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Durham University

What's On

Lectures, Seminars, Workshops, Conferences

At Durham University you'll find an extensive programme of public lectures and seminars. With an impressive line up of experts and renowned academics speaking on a myriad of topics, the aim is to share knowledge and encourage debate. Lectures on thought provoking subjects as diverse as history and astro-physics are aimed at a general audience and delivered at various locations across the University. Lectures in the Castle Public Lecture Series take place within the Great Hall of historic Durham Castle, while the Institute of Advanced Study hosts a year round programme of inter-disciplinary lectures. Our Museums offer public lectures to accompany exhibitions and events and our Colleges celebrate that they are scholary communities with series' such as Cafe Politique, Cafe Scientifique and Cafe des Arts.

Public lectures are free of charge and open to all.

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Extreme floods: evidence in the landscape

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College
IAS Fellows Public Lectures Dr Anna Jones (Edge Hill University) will lead this seminar.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Photographing Tutankhamun

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Gala Theatre Durham

Speaker: Professor Christina Riggs
The discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in November 1922 made headlines, but it was photography that brought this minor pharaoh worldwide fame. This talk considers how the excavators took photographs under the pressure of both media interest and politics. What could a fresh look at these photos tell us about Tutankhamun, Howard Carter, and the history of Egyptian archaeology?

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 22 January 2020

Research Seminar: Responsive Leadership

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Education Room ED134

A seminar from Dr Livia Jesacher-Roessler from the University of Innsbruck. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

Contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Longevity, Grandmothers, and Multi-tiered Sociality: An Elephant Example by Professor Phyllis Lee

3:00pm to 4:30pm, Dawson Building D110

Among long-lived species such as primates, cetaceans and elephants, life history traits can reflect energetic and time trade-offs that are only apparent over a lifespan and vary between individuals and over successive reproductive events due to complex and dynamic social contexts. I present data on reproductive and social traits, including the contribution of grandmothers to female reproductive success, from one population of elephants in Amboseli, Kenya where individuals have been observed for 48 years. We show that social dynamics and kinship, as well as basic environmental factors, determine the success of individuals in terms of longevity and reproductive rates, as is typical for many species such as primates. Where elephants are distinctive appears to be in the propensity to maintain sociality over time and space rather than competitive interactions, as key factors determining survival and reproductive rates.

Contact g.r.bentley@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 27 January 2020

The Dream of a Visual Language

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Palace Green, Durham
IAS Fellows Seminar
Professor Torben Elgaard Jenson (Aalborg University) will lead this seminar

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Street Homelessness and Catholic Theological Ethics

3:30pm to 5:00pm, Cassidy Quad at St Chad's College

All are warmly invited to the launch of this ground-breaking book, which brings together perspectives from global and local experience with insights from Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Speaker: Rosanne Haggerty.

Contact ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 29 January 2020

Research Seminar: Examination Standards: Myths, Challenges, Confusions and Conundrums

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Education ED134

A seminar from Professor Paul Newton of
Prof Newton discusses the challenges of maintaining standards in public exams, such as GCSEs and A levels .
Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

Contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 3 February 2020

IAS Fellows Seminar

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study

Towards a Physics of Death: Learning from nature's circular economy, Professor Wilson Poon (University of Edinburgh).

For further details please visit: durham.ac.uk/ias

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IAS Fellow's Public Lectures

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Senior Common Room, College of St Hild and St Bede

Participatory Data Design: Acting in a digital world, Professor Torben Elgaard Jenson (Aalborg University).

For further details please visit durham.ac.uk/ias

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Wednesday 5 February 2020

Research Seminar: Misconceptions in Primary Science

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Education ED134

A seminar from Dr Michael Allen, Associate Professor of Science Education at Kingston University, London.
Although the focus of the session will principally be science education, the content will be of interest to teachers and researchers from other fields since broader aspects of learning theory and pedagogy will be considered.
Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

Contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 10 February 2020

IAS Fellows Seminar

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study

The Physics of Capillary Assembly, Dr Suzie Protiere (Institut Jean le Rond d’Alembert, Sorbonne University)

For further details please visit durham.ac.uk/ias

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IAS Fellow's Public Lectures

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College

New light on the nature of dark matter after the recent, first detections of gravitational waves, Professor Nelson Padilla (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile).

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Tuesday 11 February 2020

Pilgrimage, Miracle and Art

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Town Hall, Durham

IMEMS-CVAC Public Lecture
In this lecture Dr Robert Maniura will explore the relationships between pilgrimage, miracles and the visual arts, focussing on the role of the arts in the generation and maintenance of holy place.

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 12 February 2020

Workshop: Pilgrimage, Miracle and Art with Dr Robert Maniura

9:30am to 11:00am, Senate Suite, Durham Castle

IMEMS-CVAC public event.
Following the lecture on 11th February Dr Maniura will deliver a workshop for a small group of participants to allow for more in-depth discussion and participation.

Contact admin.imems@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Research Seminar: Reflections on education and research over five decades: The good, the bad and the ugly

1:50pm to 2:00pm, ED134

A seminar from David Galloway, Emeritus Profession at the School of Education, Durham University. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

Contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The Science and Art of Fibres,

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Grey College

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture
Dr Suzie Protiere (Institut Jean le Rond d’Alembert, Sorbonne University) will deliver this public lecture - all welcome.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 17 February 2020

IAS Fellows Seminar

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study

Honour among Thieves: The Forgery of Letters in Classical and Late Antiquity, Professor Bronwen Neil (Macquarie University)

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 19 February 2020

IAS Fellow's Public Lectures

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Grey College

The most beautiful book in Scotland: Regime Change, Reformation and Rebellion on Parchment, Professor Wilson Poon (University of Edinburgh)

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 24 February 2020

IAS Fellows Seminar

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study

Predicting the future from the past: river floods in changing environments, Dr Anna Jones (Edge Hill University)

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 25 February 2020

Durham's Louis Allen and the History of a Battle

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Durham Gala Theatre

Speaker: Professor Tarak Barkawi (Professor of International Relations at London School of Economics and Political Science)
Often written and consumed by veterans, military history is too close to its own subject matter. In his seminal history of the Burma campaign in which he served, Louis Allen sought clarity through exacting reflexivity and the archives of his former enemies. Between the first and second editions of his Burma: The Longest War 1941-45, he became embroiled in a dispute with veterans of the Battle of Sangshak. The story of this dispute guides us through some of the ways in which history is a continuation of war by other means.

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 26 February 2020

IAS Fellow's Public Lectures

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre

Natural Phenomena as Media: Challenging Perception and Experience Through Multimedia Artworks, Alexandra Carr

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 2 March 2020

IAS Fellows Seminar

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study

Animals and Antiquity, Dr Caroline Petit (University of Warwick)

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 4 March 2020

IAS Fellow's Public Lectures

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Platform 3, Stephenson College

Rhetoric and medicine, from antiquity to the Renaissance, Dr Caroline Petit (University of Warwick)

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 9 March 2020

IAS Fellow's Public Lectures

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College

Improbable Futures: Automation and Imagination, Dr Laura Forlano (Illinois Institute of Technology)

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 10 March 2020

IAS Fellow's Public Lectures

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Trevelyan College

What Ancient Letters Reveal about Leadership in Late Antiquity, Professor Bronwen Neil (Macquarie University)

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The Origins of London Transport's Visual Identity

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Gala Theatre Durham

Speaker: Richard Taylor
Since emerging in 1916 the London Underground bullseye logo and unique sans-serif typeface have become symbols not just for transport but for the capital itself. How did Edward Johnston, an Uruguayan-born student of mediaeval calligraphy, collaborate with a manager from the north-east’s own railway company to bring about this revolution in graphic design?

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 16 March 2020

IAS Fellows Seminar

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study

Why is 95% of the the Universe dark? Promises and challenges by the upcoming data deluge, Professor Nelson Padilla (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 17 March 2020

Nazi Elite-School Exchange Programmes with British Public Schools during the 1930s

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Gala Theatre Durham

Speaker: Dr Helen Roche
Between 1934 and 1939, pupils from the National Political Education Institutes (aka Napolas), the most prominent type of Nazi elite school, engaged in exchanges with boys from British public schools, including Harrow, Rugby, Westminster, and Winchester. The Napola pupils were supposed to act as ‘cultural ambassadors’ for the Third Reich. Using contemporary documentary evidence and eyewitness testimonies from former pupils on both sides of the Anglo-German divide, this lecture will explore the changing attitudes of participating English and German boys during this period.

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 23 March 2020

Just Passing By?

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Gala Theatre Durham

Speaker: Dr Markian Prokopovych
The so-called 'Great Atlantic Migration' was a long process that included many stages within the European continent before the migrants could board the ships that would eventually transport some of them overseas. In particular, migrants from East Central Europe had to cross the entire continent first. This involved longer stays in cities en route that functioned as hubs in the railway and information networks. Their stay was short and transitory; however, they would become part of the complex system of institutions and individuals that both facilitated and controlled the migrant flow.
What was these migrants’ experience of the cities? Did the 'locals' assist them or, conversely, act on the authorities' behalf? By using case studies from the emerging research project, this talk aims to provide preliminary answers to these questions.

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 25 March 2020

Hypertension congress 2020

8:00am to 5:00am, Tokyo japan

4th International Conference on Hypertension & Healthcare” scheduled on March 25-26, 2020 at Tokyo, Japan the place which has the great influx of tourists.

Contact hypertension@globalconferences.net for more information about this event.


Thursday 26 March 2020

Hypertension congress 2020

8:00am to 5:00am, Tokyo japan

4th International Conference on Hypertension & Healthcare” scheduled on March 25-26, 2020 at Tokyo, Japan the place which has the great influx of tourists.

Contact hypertension@globalconferences.net for more information about this event.