Ben Crystal, British Council in Singapore
Ben Crystal ©

British Council in Singapore

About this programme

The British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series showcases UK's knowledge, creativity and innovation through leading UK specialists in areas of topical debate and discussion.

Throughout the year, the British Council in Singapore organises and hosts a variety of lectures on diverse topics such as arts, environment, sciences and more, aimed at academics, practitioners, students and the general public.

Our inaugural lecture in 2015 featured Professor Peter Abrahams from Warwick Medical School on the topic, Leonardo da Vinci - A 15th century anatomist whose artistic and conceptual ideas anticipated 21st century radiology.

Since then, we have collaborated with numerous institutions, organisations, both in the UK and Singapore, to constantly bring exciting and high profile lectures to Singapore.


Upcoming lectures

Upcoming British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series will be listed on our events page.

Partnership Opportunities for UK institutions

UK institutions can utilise this platform to promote the university, department or your academic. Institutions can also use our lecture series to engage your alumni community in Singapore.

Do email for more information on partnership proposal.


Professor Peter Abrahams, University of Warwick, British Council in Singapore
Professor Peter Abrahams, University of Warwick ©

British Council in Singapore

Notable British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture

Date Title Speaker(s) Role and Organisation
Mr Ben Crystal 
Actor, Author, Producer
Enough of Experts: Trust. credibility and the academy in a post-truth age Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE Chair, University of London Board of Trustees and Former Chief MI6
Professor Bob O'Keefe Vice Principal and Dean of Management and Economics, Royal Holloway University of London
Dr Mary Stiasny Pro Vice Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive, University of London International Programmes
Mr Emmanuel Daniel Chairman and Founder, The Asian Banker
Women in Science Professor Doreen Cantrell CBE, FRS, FRSE, FMedSci Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, University of Dundee
Professor Birgitte Lane FRSE, FMedSci Executive Director, A*Star's Institute of Medical Biology
The Journalism of Politics and the Politics of Journalism Bridget Kendall MBE Master, Peterhouse Cambridge 
Work and Wellbeing in an Ageing Society Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci Principal, Newnham College Cambridge
Climate Change: The Greatest Opportunity of our Age Professor Sir David King UK Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change
2016 The Wars of the Roses: The Real Game of Thrones Dr Suzannah Lipscomb MA, MSt, DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS  Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History and Fellow at New College of the Humanities (NCH)
Ten Cities That Made an Empire Dr. Tristram Hunt MP Member of Parliament (Labour Party) for Stoke-on-Trent Central, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen Mary, University of London
In Conversation with Professor Brian Cox and the University of Manchester Professor Brian Cox OBE Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchaster and The Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science
An Evening with Graham Sheffield CBE Graham Sheffield CBE Director of Arts, British Council 

'Such an enigmatic speaker, has really enthused me to pursue study in the UK in clinical anatomy' 

Knowledge is GREAT Lecture Series 2016

Audience reached - 2,495

Collaborations with Institutions and Organisations

University of the Arts London National Gallery Singapore
University of Birmingham Newnham College, University of Cambridge
British High Commission New College of the Humanities
Clifford Chance Ngee Ann Polytechnic
University of Dundee Peterhouse, University of Cambridge
University of Edinburgh Pomeroy Studio
Energy Institute Royal College of Art
Goldsmiths, University of London University of Sheffield
King's College London University of Southampton
LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore International Foundation
University of London Singapore Management University
University of Manchester Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS)
Microsoft The Glasgow School of Art
National Arts Council University of Warwick

Comments by participants

‘We simply wish to pass on our thanks and appreciation for an interesting and enjoyable evening at the 'Enough of Experts' Panel Discussion yesterday evening. Of course, this is not the only talk/event we have enjoyed and our thanks extend to those we have attended but not followed up with our compliments. You and your colleagues not only bring about an interesting programme of content and speakers, but manage to create a very relaxed and accessible atmosphere and feeling.

Last night, particularly, afforded great opportunities to have a conversation with each of the Panelists, who did their strolling around so professionally and personably. It was simply a 'Best of British(ness)' evening.


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