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Public Engagement

Mess-banner The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is committed to encouraging engagement between our academics and the public on a variety of subjects related to the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental health issues.

We aim to show and explore what we do through a range of regular public engagement activities, including:

  •  Public talks and seminars
  •  Open days/evenings
  •  Exhibitions and workshops
  •  Podcasts and videos

Recently we have staged MESS by Caroline Horton - a play developed with our eating disorder experts; hosted a heat of Debating Matters and launched a free online course 'Understanding Drugs and Addiction' with Future Learn.

Forthcoming events open to the public can be found on our IoPPN Events pages, while this section includes highlights of current initiatives, specialist seminars and social/digital content. 

Maudsley Debates

Open to the public, the Maudsley Debates have been held at the Institute since 2000 and take place three times per year.

The talks  generally focus on issues that have a direct impact on mental health services, service users and mental health professionals.

Abstracts and podcasts from previous talks can be downloaded from the following pages: 

Inaugural Lectures

Our Inaugural Lectures are given by newly arrived or promoted professors. 

The aim of the series is to provide an opportunity for new professors to introduce themselves, present an overview of their own contribution to their field and to highlight the latest developments in a discipline to an audience consisting of both members of the University and the general public.

Find out about forthcoming and past talks (including podcasts and videos)

Alzheimer's Disease Open Day

Every year, the Institute of Psychiatry opens its doors to 150 members of the public to showcase cutting edge dementia research at the Alzheimer's Disease Open Day.

The Open Day is co-hosted by Alzheimer’s Research UK, a UK dementia research charity. 

To view videos from previous events please see the open-day webpages and for further information or to attend the next event, please contact Jeremy Wiltshire at

Art @ the SGDP

Our MRC Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre (SGDP)  has been home to art exhibitions since its opening.

Featuring artists (many who are local) who often have some connection to work in the mental health sector and/or suffer/have suffered from mental illness themselves, exhibitions  usually run for approximately 3 months at a time. 

Please see the SGDP webpages for information on the latest exhibition. 

Engaging Mental Health

We are very excited our last project is now finished. Our short film IoPPN Science of Addiction & Mental Health: Cannabis & Psychosis covering information about the use of skunk and its connection to psychosis is now available.

The project, targeted at a young audience, was organised by Dr Teresa Rodriguez (Basic and Clinical Neuroscience Department) and Dr Kyle Dyer (Addiction department) and funded by the KCL Widening Participation Team. During 4 sessions 14 students (year 10) from Swanlea school visited the IoPPN over two consecutive weeks. After an introduction to the project and training on how to film and conduct an interview, the students received information about cannabis and psychosis from IoPPN researchers including how cannabis works in the brain, how genetics/environments feed into risks, the role of neuroimaging in understanding brain function and our current knowledge about the link between cannabis and psychosis. The students then conducted interviews with key researchers and educators capturing a behind-the-scenes feel to the science and education offered at the IoPPN. The final session was a creative encounter with two contemporary artists who inspired the students to produce some artwork related to the subject. 

For more information, please see the video IoPPN Science of Addiction & Mental Health: Cannabis & Psychosis:



Art of Psychiatry Society

The Art of Psychiatry (AoP) Society was formed to explore the shared elements between the arts and psychiatry by a group of psychiatrists from the Institute of Psychiatry and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. 

This society hosts a range of activities throughout the year which are open to the public. 

Please visit: for further information about the group.


If you have any queries about IoPPN activities please contact:

For further information on Public Engagement across King's and the Cultural Institute, please see:


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