Watch: Jim Al-Khalili CBE's talk at Designing the Future 2024.


Science as a perpetual disruptor.

The University of Surrey’s chair of public engagement in science, as well as a renowned theoretical physicist, Royal Society fellow and Stephen Hawking Medal winner, Professor Jim Al-Khalili is best known for presenting The Life Scientific on Radio 4, where he talks to scientists about their careers and discoveries. Across specialist scholarly fields as well as the storytelling world, Jim spends time with many brilliant minds for the media, which puts him at an enviable vantage point in terms of seeing the bigger picture and allowing for a more holistic overview of societal and global issues.

Jim offers his thoughts on the idea of science as a perpetual disruptor – a spirit we must adopt, going forward in the built environment, as both scientific storytellers and designers of the future.