Bicentennial Inaugural Lectures

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!

Julian Malins lecture poster

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Seeing differently: Why Design Thinking may hold the key to saving the planet

by Professor Julian Malins on 26 January 2022, 5-6pm


A key to applying Design Thinking to the problem of climate change is the ability to re-frame existing problems and make connections that will allow new solutions and strategies to emerge. Certain individuals start with an inbuilt advantage, they can see things differently. Professor Julian Malins’ Inaugural Lecture will explore how this ability can be used to help re-frame existing problems using a Design Thinking mind-set. 

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View previous inaugural lectures on the HWU Lectures channel 

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