Our activities

Time plays a fundamental role in our lives spanning the deepest mysteries of the natural world, the formation of our societal and individual belief systems, and the decisions we make and the urgency with which we take them. 

Our network seeks to tackle global challenges through fundamental and practical questions, such as:

  • Understanding time – What actually is time, what significance does it have in our lives and how do we obtain our temporal perspective? 
  • Measuring time – What leading-edge techniques for measuring time, on both long and short timescales, can we develop and share across disciplines?
  • Past, present and future – How does the past inform our understanding of the present and predictions for the future? Do we overemphasize the present and discount the future?
  • Evolving time – How have technology and globalisation changed our experiences of time? How can we manage, respond and shape such evolution?

We aim to focus these questions around specific grand challenges including the climate and environmental crises, disaster risk reduction, socio-economic inequalities, questions of identity, our ageing population, and economic productivity.

Upcoming events

Monthly lecture and discussion series

Our seminar series brings together two speakers from different disciplines to talk informally about their research (20 minutes per speaker). The sessions are hybrid (in-person and online) and lunch is provided for those attending in person. 

The first session will be given by Sherine Conyers (School of Media and Communication) and Tim Heaton (Statistics, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences) on Wednesday 7 February, 12pm to 1.30pm in a hybrid format.

Please attend online or in-person in the Facilities Directorate Building, Meeting Room 1: Oak, G02.


12.00pm – 12.25pm Start/lunch available (for those attending online we suggest joining via the Zoom link from 12.15pm)
12.25pm – 12.45pm Sherine Conyers ‘What can journalism tell us about ‘time’ online?’
12.45pm – 12.50pm Break/Change-over
12.50pm – 1.10pm Tim Heaton 'Radiocarbon Dating: The essential clock to measure the past'
1.10pm – 1.30pm More lunch and discussions

To book your place, register via Eventbrite and choose the online or in-person option. Zoom links will be provided following registration.

If you would like to present at a future lecture, please email the Interdisciplinary Research Network for Time at networkfortime@leeds.ac.uk

Recorded events

Catch up with previous lectures and seminars from our keynote speakers:

Interdisciplinary Research Network for Time launch event

Watch the keynote presentation from Anne Curtis, National Physical Laboratory, UK.
Watch the keynote presentation from Bren Neale,  Emeritus Professor of Life Course and Family Research, University of Leeds.
Watch the keynote presentation from Melanie Giles, University of Manchester.
Watch the keynote presentation from Simon Blockley, Royal Holloway, University of London.