Bicentennial Inaugural lectures

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In 2021, Heriot-Watt University celebrates the 200th anniversary of its founding in Scotland. From its beginnings as the world’s first mechanics institute in the heart of Edinburgh, two centuries of innovation have led to what is today a unique international institution with campuses in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia.

Throughout this year, there will be an extensive programme of events and debates across its campuses, and online, offering something for everyone to take part in and enjoy. Read more about our 200th anniversary.

Our bicentennial inaugural lectures celebrate our world-class research talent and are an opportunity for our recently appointed professors to share their knowledge with a wider community. Throughout the year, we present a series of lectures ranging from artificial intelligence to integrability - if you need to ask, you need to attend!

Next bicentennial inaugural lecture

29 September 2021 with Professor Christian Saemann

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Future bicentennial inaugural lectures 2021

27 October 
Professor Florian Doster

24 November 
Professor David Townsend

15 December 
Professor Anastasia Doikou

View more inaugural lectures on the HWU Lectures channel 

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