The four horsemen of the apocalypse have long symbolised the combined threats faced by humanity. War, Pestilence, Famine and Death have posed a threat to people throughout history and continue to evolve alongside the ingenious solutions that humans have developed to thwart them.
However, as Emily Mayhew will reveal in this fascinating talk, the horsemen are being forced to a halt by a determined and varied group of human beings. A new pragmatic kind of humanitarianism is taking on the biggest threats to human existence.
Emily will introduce us to these pioneers working across the globe to create a new and more hopeful reality. From scientists and peace negotiators to app developers, architects and bee-keepers, meet the people coming together to defeat the apocalypse.
About the speaker
Dr Emily Mayhew is historian in residence in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, and specialises in the study of severe casualty in 20th and 21st century warfare. She is the author of the Wounded trilogy, including Wounded: From Battlefield to Blighty, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize in 2014. Emily is Imperial College Internal Lead on the Paediatric Blast Injury Partnership, and co-edited The Paediatric Blast Injury Field Manual.