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At this meeting we will announce and celebrate the 2021 MPLS ED&I Award winners, provide an update on the divisional ED&I action plan and update on our plans and priorities for the Long Vac and into next year.

Please do join us if you are able: register for the ED&I Town Hall.

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MPLS Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Monday, 09 May 2022 to Friday, 13 May 2022

A wide range of sessions for University of Oxford staff and students. The theme for the week this year is loneliness, so along with workshops, talks and training sessions discussing mental health and wellbeing strategies, we hope to facilitate opportunities for staff and students to meet colleagues, friends and peers throughout the week. We are delivering a combination of online and in-person activities.

The Nature of Light: one-day conference

Saturday, 11 June 2022, 10.30am to 5pm

In person free event at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and online. Visible light is the most pervasive feature of the observable Universe to humans, so its explanation has assumed a pre-eminent role in our attempts to understand the physical world around us. This conference will start with an examination of light and its properties with the formulation of the classical theory of optics by Newton, Huygens and others, and then move on to the theory of colours which involved not only natural philosophers, but artists and writers. St Cross College HAPP event.

Can we decolonise the STEM curriculum?

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Speaker: Lara Lalemi (University of Bristol). Free hybrid event organised by Worcester College. Lara is completing a doctorate in Chemistry - specialising in Aerosol Science. At Bristol, she delivers an undergraduate optional unit 'Big Ideas' focused on inclusivity in science. Lara also pioneered the 'Decolonising the Science Curriculum Working Group' alongside 14 colleagues and students across UK universities.

International Women's Day in-person events at the Mathematical Institute

Tuesday, 08 March 2022, 1pm to 6.30pm

Join the Mathematics and Statistics departments who, in collaboration with the MPLS ED&I team, are hosting an afternoon of in-person events at the Mathematical Institute, open to all staff and students across MPLS. Between the events there is time to grab some refreshments and network, with drinks and networking after the panel discussion until 18:30.

RSC Women in Chemistry International Women's Day Panel Event

Tuesday, 08 March 2022, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Featuring Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Nazira Karodia MBE (Edinburgh Napier University), Associate Deputy Executive Dean (Education) Prof. Jacquie Robson (University of Durham), and Principal Investigator Prof. Susan Perkin (University of Oxford), this panel event is a chance to find out more about the career pathways of leading RSC Women in Chemistry and how they continue to #BreakTheBias.

What has particle physics ever done for me? 2022 Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture with Dr Pippa Wells

Tuesday, 01 March 2022, 5.30pm to 7pm

Dr Pippa Wells, Deputy Director for Research and Computing at CERN, will delve into her specialist field, particle physics, and talk about some of the ways it has affected our daily lives. In-person lecture at the Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College. Registration required; please also take a lateral flow test beforehand and attend only if it is negative.