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April 2014

Tuesday 1 April 2014
Hip Hop as Postcolonial Critique in the UK: Juice Aleem's Mastery of Form and Deformation of Mastery.
Organised by Department of Music
J Griffith Rollefson, University of Cambridge.
Victoria Rooms, 4:30-6:00pm  
Contact Megan Holmes and Margaret Peirson on +44 (0)117 - 33 14044  or music-resources@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 2 April 2014
Contemporary Music Venture Concert 2: Percussion
Organised by Department of Music
Bristol University's finest percussionists will explore the many and varied soundworlds of percussive instruments. Including five brand new pieces written for this concert by postgraduate composers alongside core repertoire.
Victoria Rooms, 7:30-9:30pm  
Steve Reich: Music for pieces of wood; John Beck: Sonata for timpani; Ney Rosauro Bem: Vindo vibraphone; Thom Hasenpflug: Bicksa; mixed percussion quartet; Percussion quintet with solos by Rupert Cole and George Jones. Further information is available
Contact Megan Holmes and Margaret Peirson on +44 (0)117 - 33 14044  or music-resources@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 2 April 2014
Developing the science of improvement
Organised by School of Social and Community Medicine
Martin Marshall - Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL and lead for Improvement Science London.
Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road, Clifton, BS8 2PS, 12:45-1:45pm  
Decisions about how health services are organised and delivered are influenced by many political and pragmatic factors and often not sufficiently influenced by research evidence. In this presentation, Martin Marshall, who is Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL and lead of a new enterprise, Improvement Science London, considers why health. Further information is available here
The seminar is free, and all are welcome (including members of the public) without needing to book a place. If you have difficulties with stairs, we have a lift to provide access to the lower ground floor.  Contact Charlene email: sscm-seminars@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 2 April 2014

Please note, this event has been cancelled.

Inaugural lecture: Reinventing the Internet with Light and Clouds

Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Dimitria Simeonidou, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, University Walk, BS8 1TR, 6:00pm  
The Internet is in the brink of collapse and a community of telecommunication researchers and computer scientists have been working for several years to redesign the network and deliver the Internet of the Future. The High Performance Networks group at the University of Bristol has been in the forefront of research to reinvent the Internet. Further information is available
Free to attend and no booking required.  Contact for other queries, Nicola Fry email: nicola.fry@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 2 April 2014
Lessons from the PACE trial: A trial of complex interventions for a complex condition
Organised by School of Social and Community Medicine
Professor Peter White, Professor of Psychological Medicine at Bart's and the London.
Canynge Hall, Room LG08, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS, 12:45-1:45pm  
The PACE trial was a four arm, multi-centre, randomised controlled trial in 641 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. The four treatments were specialist medical care (SMC), or SMC plus one of three therapies: adaptive pacing therapy (APT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), or graded exercise therapy (GET). Full synopsis on website. Further information is available
The seminar is free and all are welcome to come (including members of the public).  Contact Laura Fox on +44 (0)117 - 3314005 or laura.fox@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 2 April 2014
Bristol University Loudspeaker Orchestra
Organised by Department of Music
A concert of sound art curated by Neal Farwell.
Victoria Rooms, 1:15-2:00pm  
Sonic Voyages: to the Southern Hemisphere. Bristol University Loudspeaker Orchestra travels to the far South, to sample the rich array of electroacoustic voices in South America and Australasia. Further information is available
Contact Megan Holmes and Margaret Peirson on +44 (0)117 - 33 14044  or music-resources@bristol.ac.uk

Tuesday 15 April 2014
Mendelian Randomisation: using genotype to infer causation in depression and anxiety research
Organised by Centre for Academic Mental Health
Suzi Gage, University of Bristol.
OS6 Seminar Room, Oakfield House, Oakfield Grove, Bristol, BS8 2BN, 12:30-1:30pm  
Depression and anxiety co-occur with substance use and abuse at a high rate. Ascertaining whether substance use plays a causal role in depression and anxiety is difficult or impossible with conventional observational epidemiology.
Contact Hazel Carrington email: hazel.carrington@bristol.ac.uk

Friday 18 April 2014 -  Monday 21 April 2014
Easter Art and Sculpture Exhibition
Organised by The Botanic Garden
For the first time, the popular garden sculpture and Friends art exhibitions are combined to give visitors an exceptional experience of some of the best artwork available in the West Country, all displayed in the unique setting of the Botanic Garden.
University of Bristol Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Bristol BS9 1JG, 10:00am-5:00pm  
Ceramic pomegranate seeds, a Rust-o-saurus, soaring swans, an iridescent stained glass Sacred Lotus, and a host of botanical art including Indonesian floral batik and water colour and ink hellebores are just a few of the designs in the portfolios of our Easter weekend exhibitors. Further information is available
Refreshments, Tours of the garden, demonstrations. Admission: Adults £3.50. Free to Friends, university staff and children under 16.  Contact for other queries, the Botanic Garden email: botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 23 April 2014
Crazy quasi-particles for storing quantum light
Organised by Centre for Nanoscience & Quantum Information (NSQI)
Dr Ruth Oulton, Physics and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Centre for NSQI, G.05, 6:00pm  
Inside your computer are millions of tiny transistors, each one less than a millionth of a cm across. Instead of shrinking the transistors even smaller, scientists and engineers are working on making a completely new type of computer. Further information is available

Monday 28 April 2014
European Parliament elections 2014: join the debate
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Ashley Fox MEP, Conservatives; William Dartmouth MEP, UKIP; Sir Graham Watson MEP, Liberals; Claire Moody, Labour and Molly Cato, Green.
Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, 6:00-8:00pm  
The European Parliament election is scheduled to take place on 22 May 2014 and the University of Bristol is hosting a political debate between the first candidates from each of the five most voted parties in the 2009 European Parliamentary elections: the Conservatives, Green, Labour, Liberal and UKIP parties. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries on +44 (0)117 - 928 8515 or public-events@bristol.ac.uk

Tuesday 29 April 2014
Inaugural lecture: Language change and sociolinguistics: The role of speakers, schools and politics in the invisibilization of dialects in 19th-century Germany
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Nils Langer, Department of German.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, 6:00pm  
Using the case of the German-Danish borderlands in the 19th century as empirical evidence, this lecture will discuss the key topics of historical sociolinguistics: the function of language as a marker of individual and group identity and the role of political authorities in promoting and suppressing particular linguistic varieties to achieve national and cultural unity. Further information is available
Free to attend and no booking required.  Contact for other queries, Nicola Fry email: nicola.fry@bristol.ac.uk

Tuesday 29 April 2014
Old Hispanic Office Project Team
Organised by Department of Music
Victoria Rooms, 4:30-6:00pm  
A presentation of work in progress by Elsa De Luca, Litha Efthymiou, Emma Hornby, Kati Ihnat and Raquel Rojo Carrillo. Further information is available
Contact Megan Holmes and Margaret Peirson on +44 (0)117 - 33 14044  or music-resources@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 30 April 2014
Brodowski String Quartet
Organised by Department of Music
The Brodowski Quartet is our quartet-in-residence, thanks to the generous support of The Carr-Gregory Trust.
Victoria Rooms, 1:15-2:00pm  
Mendelssohn: Capriccio in E minor Op.81 No.3; Michael Ellison: Quartet No.3 Fiddlin' (UK Premiere). Further information is available
Contact Megan Holmes and Margaret Peirson on +44 (0)117 - 33 14044  or music-resources@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 30 April 2014
What's powerful about play?
Organised by Graduate School of Education
Dr. Sarah Eagle and Dr. Paul Strauss.
Room 4.10, Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, 5:00-6:30pm  
Part of the GSoE 'Learning Lives' spring events programme, in conjunction with the Bristol Play Network, Sarah Eagle and Paul Strauss will give short presentations which draw on their previous and ongoing research projects that explore how play, playfulness and informality are important counterpoints to formal learning. For further information and to book
Free event, open to all, booking required.  Contact Education Services on +44 (0)117 - 331 4291 or ed-events@bristol.ac.uk

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May 2014

Thursday 1 May 2014
Health behaviours and patient-doctor interaction: The double moral hazard problem
Organised by School of Social and Community Medicine
Prof Matt Sutton, Professor of Health Economics, University of Manchester.
Canynge Hall, Room LG08, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS, 12:45-1:45pm  
The joint-production of health by patients and doctors can be conceptualised as a double moral hazard problem as the efforts of each party are hidden from the other party. Full synopsis on website. Further information is available
The seminar is free and all are welcome to come (including members of the public).  Contact Laura Fox on +44 (0)117 - 3314005 or laura.fox@bristol.ac.uk

Friday 2 May 2014
Food Connections Festival: Mass participation experiment: the 'beer goggles' effect
Organised by Centre for Public Engagement
The Green Man, 21 Alfred Place, BS2 8HD; The Portcullis, 3 Wellington Terrace, BS8 4LE; The Victoria, 2 Southleigh Road, BS8 2BH. (Experiment repeated on Sat 3, Fri 9 and Sat 10 May 5pm - 11pm), 5:00pm  
The Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (TARG) at the University will be setting up shop at three Dawkins Ales pubs across Bristol to investigate whether drinking alcohol changes people's perceptions of attractiveness; otherwise known as the ''beer-goggles' effect'. Join them in the name of a (responsible) pint and science!. Further information is available
Free to attend and no booking required.  Contact for other queries, Mireia Bes email: mireia.bes@bristol.ac.uk

Saturday 3 May 2014
Food Connections Festival: Local food - Pollyanna or Panacea?
Organised by Centre for Public Engagement
Event Space, Third Floor, Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY, 1:00pm  
The new hub of scientists, artists, activists, social scientists and community practitioners 'Soil, Seeds, and Social Change' presents a series of provocations from a panel of diverse experts in response to the question: is local food the future of ecologically and economically sustainable food production? Leading to a series of roundtable discussions and activities. Further information is available
Admission Free booking required in advance via the online form..  Contact for other queries, Mireia Bes on +44 (0)117 - 331 8315 or mireia.bes@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 7 May 2014
Food Connections Festival - Molecular Cuisine: what is it and should we encourage the use of science in the kitchen?
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Peter Barham, School of Physics.
Auditorium, Victoria Rooms, Queen's Road, BS8 1SA, 6:30pm  
Increasing use of techniques developed in the science laboratory are now being used in professional kitchens, such as the use of vacuum distillation equipment to extract flavours. Professor Barham will talk about how this and other techniques were introduced into the kitchens of chefs and how they continue to develop them for their own purposes. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries, Nicola Fry email: nicola.fry@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 7 May 2014
'Ability': Contemporary schooling's most over-rated concept?
Organised by Graduate School of Education
Dr Barry Hymer (University of Cumbria).
Room 4.10, Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, 5:00-6:30pm  
In this presentation, Dr Barry Hymer will provide research evidence that what a person believes about their ability is far more important than their ability itself, and claims that "The concept of 'ability' is arguably the most pervasive, over-rated and influential concept in our education system". For further information and to book
Free event, open to all, booking required.  Contact Education Services on +44 (0)117 - 331 4291 or ed-events@bristol.ac.uk

Friday 9 May 2014
Food Connections Festival: Animals in the food chain
Organised by Centre for Public Engagement
The Station, Silver Street, BS1 2AG, 6:00pm  
Mahatma Gandhi was reported to say that 'You can judge the morality of a nation by the way the society treats its animals'. How are we doing in the 21st century? Academics and campaigners will consider whether the livestock industry, retailers and government are delivering the animal welfare standards that consumers want or expect. Further information is available
Admission Free booking required in advance via the online form.  Contact for other queries, Diane Thorne on +44 (0)117 - 331 8318 or diane.thorne@bristol.ac.uk

Sunday 11 May 2014
Tours of historic Goldney Garden
Organised by External Estates
Goldney Garden, 10:30am  
Tour of Goldney Garden (Clifton) lasting approximately 1.5 hours.
Tours at 10:30am and 2pm.
Admission price £6. Book online at tinyurl.com/pefs98p.  Contact Nicolette Smith email: Nicolette.Smith@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 14 May 2014
The Role of Economics in Public Life
Organised by The School of Sociology, Politics and International Relations
Dr Ha-Joon Chang (University of Cambridge).
1.40 Pugsley, Queens Building, University Walk, Bristol, BS8 1TR, 4:00-5:30pm  
Ha-Joon Chang is probably the world's best known economist. Currently Reader in Economics at the University of Cambridge, his lecture draws on his latest book, Economics: The User's Guide (Pelican 2014). The event is co-sponsored by the School of Sociology, Politics and International Relations and the School of Economics, Finance and Management. Further information is available
Free but booking required via the online form. A drinks reception will follow the lecture.  Contact Susan Battin on +44 (0)117 - 3317588 or sue.battin@bristol.ac.uk

Thursday 15 May 2014
Merchants and Monopolies: Private Trade and the East India Companies in the Eighteenth Century
Organised by School of Humanities
Professor Maxine Berg, University of Warwick.
Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, 6:00pm  
As part of an ongoing programme of events exploring Britain's imperial past, the Faculty of Arts are very pleased to have Professor Berg, talking about the East India Companies of the eighteenth century. So, if you're interested in global histories of trade, consumption and empire, or in the history if India, please join us!.
Free, but booking required via the online form.  Contact Dr Jonathan Saha email: j.saha@bristol.ac.uk

Friday 16 May 2014
What counts as powerful knowledge: public symposium
Organised by Graduate School of Education
Professor Dorothy Holland, Professor Michael Young, Professor Ola Erstad, Professor Julian Sefton-Green, Professor Ros Sutherland, Professor Gill Crozier, Professor Michael Fielding.
Room 4.10, Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, 9:00am-5:00pm  
The finale of the GSoE 'Learning Lives' spring events programme, this symposium will be exploring the questions which underscore contemporary public debate about education, from debates around the future of university disciplines to arguments about the speed at which schools should respond to technological and economic change. For further information and to book
Free event, open to all, booking required.  Contact Professor Keri Facer on +44 (0)117 - 331 4341  or keri.facer@bristol.ac.uk

Monday 19 May 2014
The Urban Pollinator Project - It's a Jungle Out There!
Organised by Centre for Public Engagement
Professor Jane Memmott, School of Biological Sciences.
M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN, 6:00-7:30pm  
Towns and cities have the potential to provide excellent conditions for pollinators. In this talk you'll hear how a team of ecologists ran the biggest urban pollinator project ever, you'll hear about the behind the scenes stories and find out what you can do to help pollinators. Further information is available
Free, advance booking required.  Contact Diane Thorne on +44 (0)117 - 331 8318 or diane.thorne@bristol.ac.uk

Monday 19 May 2014
Getting ideas into action: building networked improvement communities
Organised by Graduate School of Education
Professor Anthony Bryk (President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching).
Room 4.10, Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, 5:00-7:00pm  
Professor Tony Bryk will be presenting the Design-Educational Engineering and Development (DEED) problem centred 'improvement science' approach to school improvement. Organised by the Graduate School of Education, in association with the Cabot Institute, International Centre for Infrastructure Futures, the Southern Educational Leadership Trust, and the Hampshire Teaching Schools Alliance. For further information and to book
Free event, open to all, booking required.  Contact Dr Ruth Deakin Crick on +44 (0)117 - 331 4338  or Ruth.Deakin-Crick@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 21 May 2014
Humanitarian photography and the atomic age
Organised by Centre for Public Engagement (part of the Past Matters programme of events)
Julia Adeney Thomas, University of Notre Dame.
M Shed, Wapping Rd, BS1 4RN, 6:30pm  
We know what calamity looks like, but does seeing distress help end it? Can we speak of 'humanitarian photography'? Looking at the images made of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by photographers Yamahata Yosuke, Domon Ken, and Kimura Ihei and by anonymous American photographers, Julia will explore how photographs might help make the world a better place. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries CPE on +44 (0)117 - 331 8313  or cpe-info@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 21 May 2014
Changing biases in face perception to improve emotional processing in mental health
Organised by Centre for Academic Mental Health
Professor Ian Penton-Voak.
OS6 Seminar Room, Oakfield House, Oakfield Grove, Bristol, BS8 2BN, 12:30-1:30pm  
The ability to accurately identify emotions in other people is a key social skill that is often disrupted in people suffering from affective mental health disorders. For example, people with depression tend to be more sensitive to facial expressions of sadness than other emotional expressions.
No booking required, please feel free to bring your own lunch.  Contact Hazel Carrington email: hazel.carrington@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 28 May 2014
Penguin Lecture: How to end the Great War? Making peace in East and West 1918-1919
Organised by Centre for Public Engagement (part of the Past Matters programme of events)
Adam Tooze, Professor of History, Yale University.
Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, BS1 5TX, 6:30pm  
In the depths of the Great War, with millions dead and no imaginable end to conflict, societies around the world began to buckle. Once over, it left countries having to deal with circumstances unimagined before 1914. Adam Tooze will introduce his new book which explores why the modern world was created between 1916 and 1931. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries CPE on +44 (0)117 - 331 8313  or cpe-info@bristol.ac.uk

Thursday 29 May 2014
Holocaust Tourism
Organised by Centre for Public Engagement (part of the Past Matters programme of events)
Professor Tim Cole, Department of History (Historical Studies).
Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX, 6:30pm  
This lecture traces the history of visits to Holocaust sites from the war, through the immediate post-war period and into the present. It explores the reasons why individuals and groups have visited these places and asks what future there is for so-called 'dark tourism'. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries CPE on +44 (0)117 - 331 8313  or cpe-info@bristol.ac.uk

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June 2014

Sunday 15 June 2014
Tours of historic Goldney Garden
Organised by External Estates
Goldney Garden, 10:30am  
Tour of Goldney Garden (Clifton) lasting approximately 1.5 hours.
Tours at 10:30am and 2pm.
Admission price £6. Book online at tinyurl.com/pefs98p.  Contact Nicolette Smith email: Nicolette.Smith@bristol.ac.uk

Thursday 19 June 2014
Deciding together: how decisions are made about treating very sick children
Organised by Centre for Public Engagement
Giles Birchley, School of Social and Community Medicine.
Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, BS1 5TX, 6:00-7:30pm  
Deciding what is best for a very sick child on life support can be very difficult, especially if there is disagreement between the doctors and the parents. What can the views of parents, doctors and nurses who have experienced children's intensive care tell us about finding agreement in these situations?. Further information is available
Free, advance booking required.  Contact Diane Thorne on +44 (0)117 - 331 8318 or diane.thorne@bristol.ac.uk

Thursday 26 June 2014
Education's aims or school subjects - which come first?
Organised by Graduate School of Education
Professor Michael Reiss (University of London).
Room 4.10, Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, 5:00-6:30pm  
Professor Michael Reiss will be exploring the fundamental aims of school education, and arguing that curriculum development should start with aims rather than, as is typically the case, with subjects. For further information and to book
Free event, open to all, booking required.  Contact Education Services on +44 (0)117 - 331 4291 or ed-events@bristol.ac.uk

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July 2014

Sunday 20 July 2014
Tours of historic Goldney Garden
Organised by External Estates
Goldney Garden, 10:30am  
Tour of Goldney Garden (Clifton) lasting approximately 1.5 hours.
Tours at 10:30am and 2pm.
Admission price £6. Book online at tinyurl.com/pefs98p.  Contact Nicolette Smith email: Nicolette.Smith@bristol.ac.uk

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August 2014

Sunday 10 August 2014
Tours of historic Goldney Garden
Organised by External Estates
Goldney Garden, 10:30am  
Tour of Goldney Garden (Clifton) lasting approximately 1.5 hours.
Tours at 10:30am and 2pm.
Admission price £6. Book online at tinyurl.com/pefs98p.  Contact Nicolette Smith email: Nicolette.Smith@bristol.ac.uk

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September 2014

No Events
If you have any events organised for September 2014 please email the details to events@bristol.ac.uk

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October 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Please note, this event was postponed from 2nd April 2014.

Developing the science of improvement

Organised by School of Social and Community Medicine
Martin Marshall - Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL and lead for Improvement Science London.
Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road, Clifton, BS8 2PS, 12:45-1:45pm  
Decisions about how health services are organised and delivered are influenced by many political and pragmatic factors and often not sufficiently influenced by research evidence. In this presentation, Martin Marshall considers why health service researchers have so little influence on managerial practice and what might be done to address the problem. Further information is available here
The seminar is free, and all are welcome (including members of the public) without needing to book a place. If you have difficulties with stairs, we have a lift to provide access to the lower ground floor.  Contact Laura Foc on +44 (0)117 - 33 14005  or Laura.Fox@bristol.ac.uk

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