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View the latest events that the University of Portsmouth has to offer, including public lectures and live music

Star Public Lectures

Wednesday Sept 27 6 - 7PM

public lecture

In search of giant pterosaurs: A world tour

Inaugural lecture by David Martill, Professor of Palaeobiology, University of Portsmouth

Pterosaurs were originally thought to have been small aquatic animals, and only thirty years later was it realised they could fly. Some evolved into giants as large as a Spitfire and the search for more remains of these enigmatic reptiles is challenging. In this talk Professor Martill takes you around the world in search of these fantastic fossils, from the Sahara Desert of North Africa to the jungles of Brazil and to the holiday beaches of the Isle of Wight.

Wednesday 27th September 6-7PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Oct 11 6 - 7PM

public lecture

Education and Learning as Transformation

Inaugural lecture by Sherria Hoskins, Professor of Psychology, University of Portsmouth

In this talk, Professor Hoskins will explore her research and innovation work that aims to transform the way that learners and those that influence learners conceptualise capabilities and the nature of intelligence. She will focus specifically on whether we can influence those beliefs to enable learning to be transformational and ensure that education is a vehicle for social mobility and equality.

Wednesday 11th October 6-7PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Oct 18 6 - 7PM

public lecture

Decision making with multiple conflicting objectives

Inaugural lecture by Dylan Jones, Professor of Operational Research, University of Portsmouth

Organisations and individuals need to make rational, justified decisions. Often multiple conflicting factors need to be taken into account in a scientific manner. This inaugural lecture presents an overview of modelling methods and examples of decision analysis from the presenter's work in the fields of renewable energy and healthcare planning.

Wednesday 18th October 6 - 7PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Oct 25 6 - 7PM

public lecture

The Black Poppy Rose

A public lecture by Selena Carty, Founder of the BlackPoppyRose

The BlackPoppyRose was created in 2010, following the realisation that in a country that many African/Black/West Indian/Pacific Island people call home, the history that represents them has been displaced over the course of time. In this illustrated talk, Selena Carty will outline why it is so important to remember not only the soldiers, but also the peoples in these communities who contributed in any way for the war effort.

Wednesday 25th October 6 - 7PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Nov 1 6 - 7PM

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The Science of Science Fiction

A public lecture by Stefano Liberati, Professor of Astroparticle Physics, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy

Using examples from the world of movies and literature, Professor Stefano Liberati examine how scientists explains science fiction mind boggling objects such as warp drives, wormholes, and time machines and time travel.

Wednesday 1st November 6 - 7PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Nov 8 6 - 7PM

public lecture

How to communicate with impact in the digital age

A public lecture by James Roscoe, Director of Communications in the Cabinet Office

James Roscoe is a senior Government communicator. Currently Director of Communications in the Cabinet Office, he was previously Communications Secretary to The Queen and Press Officer to PMs Blair and Brown. He is also a Foreign Office diplomat and has been posted to the UN in New York, Basra in Iraq and Freetown Sierra Leone. James will reflect on how to communicate with impact in a digital communications era, talking about examples from throughout his time in government. He will speak about how the Government Communications Service delivers professional communications and on the future for government communications.

Wednesday 8th November 6 - 7PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Nov 15 6 - 7PM

public lecture

Bureaucracy, Democracy and Equality

Inaugural lecture by Karen Johnston, Professor of Organisational Studies, University of Portsmouth

In an era of global uncertainty with changing political landscapes, the lecture examines the role of public bureaucracies in promoting equality, democracy and good governance. The lecture provides a research journey and critical perspective of public sector organisations and argues for the need to advance the research on representation and providing citizens with a voice in the co-governance of public services.

Wednesday 15th November 6 - 7PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Dec 6 6 - 7PM

public lecture

From Population Control to Population Health: Global Challenges in Population and Health

Inaugural lecture by Saseedran Pallikadavath, Professor of Demography and Global Health, University of Portsmouth

Professor Pallikadavath will examine population control programmes from 1950 and its implications on fertility in low- and middle-income countries; how family planning programmes have changed, and the recent shift in focus to population health. Global challenges in population and health within the context of migration and non-communicable diseases will also be discussed. The lecture outlines future population and health research agendas and the role of Portsmouth-Brawijaya Centre for Global Health, Population and Policy.

Wednesday 6th December 6 - 7PM Park Building

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Star Conferences and seminars

Thursday 27 APR 4.30PM - 8.30PM

Conferences and seminars

Leading a sustainable future

Responsible Business Week Conference 2017

Responsible business is not about how a company spends its money, on philanthropy or good causes. It’s about how it treats the planet, employees, suppliers and the communities that give them their license to operate fairly and inclusively for all.

As part of Responsible Business Week 2017, the University of Portsmouth Business School and Business in the Community (BiTC) are working together to provide local employers with an opportunity to explore latest thinking, share best practice, and find solutions to some of the challenges currently facing business and society.

Our keynote speaker, Mark Smith, CEO of The Southern Co Operative will share his thoughts on how to lead a responsible business. Mark, a member of the BiTC Advisory Board for the South East, has been actively involved in driving the agenda for companies to engage with education in the region. As South East Ambassador, Mark will continue to focus on using responsible business to engage with young people from challenging backgrounds, to encourage aspiration and the achievement of personal potential irrespective of their circumstances.

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15 - 17 MAY

Conferences and seminars

Pint of science

Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you

Founded five years ago by two UK researchers, this year the event is taking place in 26 UK cities, each presenting a unique line up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments.

You don’t need any prior knowledge, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science (and have a pint with them).

As part of the national event, 18 researchers from the University of Portsmouth will be speaking at two pubs in Southsea – The Barley Mow and The Fat Fox – over three evenings in May (15–17).

Entry cost is only £4 each evening. Tickets and more information available from the Pint of Science website.

15th - 17th May

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Friday 26 MAY 1PM - 2PM

Conferences and seminars

Going high on a wing

A seminar by Dr Lucy Hawkes and Dr Matt Wilkes

Matt is a PhD student at Portsmouth, Expedition Doctor and paraglider pilot.

Lucy is a physiological ecologist whose work focuses on the costs and drivers of migration in vertebrates.

Together they will be talking about the physiology of birds who fly at the limits of altitude and endurance, and the humans who try to mimic them. We will also discuss how bar-headed geese cross the Himalayas, tolerating hypoxia, and the history and challenges of human free flight.

Friday 26 May 1PM - 2PM Portland Building, room 1.74

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Friday 26 MAY 4PM - 5.45PM

Conferences and seminars

The future of higher education

A lecture by Lord David Willetts, former Minister of State for Universities and Science

Higher Education is going through a period of immense change. There is a new regulatory landscape, greater competition between providers, new technological developments which could transform teaching and a changing European and international political environment. To offer his views on which changes may have more long-term significance, David Willetts will give a lecture on ‘The Future of Higher Education’. It will be followed by a question and answer session.

David Willetts was Member of Parliament for Havant from 1992-2015 and from 2010-14 he was Minister for Universities and Science in the Coalition Government. He became Lord Willetts in 2015 and is currently Executive Chair of The Resolution Foundation think-tank, a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London, and Chair of the Advisory Board to The Times Higher.

Friday 26 May 4PM - 5.45PM Eldon Building, room 1.11

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Star Performances and Exhibitions

Various dates Jan-Apr

Performances and Exhibitions

Portsmouth Chamber Music Series

The thirteenth chamber music season continues with its mix of the old and new

Highlights include music by British composer Rebecca Clarke together with one of her contemporaries, Frank Bridge at the concert in February.

The season continues with the following concerts:

  • Monday 30th January, 2017: Ensemble 360
  • Monday 20th February, 2017: Lawson Piano Trio
  • Monday 13th March, 2017: Piatti Quartet with Krzysztof Chorzelski (viola)
  • Monday 24th April, 2017: Trio Apaches
  • Tickets: £17 full price, £15 concessions. Prices include booking fee and restoration levy.

    All concerts start at 7.30pm at the Portsmouth Guildhall: seating is unreserved, with doors open from 7pm.

    Tickets available from the Portsmouth Guildhall: 0844 453 9028. For further information, please contact or 023 9284 3023.

30 January - 24 April Portsmouth Guildhall

Sunday 14 MAY 6PM

Performances and Exhibitions

Serenade to music

Hot on the heels of their sell-out Messiah, the University of Portsmouth Choir joins with the Show Choir for a programme including Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, Monteverdi's Beatus Vir, and excerpts from Handel's Messiah.

Sunday 14th May is the day before the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth, and any proceeds from the concert will go towards the Holy Trinity Church.

Admission is free, with a retiring collection.

14 May Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Green, Gosport, PO12 1HL

Saturday 20 MAY 7.30PM

Performances and Exhibitions

A night at the opera!

The University of Portsmouth Orchestra and Wind Band present an eclectic mixture of music related to opera, from classical to rock

Directed by Colin Jagger and Ken Wharton-Emms, a great night is guaranteed, but be wary of the phantom!

Venue: New Theatre Royal, Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD Tickets: Stalls/Dress Circle £12 adults, £10 concessions Box office: 023 9264 9000

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