Imperial College London

Dr Alexander van Tulleken to deliver CLCC annual guest lecture


Dr Alexander 'Xand' van Tulleken

TV's Dr Alexander "Xand" van Tulleken will be the 2021 Charmian Brinson Honorary Lecturer.

The annual lecture, scheduled for 6pm on Tuesday 27th April, will cover the subject of communication in epidemics, in a lecture entitled: "Camps, Cameras and Coronavirus: how not to communicate in a crisis". The event will take place online and will include a Q&A session with the speaker.

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About Dr Alexander van Tulleken

Dr Alexander 'Xand' van Tulleken is one of the BBC’s leading science presenters having worked on many flagship Health & Science programmes. Since qualifying as a doctor he has pursued interests in Public Health, Medicine, Humanitarian Aid and Anthropology and is a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Alongside his twin brother Dr Chris van Tulleken, he presents CBBC’s Operation Ouch! The series has been a huge global success, involving self-experimentation and lab work to find weird and wonderful ways of showing kids what goes on in hospitals, and inside our bodies. 

During 2020, Dr Alexander van Tulleken hosted the hugely successful live daytime shows Morning Live and Healthcheck UK Live on BBC One, as well as exploring the very personal side of COVID-19 alongside his brother, in the BBC One documentary Surviving the Virus: My Brother & Me. He also hosted the quick turnaround documentaries Coronavirus: How to Isolate Yourself, When Will Lockdown End? and How to Avoid a Second Wave for Channel 4.

About the Charmian Brinson Honorary Lecture

The Charmian Brinson Honarary Lecture is an annual, free lecture where CLCC welcomes an external speaker to discuss a relevant topic of their choice. Students of the Imperial Horizons programme have historically been prioritised places due to the popularity and high-profile nature of the speakers. Helen Sharman,  astronaut and science communicator, gave the 2020 talk to a packed Lecture Theatre SAFB G16. The 2021 guest lecture will be delivered online for the first time since its inception and so will be able to reach an even wider audience. We look forward to hearing what Dr van Tulleken will share with us.


Cleo Bowen

Cleo Bowen
Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication