Applying to the Public Lecture Programme (PLP)

Information on LSE's Public Lecture Programme, managed by the LSE Events Office, and how to apply. 

At present we are no longer running events on campus so the below information is not currently relevant. Therefore, please refer to our online events page for information on how to apply to the LSE Online Public Events Programme.

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The LSE Events Office run the School's Public Lecture Programme. The Public Lecture Programme is a key part of the 'public face' of LSE. The purpose is to position LSE at the centre of debate in all areas of the social sciences. LSE research is relevant to the real world, rather than an "ivory tower" and these lectures aim to enhance the School's reputation for intellectual, challenging ideas and discussion with a broader public audience. The PLP attracts thousands of people to LSE every term. Most of our lectures are now available for download as podcasts and videos via the LSE Player, attracting audiences from across the world.

You can apply for our office to be involved in the organisation of your event, covering a percentage of the costs and assisting at different levels with the logistical planning. Please see Public Lecture Programme (PLP) - Important Information for full details about the application process including an update on the levels of service offered by the Events Office.

In planning your events, please ensure you join the LSE Events Network on Teams where you can liaise with other events staff across the School and get access to the LSE online events planning spreadsheet which is used in order to avoid event clashes across the School. 

PLP Application form

Please complete the updated Online Events Application Form and follow the instructions for submitting. 

Upcoming application deadlines

Lent Term 2022 - Friday 29 October 2021

Please note the first step in planning an event is always to secure a venue, if you have not done so already please contact with your request.

Not all submitted requests are taken on as part of the PLP but that does not stop the event going ahead as a departmental event. While the organisation of the event and the costs incurred would need to be arranged and covered by the department, the LSE Events Office is always happy to answer questions and give advice. You can contact the events office at Most of the information you need can also be found on this website.

The Events Office will consider late applications, but are unlikely to take events on after the deadline has passed unless the speakers are very high profile and this is always subject to availability of resources. 

Guidance on inviting high-profile political figures to visit LSE

If you are considering approaching a high profile speaker, please contact the events office as soon as possible. Please bear in mind security costs should be covered by the hosting department so this should be a consideration before inviting such speakers.  Anyone involved in event planning should familiarise themselves with the LSE Code of Practice on Free Speech.  

Visits to LSE by high-profile political figures can require a lot of preparation, to ensure appropriate arrangements for reception, security and so on – especially if the visitor is to make a public appearance. Also, the Director will wish to know about them, for example in cases in which she will try, as a courtesy, to be available to greet the visitor.

Staff or students planning to invite anyone in the following categories should inform the Directorate (, at least 15 working days before the proposed visit:

- current or former Heads of State

- current or former Heads of Government (such as Prime Ministers)

- current UK government ministers (including the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales)

- any high-profile political figure whose presence on campus can be expected to arouse strong feelings and responses among the LSE community or the public.

This will enable the relevant staff in the Directorate, LSE Security, Communications Division and the events “risk spotters” network to be informed.