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Seven projects from Medical Sciences and MPLS have been awarded funding in Round 2 of the Enriching Engagement grant scheme. They join the six Round 1 projects awarded in November 2019. Have a read of the project summaries for a bit of inspiration.
General public Lecture Plant sciences Research Zoology
Saturday, 09 July 2022, 2pm to 4pm
An afternoon of mini-lectures to celebrate the publication of a new visitor guide to our research field station at Wytham Woods, featuring an overview of the woods (past, present and future), updates on the renowned Wytham Tit study (now in its 75th anniversary year), and insights into how the woods bridge the gap between Arts and Science.
General public Physics Research
Monday, 04 July 2022, 7pm to 9pm
A series of short talks on the Higgs Boson by Oxford particle physicists, followed by a general discussion and Q&A, to mark the tenth anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012.
Chemistry Materials science
Thursday, 07 July 2022, 2.40pm to 3.45pm
A live-streamed, public lecture-demonstration hosted by the Department of Chemistry, to mark the UN International Year of Glass
General public Lecture Materials science
Tuesday, 05 July 2022, 7pm to 8pm
In person at Wolfson College and live streamed. In this public lecture, Professor Susie Speller (Materials) will introduce the extraordinary properties of superconductors, and will explore the practical challenges of deploying these very complex materials in revolutionary technologies. Followed by a drinks reception where Susie will launch her new book, a primer that introduces superconducting materials to non-expert readers: A Materials Science Guide to Superconductors: and how to make them super (OUP).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Career development Funding Research staff
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.