Public lectures, seminars and conferences

Joe Scarborough MICROSCOPE Demonstration




Higher Education - Past Present and Future with Sir Michael Barber, Chair, Office for Students

[  4 OCTOBER  ]

Michael BarberThursday 4 October 2018, 6.30pm, Firth Hall, Firth Court, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN

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This year, 2018, is the 100th anniversary of the Fisher Education Act which raised the school leaving age and developed tertiary education. Herbert Fisher, proponent of The Act was Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield from 1913 - 1917.

To mark the occasion, Sir Michael Barber will speak about the Fisher Act and vision of Higher Education 100 years ago, and after he has spoken, a panel will be formed to join Sir Michael to debate the future of Higher Education. The panel will consist of Sir Michael Barber, The Rt Hon Lord Blunkett, Shakira Martin - NUS President, and Harry Anderson - Policy Adviser (Higher Education) at the CBI.

Sheffield Centre for Nordic Studies - The Swede who organised the world: naturalist Carl Linnaeus by Dr Eva Robards (York)

[  16 OCTOBER  ]

Lecture presented by the Sheffield Centre for Nordic Studies

Tuesday 16 October | 7pm | No booking required | Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street, S3 7QY, Enquiries, E:

Physiological Society GL Brown Prize Lecture

[  26 OCTOBER  ]

Friday 26 October | 3pm | Richard Roberts Auditorium, Richard Roberts Building, 13 Brook Hill, S3 7HF | Enquiries: Wendy Howard, E:, Tel: 0114 222 4642

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Seeing depth with two eyes: the binocular physiology of 3D space Professor Andrew Parker, University of Oxford

Host: Dr Anton Nikolaev

Lecture overview:

Neurons that are specifically tuned to binocular depth were discovered in seminal work published 50 years ago by Horace Barlow, Colin Blakemore and Jack Pettigrew in the Journal of Physiology. Their study in the primary visual cortex opened up the era of understanding the physiology of 3-D perception. Thanks to more recent work, we now know that large areas of the extrastriate visual cortex are involved. Sites where binocular stereoscopic depth is integrated with other visual information can be identified and physiological signals related to active perceptual decisions about depth can be isolated. At some sites, a causal role of physiological signals for the perception of depth can be demonstrated by showing that weak electrical microstimulation of the cortex can alter behavioural reports of depth perception. However, there seems to be no single brain module that is responsible for computing stereoscopic depth. This lecture will trace these paths of discovery in human and animal studies. Andrew Parker will show how a better understanding of the physiology of depth perception changes our view of how the brain constructs a representation of the space around us. Findings from this neurophysiological research have implications for the growing popularity of 3-D cinema and immersive virtual reality.

About the GL Brown Prize Lecture:

In 1975 The Physiological Society established the GL Brown Prize Lecture in his memory; this is an annual series of peripatetic lectures aimed to stimulate an interest in physiology. Subject to the agreement of the Editorial Board, this lecture is published in Experimental Physiology.


Sheffield Centre for Nordic Studies - Combs, cooks, and contacts: The Viking world and the revolution in archaeological science, Dr Steve Ashby (York)


Lecture presented by the Sheffield Centre for Nordic Studies

Tuesday 20 November | 7pm | Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street, S3 7QY | No booking required | Enquiries, E: