Events and Activities


Lightbulb IconMRC Festival of Medical Research

Saturday 24 June 2017, 11am-3pm, Winter Gardens

Come along to this free event and find out how the latest medical research at the University of Sheffield is improving people's lives. There will be a range of hands-on activities, exhibits and demonstrations from leading researchers including:

  • what growth hormone is, what it does and how we have developed a treatment for growth hormone excess
  • how our lungs work, the differences between healthy and asthmatic lungs and why bacteria and viruses can trigger asthma attacks
  • why bacteria sticks easily to the surface of the eye when it has been damaged and how we have developed new treatments to help stop blindness
  • the differences between healthy and diseased motor neurons
  • how maths can help lead to better healthcare for the whole population

This event is open to everyone - it is aimed at a public audience, including families and children.

More information: to find out more visit the University website.

Film Icon3 Idiots - Diamond Film Series

Tuesday 27 June, 6pm, Diamond Lecture Theatre 1

On the last Tuesday of the month at 6pm we will be screening a film that looks at engineering and technology through a political, environmental, social, ethical or management lens. After the movie screening we will have a short discussion about both the film and how it portrays themes of engineering and technology.

More Information: There is no need to book and it's free to attend, but it's first come-first served. All staff and students of the University of Sheffield are welcome to attend. No entry after the film has started.

Film IconPhilosophy at the Showroom: June film 'Gattaca' (1997)

Thursday 29th June, 6pm, The Showroom

Philosophy at the Showroom is a series of sessions probing the philosophical questions raised by some of cinema's most intriguing films, and discussing books that have philosophical themes (either philosophical texts, or other works that raise philosophical questions).The talks will not presuppose any prior knowledge of philosophy, and we hope they will lead to the development of a thriving community of those interested in the subject in the city. Following the showing of the film, there will then be a short talk from a philosopher, and then general discussion. You will need to pay the usual Showroom ticket charge for seeing the film. June's session will be Gattaca introduced by Annamaria Carusi. The film dates from 1997, 9 years into the Human Genome Project, and tells the story of an 'invalid' who tries to pass as a valid in order to fulfil his dream of going on a space mission. It raises questions about genes and identity, human perfection and 'validity', enhancement and discrimination - and whether we are yet, or are going towards, a post-human age, and what that might mean.

More information: tickets are available directly from the Showroom.


Debate IconQuestion Time: Who Decides the Future? Science, Politics or the People

Wednesday 12 July, 6pm, Sheffield Town Hall

Who has the power to decide where our societies are heading, and what is the right balance between scientific progress, democratic oversight and political leadership? IHuman, a new interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Sheffield, invites you to attend the public launch, where experts from different sectors and disciplines will answer YOUR questions, following the format of the highly successful BBC programme Question Time. Chaired by BBC Radio 4's Adam Rutherford and introduced by Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Research & Innovation

More information: for details of speakers and to reserve your place, visit the Eventbrite page.