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This talk and workshop, hosted at the dept. of Materials Science (Parks Road) will be given by Dr Stephen Hughes from UCL, an expert on engaging the public around contentious and controversial issues.

Have you ever been confronted by a flat earther or vaccine denier and left completely speechless? How about chemtrails controlling our minds? Is that a thing? If conspiracy theories or conspiracy theorists are your thing then you’re in luck.

On the 8th of March, Dr Stephen Hughes from UCL has agreed to come and give a workshop and talk. Stephen is a Lecturer in “Science, Technology and Society”, meaning he looks at public relations with innovation and research. This includes looking at how and why conspiracy theories form and what we can try and do as scientists to respond to the emotional and conflictual dimensions of science-society issues.

Numbers are limited, so registration is required for both the talk and workshop.


Stephen’s talk is titled “ Technoscientific Conspiracies: From Chemtrails to Transhumanism” and will examine how and why conspiracy theories form.

It will be held on Wednesday 8th March, 4:30-5:30 pm, Hume-Rothery Lecture Theatre.

Click here to register for the talk

Stephen’s workshop is titled “ Hype and Conspiracy: Can We Engage with Conspiracy Theorists?” and how we might be able to engage and relate to those who believe in conspiracy theories.

It will be held on Wednesday 8th March, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm, 21 Banbury Road Conference Room.

Click here to register for the workshop


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with

 Click here to visit Stephen's Twitter profile.