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47th Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture: The Future of Transportation with Dr Anita Sengupta

Conference Engineering

Friday, 24 June 2022, 5pm to 6pm

Dr. Sengupta will review the evolutionary path to a sustainable future of transportation - starting on land, transitioning to the air and beyond into interplanetary space. By introducing game-changing technologies we can increase capacity, enhance energy efficiency, and shrink our carbon footprint. In-person event at Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Alan Turing at 110: current questions and issues

Equality and Diversity Maths Statistics

Thursday, 23 June 2022, 2pm to 3pm

Department of Statistics Pride Month Lecture with Professor Andrew Hodges. Marking the 110th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth, Professor Andrew Hodges will reflect on Turing’s contributions to science and history. At the Department of Statistics and online. Free, registration required.

The Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lecture: Lord Browne of Madingley

Equality and Diversity Lecture

Friday, 17 June 2022, 5pm to 6.30pm

St Anne's College, the University of Oxford and GiveOut are delighted to announce that the second Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lecture will be given by Lord Browne of Madingley, the most senior British businessperson to have come out as LGBT+. This is an in person event in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre in St Anne's College. Registration is encouraged but not required for attendance.

Innovation Festival at Begbroke Science Park

Innovation and Enterprise

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 to Thursday, 16 June 2022

Begbroke Science Park, launchpad for some of Oxford’s best known research spinouts and home to several cutting-edge MPLS department labs, is hosting an Innovation Festival to celebrate its achievements to date and showcase environmental sustainability and innovation across the OxCam ARC region. Discover some of the transformative science and innovation happening right now, across Oxfordshire and the University, and learn about the radical new plans for the Park’s future development as an Innovation District, where more world-class research ideas will find a home.

University Induction for Professional Services Staff


Monday, 13 June 2022, 9am to 12.45pm

In person at the Pavilion at St Hilda’s College. Held once a term, the event provides anyone new to a professional and administrative role, across the collegiate University, a broad introduction to both the history and workings of the organisation as well as an opportunity to find out about the work and activities of UAS sections. Please register by 12pm on Wednesday 8 June, in order to receive joining instructions before the event.

The Nature of Light: one-day conference

Conference General public MPLS Physics

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.

Oxford Physics at the ATOM Science Market (Abingdon Festival of Science and Technology)

General public Physics Public engagement

Saturday, 11 June 2022, 10am to 3pm

On the tenth anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs Boson, come and learn all about fundamental particles and the accelerators and detectors that let us see them. See particle tracks in our detectors. Explore the CERN laboratory in Minecraft. Play with Lego and soft toys. Learn about the building blocks of the universe and the experiments we do aiming to solve their remaining mysteries. A free event at Abingdon Market Place.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Information Day

Career development Funding

Wednesday, 08 June 2022 to Thursday, 09 June 2022

In person event, Earth Sciences seminar rooms. Organised by postdocs in the Earth Sciences department. In this two-day event we will discuss fellowships and faculty positions with an exciting range of speakers who have both received these and members who sit on the panels of these opportunities. Firstly, the department's research facilitator Gavin Bird will give an overview of different grants that are available, and our first set of speakers will then review their successful applications, giving some tips and providing some insights into how they navigated the grant process. On day two, we will hear from the perspective of reviewers. Department members who sit the panel of different grants and faculty positions will give some insights into the review process and the criteria different schemes use to define a successful application.

Science on the Sofa

General public MPLS Public engagement

Tuesday, 07 June 2022, 7pm to 9pm

In person at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, and live streamed. A chance to find out all about Science Together – an exciting new programme, connecting the knowledge of Oxford’s community groups to the expertise of researchers based at the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, to collaborate on responses to major issues and questions impacting the lives of local people. Learn more about the people and projects involved, join us in celebrating their achievements so far, and find out how you could get involved with Science Together in future years. Please note that advance registration is required.

Explore Science Together

General public MPLS Public engagement

Tuesday, 07 June 2022, 10am to 5pm

In person at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road. A day of free, interactive workshops, activities and demonstrations, showcasing innovative new collaborations between researchers and community groups in Oxford – from making sustainable paint with natural materials to exploring the relationship between science, technology and hip hop. Science Together is an exciting new project, connecting the knowledge of Oxford’s community groups with the expertise of researchers from Oxford University and Oxford Brookes to engage with major issues and questions impacting the lives of local people. Join the fun and discovery in a series of short, interactive drop-in sessions led by the eight collaborations involved. Everyone is welcome! No booking required, drop in anytime.

Making the Magic Happen with research data, software & infrastructure (online)

Career development

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 10am to 3.30pm

Careers event for data engineers, data analysts, archivists, statisticians, research software engineers, software developers and more. Modern academic research across almost all domains now relies heavily on data, software, and computation. This often means that research projects need technical specialists with expertise in data, software, and computing facilities to deliver, support and accelerate quality research. These specialists are known as Research Technology Professionals (RTPs) and they help to make the magic happen in research. This event will enable you to explore the opportunities and career pathways for RTPs, which focus on supporting research data, research software, and research computing facilities. Organised by Science and Engineering South.

British Council GREAT lecture: Local Knowledge, Global Networks - Digital Futures for Higher Education

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 10am to 11am

Online; time shown is BST (= 17:00-18:00 SGT). With Prof Howard Hotson, Professor of Early Modern Intellectual History, University of Oxford. Exiting the global pandemic, modern information technology is set to transform university teaching at a radically accelerated pace. In this lecture, Prof Hotson will provide a vivid glimpse of these dazzling new knowledge experiences as embedded in Future Cities, Smart Nations, and sustainable solutions for society globally.

Using AI to Accelerate Scientific Discovery: Demis Hassabis, DeepMind

Computer science Lecture

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 6.30pm to 8.10pm

In-person lecture at the Sheldonian Theatre with Demis Hassabis, Co-founder and CEO of DeepMind. The past decade has seen incredible advances in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). DeepMind has been in the vanguard of many of these big breakthroughs, pioneering the development of self-learning systems like AlphaGo, the first program to beat the world champion at the complex game of Go.

Can we decolonise the STEM curriculum?

Equality and Diversity Lecture

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.

MPLS Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Equality and Diversity

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.

New Technologies to Enhance Endangered Species and Ecosystems via Diverse/Extinct DNA

Medical science Plant sciences Zoology

Friday, 06 May 2022, 5pm to 6pm

The Lorna Casselton Memorial Lecture 2022 will be given by Professor George Church (Harvard University), co-initiator of the Human Genome Project, online by Zoom. Admission is free, but booking is required via the website.

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

Equality and Diversity MPLS Maths Statistics Women

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

Chemistry Equality and Diversity Women

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

Equality and Diversity Lecture Physics

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.

Begbroke design exhibition

Innovation and Enterprise

Monday, 28 February 2022, 12pm to 6pm

At Keble College’s HB Allen Centre on Banbury Road. Oxford University Development (OUD) is holding a one-day exhibition of entries to its masterplan design competition for the proposed Innovation District near Begbroke and Yarnton. Staff and students are warmly invited to come along to this showcase of some of the best competition entries, talk to the project team and contribute to the emerging vision for the Innovation District.

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