The Hay 30 – Hannah CRITCHLOW

With a Doctorate in neuropsychiatry from the University of Cambridge, Dr Hannah Critchlow is an expert at stripping down the brain. Using Radio, TV and Festival platforms she designs, produces and presents brainy interactive experiences for the public. She has featured on BBC, Sky and ITV channels, broadcast to millions of people across the globe. Her live stage shows have been delivered at schools and festivals internationally and enjoyed by tens of thousands.

In 2014 Hannah was named as a Top 100 scientist by the Science Council for her work in science radio and in delivering talks to school students. In 2015 Hannah was hailed as the ‘star of the Festival’ following her formidable tour of the brain at the prestigious UK Hay Literary Festival. In 2013 she was named as one of Cambridge University’s ‘inspirational and successful women in science’. During her PhD she was awarded a Cambridge University Fellowship and as an undergraduate received three University Prizes as Best Biologist. More recently, this year Hannah was elected as Outreach Fellow for Magdalene College, Cambridge University - helping to inspire and raise aspirations. 

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Hay Festival 2015

Bettany Hughes and Hannah Critchlow

The Raymond Williams Dialogue: The Ideas That Make Us

Hay Festival 2015, 

A classicist and a neuroscientist explore the Ancient Greek words Liberty, Comedy, Charisma, Xenia, Wisdom and Peace and travel both forwards and backwards in time, investigating how these ideas have been moulded by history and have made an impact on history and the human experience. Hughes is the author of Helen of Troy – Goddess, Whore and The Hemlock Cup. Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientist for her work in communication.

Hay Festival 2018

Hannah Critchlow and Rowan Williams

What is Consciousness?

Hay Festival 2018, 

A theologian and a neuroscientist explore the concept of consciousness: is it unique to humans? Are we all simply machines? Do we have free will? Can we invoke an enhanced collective consciousness? Bringing together findings from science and insights from religion they unpick what it means to be conscious. Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientists for her work in communication and author of Consciousness: A LadyBird Expert book, which will be launched at Hay. 

Hay Festival 2016

Hannah Critchlow

Cambridge Series 4: Explore Your Mind

Hay Festival 2016, 

Are you willing to venture into the depths of your brain? Dr Critchlow will shock your senses, read your mind and explore how current neuroscience is shaping how we see our lives. Suitable for intrepid adventurers of all ages.

Hay Festival 2017

Hannah Critchlow

Increasing Consciousness...

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the superstar neuroscientist on a voyage of conscious discovery. A 1.5 kg brain tissue mass magically produces our individual view of the world, our myriad emotions, memories, associations and thoughts that make each of our lives unique. Why are neuroscientists only able to properly probe consciousness now? And what are we yet to discover? Come with an open mind... 

Hay Festival 2018

Helen Thomson

Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains

Hay Festival 2018, 

The neuroscientist and writer explains how the mind works – from memory to emotion, navigation to creativity, through nine extraordinary case studies.

Hay Festival 2018

Rachel Lowe and Gemma Modinos

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things

Hay Festival 2018, 

From planetary exploration and micro-sensors to tropical disease and psychosis, two Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science. Lowe’s research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine involves understanding how environmental and socio-economic factors interact to determine the risk of disease transmission. Modinos’ work at King’s College London attempts to understand the neural mechanisms of emotion and stress response in schizophrenia. Chaired by Hannah Critchlow.