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September 2015

Saturday 5 September 2015
Tour of the ballast seed garden
Organised by The Botanic Garden
Join us for a tour of the Ballast Seed Garden led by a University of Bristol Botanic Garden Volunteer Guide.
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, 2:00-4:00pm  
Includes an introduction to the botanical background of the Ballast Seed Garden. Your tour host will explain the principles behind the design, how the plants are raised, established, introduce the plant species and explain how the display will be developed in the future. Further information is available
£7/£5 Concessions. To book, please visit the Arnolfini website.  Contact for other queries, on +44 (0)117 - 917 2300  or boxoffice@arnolfini.org.uk

Saturday 5 September 2015 -  Sunday 6 September 2015
Bee and Pollination Festival
Organised by The Botanic Garden
Main exhibitors include the Avon Beekeepers Association, the University of Bristol School of Biological Sciences, Butcombe Brewery, Mad Apple Cider, Riverford Organic Farms, Writhlington School Orchid Project, Avon Organic Group, nurseries selling insect-friendly plants, and wildlife charities including RSPB and the global Bees for Development.
University of Bristol Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Bristol BS9 1JG, 10:00am-4:00pm  
A world without strawberries, apples and chocolate would be bleak indeed. All these rely on insect pollination. Find out the very latest stories on how you can help the bees and other vital pollinators. Learn about the secret sex life of orchids. See incredible wildlife illustration. Join a honey mystery tour. Further information is available
Entrance £4.50, including tours. Free to Friends, children, University staff and students. Refreshments.  Contact for other queries, the Botanic Garden on +44 (0)117 - 331 4906 or botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk

Monday 7 September 2015
Can a brain scan reveal your desires, depression or dementia?
Organised by School of Physiology and Pharmacology
Steve Williams is the Head of Neuroimaging and Professor of Imaging Sciences at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:00pm  
Recent advances in imaging techniques allow us to look inside the brain in ever greater detail, but can a brain scan really tell the viewer what our inner desires are? Or our mental state? And can we find an early warning signal to alert us to impending dementia?. Further information is available
Free to attend, booking required via the online form.This will be followed by an opportunity for open discussion.  Contact for other queries, email: Jack.Mellor@bristol.ac.uk

Friday 11 September 2015
Planning a smarter energy future for Bristol
Organised by Bristol Green Capital Partnership and STEEP project
Chaired by Gary Topp, Development Director, Bristol Green Capital Partnership.
Open Space Bristol, West One, St. George's Road, BS1 5BE, Bristol, 12:00-3:00pm  
Please join us for some networking, presentations and a panel discussion to hear about the findings of a two year EU project - Systems Thinking for Comprehensive City Efficient Energy Planning (STEEP) and for an early insight into the next Climate and Energy Framework that Bristol City Council will be publishing later this year. Further information is available
Free to attend, but booking required via the online form. A light lunch will be provided.  Contact for other queries, email: Rebecca.diCorpo@bristol.ac.uk

Monday 14 September 2015
Boat trip and Q & A with Nick Wray and Maria Theresa Alves
Organised by The Botanic Garden
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA, 6:30-8:00pm  
Join this special event with a rare boat trip and talk by Brazilian artist and co-founder of Brazil's Green Party, Maria Thereza Alves. Creator of the Floating Ballast Seed Garden, in conversation with Nick Wray, Curator of the Bristol Botanic Garden, featuring an in-depth look at the design, planting style and evolution of the garden. Further information is available
£7/£5 concessions. To book please visit the Arnolfini website.  Contact for other queries, on +44 (0)117 - 917 2300 or boxoffice@arnolfini.org.uk

Monday 14 September 2015
School food programme: Improvement of diet quality?
Organised by Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research
Dr Sibylle Kranz, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.
Room G13/14, Bristol Life Sciences Building, 24 Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TQ, 8:30am-2:00pm  
Government-regulated school food programmes were implemented to change children's food environment and improve diet quality to reduce the risk of diet-related chronic diseases. However, experiences from other countries indicate that school food programs may not improve child nutrition. The aim of the workshop is to serve as "think tank" to build strong collaborations. Further information is available
Registration is free, but required by 5pm on Tuesday 8 September.  Contact to book email: ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 16 September 2015
Should I fear my death? Epicurus vs Heidegger
Organised by Centre for Public Engagement
Professor Havi Carel.
The Island Gallery, Bridewell Stree, BS1 2LE, 7:30pm  
Is death entirely foreign to life? Are the two mutually exclusive? Philosopher Professor Havi Carel contrasts Epicurus and Heidegger's views and helps us get to grips with one of life's biggest questions as we begin a month-long series of creative activities and thought-provoking events. When death comes: creative conversations about dying and living. Further information is available
Booking in advance required. Suggested donation of £4.00.  Contact Philippa Bayley email: pipbayley@googlemail.com

Wednesday 23 September 2015
Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in health research: What difference does it make
Organised by School of Social and Community Medicine
Dr Joanna Crocker Research Fellow, Nuffield Dept of Primary CareUniversity of Oxford.
LG.08 Canynge Hall, 12:45-1:45pm  
Introduce PPI, give a brief overview of evidence for its impact, and describe plans to develop and evaluate a PPI intervention aimed at enhancing recruitment and retention in surgical trials. The project team are keen to involve key stakeholders (including surgical trial investigators, administrators and PPI contributors) in developing the intervention.
Contact Julia Andrews on +44 (0)117 331 4005 or julia.andrews@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 23 September 2015
Kew Millennium Seed Bank boat tour and talk.
Organised by The Botanic Garden
This event will feature a boat tour to the Floating Ballast Seed Garden and a talk led by a representative from Kew who will discuss the project.
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA, 6:30-8:00pm  
The Millenium Seed Bank Partnership is an international conservation project coordinated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Its purpose is to provide an "insurance policy" against the extinction of plants in the wild by storing seeds for future use. In April 2007, it banked its billionth seed. Further information is available
6.30-8pm boat tour, 8pm-9.15pm lecture. £7/£5 concessions. To book, please visit the Arnolfini website.  Contact for other queries, on +44 (0)117 - 9172300 or boxoffice@arnolfini.org.uk

Thursday 24 September 2015
The Benefits and Challenges of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
Organised by EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications
Dr Paul Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Plextek Consulting.
Puglsley Lecture Theatre, Queen's Building, 5:15-6:15pm  
Vehicle transport is becoming ever more complex as the various interested parties try and meet the needs of transporting people and goods around the country with technology having a major influence. This lecture considers the challenges, benefits and issues faced with the introduction of new technologies, including new safety features and the societal benefits. Further information is available
Free event, but advance booking required via the online form.  Contact Suzanne Binding on +44 (0)117 - 954 5395 or cdt-communications@bristol.ac.uk

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October 2015

Wednesday 7 October 2015
Smooth Faced Gentlemen present Othello
Organised by Department of Theatre and Performance
Wickham Theatre, Cantock's Close, 7:30pm  
Fresh from a smash-hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe, the award-winning all-female company bring their distinctive blend of tragedy, comedy, and scorching action to the Wickham Theatre. In an irreverent, razor-sharp take on Shakespeare's psychological thriller, Iago engineers a twisting plot of revenge and jealousy. Further information and tickets
£9 / £5 concessions.  Contact Kate Withers on +44 (0)117 - 3315088 or kate.withers@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 7 October 2015
Underground Britain: the story of what's under our feet, and why it matters
Organised by William Smith Bicentenary Lectures
Professor Iain Stewart, Plymouth University, an Earth scientist with research expertise in geohazards and recent geological change and long-standing interests in promoting geoscience to the public.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 7:00pm  
Much of Iain's geocommunication activities centre on his documentary television work with BBC Science. Major TV series include Earth: The Power of the Planet; Earth: The Climate Wars; How Earth Made Us, How To Grow A Planet; Volcano Live; and Rise of the Continents.
Free to attend, booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries, email: C.Hildebrandt@bristol.ac.uk

Tuesday 13 October 2015
Bristol public talks in mathematics: How to make yourself heard at a rock concert
Organised by School of Mathematics
Dr Julia Wolf.
Lecture Theatre 3, School of Chemistry, Cantock's Close, 6:00pm  
How to communicate effectively in the presence of noise, or over long distances, is a problem of enormous practical importance. For example, one easy way of being heard at a party is to repeat every sentence multiple times. Perhaps there are much more efficient strategies for getting your message across, based on pure mathematics. Further information is available
Free to attend and no booking required. This talk is part of Ada Lovelace Day, and will be followed by a wine reception.  Contact for other queries, on +44 (0)117 - 331 5242 or t.d.browning@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 14 October 2015
Propellor's Pocket Merchant of Venice
Organised by Department of Theatre and Performance
Propellor Theatre.
Wickham Theatre, Cantock's Close, 7:30pm  
This pocket-sized version of the critically acclaimed 2009 production brings one of Shakespeare's darkest comedies to life in the way only Propeller can. Propeller is an all-male company that brings Shakespeare's texts to life with their trademark clear, humorous and enlightening style. Tickets and further information
Tickets £9 / £5 concessions.  Contact Kate Withers on +44 (0)117 - 3315088 or kate.withers@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 14 October 2015
William Smith and his Map that Changed the World: An Evening with Simon Winchester
Organised by William Smith Bicentenary Lectures
Simon Winchester, a writer, journalist and broadcaster.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 7:00pm  
Simon's book The Map That Changed The World tells the story of William Smith's life, his obsession to create the world's first geological map and how he ultimately became the father of modern geology. Simon Winchester was named Britain's Journalist of the Year in 1971 for his work as a journalist in Ireland.
Free to attend, booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries, email: C.Hildebrandt@bristol.ac.uk

Thursday 15 October 2015
Initial Teacher Education Open Evening
Organised by Graduate School of Education
Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, BS8 1JA, 5:00-7:00pm  
Have you considered a career in teaching? Come and see the ITE offerings of an Ofsted Outstanding Provider; including PGCE and School Direct programmes. You'll have the opportunity to meet tutors and alumni, get subject specific information and take a tour of the facilities. Further information and to book
Free. Online registration required.  Contact Emma Lewis on 0117 331 4103 or pgce-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 21 October 2015
Geological Mapping of Mars with Orbiters and the Curiosity Rover
Organised by William Smith Bicentenary Lectures
Professor John P. Grotzinger, Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology; Chair, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 7:00pm  
John is involved in several planetary missions most notably as project scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity mission. He is a participating scientist for the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) and a participating scientist for the High Resolution Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
Free to attend, booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries, email: C.Hildebrandt@bristol.ac.uk

Friday 23 October 2015
This Last Tempest
Organised by Department of Theatre and Performance
Uninvited Guests / Fuel.
Wickham Theatre, Cantock's Close, 7:30pm  
This Last Tempest is a visual spectacle that immerses you in atmospheric sound. It begins where Shakespeare left off, with Ariel and Caliban left alone on the enchanted island. Part theatre, part gig, this radical take on The Tempest is for those who know Shakespeare well and audiences new to the play. Tickets and further information
Tickets £9/£5 concessions.  Contact Kate Withers on +44 (0)117 - 3315088 or kate.withers@bristol.ac.uk

Saturday 24 October 2015
This Last Tempest
Organised by Department of Theatre and Performance
Uninvited Guests / Fuel.
Wickham Theatre, Cantock's Close, 7:30pm  
This Last Tempest is a visual spectacle that immerses you in atmospheric sound. It begins where Shakespeare left off, with Ariel and Caliban left alone on the enchanted island. Part theatre, part gig, this radical take on The Tempest is for those who know Shakespeare well and audiences new to the play. Tickets and further information
Tickets £9/£5 concessions.  Contact Kate Withers on +44 (0)117 - 3315088 or kate.withers@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 28 October 2015
William Smith, fossils and the British landscape
Organised by William Smith Bicentenary Lectures
Professor Richard Fortey, a palaontologist, writer and television presenter with a special interest in trilobites and life during the Ordovician period.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 7:00pm  
Richard completed his PhD and ScD at the University of Cambridge and has had a long career as a palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. Major TV series include Putting Flesh on Bone; Survivors: Nature's Indestructible Creatures; The Secret Life of Rock Pool; Fossil Wonderlands: Nature's Hidden Treasures; The Magic of Mushrooms.
Free to attend, booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries, email: C.Hildebrandt@bristol.ac.uk

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November 2015

Monday 2 November 2015
Elizabeth Blackwell Annual Public Lecture: 'When pathogens meet people: controlling infectious disease epidemics'
Organised by Elizabeth Blackwell Institute
Professor Dame Anne Johnson, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Chair of the Population Health Domain and Vice Dean for external affairs in the Faculty of Population Health at University College London.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1RJ, 6:00pm  
Professor Dame Anne Johnson will talk about her research into HIV and sexually transmitted infections, in particular the successes and a failure of population interventions to control these diseases. She will also discuss future innovations in controlling emerging infections, drawing on recent novel research with flu and Ebola. Further information is available
This event is free to attend, but booking is required via the online form.  Contact for other queries, email: ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk

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