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Annual Lecture (Rescheduled)

Annual Lecture (Rescheduled)

28 October 2021 | 17:00 – 21:00
Free for members

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Annual Lecture 2021

We regret to announce that we have decided to reschedule the Annual Lecture on 28 October due to low take-up to attend in-person. This lecture by Dr Chris Smith will now be delivered at our annual conference, Pensions Aspects Live, on 2 December.

Register now to attend this session either virtually or in-person. If you are already attending Pensions Aspects Live in person, there is no need to re-register.

The event will still be delivered in a hybrid format, so you can join us in-person in London or from the comfort of your home.

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    Virtual or in-person
    free for members
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    Annual Lecture
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    Virtual or in-person
    £75 (+VAT) for non-members
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    1 hour

    of CPD
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    Hybrid event

Event Details


Topics of discussion:
  • Covid-19: how did it begin, and how will it end?
  • The origins of the coronavirus pandemic
  • How the infection spreads and causes disease
  • The threats posed by viral variants
  • How vaccines and other new treatments are helping us to fight back 
Who should attend:
  • Pension Scheme Managers
  • Trustees
  • Administrators
  • Policy advisers
  • Consultants
  • Lawyers
  • Corporate IFAs
  • Investment managers
  • Actuaries
  • Communication professionals
The venue


Hear from the experts

Lesley Alexander
Lesley Alexander
- President
Dr Chris Smith
Dr Chris Smith
Virologist and Science Broadcaster

Dr Chris Smith, who is a Cambridge University clinician, virologist and 'Naked Scientist', and has been an international trailblazer in the field of public understanding of science and medicine for over two decades.

As a medical student he laid the foundations for what has become one of the world's most successful science podcasts and radio shows. With more than 120 million episodes of his 'Naked Scientists' programmes downloaded by audiences worldwide, Chris is a formidable ambassador for science, technology and medicine.

During the Covid-19 pandemic and alongside his regular work, Chris has been a prominent voice across international media as the outbreak has unfolded. Appearing regularly on BBC Breakfast television, the News Channel, Radio 4's PM and World Tonight programmes, and Jeremy Vine's Radio 2 and TV shows, he has spoken to millions.

He has contributed clear, reassuring messages and advice about the pandemic and the effect it is having on people's lives. Chris has also published 4 popular science books internationally and won over 20 academic prizes for his work in medicine and 10 awards for communicating science, including the Royal Society's 2008 Kohn Medal.

Watch the recording of our 2019 Annual Lecture

How technology is turbocharging everything

A fast-paced overview of the technologies that are shaping the future, presented by Sophie Hackford, Futurist

Watch the highlights of our 2018 Annual Lecture

With guest speaker Tim Harford

A world-renowned behavioural economist, the author of 'The Undercover Economist’, an award-winning Financial Times columnist, and a BBC broadcaster.

Watch the highlights of our 2017 Annual Lecture

With guest speaker Baroness Susan Greenfield

Baroness Susan Greenfield, Professor of Pharmacology, Oxford University, shared with us the insights from brain research on the impact of technology and how people are ageing into the future.

Watch the highlights of our 2016 Annual Lecture

With guest speaker Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson, author, futurist and one of the world's most respected thinkers on technology and societal trends discussed what we have learned about technology, ageing, how these things will affect us as a society, and what the pensions industry needs to do to start addressing some of those things now.