Speakers

Vincent Walsh

Vincent Walsh

Professor Vincent Walsh is a leading cognitive neuroscientist who speaks widely on the real-life applications of neuroscience. His goal is to apply his knowledge of brain development and learning to promote creativity, improve expert performers (sport, music, motor skills), and educate non-science groups to understand and use the findings of brain science.

Vin is currently a Professor of Human Brain Research and a Royal Society Industry Research Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. He works with sporting and business elites, including Olympic squads, to improve training, develop strategies for decision making and skill delivery under pressure. He has also worked extensively with artists and takes a special interest in public engagement projects, organising them with the British Library, The Royal Academy of Music and The Royal Society and appearing at major public festivals including Cheltenham Science. In his work with business, his clients include Google, BP, BBC, British Airways and GSK. In the sports world his clients include The Royal Yachting Association, England Rugby, and Team GB for Canoeing, Sailing, Boxing, Gymnastics and Fencing.

Vin has published over 300 scientific articles and several books, specialising in the how the brain achieves all the things we take for granted: How do we see? How do we remember? How do we learn? How do we read? How do we count? Why do we sleep?

His work is featured widely on a variety of media, including Radio 4 (Science Now), BBC1 (The One Show), and print media (eg. featured in New Scientist). He also engages widely with patient support groups, user-led neurological groups and professionals outside science who benefit from knowledge of current human brain science. As Vin puts it, “science is only complete when the non-scientist knows it or can use it.”

Keith Grint

Keith Grint

Keith Grint is Professor of Public Leadership at Warwick University. He has held Chairs at Cranfield University and Lancaster University and was Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre. He spent twelve years at Oxford University and was Director of Research at the Said Business School and Fellow in Organisational Behaviour, Templeton College, University of Oxford. He remains an Associate Fellow at the Said Business School and of Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is an Academician of the British Academy of Social Sciences. He is also a Visiting Research Professor at Leiden University, a Fellow of the Windsor Leadership Trust, a Fellow of the Leadership Trust and a Visiting Professor at University College Suffolk.

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