About
Know it Wall

A place for inquisitive minds

It is estimated that well over two million academic papers are published each year and there are countless more university lectures. Who is accessing this knowledge? Academics within the same disciplines and their students. Why should it only be them? We couldn't think of a good reason either!


The mission of Know it Wall (KiW) is to take the research that is going on at top universities and present it to the general public in an accessible and engaging way. At KiW, you will find audio and video documentaries, as well as short articles, about the latest research in the humanities and sciences — all written by academics actively doing research in those fields.

How does it work?

Academics send us an article of about 1000 words and we make sure it is delivered in a language that is accessible for the general public. We then turn their article into a short documentary (in audio, video or both), and release the documentary and the article on this website as well as on iTunes, Soundcloud, YouTube and Medium.

Flash Seminars

Flash seminars are one-off discussions in a London pub where topics featured on Know it Wall are explored by a leading academic and the general public. Sessions include a 15min introduction by the academic followed by an interactive discussion between everyone. They typically last for an hour, and are free for anyone to join.

Previous Session:

The migrant crisis: have we seen this before?

Alexander Samson

7th February (Tuesday) 7pm

Jeremy Bentham Pub, WC1E 6JL

The general public has been debating immigration and the current refugee crisis with seemingly modern notions of economics, identity, and conflict, but is this debate really so modern? UCL historian Alexander Samson doesn't think so. In this flash seminar, you are invited to both learn and discuss the notion of borders, and the human right to move freely around the globe.