About our Events

Why attend our events

EduConferences offers the opportunity to hear world leading academics present and talk in their area of research, along with the opportunity to ask questions during the event.

Each event will have a group of speakers chosen to cover research in those chosen fields and show students the importance of Psychology as an area of study.

We hope to inspire your students to hope to help them consider studying Psychology at a higher level, offering thought-provoking talks to take back to the classroom.

If you’re ready to make your booking, head over to our bookings page where you can book and make payments online. If you’d like to reserve your place at one of our conferences, complete the form to the right of this page.

Meet Our Speakers

Learn more about some of the speakers who will be attending our conferences this year. Click on the image of a speaker to learn more about them and when and where you can see them speaking.

Dr Phil Zimbardo
Matt Langdon
Prof. Elizabeth Loftus
Andrew Newton
Prof. Richard Wiseman
Adrian Owen
Oliver Meech
Mike Cardwell
Cara Flanagan
Phil Banyard
Dr Lucie Clements
Tochukwu Onwuegbusi

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    Dr Phil Zimbardo

    Dr Phil Zimbardo: My journey from creating evil to inspiring Heroism
    Dr Philip Zimbardo is a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. He has been described as ‘a legendary teacher, someone with gift of enthralling his audience and packing a powerful message.

    Phil Zimbardo will engage us with his views on the nature of evil, his personal encounters with evil, then revisit the Milgram obedience studies, and also explore his Stanford Prison Experiment.

    Then we will be treated to the pioneering work he conducted on Shyness and its treatment, as well as the psychology of Time Perspective.

    Finally, he will extend Matt Langdon’s hero presentation with an introduction of women as heroes.

    To watch Dr Phil Zimbardo’s online event, click here for more event details.

    Matt Langdon

    Matt Langdon: The Heroic Imagination Project
    Matt Langdon is the President of the Heroic Imagination Project and founder of the Hero Round Round Table. He wrote The Hero Handbook, a guide for young heroes-in-training, published through the American Psychology Association. He lives in a tiny town in Australia and loves every opportunity to travel.

    Matt will provide an introduction to the Heroic Imagination Project, its history, its philosophy, and its programmes.

    To watch Matt Langdon’s talk, click here for more details about this online event.

    Prof. Elizabeth Loftus

    Professor Elizabeth Loftus: Manufacturing memories

    Elizabeth Loftus is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine. She was born in Los Angeles, California in 1944 and planned to be a maths teacher but discovered psychology at university. She began her research with investigations of how the mind classifies and remembers information. In the 1970s, she began to re-evaluate the direction of her research. In ‘Diva of disclosure’ (Neimark 1996) published in Psychology Today, she stated ‘I wanted my work to make a difference in people’s lives’.

    Loftus has received numerous awards for her work, both from the fi eld of psychology and also from other disciplines. She received the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society, 2001 for ‘ingeniously and rigorously designed research studies … that yielded clear objective evidence on diffi cult and controversial questions’.

    Loftus has been an expert witness consultant in hundreds of cases on the unreliability of eyewitness testimonies based on false memories, which she believes to be triggered, suggested, implanted or created in the mind.

    In a review of twentieth-century psychologists published by the Review of General Psychology she was the top-ranked woman on the list.

    Manufacturing memories

    For several decades, Professor Loftus has been manufacturing memories in unsuspecting minds. This work shows people can be led to believe they did things that would have been rather implausible.

    False memories, like true ones, also have consequences for people—affecting their later thoughts, intentions, and behaviors. Can we tell true memories from false ones?

    Considered as a whole, these findings raise important questions: If false memories can be so readily planted in the mind, do we need to think about ‘regulating’ this mind technology? And what do these pseudomemories say about the nature of memory itself?

    To watch Prof. Elizabeth Loftus in person or online, click here for more details about this event

    Andrew Newton

    Andrew Newton: Hypnosis – is it real?

    Andrew Newton is one of the world’s most respected and experienced hypnotists. He is Member of the Royal Society of Medicine and Senior Lecturer in Hypnosis at HypnoseAkademiet, Europe’s premier Hypnotherapy Training School. 

    Andrew regularly appears at conferences and seminars in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Norway, Sweden and India. He has used hypnosis to help more than 20,000 people recover from stress, anxiety, PTSD, grief and loss, phobias, and failed or abusive relationships. 

    Andrew is a keen musician and has performed with the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras. In 1992 he flew his own plane from Manchester to Nairobi, Kenya, and spent the next three months flying around and exploring East Africa. 

    Hypnosis – is it real?
    For many people hypnosis is viewed as anything but scientific. However the job of science is to provide evidence-based explanations for observable phenomena.

    The lecture will include a demonstration of hypnosis, during which you can observe what happens and ask questions afterwards to try to understand what is actually happening.

    To watch Andrew Newton in person or online, click here for more details about this event

    Prof. Richard Wiseman

    Prof Richard Wiseman: That’s Impossible!

    Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology, University of HProf Richard Wiseman has published over 100 academic articles, written several best selling books (including The Luck Factor and 59 Seconds), created YouTube videos that have attracted over 500 million views, and is one of the most followed psychologists on Twitter. Based at the University of Hertfordshire, he has been described as one of the most innovative psychologists in the world, and his next book explores why psychology really matters.

    That’s Impossible!

    Join Prof Wiseman as he explores the seemingly impossible. Experience some of the world’s greatest optical illusions, discover the psychology that magicians use to make objects vanish into thin air, uncover the truth about paranormal phenomena and find out how you can achieve more than you might imagine. A fun and informative journey into a world where nothing is quite as it seems.

    To watch Richard Wiseman in person or online, click here for more details about this event.

    Adrian Owen

    Adrian Owen:

    Adrian M. Owen OBE, PhD is currently a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. His research combines structural and functional neuroimaging with neuropsychological studies of brain-injured patients and has been published in many of the world’s leading scientific journals, including Science, Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet.

    Dr. Owen’s research findings have attracted widespread media attention on TV, radio, in print and online and have been the subject of many TV and radio documentaries. He has published over 360 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and a best-selling popular science book ‘Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death.

    Dr. Owen was recently awarded Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Honors List, 2019, for services to scientific research.

    The search for consciousness

    The thought of being ‘locked in’ following a brain injury or aware during general anaesthesia troubles us all because it awakens the old terror of being buried alive. But what does it mean to be awake, but entirely unable to respond and what can this tell us about consciousness itself?

    In recent years, rapid technological developments in the field of neuroimaging have provided a number of new methods for revealing thoughts, actions and intentions based solely on the pattern of activity in the brain.

    In this talk, I will lead you through some of the most recent discoveries in this field and discuss their implications for patients with severe brain injuries, for sleep and anaesthesia, and for our understanding of consciousness itself.

    To watch Adrian Owen in person or online, click here for more details about this event.

    Oliver Meech

    Oliver Meech: Magic – it’s all about psychology

    Oliver Meech is a magician, speaker and writer. After studying Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, he created the show ‘When Magic & Science Collide’, which enjoyed two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. As a performer, Oliver has appeared at The Science Museum, The National Space Centre, and at science festivals from Aberdeen to Brighton. As a speaker, he’s given talks at The Magic Circle and TEDx. And as a writer, he has appeared in Psychology Review and written bestselling books for magicians.

    When not creating illusions, he creates communications for some of the world’s best-known brands. Oliver loves combining magic with other disciplines to develop unique experiences such as, ‘My jaw hit the floor’ BBC Radio, and ‘Could rival Derren Brown’ Theatre Wales.

    Magic – it’s all about psychology
    The real secret to magic tricks is that they’re not about fooling the eyes, but bamboozling the brain. Every trick is a real-world psychology experiment. Discover how magicians can offer surprising insights into the way we think and act, by exploring questions including:

    • What is misdirection and why is it often misunderstood?
    • What captures our attention and how does that affect what we see (and don’t see)?
    • How reliable are our memories, and can they be improved?
    • Should we believe our perception of reality?

    With enthusiasm, humour and interactive elements, Oliver Meech takes you on an eye-opening tour of our amazing brains.

    To watch Oliver Meech in person or online, click here for more details about this event

    Mike Cardwell

    Mike Cardwell: Bad Science

    Author, retired Senior Lecturer Bath Spa University, former Chief Examiner AQA.
    Bad science
    We assume that all scientists are honest folk and that we can trust what we read in the scientific journals. However, recent studies have suggested that a worryingly high number of researchers are not quite as trustworthy as we would like to believe. Psychologists, like all scientists, can, on occasion, go ‘rogue’ in their quest for academic fame and fortune.

    This talk takes a close look at just how easy it is for researchers in psychology to twist the truth or even deceive us completely when it comes to publishing research and building reputations. We will also look at how the subject has responded to these concerns about academic integrity and is in the process of rebuilding our trust in psychology and psychologists.

    To watch Mike Cardwell in person or online, click here for more details about this event

    Cara Flanagan

    Cara Flanagan: Science – what’s the point?

    During the Pandemic the government said ‘we are following the science’. But the idea of ‘following the science’ is just nonsense, a misunderstanding of what science is.

    This talk aims to very briefly explain the concepts of science, the scientific method and validity, demonstrating the central function of research methods in psychology.

    Cara Flanagan is known for her numerous Psychology textbooks – at last count well over 50 of them for the different exam boards and also specialist texts on research methods. She also taught for 20 years (maths, computing and sychology) and was a senior examiner for AQA Psychology A level.
    In her spare time she is an enthusiastic walker, currently walking from John of Groats to Lands End in sections. For 30 years she lived in the Scottish Islands, overlooking a loch, and now lives in Somerset, overlooking the Glastonbury Festival site.

    To see Cara in person or online, you can attend any of the following events: Dr Phil Zimbardo, Science and Psychology, Prof. Elizabeth Loftus, or why not attend her AQA Revision Masterclass.

    Phil Banyard

    Phil Banyard: Everything you know about psychology is wrong

    Phil Banyard is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. He has written and contributed to over 20 books, most recently Controversy and Psychology (published by Routledge) and Essential Research Methods in Psychology (published by SAGE). He was Chief Examiner for GCSE and A Level syllabuses in psychology for twenty years and has marked more exam scripts than he has brain cells left. He has recently retired from his university position and is using his time productively by improving his skills on MarioKart in the hope that he will be able to beat the younger members of the extended family.

    Everything you know about psychology is wrong

    Psychology has some great stories that tell us a lot about human behaviour and experience. The problem is that there is sometimes more story and less evidence than you might expect. The work on obedience (by Milgram) and diagnosis (by Rosenhan) are two good examples of this. The stories are timeless and speak to us today but neither conform to our understanding of what science should be. Does this matter and does it mean that we should dismiss these stories? The work of Rosenhan challenges the role of diagnosis and asks us to look at mental distress in a different way. It was controversial when it was published and it remains controversial today. Phil Banyard will explore these questions, and more in this talk.

    To watch Phil Banyard in person or online, click here for more details about this event

    Dr Lucie Clements

    Dr Lucie Clements: Dancing – Science and performance

    Dr Lucie Clements is a leading dance psychologist who has worked with training and professional dancers around the world, from the West End to Australia to Hong Kong – supporting them to apply psychological principles to develop their performance and wellbeing.

    Lucie was previously a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Chichester and now lectures in Psychology at the Open University alongside her consultancy with performers. In her spare time, Lucie loves going to the theatre, spending time with cats and enjoying walks in the Sussex countryside and beaches.

    Dancing – Science and performance
    Do you think arts and sciences require different thinking and skills? Many students feel they have to choose between pursuing creative and scientific subjects, but did you know that the same psychological skills and thinking is used in both?

    The lecture will include live experiments and dancing, where you can learn how psychologists use dance to understand the mind and behaviour.

    Tochukwu Onwuegbusi

    Tochukwu Onwuegbusi: Crime – how can we solve it?

    One of the leading goals of criminal investigation is suspect identification. To do this, police have to rely on evidential factors which is challenging, especially when no physical evidence is available. Given the complexities that characterise crime scene investigation, detectives have had to use technologies to facilitate investigation.
    Recently, eyetracking has gained prominence in the field of forensic science.

    In this talk, I am going to describe the application of a novel eyetracking method to aid police crime investigation, particularly in suspect identification. Our data suggests that fixation patterns may be repeated during the recognition of familiar scenes. Thus, tracking eye fixations could give insight as to whether the suspect under police interrogation is lying about having memory of the crime scene.

    Dr Tochukwu Onwuegbusi is currently a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the Dr Tochukwu Onwuegbusi is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Lincoln. His main research focuses on application of experimental research designs and eyetracking technology to assess a variety of real-world forensic and clinical phenomena.

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    Science and Psychology

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    Prof. Elizabeth Loftus

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