About this event

  • Date and time Wed 22 Mar 2023 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine

This event has been cancelled due to illness of the speaker. We are sorry for the inconvenience that this may cause.

Join us for this in-person In Conversation Live event with Professor Anil Seth, Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience Professor at the University of Sussex and Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Brain, Mind and Consciousness. Joined by Pospo (Dr Sotiris Posporelis), Consultant Liaison Neuropsychiatrist at King’s College Hospital, they will discuss consciousness, perception, predictive processing, perceptual diversity and the Dreamachine in a special, more interactive format. Enjoy a complimentary drinks reception and an optional private dinner afterwards.

Professor Anil Seth is a neuroscientist, author, and public speaker who has pioneered research into the brain basis of consciousness for more than twenty years. His mission is to advance the science of consciousness and use its insights to benefit society, technology, and medicine. He is also a European Research Council Advanced Investigator, and Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Neuroscience of Consciousness. He has published more than 180 research papers and has been recognized by the Web of Science, over several years, as being in the top 0.1% of researchers worldwide. A former Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, his two TED talks, Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality (2017) and How your brain invents your "self" (2021), have been viewed more than thirteen million times, he has appeared in several films, and he has written for Aeon, The Guardian, Granta, New Scientist, and Scientific American and he is the lead scientist on the Dreamachine project. His new book Being You: A New Science of Consciousness was an instant Sunday Times Bestseller and a 2021 Book of the Year for The Economist, The New Statesman, Bloomberg Business, The Guardian, The Financial Times and elsewhere.

Pospo is a Consultant Liaison Neuropsychiatrist in the NHS and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (King's College London). Employed by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, his main workplace is King's College Hospital, providing care for inpatients presenting with neuropsychiatric symptoms, but also runs a National Specialist Outpatient Neuropsychiatry Clinic. He completed his Psychiatry training at the Maudsley Training Programme and was awarded the RCPsych Researcher Trainee of the year in 2014, at the International RCPsych Conference. During this time, he also completed an 18-month clinical research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) working alongside Professor Akira Sawa. With a particular interest in education, he is the Maudsley Teaching Programme organiser, a Module Lead for the MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry (IoPPN) and a Firm Head for the GKT School of Medicine. He also serves as the London Division Academic Secretary of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a contributor to the BMJ Best Practice.

*There may be slight changes to the advertised start and end times of this event, subject to Professor Anil Seth and Dr Sotiris Posporelis' work requirements.

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Key speakers

Anil Seth

Professor Anil Seth

Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience Professor at the University of Sussex

Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Brain, Mind and Consciousness,

European Research Council Advanced Investigator,

Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Neuroscience of Consciousness.


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this event will close on 21 March 2023 at 01:00am (GMT)

The In Conversation Live webinar series will continue our much loved In Conversation events, giving you the opportunity to get first-hand insights into the lives and thoughts of high profile individuals, bringing an intimate, relaxed and entertaining perspective into your living room.    

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