We invite world-leading academics to speak at a series of open seminars throughout the year, all hosted by academics within the department.

Helen Sharman lecture in Diamond

Most seminars will be hosted online, with some in-person seminars stated below. Our seminars take place on Fridays, starting at 12.00pm and concluding by 12.50pm or shortly afterwards unless otherwise indicated.

For more information or a copy of the seminar programme please email

Programme 2023-2024

Date Speaker Institution Title Host Location
03/10/2023 Dr Christian Webb Harvard University Predictors And Mechanisms of Change in the Treatment of Depressed Adolescents Prof. Jaime Delgadillo

Lecture Theatre 1, 

Sir Henry Stephenson Building

10/10/2023 Dr Jenny Retzler University of Huddersfield The neurocognitive basis of inattention in children born very preterm Dr Megan Freeth TBC
17/10/2023 Dr Emily Burdett University of Nottingham The ontogeny of human ingenuity: Exploring the factors that promote problem-solving and innovation in childhood Dr Gideon Salter TBC


Programme 2022 -2023

Date Speaker Institution Title Host Location
21/10/22 Dr Lesley Uttley The University of Sheffield Systematic reviews and meta-analyses: how objective are they really? Professor Tom Webb The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 2
04/11/22 Dr Hannah Rapaport Macquarie University, Australia Experiencing the world differently: Understanding Autistic people’s perceptual and everyday lives Professor Elizabeth Milne The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 2
11/11/22 Professor Wayne Gray Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. USA From the Fosbury Flop to Tetris and beyond! What action games tell us about the human acquisition of expertise in complex dynamic tasks Dr Tom Stafford 3pm - 4pm, Online
02/12/22 Dr Alessandra Souza University of Porto, Portugal Boosting the storage capacity and fidelity of visual working memory Dr Caudia von-Bastian The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 2 / Online
09/12/22 Dr Hannah Rodhe University of Edinburgh Informativity in cooperative communication Dr Danielle Matthews The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 2
10/03/23 Dr Miriam Sebold Charité -Universitätsmedizin Berlin Learning and decision-making of disorders from the "compulsive spectrum" Professor Matt Field Online
24/03/23 Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc University of Dundee The role of online communities in addiction recovery Professor Matt Field SS Teaching Room 2
31/03/23 Dr Aimee Elizabeth Pink The Agency for Science, Technology and Research Social anxiety and assets moderate the influence of ostracism stress on children’s snack consumption:
Findings from the Growing Up in Singapore Towards Healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) Cohort.
Dr Nicola Buckland  Online

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