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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 and Education, 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 CANCELLED

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.

This event has been cancelled, apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday 25th October 6 - 7PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Nov 1 6 - 7PM

public lecture

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 Richmond 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

Every Wednesday 4-25 OCT

Conferences and seminars

Black History Month Film Festival

The University will be hosting another film festival to celebrate Black History Month in collaboration with the Portsmouth Film Society.

For more information about the festival and the Multicultural Staff Network, please visit the Multicultural Staff Network website.

4-25 October Eldon Building

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Wednesday 13 DEC 2017

Conferences and seminars

#BusinessTalk: Leadership - What can business leaders learn from managers in Sport?

Could it be that we're good at coaching but poor at leadership? Recent sporting success with youth teams testifies to the former but the debacles by the FA and Paralympics may confirm the latter.

13 December 2017 5.30pm Portsmouth Business School

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Thursday-Friday 1-2 FEB 2018

Conferences and seminars

Trans European Dialogue (TED)

The theme of this year's conference is The Study and Practice of Public Administration in Europe.

1-2 February 2018 Portsmouth Business School

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Wednesday 7 FEB 2018

Conferences and seminars

#BusinessTalk: How to Engage with Professional Buyers

Join us on 7 February to hear from guest speakers Mike Coveney, Director, Augmentas Group and Professor Andrew Parsons, Head of Marketing, University of Portsmouth provide a helpful introduction in engaging with professional buyers.

7 February 2018 5.00pm Faculty of Business and Law

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Tuesday-Thursday 26-28 JUN 2018

Conferences and seminars

Fair Trade and the SDGs

Investigating the fairness of sustainable development.

The aim of this conference is to investigate the ethics and practice of fairness that constitute the processes, goals and indicators of sustainable development. We encourage researchers and practitoners to use the SDGs as a lens to explore and assess Fair Trade's contribution to date and potential to support a global agenda towards sustainable development.

26-28 June 2018 Portsmouth Business School

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Various Dates

Conferences and seminars

School of Education and Childhood Studies

The School of Education and Childhood Studies runs research seminars on key issues in the field, drawing expertise from within the School, University and beyond.

These research seminars are open to staff and postgraduate students (from any school or department).

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

If you require any further information please contact

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Star Performances and Exhibitions

Various dates Sept-Apr

Performances and Exhibitions

Portsmouth Chamber Music Series 2017-2018 season

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

We are excited to present a great line-up of artists, headed by the incomparable pianist Paul Lewis. Alongside classics by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, we offer pieces such as the beautifully romantic piano quintet by Korngold, a recent quartet by Philip Glass, and Messiaen's superb Quartet for the End of Time.

Concerts are held on Mondays on the following dates:

  • 25 September, 2017: Paul Lewis (piano)
  • 30 October, 2017: Van Kuijk Quartet
  • 27 November, 2017: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin) and James Baillieu (piano)
  • 29 January, 2018: Ensemble 360
  • 19 March, 2018: Gould Trio and Robert Plane
  • 16 April, 2018: Marmen Quartet
  • Tickets available from the Portsmouth Guildhall: 0844 453 9028

    £18 full price, £16 concessions: book all six concerts and get a 20% discount, so £86.40 for the whole season (£76.80 concs). 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.

    For further information, please contact please contact or 023 9284 3023.

25 September - 16 April Portsmouth Guildhall

Thursday 26 Oct-30 Nov

Performances and Exhibitions

Portsmouth DarkFest

This Halloween sees the return of Portsmouth DarkFest, a creative and cultural festival exploring all things dark, supernatural, and sinister.

This Halloween sees the return of Portsmouth DarkFest, a creative and cultural festival exploring all things dark, supernatural, and sinister. Inspired by the Supernatural Cities project at the University of Portsmouth, and working in close collaboration with the city’s creative communities and cultural organisations, the festival will bring together a diverse range of artists, writers, performers, academics, storytellers and paranormal investigators to explore ghost stories, urban legends, crime, horror and history.

The festival runs in venues across the city from Thursday 26 October to 30 November and all events are open to the public. Please visit the DarkFest Facebook for full listings and event details.

26 October-30 November

Saturday 25 Nov 7.30PM

Performances and Exhibitions

The University of Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and Big Band

Featuring Dvořák’s 7th Symphony.

A programme featuring Dvořák’s wonderful 7th Symphony in the first half, and then a mixture of traditional big band sound and chart hits in the second half. Not to be missed.

Tickets: £12, £10 concessions, £6 under 16s

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Telephone: 023 9284 3023


25 November King's Church, Somers Road, Portsmouth PO5 4QA

Saturday 2 Dec 7.30PM

Performances and Exhibitions

University of Portsmouth Choir, Solent Symphony Orchestra

Britten’s St Nicolas, Poulenc’s Organ Concerto.

Britten’s highly theatrical story about the adventures of St Nicolas, including the three pickled boys, is coupled with a lesser-known 20th century masterpiece by Poulenc.

Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £6 Under 16s

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Telephone: 023 9284 3023


2 December St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road, PO1 5PA

Sunday 10 Dec 7.30PM

Performances and Exhibitions

Christmas Concert at the Royal Marines Museum

Get into the spirit of Christmas! Join a Christmas concert featuring the University of Portsmouth Concert Band and Big Band, directed by Ken Wharton-Emms.

This is the third year running these students and staff ensembles have delighted audiences at the Royal Marines Museum.

Bring your family and friends together for festive cheers.

£15, £12 concessions (OAP/RMM Friends), £6 Under 16s

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Telephone: 023 9284 3023


10 December Royal Marines Museum, Eastney, Portsmouth

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