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The University will make every effort to provide disabled access, where possible, to all of its events. If you have any support requirements due to a disability, please contact the event organiser directly at the earliest opportunity.



Ceremony

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

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Concert / Theatre

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 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

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Exhibition / information stall

Wednesday 29 April 2015 -  Friday 18 September 2015
Setting Out to Shock
Organised by University of Bristol Theatre Collection
Theatre Collection, Cantock's Close, 10:00am-4:00pm  
Curated by History of Art MA students in conjunction with the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, the exhibition features selected examples of radical and deliberately shocking productions from the Theatre Collection's archives. Please note, the exhibition contains some material that may be inappropriate for younger members of the public, please contact us for further information. Please see our website for further information.
Contact University of Bristol Theatre Collection on +44 (0)117 - 33 15086 or theatre-collection@bristol.ac.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

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Lecture / talk

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

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
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

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

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

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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Open day / tour

Tuesday 11 August 2015
Speciality Garden History Tour - Goldney Garden
Organised by External Estates
You will be given a complimentary copy of the University's Historic Garden Book as part of this tour. There will be no access to buildings and visitors are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear. The guide is also a 'blue badge' tour guide for the South West.
Goldney Hall, Lower Clifton Hill, Bristol BS8 1BH, 2:00-3:30pm  
Our guide (Angela Nutbrown) has extensive knowledge of Bristol's history, coupled with an MA in Garden History which provides an in-depth look at the history of the house and review the garden, its features (including the site of the original flag garden, Hercules, the Rotunda, the Bastion, the Tower, Canal and Heritage Orchard).
Cost: £10.00 per person (which includes a complimentary copy of the University's Historic Gardens Book). Admission is prepaid and booked through the University online shop.  Contact for other queries, email: Nicolette.Smith@bristol.ac.uk

Sunday 23 August 2015
Speciality Garden History Tour - Goldney Garden
Organised by External Estates
You will be given a complimentary copy of the University's Historic Garden Book as part of this tour. There will be no access to buildings and visitors are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear. The guide is also a 'blue badge' tour guide for the South West.
Goldney Hall, Lower Clifton Hill, Bristol BS8 1BH, 10:30am-12:00pm  
Our guide (Angela Nutbrown) has extensive knowledge of Bristol's history, coupled with an MA in Garden History which provides an in-depth look at the history of the house and review the garden, its features (including the site of the original flag garden, Hercules, the Rotunda, the Bastion, the Tower, Canal and Heritage Orchard).
Cost: £10.00 per person (which includes a complimentary copy of the University's Historic Gardens Book). Admission is prepaid and booked through the University online shop. Numbers are limited and this is a ticket only event.  Contact for other queries, email: Nicolette.Smith@bristol.ac.uk

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

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

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

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