Tuesday 21 May 16:00 - 18:00

King's College London

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STEM Lectures for Schools: Fairytales of AI and cybersecurity

Science & Technology

Delve into these high-tech topics through the unusual medium of folk stories, with Computer Scientist Prof Luca Viganò.


You're warmly invited to this in-person event with computer scientist Prof Luca Viganò. We particularly welcome students from local schools with an interest in STEM subjects. This event is aimed at those aged 16+, but younger students are welcome to attend.

About the talk

For generations, children around the world have experienced the timeless wonder of fairy tales. But most don’t realise that fairy tales are full of stories that illustrate the key concepts of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

In this talk, Luca Viganò, Professor of Computer Science, will show that the story of Cinderella is actually about two factor authentication, how the tale of Ali Baba and the 40 thieves provides important lessons in eavesdropping, and even that the adventures of Pinocchio are really an exploration of the ethics of artificial intelligence. Through telling these stories, Luca will show how using art and stories can help people to better under these complex but very important topics.

About the speaker

Luca is Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Informatics, King's College London. He is also the head of the Cybersecurity (CYS) group, which studies design, modelling, analysis, verification and testing of networks and systems in order to tackle cybersecurity and privacy problems that are important to industry, society and everyone living in a technologically dependent world. Luca is International, Engagement & Service Ambassador for King's College London and Vice Dean (Enterprise & Engagement) of the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences.

Additional information

This event is aimed at those aged 16+. Younger attendees are welcome, but please note that attendees under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. If you are aged 14–18 and booking for yourself, please check with a parent or guardian before booking your place. For school groups, tickets are limited to 30 students per booking, to ensure a larger number of schools can attend.

Registration for this event will take place in reception in the main Strand Building entrance. This is on the Strand, directly opposite St Mary Le Strand Church.

This event is organised by the NMES Faculty at King’s College London. If you have any questions or would like any further details, please email [email protected].

For in-person events we operate a policy of overbooking, to help manage on the day drop-out rates. Please ensure you arrive in good time to avoid disappointment on the day.


The doors to the lecture theatre will open at around 16.00. Complimentary refreshments will also be served at this time. The talk will run from 16.30–17.30. There will then be time for informal networking and Q&A with the speaker until 18.00, when then event will finish.

About the programme

STEM Lectures for Schools is a series of engaging events for secondary school students, organised by the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences (NMES). Attendees will hear from researchers working at King’s about the ground-breaking work they do, and the career path they took to get here. Throughout the year, the series will feature speakers from all NMES Departments: Chemistry, Engineering, Informatics, Mathematics and Physics.


This talk will take place in the Edmund J Safra Lecture Theatre, on the ground floor of the King's Building. Access is through the main entrance on the Strand. The theatre is fully wheelchair accessible, with designated spaces for wheelchair users. There are accessible bathrooms on this floor.

The nearest step-free underground station is Blackfriars, but a number of bus routes stop a short distance from the Strand Campus.

Photography and Privacy Notice

The event you will be attending will have photography and/or videography. If you do not wish to appear in any recordings or photographs, please approach our registration team on the day of the event or email [email protected] beforehand. Photographs and recordings taken may feature in our publications or on the King’s website and social media channels. All personal data will be processed in accordance with King’s privacy policy available here.

We collect and process your personal information to help us manage and run the event. In accordance with the King’s College London Data Retention Schedule, we will keep your information until the completion of the event. To find out more about how the university deals with your personal information, including your rights, please see the university’s core privacy notice. Your personal information will be transferred to the United States via Eventbrite. Please read this article where you can find out more on how Eventbrite protects your data.

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