Distinguished Lecture Series - Previous Events
The Distinguished Lecture Series brings eminent and influential guest speakers to Cardiff University and a wider audience to showcase their work.
The series has the specific objective of contributing to the establishment and consolidation of Cardiff's international reputation for academic impact.
David R. Williams is Dean for Research in Arts, Science and Engineering at the University of Rochester, New York, the Director of the university's Center for Visual Science and William G. Allyn Professor of Medical Optics.
Randall Collins is Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and will give the next Cardiff University Distinguished Lecture.
Professor Michael Burawoy - University of California, Berkeley
Professor Burawoy is a leading proponent of public sociology, a renowned author, and a close observer of industrial workplaces in countries around the world including Russia, Zambia, the United States, and Hungary. Most recently, he has turned to the study of his own workplace – the university – to consider the way social science itself is produced and then disseminated to diverse publics.
Professor Robert Darnton - Harvard University
Professor Darnton is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard University Library. He is a leading cultural historian who is internationally recognised for his research into books, digital scholarship and French cultural history.
Professor Jon Crowcroft - University of Cambridge
Jon Crowcroft has been the Marconi Professor of Communications Systems in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge since October 2001. He has worked in the area of Internet support for multimedia communications for over 30 years.
Professor Michael Grätzel - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Professor Grätzel has pioneered research on electron transfer reactions and their applications in solar energy conversion systems and discovered a revolutionary new type of solar cell based on dye sensitized nanocrystalline semiconducting oxide particles.