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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. All available recordings are available and included.

Many of our faculty are invited to speak at events around the world. Where an event is external to LSE, it is noted below.

Please note: all our upcoming events will be hosted online.  For all the latest information about our events please sign up to our mailing list here


Upcoming events

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Workshop on Sludge (external event)

23 September 2020, 2.00 to 4.00pm, Zoom

Dr Stuart Mills (PBS, LSE) will talk about “Nudge/Sludge Symmetry” for the UCD Behavioural Science and Policy Group. Find out more on the UCD website here.


Behavioural Science at Work Conference (external event)

6 October 2020, from 9.25am

Dr Grace Lordan (PBS, LSE, TII) will give the closing keynote speech on the possible impacts that behavioural science can have for diveristy and inclusion. Hosted by CIPD. More information on the CIPD website here.

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

7 October 2020, 4.30pm to 6.00pm

Free online event

Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch will chair a panel discussion with Dr Rochelle Burgess, Professor Ama de-Graft Aikins, Professor Helene Joffe and Professor Stephen Reicher 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.

Tickets available to book from 10am on 23 September here.


Recent events



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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London Wellbeing Week: Student Happiness 

6 March 2020

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. 

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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).

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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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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 

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


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

30 October 2019

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. 


Past events


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. 


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

Listen to the recording on LSE Player


LSE Undergraduate Open Day

4 July 2019, LSE

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. 

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 

11 June 2019 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

5 June 2019

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

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

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.


London PUS Seminar

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

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.

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

Chair: Professor Martin Bauer

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London PUS Seminar

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 

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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Happy Ever After: Book Signing and Reception 

11 February 2019 

Speaker Paul Dolan

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 

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

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.

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London PUS Seminar 

28 November 2018

Speaker: Hauke Riesch, Brunel University

Jonathan Haidt 2018 event

The Coddling of the American Mind

23 November 2018

Speaker: Jonathan Haidt

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