Omnichannel Speaker

Anil Seth

Anil Seth

University of Sussex
Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience

With more than two decades of research and outreach experience, Anil’s mission is to advance the science of consciousness and to use its insights for the benefit of society, technology and medicine. As well as being an internationally leading researcher, he is also a renowned public speaker, best-selling author, and sought-after collaborator on many high-profile art-science projects. 


Anil is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Brain, Mind and Consciousness, a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigator, and Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Neuroscience of Consciousness (Oxford University Press). He has published more than 200 research papers in a variety of fields and is recognized as being in the top 1% of researchers worldwide by area (2019-2021, Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher). He holds degrees in Natural Sciences (MA, Cambridge), Knowledge-Based Systems (MSc, Sussex), and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (Ph.D., Sussex). He carried out his postdoctoral work in San Diego with the Nobel laureate Gerald Edelman. 


Anil’s new book - Being You: A New Science of Consciousness (Faber/Dutton, 2021) – was an instant Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller and is a 2021 Book of the Year for The Guardian, The Economist, The New Statesman, The Financial Times, Bloomberg Business, and elsewhere. His main-stage TED talk has been viewed over twelve million times and is one of their most popular science talks. He was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section) and the 2019 winner of the KidSpirit Perspectives award. He has featured in many high-profile podcasts (including Sam Harris, Russell Brand, Sean Carroll). He has appeared in several films (The Most Unknown, The Search), appears regularly on BBC Radio, and has written for Aeon, The Guardian, Granta, New Scientist, and Scientific American, among other venues. His other books include 30 Second Brain (Ivy Press, 2014) and EyeBenders (with Clive Gifford, winner of the 2015 Royal Society Young Person’s Book Prize), and he has collaborated on a wide range of art-science projects from drama (Elegy, Nick Payne) to rap (The Rap Guide to Consciousness, with Baba Brinkman) to the upcoming Unboxed 2022 Dreamachine project.

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Fun Fact

I am a keen English channel surfer, temporarily on hold because of long covid, but I will be again.

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