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At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB

Thursday 16 November 2017
Would Policymaker Use of Complexity Analysis Make Economics More Relevant to the Real World?
Organised by The Institue for Advanced Studies and the Centre for Complexity Sciences
IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Catherine L. Mann, Chief Economist of OECD and Professor Doyne Farmer, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. Chaired by Romesh Vaitilingam, London School of Economics.
At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB, 12:30-1:45pm  
Is standard economic forecasting and analysis fit for purpose? Or should economists be adopting methods from complex systems? This debate pits two leading practitioners against each other. Forms part of the Bristol Festival of Economics, itself part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas. Further information is available
Price £9/£6.50.  Contact Katherine Wiesner email: k.wiesner@bristol.ac.uk

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Bristol Cathedral, College Green, BS1 5TJ

Saturday 9 September 2017 -  Monday 8 January 2018
'Refusing to kill'? Bristol's World War 1 conscientious objectors
Organised by Law School
Bristol Cathedral, College Green, BS1 5TJ, 8:00am  
Over 350 local men refused to fight in WW1. They conscientiously objected for moral, religious or political reasons. Some agreed to take non-military roles, others were imprisoned. This exhibition tells the stories of these men and the people who supported them. Alongside the exhibition there will be a series of talks, drama and musical events. Further information is available
Free entry, see Cathedral website for details.  Contact Lois Bibbings on +44 (0)117 - 954 5328  or Lois.S.Bibbings@bristol.ac.uk

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Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building

Wednesday 11 October 2017
Hydrock William Smith Lecture
Organised by School of Earth Sciences
Professor Jerry X. Mitrovica of Harvard University.
Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, 7:00-8:00pm  
Sea level changes are regularly reported in the media as a dramatic consequence of global warming. However, such reports obscure the fact that observed sea level changes vary dramatically around the globe. This lecture describes the sources of this variability in the patterns of sea level change following the melting of ice sheets and glaciers. Further information is available
Free, please register.  Contact Anne Hunt email: ah1313@bristol.ac.uk

Thursday 12 October 2017
Knowledge, nudge or nanny: societal choices to encourage a healthy diet
Organised by School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Professor Susan Jebb, University of Oxford.
Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, 6:00pm  
Poor diet is the leading risk factor in the UK for ill-health and premature death. But while the fundamental components of a healthy diet are well established, much less is known about effective interventions to improve the nation's diet that will be acceptable to society. Further information is available on the Eventbrite page
Free - but requires booking at Eventbrite.  Contact Sarah Gazzard on +44 (0)117 - 331 2265 or phph-adminsupport@bristol.ac.uk

Friday 17 November 2017
Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading 2017
Organised by Bristol Poetry Institute
Simon Armitage, Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield and the University of Oxford.
Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, 6:00-7:00pm  
Simon Armitage will read from his poetry, new and old, as well as take part in a book signing. Of particular interest to audience members of school and college age will be his reading from his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Further information is available
This event is free but registration is required via Eventbrite.  Contact Bristol Poetry Institute email: poetry-institute@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 13 December 2017
University Carol Service
Organised by Multifaith Chaplaincy
Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, 1:00-1:50pm  
All are invited to a traditional celebration exploring the Christmas story with carols, readings and music. Further information is available
Admission free - no booking required.  Contact Clotilde Barberon on +44 (0)117 - 9546600 or multifaith-chaplaincy@bristol.ac.uk

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Lecture Theatre 1, Priory Road

Friday 3 November 2017
Richard Gregory Memorial Lecture 2017 - The Science of Seeing Differently
Organised by Bristol Vision Institute
Dr Beau Lotto, Lab of Misfits.
Lecture Theatre 1, Priory Road, 6:00-7:30pm  
In this lecture, The Science of Seeing Differently, Dr Lotto will reveal the startling truths about the brain and its perceptions, by showing through unique real-world 'experiential-experiments' that perception is the foundation of human experience. Further information is available
Free to attend - tickets available from Eventbrite.  Contact Sarah Rogers email: bvi-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk

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Powell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TL

Thursday 12 October 2017
Imaginative Geographies of the Black/White Atlantic
Organised by School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Professor Catherine Hall, University College London.
Powell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TL, 6:15pm  
Reflecting upon the figure of Edward Long, 18C slave-owner, family man, creole nationalist and historian, Prof Hall identifies central questions for our understanding of racisms and (post)coloniality in the present. She led the pathbreaking ESRC project Legacies of British Slave Ownership, and is the author of many acclaimed books. Book your place
FREE but booking required.  Contact Sue Battin on +44 (0)117 331 7588 or sue.battin@bristol.ac.uk

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Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen's School of Engineering, University of Bristol, BS8 1TR

Wednesday 15 November 2017
Nuclear Seminar Series: Diamonds are Forever
Organised by South West Nuclear Hub
Tom Scott, Professor in Materials in the University's Interface Analysis Centre and a member of the Cabot Institute.
Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen's School of Engineering, University of Bristol, BS8 1TR, 6:00-8:00pm  
Professor Tom Scott will explain how a team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol developed a new technology that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a diamond battery, which could solve some of the problems of nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life. Further information is available
Free tickets available on Eventbrite.  Contact South West Nuclear Hub email: sw-nuclearhub@bristol.ac.uk

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Room 1.20/1.21 Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square

Thursday 12 October 2017
Energy access for displaced people
Organised by Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK, Cabot Institute and Institute for Advanced Studies
Owen Grafham (Chatham House, London), Dr. M󮩣a Garc?(The IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, Cheltenham ), Alejandra Rojo (Centre for Innovation in Technology for Human Development , UPM, Madrid. Spain) and Dr. Irene Merino (Bristol Bioenergy Centre, UWE, Bristol).
Room 1.20/1.21 Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, 1:00-6:00pm  
Electrical energy is a key staple in the modern world. However, not every person on the planet has the possibility of using electricity. Sustainable energy access is especially relevant for displaced populations forced to live in refugee camps. Further information is available
Free Symposium but registration is required via Eventbrite.  Contact Society of Spanish Researchers email: southwest@sruk.org.uk

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St George's Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR

Thursday 2 November 2017
Annual Public Lecture - GPs on the Bring: Restoring the Joy to General Practice
Organised by Elizabeth Blackwell Institute
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), and theatre maker Viv Gordon.
St George's Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR, 7:30-9:00pm  
The NHS underpinned by General Practice is where the vast majority of patient contact takes place. However, under-resourced and under-staffed, our GPs are burning out and leaving. Join us for a discussion about where the profession is now and how we all have a part to play in restoring joy to the GP profession. Further information and tickets.
Tickets are free but must be booked via St George's website.  Contact Elizabeth Blackwell Institute on +44 (0)117 42 82473 or ebih-admin@bristol.ac.uk

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Stoke Bishop Area

Friday 13 October 2017
Bat Detection in Stoke Bishop
Organised by External Estates
David Brown, Bristol Naturalists' Society.
Stoke Bishop Area, 6:45-8:30pm  
Join our expert David Brown, from Bristol Naturalists' Society, on this educational event to learn more about these lovely creatures and listen for the sounds as we stroll around University gardens, grounds and woodland. Equipment provided. Booking essential as numbers are limited. Please bring a torch. Book your place using the University online shop.
£6.00 per person. Students: free (subject to places).  Contact Nicolette Smith on +44 (0)117 - 4282409 or nicolette.smith@bristol.ac.uk

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Stoke Bishop Halls of Residence

Sunday 22 October 2017
Awesome Autumn - Stoke Bishop
Organised by External Estates
Richard Bland, Bristol Naturalists' Society.
Stoke Bishop Halls of Residence, 2:00-3:30pm  
Join our local naturalist, from Bristol Naturalists' Society, to discover the diverse range of autumn plants, shrubs and trees within University gardens, grounds and woodland at Stoke Bishop. All items of interest will be noted. Booking essential as numbers are limited. Book your place using the University online shop.
£6.00 per person. Students: free (subject to places).  Contact Nicolette Smith on +44 (0)117 - 4282409 or nicolette.smith@bristol.ac.uk

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The Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL

Thursday 19 October 2017
Darwin the botanist - Mark Duffell - Friends' Lecture
Organised by University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Mark Duffell, Arvensis Ecology. Mark is a passionate botanist and horticulturalist and always keen to promote botany as a profession and vocation. His earlier career was topped by becoming the Institute of Horticulture's Young Horticulturalist of the Year in 2001.
The Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL, 7:30-9:00pm  
This lecture will explore the many botanical discoveries Darwin and his contemporaries made. Mark will explore some of Darwin's lesser known discoveries and compare them to our current understanding. Find out about the weird and wonderful world of plants journeying through the tropics, arid deserts and mountainous regions. Further information is available
Free to Friends (on production of membership card). Visitors will be asked for a donation (suggested £5). No booking required.  Contact Alice Maltby email: alice.maltby@btopenworld.com

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Unit DX

Tuesday 31 October 2017
Start Something: From Benchtop to Business
Organised by Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre
Panel includes: Yuri Andersson of Nabla Ventures; Steve Kitson, Founder and CEO of Folium Optics; Ingrid Chauvet, Founder and Director of Rise Structures; Iouri Prokhorov, Founder and Managing Director of Helastel and Andrew Smith Chief Operations Officer of SSBN.
Unit DX, 5:00-8:30pm  
This seminar encourages postgraduates to consider entrepreneurship as an alternative career path to research, and introduces them to a network of professionals that can help them on their journey. The Start Something series further offers the professional community an opportunity to meet and engage with entrepreneurially-minded individuals seeking to create high-growth businesses of the future. Please register to attend:
Free to attend.  Contact Andy Collins email: Andy.Collins@bristol.ac.uk

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University of Bristol Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Bristol BS9 1JG

Sunday 15 October 2017
Special Curator's Tour of the Botanic Garden
Organised by University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Nick Wray, Curator, University of Bristol Botanic Garden.
University of Bristol Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Bristol BS9 1JG, 10:30am-12:00pm  
Join Curator Nick Wray on a tour this autumn. Escape the outside chill and experience the secret treasures of the Amazon rainforest in the exotic glasshouses. Enjoy enchanting orchids, bromeliads and a magical world of tropical food and medicinal plants. Rain or shine there will be plenty to see. Further information is available
Free to Friends, university staff and students and children under 18. Visitors £7.00. Please meet at Welcome Lodge.  Contact University of Bristol Botanic Garden on 0117 42 82041 or botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk

Saturday 28 October 2017
How to shoot autumn pictures with Graham Parish
Organised by University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Graham Parish.
University of Bristol Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Bristol BS9 1JG, 10:00am-4:00pm  
Join a professional photographer for a guided walk around the Botanic Garden to identify autumn highlights followed by the opportunity to capture your own images with tutor guidance. Anyone wishing to improve their digital outdoor photography should benefit from this day. You will need to know your camera's basic functions. Further information is available
Cost: £50.  Contact University of Bristol Botanic Garden on 0117 331 4906 or botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk

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Various, including Wills Memorial Building and the Watershed

Wednesday 18 October 2017 -  Friday 20 October 2017
Festival of Future Cities
Organised by Festival of the Future City
Various, including Wills Memorial Building and the Watershed, 9:00am  
Set over three days, this festival brings together politicians, writers, artists, scientists, change-makers, academics, journalists, students, the public, economists, futurists, policy makers, roboticists, philosophers, filmmakers, think tanks, charities, social enterprises, city-builders. Join the discussions in a range of free and paid-for events to explore the key issues for the future of our cities. Register for events
Students and staff are offered limited free tickets to charged-for events.  Contact Kate Ashley email: kate.ashley@bristol.ac.uk

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Wickham Theatre, Cantock's Close

Wednesday 11 October 2017
Nocturnes written and performed by imitating the dog
Organised by Wickham Theatre
Wickham Theatre, Cantock's Close, 7:30pm  
Nocturnes is a playful and moving examination of what it means to be the betrayed and the betrayer in a world where nothing appears certain. This is the perfect theatre piece for what is currently being described, in the light of recent political events, as 'the post-truth era'. Tickets and Further information
Tickets £10 / £5 concessions.  Contact Kate Withers / Deborah Gibbs on +44 (0)117 - 3315088 or sart-resourcemanagers@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 18 October 2017
The Best of Both Worlds: A Busker's Opera
Organised by Wickham Theatre
Wickham Theatre, Cantock's Close, 7:30pm  
Ali Matthews and Leo Burtin met with a host of people from street traders to CEOs to learn about the UK's class system. Featuring pop songs, French street music classics and audience participation, this performance will resonate with anyone who has ever worried about money. Tickets and further information
Tickets £10 / £5 concessions.  Contact Kate Withers / Deborah Gibbs on +44 (0)117 - 3315088 or sart-resourcemanagers@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 25 October 2017
What I Learned from Johnny Bevan written and performed by Luke Wright
Organised by Wickham Theatre
Wickham Theatre, Cantock's Close, 7:30pm  
A story of shattered friendship, class ceilings, and the hollow reality of the New Labour dream. Luke Wright delivers a multi award winning hurricane of a performance. With humour and humanity he takes British politics head on, challenging the rise of New Labour and David Cameron, and the abandonment of those left behind. Tickets and further information
Tickets £10 / £5.  Contact Kate Withers / Deborah Gibbs on +44 (0)117 - 3315088 or sart-resourcemanagers@bristol.ac.uk

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Wills Memorial Building

Wednesday 18 October 2017
Mayor Marvin Rees - Mayor's Annual State of the City Address 2017
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events Office in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas
Wills Memorial Building, 7:30-9:30pm  
Against a background of financial difficulties and austerity, Mayor Marvin Rees looks at the positive future plans for Bristol - from the arena to transport; how the council will help solve the housing crisis; and how he will make a city that works for all. Further information is available
Free but requires booking.  Contact Bristol Festival of Ideas email: zoe.steadmanmilne@businesswest.co.uk

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Wills Memorial Building - Room TBC

Tuesday 31 October 2017
Tony Morrison - Six of one and half a dozen of the other
Organised by University of Bristol Expeditions Society
Tony Morrison, Founder of UBES.
Wills Memorial Building - Room TBC, 7:00-9:00pm  
Hear Tony Morrison, founder of the UoB Expedition Society, discuss life in Bristol in the 1960s and the Expedition Society's early intrepid adventures around the world that kicked off what is Bristol's biggest and best outdoors society, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding meeting this year. Further information is available
Free, but registration required.  Contact Megan Clark email: ubes-committee@bris.ac.uk

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Wills Memorial Hall, University of Bristol

Friday 10 November 2017
Colin Pillinger memorial talk: Once explorers, always explorers - Europe's role in space exploration
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events Office
David Parker, Director of Human and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency. Colin Pillinger CBE FRS FRAS FRGS, leader of the Beagle 2 Mars mission.
Wills Memorial Hall, University of Bristol, 6:00-8:00pm  
Reaching back to the days of Apollo for inspiration and looking forward to the voyages of discovery now being planned, Dr David Parker offers a personal and engaging insight into what we are doing and where we are going in Europe's exploration of space. Further information is available
Entry is free but booking is required via Eventbrite.  Contact Public and Ceremonial Events Office email: public-events@bristol.ac.uk

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