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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 Apr 26 6 - 7PM

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Making the world a safer place one byte at a time

Inaugural lecture by Jim Briggs, Professor of Informatics, University of Portsmouth

Professor Jim Briggs will talk about his career as a computer scientist: solving tricky real-world problems and helping to improve the ways people use information technology. One of the recurring themes of Professor Briggs’ career is how technology (and in particular information technology) can help make the world safer for people to live and work in. His inaugural lecture will cover various aspects of safety, from that of an individual to that of whole nations in disciplines ranging from sports to aerospace and the defence industry to healthcare.

Wednesday 26th April 6-7PM Portland Building

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Wednesday May 10 6 - 7PM

public lecture

Anyone can be a superhero

A public lecture by Jamie McDonald, founder of Superhero Foundation

Jamie was the first person in history to run the 5,000 miles (or 200 marathons) across Canada without the aid of a support crew, giving back, and raising more than £250,000 for sick children across the world - showing truly that ‘Anyone Can Be a Superhero’. A world-record-holding adventurer, Jamie is also a bestselling author, motivational speaker and founder of Superhero Foundation. Winner of the Pride of Britain award, he was also voted one of The Independent’s top 100 happiest people in the UK.

Wednesday 10th May 6-7PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Jun 7 6 - 7PM

public lecture

Universe matters

Inaugural lecture by Daniel Thomas, Professor of Astrophysics, University of Portsmouth

Most matter in the universe is dark, only a tiny fraction makes galaxies shine, stars and planets form, biological life develop. In this lecture Professor Daniel Thomas will take us on a journey through space-time, visiting the interiors of stars and the hearts of galaxies, watching galaxies collide, and admiring gigantic cosmic fireworks to explain why the universe matters to us.

Wednesday 7th June 6 - 7PM Portland 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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