Dr. Julia Shaw

Bestselling Author, Evil
Psychological Scientist, University College London


Dr. Julia Shaw is an established psychological scientist at University College London (UCL). She is an expert in the areas of memory and AI, criminal psychology, and diversity in the workplace. As the co-founder of the start-up Spot, Julia empowers organisations to build more inclusive work environments. Her keynotes on memory hacking, AI and workplace harassment captivate all audiences. Julia is also an expert on legal cases, particularly those with historical allegations.


Julia was born in Germany and grew up in Canada. After receiving her doctorate in legal psychology, she became a researcher at University College London (UCL) in the area of memory, AI and legal psychology. As the co-founder of the memory science and artificial intelligence start-up Spot, Julia Shaw helps employees report discrimination and workplace harassment. She is committed to building more respectful and inclusive working environments.  


As a keynote speaker Julia Shaw captivates audiences all over the world. She regularly presents on the topics of tackling workplace harassment, memory hacking and artificial intelligence. Her work often appears on TV, radio, online and in print: Julia is also regular contributor to Psychology Today and Scientific American. Her first book “The Memory Illusion” was an international bestseller that appeared in 20 languages, and her second book “Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side” became an international Bestseller in 2019. Julia’s keynotes are truly inspiring and they will change your perception on memories and humanity’s dark side.

In unrelated news, Julia is fluent in both German and English.


Making Evil: The Science behind humanity’s dark side

Are you evil? Dr. Julia Shaw’s keynote is a smart and highly interesting exploration of why we think and do bad things. Julia Shaw shows us that the same dispositions that make us capable of heinous crimes may also work to our advantage. And, if evil is within all of us, should it be said to exist at all? Julia Shaw uses a compelling mix of science, popular culture and real life examples to break down timely and important issues. How similar is your brain to a psychopath’s? How many people have murder fantasies? Can A.I. be evil? Do your sexual proclivities make you a bad person? Who becomes a terrorist? This is a wide-ranging exploration into a fascinating, darkly compelling subject.

The Future of Memory

Can your memory be hacked? Can you download or upload your memories? How is social media influencing your sense of self and creating your digital identity? Technology has a profound impact on our ability to remember. Never before have we been able to document our lives in such a complete and extraordinary manner. But with new technologies come unprecedented ways to manipulate our memories. Dr Julia Shaw will show you how our memories can be hacked, making us believe we experienced things that never actually happened at all. Let her show you how to safeguard yourself with the help of analogue and digital tools, and introduce you to her groundbreaking research on memory and AI – and her new startup SPOT. Prepare to be astonished and terrified by the future that awaits.

Better than this: How to deal with workplace harassment and discrimination

How should we talk about harassment and discrimination at work? Are we even hearing about incidents when they happen? Can we encourage a culture of disclosure, ideally before incidents get out of hand? Dr Shaw’s research is in line with the preliminary findings of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, showing that improved and anonymous reporting is crucial to tackling workplace harassment and discrimination. Let her share her latest scientific research, focusing specifically on scalable solutions to improving the way we report and deal with this timely issue. Sharing knowledge from a decade of her research on best practices in police interviewing, she explains the best ways to reliably extract and preserve emotional memories, and why it is so important for us to talk openly about transgressions. Allow her to educate you on how to best implement reporting pathways and to decrease barriers to reporting, and how to effectively deal with reports, in a practical and evidence-based way.

Data & Trends / Economy / Fresh Perspectives / Generational Differences / Social Media/Digital Strategy
David Chaves
Cyber Security / Finance / Leadership / Sales & Negotiation