Speakers of the highest calibre are the focus of our new Distinguished Lecture Series

The Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series is an opportunity to welcome, to Heriot-Watt University's global campuses, public speakers of the highest calibre from the worlds of industry, business and academia.

Take this unique opportunity to engage with our guest speaker and meet our top academics and industry partners - to share their experiences, thoughts and ideas for the future, on a variety of globally relevant subjects.

You can also view our Global Pioneers exhibition showcasing our world-leading, solution-focused researchers, our educational best-practice and our thought leadership.

These special events are free. Heriot-Watt colleagues, students, the wider university community and public are all welcome.

Next Lecture:

From Greenhouse to icehouse: history and future of Antarctica's climate 

Professor Dame Jane Francis, Director of British Antarctic Survey

Heriot-Watt Edinburgh Campus on Thursday, 5th April 2018, 5:30pm to 8pm.


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Previous lectures:

The Future of the Research Silk Road – A Perspective on Collaborative Research with Asia.

Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey

Heriot-Watt Edinburgh Campus on Tuesday, 20th February 2018


Delivering Transformational Innovation from Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Engineering

Professor David Lane CBE, Founding Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

Heriot-Watt Dubai Campus on Tuesday, 13th February 2018

Engines Running on Thin Air - how a simple invention has turned energy on its head.

Professor Toby Peters, Heriot-Watt's Visiting Professor in Transformational Innovation for Sustainability

Heriot-Watt Malaysia Campus, 6 April 2017

The Challenges and Opportunities of Building Crossrail under a Global City - London

Sir Terry Morgan, Chairman of Crossrail

Heriot-Watt Malaysia Campus, 10 January 2017

The Future of Global Manufacturing – Challenges and Opportunities

Dr Hamid Mughal, Director of Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce Plc

Heriot-Watt Edinburgh Campus, 18 October 2016

Internet Histories and Futures

Dame Wendy Hall, Director, Web Science Institute, University of Southampton

Heriot-Watt Dubai Campus, 27 October 2016