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# Episode Title Description People Date
1 From Ada Lovelace to Alan Turing, the birth of AI? Many developments in science are achieved through people being able to ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’ and in the history of AI two giants in particular stand out. Peter Millican, Ursula Martin, Andrew Hodges, Jacob Ward 19 Nov 2018
2 Can we build AI with Emotional Intelligence? The 2018 Annual Charles Simonyi Lecture Marcus du Sautoy and Professor Rosalind Picard for 2018's annual Simonyi Lecture: Can we build AI with Emotional Intelligence? Marcus du Sautoy, Rosalind Picard 09 Nov 2018
3 Why Read Frankenstein in 2018? Two hundred years after it was first published, Nick Groom explains the abiding appeal and extraordinary contemporary relevance of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. Nick Groom 22 Oct 2018
4 How do you grow rice faster? 3 billion people depend on rice for survival & owing to predicted population increases, land that provided enough rice to feed 27 people in 2010 will need to support 43 by 2050. In this week's podcast episode we ask: how do you grow rice faster? Jane Langdale 11 Jul 2018
5 Is there a faster way to diagnose Tuberculosis? Tuberculosis is still one of the top ten causes of death worldwide, with 1.4 million people dying from TB in 2015. If your doctor suspects you have the disease it can take up to 6 weeks to get a diagnosis! Philip Fowler 26 Jun 2018
6 Can you cure HIV? HIV isn’t a death sentence anymore. People can live long lives with the virus in their body, as long as they have the right combination of drugs. But some researchers want to take the fight against HIV and AIDS even further... John Frater 02 May 2018
7 Creative Commons Prostate cancer genomic surgery: A shifting paradigm In the first half, Dr Alastair Lamb discusses the problem with prostate cancer and what it is that needs to be addressed, his previous research and future plans for research. Alistair Lamb 30 Apr 2018
8 Evidence in the Multiverse Erik Curiel and Simon Friederich hash out the problems we encounter when we look for evidence of a multiverse. Erik Curiel, Simon Friederich 24 Apr 2018
9 The Hard Fact of Life in Big Physics City How similar is the fine-tuning of our universe to probabilistic reasoning we use and understand? Simon Friederich and Erik Curiel go through a series of examples. Erik Curiel, Simon Friederich 24 Apr 2018
10 Stability and Probability Erik Curiel and Simon Friederich discuss how reasoning in cosmology sometimes conflates topological stability with probability, and why that might be wrong. Simon Friederich, Erik Curiel 24 Apr 2018
11 Problems with Probability Simon Friederich and Erik Curiel discuss the problems fine-tuning arguments raise for our understanding of probability. Simon Friederich, Erik Curiel 24 Apr 2018
12 Creative Commons Oesophageal Cancer: Past, Present and the Future Professor Tim Underwood takes us through the history of oesophageal cancer, where we are now, and some of the science that is done to ask questions about where we might go with the treatment of oesophageal cancer. Tim Underwood 16 Apr 2018
13 Creative Commons Things Come Together: Science and the American West Elliott West gives the 2017 Harmsworth lecture on November 7th, 2017. Elliott West 10 Jan 2018
14 Lincoln Leads in Science This Lincoln Leads instalment asks the question: 'For the sake of knowledge: Why do scientific research?' Cigdem Issever, Peter Atkins, Max Jamilly, Prateek Katti 19 Dec 2017
15 Welcome to the Oxford Reproducibility School Dorothy Bishop (University of Oxford) gives a talk for the Oxford Reproducibility School, held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, in the Sherrington Lecture Theatre, University of Oxford. Dorothy Bishop 12 Dec 2017
16 Selfish reasons to work reproducibly Florian Markowetz, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, University of Cambridge, gives a talk for the Oxford Autumn School in Cognitive Neuroscience, held in 28th-29th September 2017, Sherrington Lecture Theatre, University of Oxford. Florian Markowetz 12 Dec 2017
17 Practical tools for open and reproducible neuroimaging Tom Nichols, Big Data Institute, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the Oxford Autumn School in Cognitive Neuroscience, held in 28th-29th September 2017, Sherrington Lecture Theatre, University of Oxford. Tom Nichols 12 Dec 2017
18 Introduction to the morning: why and how of reproducible science Dorothy Bishop, Dept of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the Oxford Autumn School in Cognitive Neuroscience, held in 28th-29th September 2017, Sherrington Lecture Theatre, University of Oxford. Dorothy Bishop 12 Dec 2017
19 Dilemmas of an early career researcher Ana Todorovic (University of Oxford) gives a talk for the Oxford Reproducibility School. Ana Todorovic 08 Dec 2017
20 The QUEST Center in Berlin: A structured approach to improve the value of academic biomedicine Ulrich Dirnagl ((Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin) gives a talk for the Oxford Reproducibility School. Ulrich Dirnagl 08 Dec 2017
21 Bayesian statistics without tears EJ Wagenmakers (University of Amsterdam) gives a talk for the Oxford Reproducibility School. EJ Wagenmakers 08 Dec 2017
22 Registered reports as a solution to bias in research and publishing Chris Chambers (Cardiff University) gives a talk for the Oxford Reproducibility School. Chris Chambers 08 Dec 2017
23 Importance of statistical power for cumulative science Richard Morey (Cardiff University) gives a talk for the Oxford Reproducibility School. Richard Morey 08 Dec 2017
24 How do you run a marathon with two kids? Last month Jessica attempted to break a world record for pushing a double buggy, with two children inside, while running a marathon! Jessica Bruce 08 Nov 2017
25 Growing up as a Pharmacologist - during more than half a century in the Department David Smith, Professor of Pharmacology, looks back on over 50 years of research and work within the department of pharmacology. David Smith 20 Oct 2017
26 Creative Commons The Future of Science Communication A look at the past and future of public engagement for scientific information. Roger Highfield 20 Oct 2017
27 Creative Commons What Makes a Scientist? A look back at historical scientists and their contribution to science. Staffan Normark 20 Oct 2017
28 Creative Commons The Future of Artificial Intelligence How modern neuroscience is researching the way the human brain can comprehend a working environment. Simon Stringer 19 Oct 2017
29 Creative Commons The Future of Publishing A talk that focuses on promoting and championing scientific literature. Ritu Dhand 19 Oct 2017
30 Creative Commons The Future of Policy and Health Research The role of MSD in driving innovation and expanding access to global vaccines. Ruxandra Draghia-Akli 19 Oct 2017
31 Creative Commons The Future of the Scientific Community: Challenges and Opportunities A scientific discussion with the speakers about the industry and the future of the scientific community. John Walker, Story Sylwester, Jo Dally, Ben Goldacre 19 Oct 2017
32 Creative Commons The future of Innovation and Government. Creating the future of science by driving innovation in health and life sciences. Ruth McKernan 19 Oct 2017
33 Creative Commons The Future of Biotechnology Immunocore talk about important issues in oncology and infectious diseases. Eliot Forster 19 Oct 2017
34 Creative Commons The Future Of Research A look into fundamental discovery and the use of existing scientific knowledge for the benefit of mankind. John Walker 19 Oct 2017
35 How fast is Greenland moving? Greenland has some many fascinating facts like it’s the world's largest island, it belongs to Denmark, it actually isn’t that green but mostly covered in ice. But did you know that Greenland is actually on the move? Ian Hewitt 31 Aug 2017
36 Lovelace Lecture: Learning and Efficiency of Outcomes in Games Éva Tardos, Department of Computer Science, Cornell University, gives the 2017 Ada Lovelace Lecture on 6th June 2017. Éva Tardos, Leslie Goldberg 22 Aug 2017
37 Nuclear Fusion Aled Walker, Justin Ball, Valerian Chen, Jason Parisi discuss nuclear fusion as part of the In Our Spare Time series. Aled Walker, Justin Ball, Valerian Chen, Jason Parisi 13 Jun 2017
38 What does Hollywood get right and wrong when science is in the storyline? What does hollywood get right? Neil Ashton, Colin Wilson, Eleanor Stride, Jason Nurse 02 Jun 2017
39 How open should open data be? Open data impacts everybody. Through it we can access healthcare services, understand our governments better and, of course, travel to places more easily. But, how open should open data be? Sir Nigel Shadbolt 02 Jun 2017
40 Professor Richard Hobbs Dr. Kamal R. Mahtani, Deputy Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, in conversation with Professor Richard Hobbs, Head of Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. Richard Hobbs, Kamal R Mahtani 18 May 2017
41 Professor John Brodersen Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, in conversation with Professor John Brodersen, General Practitioner and associate research professor in the area of medical screening at University of Copenhagen. John Brodersen, Carl Heneghan 15 May 2017
42 Photo Archives VI: Photography as Protocol Kelley Wilder (De Montfort University) discusses photography as a scientific protocol Kelley Wilder 09 May 2017
43 Photo Archives VI: The Laboratory as Photo Archive Chitra Ramalingam (Yale University) discusses photographic collections within science laboratories Chitra Ramalingam 09 May 2017
44 The Remedy: Introduction In this short podcast, Naomi Richman introduces the series, 'The Remedy' by offering some history and context to contemporary discussions about health and healing. Naomi Richman 08 May 2017
45 What happened to the first soviet scientist to solve a fundamental problem in mathematics? New episode for the Oxford Sparks Big questions series. Christopher Hollings 08 May 2017
46 How open should open data be? Open data impacts everybody. Through it we can access healthcare services, understand our governments better and, of course, travel to places more easily. But, how open should open data be? Sir Nigel Shadbolt 04 May 2017
47 What does Hollywood get right and wrong when science is in the storyline? What does hollywood get right? Neil Ashton, Colin Wilson, Eleanor Stride, Jason Nurse 19 Apr 2017
48 Inflation in the Future What should we expect to learn in the future? In the fourth part of their chat, Dave Sloan and Robert Brandenberger talk about how we expect inflationary theory to develop, and how observations may lead to new physics in this area. David Sloan, Robert Brandenberger 04 Apr 2017
49 Strings, Inflation, and Alternatives In the third part of their discussion, Dave Sloan and Robert Brandenberger explain the relationship between string theory and inflationary models. Can inflation arise from particle physics, or do we need to look for alternative models? David Sloan, Robert Brandenberger 04 Apr 2017
50 Inflation Predicts In the second part of their discussion, Dave Sloan and Robert Brandenberger tell us what inflation predicts and whether inflation itself seems fine-tuned. This discussion was conducted at the University of Oxford on March 14, 2017. David Sloan, Robert Brandenberger 04 Apr 2017
51 Evidence For Inflation In the first part of their discussion, Dave Sloan and Robert Brandenberger go over our evidence for inflationary theories and discuss how inflationary models improve on the hot big bang. David Sloan, Robert Brandenberger 04 Apr 2017
52 Panel on Inflation Professor Joe Silk talks with Professor Robert Brandenberger, Professor Jerome Martin, and Dr. Dave Sloan about the current state of research and controversies surrounding inflation. Joe Silk, Robert Brandenberger, Jerome Martin, David Sloan 04 Apr 2017
53 Does Inflationary Cosmology Solve Fine-Tuning Problems? Professor Robert Brandenberger (McGill) argues that inflationary models still face considerable challenges. Robert Brandenberger 04 Apr 2017
54 Inflationary Attractors Dr David Sloan (Oxford) discusses the for inflation to occur given typical initial conditions. He argues that, on the right understanding of the background dynamics of the universe, inflationary conditions dominate. David Sloan 04 Apr 2017
55 Inflation After Planck Professor Jerome Martin (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris) explains the current state of evidence for inflationary models. Jerome Martin 04 Apr 2017
56 Will supersonic transport ever make a comeback? The Concord is seen as an iconic aircraft and a technological breakthrough – so why can we only see them in museums? In our episode of The Big Questions podcast series we visited Dr Neil Ashton from the E-Research Centre at the University of Oxford to ask Neil Ashton 13 Mar 2017
57 Creative Commons How Quantum Theory Can Help Understanding Natural Language In the Quantum Group, we contribute to the field of natural language processing by using methods from mathematics and quantum theory to show how information flows between words in a sentence to give us the meaning of the sentence as a whole. Maaike Zwart 07 Mar 2017
58 The Future of Particle Physics Panel Discussion Panel discussion with Prof John Womersley (STFC), Prof John Wheater (Department of Physics), Prof Ian Shipsey (Particle Physics), Prof Dave Wark (Particle Physics), Prof Daniella Bortoletto (Physics) and Prof Subir Sarkar (Particle Theory Group) John Womersley, John Wheater, Ian Shipsey, Dave Wark 07 Mar 2017
59 What would life be like if Parasitoid Wasps didn’t exist? Our Festive episode of our Oxford Sparks podcast follows the traditional Christmas story of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Christopher Jeffs 14 Dec 2016
60 The Observer Strikes Back What is an observer? In the fifth and final part of their discussion, Jim Hartle and Bernard Carr discuss the nature of observers. Jim Hartle, Bernard Carr 06 Dec 2016
61 No Boundaries for Quantum Cosmology Where is the observer in the universe? In the fourth part of their discussion, Jim Hartle and Bernard Carr discuss Jim Hartle’s no-boundary proposal. Bernard Carr, Jim Hartle 06 Dec 2016
62 Physics and Philosophy What are the limits of physics? In the third part of their discussion, Bernard Carr and Jim Hartle talk about the point at which physics ends and philosophy begins. Bernard Carr, Jim Hartle 06 Dec 2016
63 The Quantum and Cosmological Scales How do we combine our theory of the very small with our theory of the largest scales of the universe? In the second part of their discussion, Jim Hartle and Bernard Carr hash out the connections between cosmology and quantum mechanics. Jim Hartle, Bernard Carr 06 Dec 2016
64 What Fine Tunings Are There? Is the universe fine-tuned for life? In the first part of their discussion, Bernard Carr and Jim Hartle discuss how physical theories might contain unexplained assumptions that are necessary for the existence of life. Bernard Carr, Jim Hartle 06 Dec 2016
65 Can bubbles help cure cancer? On this episode, can bubbles cure cancer? Eleanor Stride 02 Dec 2016
66 Mathematics: Navigating Nature's Dark Labyrinth The Inaugural Lecture of the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, 2009. Marcus du Sautoy 18 Nov 2016
67 Autism and Minds Wired for Science Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Cambridge, and Director of the Autism Research Centre, gives the 2016 Charles Simonyi Lecture on new research into autism. Simon Baron-Cohen, Marcus du Sautoy 18 Nov 2016
68 The Remedy: Humanism In this episode, Naomi Richman interviews David Flint, Vice-Chair of the North London Humanists to find out what Humanism can offer the sick. We discuss the role of modern medicine and the possibilities of living forever. Naomi Richman, David Flint 16 Nov 2016
69 Creative Commons How do you make a reliable weather forecast? Latest episode from Oxford Sparks, this episode on how to predict the weather. Hannah Christensen 04 Nov 2016
70 Topology and the Classification of Matter: New Physics Hidden in Plain Sight Third lecture "More is different" - how states of matter emerge from quantum theory Saturday morning of Theoretical Physics. With Professor Steve Simon, introduction by Professor John WheelerThird Steve Simon 01 Nov 2016
71 Magnets, superfluids and superconductors Second lecture "More is different" - how states of matter emerge from quantum theory Saturday morning of Theoretical Physics. With Professor Fabian Essler, introduction by Professor John Wheeler. Fabian Essler 01 Nov 2016
72 Identical particles: from one to many First lecture in the "More is different" - how states of matter emerge from quantum theory Saturday morning of Theoretical Physics. With Professor John Chalker, introduction by Professor John Wheeler. John Chalker 01 Nov 2016
73 Autism and Minds Wired for Science Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Cambridge, and Director of the Autism Research Centre, gives the 2016 Charles Simonyi Lecture on new research into autism. Simon Baron-Cohen, Marcus du Sautoy 31 Oct 2016
74 Dark Matter, Fine-Tuned What surprising features of our theories cry out for explanation? Rocky Kolb and Rafael Alves Batista consider features of our theories that look unlikely or unnatural, and what our chances are for building a unified theory that explains them. Rocky Kolb, Rafael Alves Batista 12 Oct 2016
75 Why Now? We’re at a particularly interesting time in the evolution of the universe. Rafael Alves Batista and Rocky Kolb chat about the interesting features of our time, and why we should--or should not--expect to be living now. Rocky Kolb, Rafael Alves Batista 12 Oct 2016
76 Dark Matter Particles What sort of things could dark matter be, and how would we tell which it is? Rafael Alves Batista and Rocky Kolb review the main candidate dark matter particles, and consider our chances for telling which one is out there. Rocky Kolb, Rafael Alves Batista 12 Oct 2016
77 The Future of Dark Matter In the third part of their discussion, Celine Boehm and Justin Read mull over what we can learn from dark matter. Will understanding dark matter lead us to a small change in the standard model, or a large one? Justin Read, Celine Boehm 12 Oct 2016
78 How Does Dark Matter Act? In the second part of their discussion, Celine Boehm and Justin Read talk about how dark matter acts, both on large scales, at early times, and in small galaxies much nearer to us. Justin Read, Celine Boehm 12 Oct 2016
79 How Do We Find Dark Matter? In the first part of their discussion, Justin Read and Celine Boehm go over our evidence for dark matter and consider the possible particles that could make it up. Justin Read, Celine Boehm 12 Oct 2016
80 Dark Matter(s) Discussion Celine Boehm, Rocky Kolb, and Justin Read discuss fine-tuning in dark matter models, how we judge astrophysical parameters to be fine-tuned, how we get evidence for dark matter, supersymmetry, and our prospects for finding the dark matter particle. Celine Boehm, Rocky Kolb, Justin Read 04 Oct 2016
81 The Level of Fine-Tuning it Takes to Make a Dark Matter Model Dr. Celine Boehm (Durham) discusses the possible dark matter particles and the constraints--theoretical and experimental--on their parameter space. Celine Boehm 04 Oct 2016
82 The Decade of the Wimp Dr. Rocky Kolb (Chicago) discusses the theoretical reasons to expect dark matter to be a Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP), and the prospects for finding one. Rocky Kolb 04 Oct 2016
83 Astrophysical Probes of Dark Matter Dr. Justin Read (Surrey) explains the astrophysical evidence for dark matter, and our prospects for getting more information about its nature and interaction by looking at nearby dwarf galaxies. Justin Read 04 Oct 2016
84 The Jenkin Lecture - Engineering Tomorrow's Therapies Professor Constantin Coussios (Magdalen), Professor of Biomedical Engineering, gives the 2016 annual Jenkin Lecture, on 17th September 2016. Constantin Coussios 21 Sep 2016
85 Digital health Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci (St John’s), Head of the Department of Engineering Science, gives a lecture for the department of Engineering Science Alumni Weekend on September 17th 2016. Lionel Tarassenko 21 Sep 2016
86 Creative Commons IDEAL and the FDA Regulation, Commissioning, HTA and Policy. Danica Marinac-Dabic 19 Sep 2016
87 'Light' Part 3 - How does sunlight damage DNA? Once we've received our genetic make-up from our parents our genomes are stable, right? What causes mutations in our DNA as we live and grow, and how do our cells repair damage? Catherine Green 03 Aug 2016
88 The merits of decision modelling in the IDEAL framework The case of innovative bilateral DIEP flap surgery. Janneke Grutters 03 Aug 2016
89 New Frontiers in Cosmology In the fourth part of their discussion, Joe Silk and John Peacock conjecture about future developments in cosmology. What part of cosmology is most likely to be fruitful? This discussion was conducted at Trinity College, Oxford, on May 12, 2016. John Peacock, Joe Silk 13 Jul 2016
90 Dark Energy and the Multiverse In the third part of their discussion, Joe Silk and John Peacock consider approaches to dark energy. Should we accept the multiverse, or wait for a theory of quantum gravity? John Peacock, Joe Silk 13 Jul 2016
91 New Data and New Work In the second part of their discussion, Joe Silk and John Peacock discuss possible future sources of data and developments in cosmology. They conjecture about the search for dark matter and its impact on astronomy. John Peacock, Joe Silk 13 Jul 2016
92 New Statistics and Prediction In the first part of their discussion, Joe Silk and John Peacock compare approaches to statistics and how these bear on predictions in cosmology, including Weinberg’s prediction of the cosmological constant. John Peacock, Joe Silk 13 Jul 2016
93 Practical Fine-Tuning In the fourth part of their discussion, Luke Barnes and David Sloan look for ways the fine-tuning problems can lead to advances in physics. Luke Barnes, David Sloan 13 Jul 2016
94 Comparing Theories In the third part of their discussion, Luke Barnes and David Sloan puzzle over the way we compare theories, and whether there can be a theory that doesn’t have some unexplained posits. Luke Barnes, David Sloan 13 Jul 2016
95 New Approaches to Probability In the second part of their discussion, Luke Barnes and David Sloan go over the difference between frequentist and bayesian statistics, and how this difference applies to astrophysics and cosmology. Luke Barnes, David Sloan 13 Jul 2016
96 What Is Fine-Tuning? In the first part of their discussion, Luke Barnes and David Sloan come up with a working understanding of fine-tuning. They also discuss various examples of fine-tuning in physics. This discussion was conducted at Trinity College, Oxford, on May 13, 2016 Luke Barnes, David Sloan 13 Jul 2016
97 Creative Commons Evaluation of HIFU ablation for uterine fibroids A multicenter IDEAL study. Joey Kwong 07 Jul 2016
98 Creative Commons Perioperative Outcomes, Health Care Costs and Survival After Robotic-assisted Versus Open Radical Cystectomy A national comparative effectiveness study Bilal Chughtai 06 Jul 2016
99 Creative Commons IDEAL Framework and Recommendations A template for device evaluation? Christopher Pennell 06 Jul 2016
100 Creative Commons Applying IDEAL Early stage surgical innovation of a novel bio-wrap-assisted vasectomy reversal technique. Ahmet Gudeloglu 06 Jul 2016