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Engaging with the public - speaking opportunities

Professor Justin Lewis

Professor Justin Lewis at the Hay Festival

Every year, there are a number of opportunities for academics to gain exposure for their research activities by engaging with the public by giving talks. The Community Engagement Team seeks to maximise opportunities for Cardiff University academics to achieve appropriate exposure of their work through events ranging from local lectures to national and international events such as the Hay Festival, the Cheltenham Science Festival, TED, the National Eisteddfod, and through its strategic partnerships. 

The team is therefore seeking colleagues who are able and willing to deliver engaging talks in lay language about their area of interest. If you are interested in being recommended as a speaker, please could you provide your details by filling in this form.

Recent examples of Cardiff academics speaking to a public audience:

The Cardiff Series at the Hay Festival

Cardiff University has developed a partnership with the Hay Festival which sees academics take to the stage to discuss their research during the celebrated festival of literature and the arts.

The Cheltenham Science Festival

In 2012 the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics were successful in organising a couple of events at the UK’s most prestigious science festival.


The University sponsored TEDxCardiff 2012, and four of our academics gave talks at the conference.  Professor Justin Lewis, Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Professor B.S. Sathyaprakash and Dr Jacqui Mulville all gave talks, which are available to view here.

Dr Tomos Owen at Cardiff BookTalk

Dr Tomos Owen at Cardiff BookTalk

Cardiff BookTalk, sciSCREEN, Science Cafe, Philosophy Cafe etc.

There are many other avenues to engage with the public which Cardiff University academics regularly speak at:

Cardiff BookTalk offers the public the opportunity to hear diverse opinions about great classic and contemporary fiction.

sciSCREEN is a forum for discussing the issues in contemporary films at Chapter Arts Centre.

Science Cafe is a monthly event for discussing contemporary science issues at the Gate Arts and Community Centre.

Philosophy Cafe is a monthly event organised to share and discuss philosophical issues ranging from in-vitro meat to existentialism, at the Gate Arts and Community Centre.

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please contact the Community Engagement Team on

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