Public lectures, seminars and conferences

Joe Scarborough MICROSCOPE Demonstration

April 2019

CIBSE Technical Symposium 2019:

Transforming built environments - driving change with engineering

[  25 and 26 APRIL  ]


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CIBSE Technical Symposium 2019 - Transforming Built Environments - driving change with engineering
Reshaping regulation, understanding, practice and application to enhance the lifelong benefit of engineered environments.

Thursday 25 - Friday 26 April, Lecture Theatre 4, The Diamond, 32 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield S3 7RD

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Modern Nature symposium

[  25 and 26 APRIL  ]

pigeonsThursday 25 and Friday 26 April, The Hepworth Wakefield


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The ‘Modern Nature’ symposium launches an exciting new partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield and researchers in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at The University of Sheffield.

The event will explore how the arts and humanities can reveal new insights into cities and the built environment and is inspired by the construction of The Hepworth Wakefield’s new garden. We wish to explore how access to public green space in post-industrial landscapes and cities can positively enhance the mental health and wellbeing of local communities.

Research Seminar at The Information School - The Intelligence of Things

[  29 APRIL  ]

Information SchoolWith Dr Mercedes Bunz, Kings College London

Monday 29 April, 1pm, The Information School, RC204, Information School, Regent Court, 211 Portobello, Sheffield S1 4D

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Artificial intelligence – data analysis and machine learning - drives many internet of thing devices from the speaking Siri on our phones to self-driving cars or smart cities. Devices are tracking and tracing their users and communicating with them, processing data and learning about their environment. In her talk, Mercedes will analyse how the agency of technology introduced by intelligent things is currently negotiated. Using critical discourse analysis, the first step will be to contrast technologies that are making things ‘intelligent’ with the way tech companies but also the media address this intelligence. In her second step, she will then focus on the potential of things which that sense their environment, which they offer through their data.

May 2019

The Forgotten Football World Cup: The England Women's Team and Mexico 1971

[  2 MAY  ]

FootballThursday 2 May, 6pm, Lecture Theatre 3, The Diamond, 32 Leavygreave Road, S3 7RD


Three members of the England team that played at the 1971 World Cup in Mexico will share their experiences and reflections.

Ahead of this summer Women's World Cup in France, where England will hope to improve on their third place in Canada 2015, three members of the England team that played at the 1971 World Cup in Mexico will share their experiences and reflections on how the game has changed. Professors David Wood (School of Languages and Cultures at The University of Sheffield) and Jean Williams (academic in residence at the National Football Museum in Manchester) will introduce the event, at which ex-England stars Leah Caleb, Gill Sayell and Chris Lockwood will discuss their time as international women football players in the 1970s, shortly after the ban on women's football was lifted by the FA. This will be followed by a Q&A session. The event is free and open to the public.

Evaluating early language interventions: going from practice to research and back

[  2 MAY  ]

Thursday 2 May, 1pm,  Lecture Theatre 1, Elmfield Building, S10 2TU. No booking required.  Enquiries E:

Speaker: Dr Dea Nielsen, University of York

Early language skills are foundational to children’s later language, social, and educational success. While there are large individual differences in the trajectory of children’s early language development, there is also a consistent trend for children from low SES backgrounds to have weak early language skills. Better Start Bradford (BSB) is a large public health initiative funded by the Big Lottery which aims to implement early life interventions in low SES areas in Bradford, including interventions for children’s early language. BSB also includes the Innovation Hub, a group of multidisciplinary academics who work to monitor and evaluate these interventions. This talk will discuss the ongoing evaluations of several language interventions within the BSB programme, including a feasibility RCT of a home-based parent intervention for children with identified language weaknesses. An approach to embedding academic evaluation into existing community services will be discussed, along with lessons learned on creating a reciprocal relationship between research and practice. In conclusion, this work considers the feasibility and value of this approach for identifying best practice in early life interventions for children.

The Confucius Institute:

China in Architecture - Taste of China: Ancient city and architecture

[  3 MAY  ]


The Confucius Institute 'Discover China' events.

Friday 3 May, 3-5pm, Lecture Theatre 5, Arts Tower, S10 2TN.  Enquiries, E: or T: 0114 222 8448. Free, but advanced registration is needed. Register here

Speaker Biography

Professor Kang Zhena is a well-known Chinese scholar and a professor at the College of Arts, Beijing Normal University. He is best known for conducting a lecture series about Chinese literature on the China Central Television programme Lecture Room


Professor Kang Zhen is specialised in Chinese classic poetry. During the lecture, he will convey the beauty of ancient Chinese cities and architecture through poetic language from famous Chinese poems.

Storytelling evening with Tim Ralphs and Arts & Humanities PhD students who together have crafted tales exploring their research.

[  7 MAY  ]

storytellingTuesday 7 May 2019, 7–9pm (doors will open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start and there will be a pay bar), Tamper Sellers Wheel, 149 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NU


Arts and Humanities PhD students have worked with storyteller Tim Ralphs to craft short stories about their research. These stories provide a lively and compelling window into the things that they discovered in the course of their work and weave their research into an accessible tale for all.

This event will be a dynamic and stimulating evening of storytelling, with Tim Ralphs as the host for the evening. Come and hear about some of the exciting research that's happening in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, including History, Archaeology and Music on a variety of subjects from the Aztecs, to Indian cults and Austrian folk music.

SPERI Annual Lecture by Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England 

[  7 MAY  ]

Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) Annual Lecture 2019

Tuesday 7 May, 5.30-7.00pm, Students’ Union Auditorium, Western Bank, S10 2TG. An audience Q&A will follow the lecture.


Andrew HaldaneAndrew Haldane is the Chief Economist at the Bank of England and a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee. In November 2018 Andrew was appointed Chair of the Government’s new Industrial Strategy Council. Andrew is also the founder of ‘Pro Bono Economics’, a charity which connects economists to charitable projects, and a trustee of the charity National Numeracy.

Andrew has written and spoken extensively about the importance of opening up and improving understanding of the economy, as well as the need for creativity in economic thought, and the recognition of ambiguity and alternatives. Education and engagement are key elements of Andy’s portfolio and he has sought to create dialogue between the Bank of England and members of the public around the country.

Andrew has a strong connection to SPERI and to the University of Sheffield. An Economics graduate of the University, he was awarded an Honorary Degree in 2018. Andrew was an ‘In Conversation’ guest at SPERI in 2014 and in 2017 he hosted and gave a keynote speech at SPERI’s 5th anniversary celebration event at the Bank of England.

Annual Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lectures: Audrey Niffenegger - Work habits: creative procrastination, endless coffee breaks, some thoughts on headphones, or how I eventually managed to overcome inertia and finish the darn book.

[ 9 MAY  ]

Thurday 9 May, Lecture Theatre 6, The Diamond, 32 Leavygreave Road, S3 7RD

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NiffenegerAbout our speaker

Audrey Niffenegger is the world-famous author of The Time Traveler’s Wife (2003), which in 2009 was made into a Hollywood film starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana. Her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, came out in 2009. A visual artist by training, Audrey Niffenegger has also published several graphic novels. She is currently working on a sequel to The Time Traveler’s Wife, provisionally entitled The Other Husband.

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Climate Justice: How is global warming a racial issue?

[  10 MAY ]

festival of debate

Part of Festival of Debate. This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

Friday 10 May, 6pm, Lecture Theatre 1, The Diamond The Diamond, 32 Leavygreave Road, S3 7RD

Enquiries, E: Eva Vichova,, Tel: 0114 222 0071

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Climate change is a humanitarian crisis. It has the biggest impact on people of colour and people from developing countries, whose voices are often overshadowed. This event brings together a diverse range of leading experts, including Asad Rehman (Executive Director at War on Want) and Judy Ling Wong CBE OBE (Artist, Honorary President and former UK Director of the Black Environment Network), to discuss how to reframe the conversation to achieve environmental and social justice.

The Trump Administration and international law

[  14 MAY  ]

Part of the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law (SCIEL) research seminars series.

Tuesday 14 May, 5.15, Lecture Theatre 3, The Diamond, 32 Leavygreave Road, S3 7RD

No booking required.

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The Sheffield Centre for International and European Law will host The Trump Administration and International Law Lecture by Professor Harold Koh from Yale Law School. The lecture will address how the Trump Administration, and reactions to it, have challenged the foundations of modern international law.

Language and inequality

[  15 MAY  ]


Wednesday 15 May, 5.15-7.15pm (followed by a wine reception), Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street, S3 7QY

Organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Centre for Linguistic Research.

The session will include a short presentation outlining a number of issues related to the topic of the event followed by small group discussions and feedback sessions.

  • How is linguistic inequality manifested?
  • Why do/should we care about linguistic inequality?
  • How is inequality in language related to/different from other types of social inequalities?
  • What role can linguists play in combating linguistic inequalities?

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But raiding the Earth is free?: The importance of a circular economy

[  16 MAY  ]

Part of Festival of Debate

Thursday 16 May, 5.30pm, Lecture Theatre 2, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, S3 7RH

Enquiries, E: Eva Vichova,, Tel: 0114 222 0071

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earth imageDue to decades of over-borrowing from our planet’s natural assets, an environmental collapse is imminent. Everything from clothes to packaging follows a life of ‘take-use-dispose’. By adopting a circular economy, we can reduce the amount of waste we produce. Can this be achieved? Who is responsible? What can be done?

Speakers and panel discussion:
Professor Tony Ryan OBE (Chair, The University of Sheffield)
Professor Lenny Koh (The University of Sheffield)
Kevin Vyse (On Pack Recycling Label)
Mary Creagh (MP for Wakefield)
Maya De Souza (DEFRA)

Honey, I shrunk the economy

[  17 MAY  ]

economyPart of Festival of Debate

Friday 17 May, 6pm, Lecture Theatre 2, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, S3 7RH

Enquiries, E: Eva Vichova,, Tel: 0114 222 0071

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Globally, economic growth is credited with reducing poverty and improving health. However, this growth is based on an ever-increasing demand which requires expanding the use of Earth’s limited natural resources. Should society aim to reduce the size of the economy and the related demand for natural resources? Or should society prioritize economic growth using sustainable means?

Professor John Barry, Professor at Queen’s University Belfast (Former Leader of Green Party, Northern Ireland)
Alberto Huerta Morales, Aalborg University, Denmark
Dr Yannish Naik, Senior Policy Fellow, The Health Foundation

Pint of Science Sheffield

[  20-22 MAY  ]

Pint of Science logoMonday 20 - Wednesday 22 May. Various venues.  £4 per event.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield will be talking about their research and answering your questions, in a pub near you.  The talks will be accompanied by hands-on activities, demonstrations and a chance to win prizes. 

Come along, have a drink, learn about science and have some fun!

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June 2019

Annual Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lectures: Seeking the welfare of the city: what the church can contribute to the common good by Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield

[  26 JUNE  ]

Wednesday 26 June 2019, 7.30pm, Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, S1 1HA

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About the talk

Pete WilcoxPete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield, will explore how, in pursuit of the common good, the Church has something to offer to policy-making, as well as project-delivery, in what one might call a prophetic – and not merely pastoral – role.

This lecture is part of the God and the Good: Thinking Religion and Ethics lecture series.

About our speaker

The Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox has been ordained for over 30 years and has been Bishop of Sheffield since the summer of 2017, having been the Dean of Liverpool for the previous five years. He trained for the ordained ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, after completing a degree in modern history at Durham.

Theological education and ministerial formation remain key interests for him, along with Bible teaching and expository preaching. He is the author of three books which attempt to make Bible commentary accessible: Living the Dream: Joseph for Today (2007), Walking the Walk: The Rise of King David for Today (2009) and Talking the Talk: The Fall of King David for Today (2011).

July 2019

Dementia Futures 2019

[  5 JULY  ]

Friday 5 July. Please arrive at 9.30am for 10am start, Enquiries E:

Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), Glossop Road.


dementiaDementia Futures 2019 is a 1 day conference for members of the public affected by dementia and for organisations who represent or offer support to such persons. University of Sheffield postgraduate researchers, from a range of disciplines, will share what they are doing in an accessible way and hear what local people affected by dementia think about their studies. Guidance has been given by the South Yorkshire Dementia Research Advisory Group (SYDEMRAG) about how to make the conference as accessible as possible.
Postgraduate researchers will present their research in short 12 minute presentations, offering plenty of opportunities for questions and interactive discussion. The focus will be on sharing academic and lay dementia expertise, facing the challenges of dementia together.

Dementia Futures 2019 is part of the 11th South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition

August 2019

Sheffield GPU Hackathon 2019

[  19-23 August  ]

19-23 August, 9am-5pm.  Attendees will access to the venue 24hr.  Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Road, S10 3ER

The University of Sheffield is pleased to announce that the GPU Hackathon in the UK (sponsored by Nvidia)

Free- Only accepted proposals can register.  Enquiries E:


We are looking for teams of 3-5 developers with a scalable** application to port to or optimize on a GPU accelerator. Collectively the team must have complete knowledge of the application. If the application is a suite of apps, no more than two per team will be allowed and a minimum of 2 people per app must attend. Space will be limited to 8 teams.

** node-to-node communication implemented, but don’t be discouraged from applying if your application is less than scalable. We are also looking for breadth of application areas.

The goal of the GPU hackathon is for current or prospective user groups of large hybrid CPU-GPU systems to send teams of at least 3 developers along with either:

- A (potentially) scalable application that could benefit from GPU accelerators, or
- An application running on accelerators that needs optimization.

There will be intensive mentoring during this 5-day hands-on workshop, with the goal that the teams leave with applications running on GPUs, or at least with a clear roadmap of how to get there.

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