Spring Talk Series

During March, SWV hosted our inaugural Spring Talk Series and were delighted that over 1000 people joined us to watch, learn and ask questions of our agenda-setting panelists. If you have been unable to see the talks to date, please scroll down to watch the videos or scripts which will be available to view for a limited time. If you would like to make a donation having seen the talks, please do so below.

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Spring Series Talks - March 2021

Treating mental illness with

psychedelic medicines


On Thursday 4 March, Dr Col (rtd) Eric Vermetten (Leiden University), Dr Rachel Yehuda (Mount Sinai) and Dr James Rucker (King's College London) discussed the development of MDMA for the treatment of PTSD and the importance of trials taking place in the UK. Moderated by Dick Simon, you can re-watch the talk for a limited time.


The global strategic context and a return to
great power competition


On Thursday 11 March, General Sir Nick Carter delivered a powerful speech on the current geopolitical climate and the emerging challenges faced by our armed forces. Moderated by Peter Flynn from PwC. General Sir Nick Carter's speech is available to read.

Learnings from Coronavirus and what does the future of medicine look like?

On Thursday 18 March, we were joined by some of the leading thinkers in the medical field. Professor David Aanensen (Big Data Institute Oxford), Professor Peter Horby (Oxford University), Chris Hollowood (Syncona) discussed the future of medicine in the wake of coronavirus moderated by John McConnell (The Lancet Infectious Diseases)

The City post-Brexit

On Thursday 26 March, we were joined by Charles Berry
Chairman of BPL Global and Michael Dobson Chairman of Schroders PLC to discuss the future in regards to the finance and insurance industry after Brexit. The talk was moderated by Mark Lobel from the BBC.