A Bigger Picture (College of EPS, 16th Jan)

A Bigger Picture

Lunchtime talks and discussion about discovering new perspectives on research, forming new collaborations, and communicating with wider audiences.

Monday 16th January 2016 in the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences


Introduced by Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement with Research and with the participation of Professor Andy Schofield, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College (EPS).

EPS ‘Leading to Engage’ public engagement champions, Professor Cristina Lazzeroni (Physics), Professor Ilya Mandel (Physics), Dr Artemis Stamboulis (Met & Mat) and Dr Corneliu Hoffman (Maths) will also be present at the event.

Location: G29 Mechanical Engineering

Time: 13:00-14:00

A Bigger Picture is open to all University of Birmingham research staff and research students. Professional services staff from UoB are also welcome to attend. Cross-College attendance is welcomed at all events. Registration is necessary.

TEDxBrum… what happened.

On 11th June, Impact Hub Birmingham hosted the fourth TEDxBrum event at Birmingham Town Hall, with the theme for 2016 being “Power Of Us”. TEDx events are independently organised gatherings with local speakers and performers as well as screenings of TED talks, intended to bring communities together and present them with “ideas worth spreading” in the spirit of the original TED talks (with TED standing for Technology, Entertainment, Design).

The University of Birmingham were a major sponsor of this event, and several of our academic staff were invited to speak about their research. Professors Alberto Vecchio and Andreas Freise from the School of Physics and Astronomy took to the stage to explain the significance of the recent discovery of gravitational waves, followed by Dr Neeraj Lal from the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences who spoke about his pioneering research into the use of immunotherapy to fight bowel cancer.

Other high-profile speakers included Simon Willis, the European Managing Director of the website change.org, and Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of Grant Thornton UK LLP, while the performers included Midlands singer Mahalia, Kathak dancer Vidya Patel, and The People’s Orchestra.

The University’s gravitational waves research group were also well represented in the exhibition space, running a very successful stand to explain their research to people interested in finding out more following the main talk. They were even approached during the day by both an artist and a documentary maker interested in engaging with them on different outreach projects, making this an even more exciting time for the group.

The day was a tremendous success, with a buzzing atmosphere in the Town Hall and the hashtag #PowerOfUS trending nationally on Twitter. The University are proud to have played a part in this event and hope to strengthen our relationship with Impact Hub Birmingham and TedX in the future.

For more information please contact Andy Newnham, Business Engagement Partner, a.newnham@bham.ac.uk

Free History & Science Talk Series at the Gunmakers Arms

The newly re-opened Gunmakers Arms is a Grade II listed building dating back to around 1820. Starting this January they will be hosting a series of talks themed on history and science. A few University of Birmingham researchers will be there to discuss the Lunar Society, alcohol’s effects on the brain and sports related concussions! Pop along and chat to our researchers about the work that they do, they’d love to answer your questions!

Location: Gunmakers Arms. 93 Bath Street City Centre Birmingham B4 6HG.

History talks

  • Kay Hunter – ‘The Last Public Hanging in Birmingham’, Tuesday 26th January
  • Ruth Cherrington, Club Historians – ‘The Social History of Working Men’s Clubs’, Thursday 18th February
  • Dr Malcolm Dick, University of Birmingham – ‘The Industrial Enlightenment and the Lunar Men in the 18th Century’, Wednesday 30th March
  • Professor David Williams, Loughborough University – ‘The Early Days of the Birmingham Gun Quarter’, Tuesday 17th May

Science talks

  • Dr Ian Mitchell, University of Birmingham – ‘Alcohol: Friend or foe?’, Wednesday 9th March
  • Dr Chris Hamlett, Nottingham Trent University – ‘Control the glass, control the beer foam’, Tuesday 15th March
  • Mr Antonio Belli, University of Birmingham – ‘It’s just a concussion…’, Wednesday 27th April

P.S. #Brumscicomm will also take place at the Gunmakers on Feb 10th at 6pm!