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The Lilly Lecture

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The Lilly Lectures are delivered annually by a person of distinction from across the world, and focus on a topic of their choice.

Founded in 1966 as the result of a benefaction by Eli Lilly and Company, the Lilly Lecture is delivered by a person of distinction from any country of the free world, either a physician or someone whose contribution would have a bearing on clinical medicine.

In 2011, the terms of the lectureship were changed to cover medical leadership.

Get involved

The annual Lilly Lecture is free to attend and open to all. Keep an eye out on our events page for details of the next Lilly Lecture. 

Explore the Lilly Lectures

  • 2019 Lilly Lecture: Dr Emma Redfern, consultant in emergency medicine at University Hospitals Bristol, delivered a lecture on her experience in leadership, and her talk was entitled 'If'. Dr Natasha Jones, consultant in sports and exercise medicine at Oxford University Hospital, gave a talk entitled 'Moving Medicine' and spoke about her background in sport and exercise medicine.
  • 2018 Lilly Lecture: Professor Megan Reitz, Ashridge Executive Education, Hult International Business School, explored mindul leadership in her talk 'Speaking truth to power'.
  • 2017 Lilly Lecture: David Rooke, director of Harthill Consulting, delivered a lecture on the subject of 'Essential capabilities for medical leaders in complex times'.
  • 2016 Lilly Lecture: Baroness Cumberlege CBE DL, House of Lords, shared her leadership experience in her talk 'Take me to your leader'.