All lectures are held in the Dalhousie Building at 6pm. A drinks reception follows each.

Free tickets will be available via Eventbrite,, 01382 385108 and Tower Building Reception

Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg

13 February

When a peaceful Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic ended with 30 activists being incarcerated in a jail in Russia, it sparked an intense campaign to bring the protestors home. In this lecture Ben Stewart, who led the campaign, tells the startling record of the protestors' experiences in jail and how the events unfolded.

There will be a drinks reception following the lecture where Ben will also be signing copies of his book 'Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg'.

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International Crime

5 March

The use of forensic scientific evidence is becoming more impactful in cases of national and international significance. As a consequence communication at the critical interfaces between scientists, lawyers and the public has never been more important. Join our very own Professors Sue Black and Niamh NcDaeid in hosting a conversation between the renowned Dorothy Bain QC and Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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From Kabul to Raqqa: How we have gone from Afghanistan to a more dangerous world

19 March

Award winning correspondent Christina Lamb talks about her latest book Farewell Kabul, the life of a war correspondent, and lessons to be learnt from recent political interventions.

A book signing will follow the lecture.

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Patrick Grant: Sew Yummy

28 May, 2pm

At this exclusive event we’ll be joined by leading British menswear designer and star of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee, Patrick Grant.  He’ll be giving guests advice and tips on how to make fabulous creations as well as talking about what he loves most about his job.

A pop up café selling tea, coffee and a selection of scrumptious cakes made by Masterchef: The Professionals winner Jamie Scott will also be available.

Please note that this is an afternoon event which takes place from 2pm - 3:30pm at West Ward Works, Guthrie Street, Dundee, DD1 5BR.

Admission charges are £6/£3:50

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Clouds, Comics and Gaming: Too cool for school?

26 March

What role do comics and gaming play in the changing face of education? How can digital spaces inform and enrich the learning experience without challenging the structures and principles that have worked thus far? Join us for a panel debate addressing these pertinent issues.

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What is the University of Dundee doing about infectious diseases?

14 May

In this informative event, Mike Ferguson, Regius Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, will discuss what research is taking place at the University to deal with infectious diseases, and the rise of drug-resistance, locally and globally.

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Patrick Grant: Menswear Designer

28 May

Patrick Grant is a leading British menswear fashion designer and owner of bespoke tailors Norton & Sons of Savile Row, London. As a media figure he is best known as a judge on the BBC television series, The Great British Sewing Bee.

In this exclusive event, Patrick will discuss his fascinating career, which began with an engineering degree in Material Sciences, and has seen him catapult to success with his label E.Tautz, as well as designing for Debenhams with the hugely successful Hammond & Co collection.

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2015 Programme ‌

‌7 February Winds of Change: Rethinking the way we respond to a changing climate

‌7 March Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Tapping all our Talents:Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

‌28 March Professor Dame Sally Davies, The risks to society of unrestricted antibiotic use

‌4 April Allan Little, A witness to war

‌2 May The fun day event includes a Mad Hatters Tea Party,literary workshops, storytelling corner, face-painting and lots more!

‌‌‌‌2 May Robert Douglas Fairhurst, The Story of Alice:Lewis Carroll and The Secret History of Wonderland

‌16 May Julian Bird, "And the winner is...":The Olivier Awards and celebrating the best in British theatre

‌11 May - 30 May Michael Peto Photographs: Staged in Britain. Dalhousie Building. To coincide with Julian Bird's lecture a special exhibition of iconic black and white photographs from the Peto Collection, held by the University Archives, will be displayed.


2014 Programme

2014 marked the 90th anniversary of the University's Saturday Evening Lecture Series and to mark the occasion an extended programme of events ran throughout the year.

‌1 February Caroline Shenton, The Day Parliament Burned Down

‌15 February Dr Kevin Fong, Extremes: Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body

‌1 March Leading by Influence: The stories of four remarkable women

‌22 March Professor Iain Stewart, Underground Britain: The new geological front-line

‌5 April Kirsty Wark, The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

‌26 April Sir Max Hastings, Catastrophe

‌31 May Chris van der Kuyl, Putting the 4th J into Dundee: The rise and rise of the videogames industry

‌18 October Jung Chang, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

‌1 November Dundee and its Scientific Firsts  Part of the Dundee Science Festival in conjunction with Saturday Evening Lecture Series 2014.