychology and behavioural science.

Please visit the individual websites for information, dates and sign up information.

 

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The Inclusion Initiative (TII)

TII hosts a series of major public events, and small round table panels to look at behavioural science, risk and inclusion in organisations.

See all current events from TII here.

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Wellbeing Seminar Series from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at LSE

This series focusses on interdisciplinary research on wellbeing. Organised by Dr Christian Krekel (PBS), Professor Richard Layard and Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve.

Unless stated otherwise, seminars are held online on Thursdays from 1:00pm - 2:00pm during term-time. Find out more and sign up on the CEP website.

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London Public Understanding of Science Seminar Series

4 to 6pm (GMT), online, during term-time.

The London PUS (Public Understanding of Science) seminar series has been running since 1991. Its focus is on public engagement with science, incluing science communications. The series, hosted by Professor Martin Bauer, brings guests from a variety of disciplines & perspectives on topics such as media science coverage, barriers to science communication, political lobbying and beyond.

For more information about the series and to join the mailing list, visit https://londonpus.wordpress.com/

Past events

 

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Reconciliation Processes in Post-Conflict Societies: Colombia and beyond

Tuesday 5 October 2021

Despite advances in the Colombian 2016 Peace Accords, central challenges remain, particularly in territories of the country heavily hit by violence. This online event looked at the context of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation processes in Colombia and beyond, sharing international experiences from other post-conflict societies.

Speakers:

  • Professor Lord Alderdice
  • Dr Fabio Idrobo
  • Professor Nicola Lacey 
  • Federico Rodríguez
  • Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch (Chair)
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The Authority Gap (hosted by The Inclusion Initiative)

Monday 13 September 2021

Mary Ann Sieghart (BBC Radio 4 and Visiting Professor at King’s College London) spoke about her new book The Authority Gap.

Speakers:

  • Mary Ann Sieghart 
  • Dr Grace Lordan (Chair)
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Celebrating Pride: the behavioural science behind the inclusive social movement (hosted by The Inclusion Initiative)

Thursday 9 September 2021

Speakers:

  • Antonia Belcher
  • Pips Bunce
  • Belton Flournoy
  • Jane Hill 
  • Arlene McDermott
  • Dr Grace Lordan (Chair)
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How Boards Work

Wednesday 30 June 2021

Speakers: 

  • Dr Dambisa Moyo.
  • Dr Grace Lordan (Chair)
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Duck-Rabbit: What Drives Our Polarised Culture?

Monday 28 June 2021

Speakers: 

  • Professor Paul Dolan
  • Dr Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington
  • Dr Lasana Harris
  • Professor Anil Seth
  • Dr Tiffany Watt Smith
  • Professor Simon Hix (Chair)
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A Decade of Behavioural Science at LSE - Part 2

Wednesday 19 May 2021

Speakers:

  • Professor Paul Dolan
  • Dr Grace Lordan (Chair)
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The Technological Revolution in Financial Services

Monday 19 April 2021

Speakers:

  • Ghela Boskovich
  • Michael R. King
  • Vineet Malhotra
  • Richard Nesbitt
  • Brenda Trenowden.
  • Baroness Shafik (Chair)
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The Psychology of Intergroup Inequality

Wednesday 31 March 2021

Professor Jim Sidanius (John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in memory of William James and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University) presents some of his latest ideas on the psychological foundations of intergroup inequality, followed by a conversation on their relevance to twenty-first century struggles for social justice.

Speakers:

  • Professor Jim Sidanius
  • Dr Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington (Chair)
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Think Big | Book launch

Thursday 25 March 2021

Dr Grace Lordan will talk to Professor Paul Dolan about her book, Think Big: Take Small Steps and Build the Future You Want.

Speakers:

  • Dr Grace Lordan
  • Professor Paul Dolan

 

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LSE Festival (1-6 March 2021)

We are all in this together: Has COVID-19 taught us how to save the world? Chaired by Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington with Ganga Shreedhar, Sanchayan Banerjee, Nick Chater and Adam Oliver.

How can policy makers use behavioural science? Chaired by Tony Travers with Grace Lordan, Paul Dolan, Teresa Almeida, Julian Le Grand.

LSE Festival short | Safety Culture: what can the post-COVID world learn from high-risk industries? With Tom Reader.

LSE Festival short | What work disappeared? COVID-19 and labour market outcomes for under-25s with Ganga Shreedhar and Teresa Almeida

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Let's Talk Careers in a Post-Covid World

Tuesday 16 February 2021

Dr Grace Lordan (PBS and TII) chaired a panel discussion on lessons from social science to take forward in discussions about careers and skills, post-COVID-19.

Speakers: Dorie Clark, Dowshan Humzah, Professor Connson Locke, Simon Ong and Helen Tupper

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Experimental Insights from Behavioral Economics on Covid-19 

Friday 12 and Friday 19 February 2021

A special online event focussing on research from behavioural economics related to COVID-19, in collaboration with John Hopkins University.

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A Decade of Behavioural Science at LSE

Wednesday 20 January 2021

Professor Paul Dolan in discussion with Dr Grace Lordan on that last 10 years of behavioural science at LSE, focussing on Dolan's research on happiness, wellbeing, narratives, biases and COVID-19. 

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Why Aren't Policy-makers and the Public Demand That More Emphasis is Placed on Happiness?

Wednesday 9 December

Lord Gus O'Donnell and Professor Paul Dolan in a discussion about the role of happiness in public policy.

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Lives, Livelihoods and Lockdowns: debating COVID-19 policy trade-offs

Wednesday 2 December

Speakers: Professor Dame Sally Davies, Professor Paul Dolan, Professor Sunetra Gupta, Professor Carl Heneghan, Professor David Hunter. Chaired by Professor Julia Black.

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The Value of Inclusion for a Post-COVID-19 World

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Dr Grace Lordan (PBS and TII) spoke with Ann Cairns, Ruth Cairnie, Wanda Hope, Lance Uggla and Nate Yohannes for a discussion on the future of inclusion in a post-COVID-19 workplace. Part of the LSE Shaping the post-Covid World initiative.

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Origins of Human Cooperation

Thursday 19 November 2020

Professor Michael Tomasello (Duke University) presented on the cultural life of humans, something we are biologically adapted for, but other primates are not. With Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch.

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Couples that Work | Book launch

Tuesday 17 November 2020, 12.30 to 1.30pm

Dr Ilka Gleibs hosted a conversation with Dr Jennifer Petriglieri, exploring how dual-career couples (where both partners are highly educated and have a demanding career) navigate love and work, and identity.

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Behavioural Science and a Post-Covid World

Wednesday 4 November, 2.00 to 3.30pm

Professor Simon Hix chaired a discussion with Professor Paul Dolan, Professor Nick Chater, Dr Grace Lordan, Professor Tali Sharot and Rori Sutherland on the key behavioural insights we can learn from COVID-19 policy responses, and how these could shape future ones for the LSE Shaping the post-Covid World initiative.

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Re-thinking Human Behaviour: critical perspectives on the psychology of Covid-19

Wednesday 7 October 2020, 4.30pm to 6.00pm

Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch in a discussion on the social and community based aspects of human behaviour and health, and the importance of going beyond a purely individual or top-down paternalistic approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. This event is part of the LSE Shaping the post-Covid World initiative.

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Assessing the impact of COVID-19: from mortality to misery? Part of the LSE COVID-19 online event series

21 May 2020

Speakers: Professor Paul Dolan, Dr Daisy Fancourt, Lord O'Donnell and Professor Carol Propper

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Behavioural Science in the context of great uncertainty. Part of the LSE COVID-19 online event series

13 May 2020

Speakers: Professor Paul Dolan, Dr Grace Lordan, Professor Liam Delaney, Dr Nick Chater, Dr Ulrike Hahn. Chaired by Professor Julia Black.

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Using Behavioural Insights for Inclusion in the City | Part of LSE Festival 2020: Shape the World

5 March 2020

Speakers: Dr Grace Lordan, Karina Robinson, Brenda Trenowden, Irshaad Ahmad, Richard Nesbitt and Teresa Parker

A panel discussion on ‘Inclusion in the City’, a report that gives practical insights from behavioural science research to the problems and solutions posed by people who understand the financial and services industry the best: its own talent. This event also launched The Inclusion Initiative (TII).

Find out more about TII

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

Part of LSE Festival 2020: Shape the World

4 March 2020

Speakers: Professor Liam Delaney, Dr Jet G. Sanders, Dr Barbara Fasolo, Dr Adam Oliver

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Writers Rebel (hosted by LSE) | Part of LSE Festival 2020: Shape the World

19 February 2020

Speakers: Chloe Aridjis, A.L. Kennedy, Daljit Nagra and Dr Ganga Shreedhar

On 11 October 2019, a group of writers congregated in Trafalgar Square to protest against climate change as part of Extinction Rebellion’s October Uprising. In a four-hour marathon of readings from novelists, poets, screenwriters and academics, writers insisted on the responsibility of artists to address our climate crisis. But can their protest make a difference? How do writers regard their role in leading social change? And does literature have to be about climate change to alter political and social action to save our environment?

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How Change Happens

Part of LSE Festival 2020: Shape the World

14 January 2020

Speakers: Professor Cass R. Sunstein, Professor Paul Dolan

How does social change happen? Why is it so hard to anticipate? A key reason is the existence of hidden preferences, which may or may not be unleashed.

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LSE Research Showcase 

19 November 2019

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

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I am Echoborg

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. 

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

1 October 2019

Speakers: Joseph Marks, Steve Martin

Chair: Professor Paul Dolan

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.

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Social Butterflies: reclaiming the positive power of social networks

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.

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LSE Festival: New World Order 2035

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.

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LSE Festival: Conspiracy Theory as Truth

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.

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Why Minds Go Awry: Evolutionary Explanations for Mental Illness 

14 February 2019

Speaker: Randolph M. Nesse, Arizona State University

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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Happy Ever After | Book launch

24 January 2019 

Professor Paul Dolan in conversation with Professor Tali Sharot on the launch of his book, Happy Ever After.

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The Coddling of the American Mind | Book launch

23 November 2018

A timely investigation into the new safety culture in universities and the dangers it poses to free speech, mental health, education, andultimately democracy.

 


 

 

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