Episodes

  • Professor Jayant Vaidya explains how, as a young surgeon in Mumbai, he set out to invent a new radiotherapy device to make his patients’ lives a little easier, and wound up discovering new things about how the body heals and transforming breast cancer surgery around the world.


    Guests:

    Marcelle Bernstein, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012
    Dr Sandeep Nayak, Fortis Hospital, Bangalore, India
    Dr Samuele Massarut, CRO Aviano, Italy
    Professor Jayant Vaidya, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, UCL

    Access the transcript here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/impact/ref-hub/ucl-ref-podcast/ep2-where-research-transforms-cancer-treatment

    Discover how UCL research is making an impact at www.ucl.ac.uk/ref

  • Professor Alison Rodger and activist Bruce Richman explain how people living with HIV came together with scientists to fight stigma and prove that Undetectable Equals Untransmittable.

    Guests:

    Bruce Richman, Founder and Director, Prevention Access Campaign
    Professor Alison Rodger, Institute of Global Health, UCL

    Access the transcript here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/impact/ref-hub/ucl-ref-podcast/ep1-where-research-transforms-hiv-treatment-and-prevention

    Discover how UCL research is making an impact at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ref

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  • Date of lecture: Tuesday 26 April 2022

    About the lecture:
    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unexpected disruption to Western countries and studies suggest this has affected women more adversely than men. This is because they were over-represented in the most affected sectors of the economy and women, especially mothers, took a bigger share of housework and childcare responsibilities following school closures. We investigate the gender gaps in remaining in employment, being furloughed and pay by using the data from four British nationally representative cohort studies a year into the Covid-19 pandemic. Our findings confirm that the adverse labour market effects were still experienced by women a year into the covid-19 pandemic but adjusting for pre-pandemic job characteristics substantially attenuates the gaps. These effects are likely to have long lasting implications for women’s longer-term position and the progress towards gender equality.

    About the speaker:
    Dr Bożena Wielgoszewska is a Research Associate dividing her time between the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and Quantitative Social Science, Social Research Institute, UCL.

  • Welcome back to episode two of Generation One: The Climate Podcast. Mark’s here this week with two brilliant guests, Dr Virginie Le Masson, from the UCL Institute of Gender and Disaster, and Mathilde Rainard, master's student at the University of Leeds and UNFCCC Consultant.

    This week we’re talking about gender and how it intersects into the climate crisis, from tackling single-use period products to much needed policy changes. Listen now to hear about how and why women are more negatively impacted by climate change, as well as what we can do about it.

    For more information and to access the transcript: www.ucl.ac.uk/climate-change/podcasts-videos/generation-one-climate-podcast

    Date of episode recording: 21/04/2022
    Duration: 28:20
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Mark Maslin, Helen Czerski
    Guests: Dr Virginie Le Masson, Mathilde Rainard
    Producer: Adam Batstone

  • Welcome back to season three of #MadeAtUCL. We're mixing things up this season with six new student hosts joining Cerys Bradley our producer-turned-host from last season! We will be continuing to share stories from our community, bringing to life the research and work being done at UCL

    UCL's award-winning campaign, Disruptive Thinking Since 1826 and hashtag #MadeAtUCL, has been phenomenal in its scope with hoardings at UCL East in London, graphics and animations on our website; a festival, podcast series, and involvement of the wider public to vote for their favourite breakthrough UCL research.

    Listen to a new episode every first Monday of the month.

    Find season two here: soundcloud.com/uclsound/sets/madeatucl-podcasts-season-2

    Catch up on season one here: soundcloud.com/uclsound/sets/madeatucl-podcasts-season-2

    For more information, visit www.ucl.ac.uk/made-at-ucl/podcasts

    Date of episode recording: 03/2022
    Duration: 0:54
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Cerys Bradley, Chanju Mwanza, Ariana Razavi, Taqwa Sadiq, Molly Rasbash, Katie Davies, Maria Bunyon
    Producer: Cerys Bradley

  • Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) and Dr Priti Parikh (Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction) are joined by Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng in South Africa to talk about how the UN Sustainable Development Goals can be adapted and achieved throughout Africa. Professor Phakeng is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town and is a huge advocate of the SDGs. She shares how the SDGs are perceived in South Africa, concentrating on areas of education and research.

    For more information and to access the transcript: www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable-development-goals/unlocking-sdgs-blueprint-future-episode-1-part-2

    Date of episode recording: 2022-04-25
    Duration: 00:30:43
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Professor Monica Lakhanpaul; Dr Priti Parikh
    Guests: Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng
    Producer: Front Ear Podcasts

  • Co-hosts Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) and Dr Priti Parikh (Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction) delve into the impact that the pandemic has had on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    Joining them are Professor Anthony Costello and Dr Rochelle Burgess (both UCL Institute for Global Health), who offers their perspective on how the World Health Organisation has addressed some of the SDGs, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we might respond to the SDGs.

    For more information and to access the transcript: www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable-development-goals/unlocking-sdgs-blueprint-future-episode-1-part-1

    Date of episode recording: 2022-04-25
    Duration: 00:23:03
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Professor Monica Lakhanpaul; Dr Priti Parikh
    Guests: Professor Anthony Costello; Dr Rochelle Burgess
    Producer: Front Ear Podcasts

  • Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) and Dr Priti Parikh (Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction) chat to Dr Kate Roll (UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose) about sustainable development. Dr Roll explores what the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) really mean, where they come from, and why they exist at all.

    For more information and to access the transcript: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable-development-goals/unlocking-sdgs-blueprint-future-episode-0

    Date of episode recording: 2022-04-25
    Duration: 00:11:40
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, Dr Priti Parikh
    Guests: Dr Kate Roll
    Producer: Front Ear Podcasts

  • Welcome back to season two of Generation One: The Climate Podcast! We're back with hosts Helen Czerski and Mark Maslin and this episode we're tackling plant based diets. Helen is joined by Tim Van Berkel, Co-Founder of Cornish Seaweed Company, Prof Tim Lang, emeritus professor at London City University and Dr Carole Dalin from UCL's Institute of Sustainable Resources.

    Listen now as they get in to the benefits and downfalls of plant based diets, the popularity of superfoods and whether seaweed can become a staple in our diets, and discuss how we can eat our way to a better plant.

    For more information on #UCLGenerationOne and to access the transcript: www.ucl.ac.uk/climate-change/generation-one

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    Date of episode recording: 07/04/22
    Duration: 30:23
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Helen Czerski, Mark Maslin
    Guests: Prof Tim Lang, Tim Van Berkel, Dr Carole Dalin
    Producer: Adam Batstone

  • Aman talks to Caswell and Steve about his journey from metallurgical engineering to multi-brain region neuroscience, how this has informed his rodent VR based studies of visual navigation, and what brains taste like.

    For more information and to access the transcript: www.ucl.ac.uk/research/domains/neuroscience/brain-stories-podcast

    Date of episode recording: 2022-04-13
    Duration: 00:43:13
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Caswell Barry; Steve Fleming; Selina Wray
    Guests: Aman Saleem
    Producer: Patrick Robinson

  • For this podcast we are visited by Sherry Hamby (University of the South) who talks to us about her community research group. The podcast is hosted by Jennifer McGowan (UCL).

    This podcast covers:
    1. What is the relationship between individual and community resilience?
    2. What cultural and socio-economic conditions needs to be considered in community resilience?
    3. Is the Predictably a mechanism of resilience?
    4. What challenges do researchers face in exploring or building community resilience?
    5. What resources are required in order for a community to be deemed resilience?

    For more information and to access the transcript: https://resiliencerg.wixsite.com/resilienceresearch

    Date of episode recording: 2022-01-24
    Duration: 00:41:52
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Jennifer McGowan
    Guests: Sherry Hamby
    Producer: Jennifer McGowan

  • So far in this series, we’ve talked a lot about the limitations of space and how to make the built environment better, fairer, and more accessible to everyone and much of that conversation has centred around getting more voices involved in the design process, opening up architecture to a more diverse community.

    Join host Christoph for episode five in conversation with The Bartlett's Senior Outreach Officer, Kemi Hassan, alongside Matthew Springett and Fiona MacDonald of Matt + Fiona, a social enterprise that gets young people involved in the development of their built environment and empowers them to have their say.

    Throughout the episode, we discuss Design Unlimited, an exciting outreach project for London state schools with a focus on KS3 students in years 7 – 9 and find out more about how The Bartlett is working in partnership to create a new generation of designers and architects who feel empowered to build a better world.

    For more information and to access the transcript, visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/transcript-making-space-young-people-design

    Catch up on previous episodes here: soundcloud.com/uclsound/sets/building-better-the-bartlett

    Date of episode recording: 2022-03-17
    Duration: 34:06
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Christoph Lindner
    Guests: Kemi Hassan, Matthew Springett, Fiona MacDonald
    Producer: Cerys Bradley

  • Join hosts Xand and Rochelle for Episode 2 ‘Singing the praises of communities with Dr Daisy Fancourt and Eric Whitacre. “Every single person feels part of something larger than themselves.” Communities are vital for a functioning society, but in an ever-changing world, has the concept of what ‘community’ means evolved into something new? Can virtual choirs really help with regulating emotions and coping with stress in the same way that singing live in a room full of people could? And is social prescribing of arts through linked support services the answer? Grammy-award winning composer Eric Whitacre, and associate professor of psychobiology and epidemiology at UCL Dr Daisy Fancourt, seek to answer these questions and more, from studying the social factors on health such as loneliness and isolation, to how singing can help regulate emotions and cope with stress, and the physiological benefits that belonging to a community can bring.

    For more information and to access the transcript: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/health-of-public/public-health-disrupted

    Date of episode recording: 2022-01-25
    Duration: 00:34:37
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter:Xand Van Tulleken; Rochelle Burgess
    Guests: Daisy Fancourt; Eric Whitacre
    Producer: Annabelle Buckland

  • In this contributed interview from the Department of Statistical Science at UCL, we speak with Professor Chris Holmes. Chris is Professor of Biostatistics at the departments of Statistics and the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford. He is also the Director for the Health Programme at the Alan Turing Institute.

    We discussed a recent presentation given at the department on Bayesian predictive inference and his involvement with statistical modelling to support the UK government’s COVID response.

    UCL seminar recording: https://youtu.be/Y9S4n42n0cY
    Martingale posterior distributions: https://arxiv.org/abs/2103.15671 Interoperability of statistical models in pandemic preparedness: principles and reality: https://arxiv.org/abs/2109.13730
    Chris Holmes’ group website: https://www.chrisholmeslab.com

    Date of episode recording: 2022-02-14
    Duration: 00:24:19
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Brieuc Lehmann
    Guests: Chris Holmes
    Producer: Nathan Green

  • For this podcast we are visited by Noriko Cable (UCL), Kate Bennett (Liverpool), Sherry Hamby (University of the South), and Kristen Krause (Rutgers). The podcast is hosted by Jennifer McGowan (UCL).
    This podcast covers: 1. How would you define resilience in adulthood?, 2. What are the benefits of resilience in adulthood?, 3. What challenges do adults face in building resilience?, 4. What resources are required in order for older adults to maintain their resilience?

    Date of episode recording: 2021-11-13
    Duration: 01:15:01
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Jennifer McGowan
    Guests: Noriko Cable (UCL); Kate Bennett (Liverpool); Sherry Hamby (University of the South); Kristen Krause
    Producer: Jennifer McGowan

  • Benedetto De Martino talks to Selina and Caswell about decision making, why we make choices that are bad for us, and the importance of having a hobby - plus a banjo makes an appearance.

    For more information and to access the transcript: www.ucl.ac.uk/research/domains/neuroscience/brain-stories-podcast

    Date of episode recording: 2022-03-15
    Duration: 00:41:30
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Caswell Barry; Steve Fleming; Selina Wray
    Guests: Dr Benedetto De Martino
    Producer: Patrick Robinson

  • In the second of a two-part feature recorded for LGBTQ+ History Month, presenter Roxie talks to Juliet Jacques, writer, journalist and author of Trans: A Memoir about her 2021 short-story collection Variations and the politics of representing trans history. She also speaks to Ben Miller, historian, writer and co-host of the Bad Gays podcast about complicating conventional queer histories as well as his research into the colonial legacy of queer representation.

    For more information on UCL’s recent decision to cut ties with Stonewall: https://thetab.com/uk/london/2022/01/21/vindictive-and-insensitive-students-and-staff-slam-ucl-decision-to-cut-ties-with-stonewall-44148

    Petition calling for UCL to rejoin the scheme: https://www.change.org/p/ucl-ucl-staff-students-alumni-ask-ucl-to-rejoin-stonewall-schemes

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the official policies, views or positions of any institutions with which they are affiliated.

    To access the transcript: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/moveable-type/moveable-type-podcast-lgbtq-history-month-transcript-episode-3-part-2

    Date of episode recording: 2022-02-16
    Duration: 01:10:50
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Roxana Toloza Chacon
    Guests: Juliet Jacques; Ben Miller
    Producer: Anna De Vivo; Damian Walsh; Editor: Daniel Lewis

  • This episode is a live recording of UCL's event City of Women: creating an interactive map of London’s remarkable women.

    The event was part of UCL's 'Stand with Hope' campaign, a series of activities and events aimed at generating discussion on the gender inequalities that persist in the UK and mark the display of Hope the Lego Suffragette at UCL.

    About the event
    Reni Eddo-Lodge, Rebecca Solnit and Emma Watson have worked together to produce an alternative map of the London Underground, replacing existing station names with the names of remarkable female or non-binary Londoners who have had an impact on the city’s history.

    The interactive City of Women London map has been developed by Dr Leah Lovett, Dr Duncan Hay and Montaz Marche from the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) using Memory Mapper, an open source toolkit for mapping stories of place developed at CASA. The print map will be published by Haymarket Books and the project is being developed in collaboration with the Women of the World (WOW) Foundation.

    The project is inspired by Rebecca Solnit and Josh Jelly-Schapiro’s acclaimed book Nonstop Metropolis, in which they reworked the New York City subway map to celebrate women who had made their mark on the city. The map then became an iconic poster and sparked numerous conversations about public space, history, gender, feminism, and memory; a special edition of the poster was produced by Haymarket Books in 2019.

    Transcript available on https://www.ucl.ac.uk/research/city-women

  • “The fundamental relationship that must come in is humanity to the rest of nature.”

    Would it be such a radical change to flip on its head the idea of improving the overall health of the public to prop up the economy? Redefining the idea of prosperity in the 21st Century and the balance between human wellbeing and economics are among the topics discussed by our guests: two leading thinkers in the field of innovative economics and its relationship with public health.

    Together, Professor Mariana Mazzucato and renegade economist Kate Raworth tackle the topic of taking a mission-oriented approach to improving the health of the public. From redefining what prosperity looks like in a modern world, to how active a role the government should have in defining health innovation policy, and everything in between.

    For more information and to access the transcript: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/health-of-public/mission-oriented-public-health-show-notes

  • For this podcast we are visited by Nicole Creasey (University of Amsterdam), Professor Jay Mancini (Virgina Tech), and Dr Gretchen Pianka (Resilience University). The podcast is hosted by Nicole Creasey (University of Amsterdam).

    This podcast covers: 1. What is family resilience? How would you define it? 2. Why is family resilience important? 3. What challenges due families face in building resilience? 4. Should family resilience be a public health priority?

    Date of episode recording: 2021-09-20
    Duration: 00:57:06
    Language of episode: English
    Presenter: Nicole Creasey (University of Amsterdam)
    Guests: Nicole Creasey (University of Amsterdam); Professor Jay Mancini (Virgina Tech); Dr Gretchen Pianka (Resilience University).
    Producer: Jennifer McGowan