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Public lecture series

Dave Webster, Ros Jennings, Anita Navin, Jane Monckton-Smith, Anne Dawson, Philip Esler, Madge Dresser and Seyi Rhodes

​​The public lecture series aims to showcase the outstanding work and research from across the university.

Launched in 2015, the lectures will be given or hosted by academics from the University of Gloucestershire and will celebrate some of the most interesting and influential work that the university is undertaking from across a wide range of fields.

Coming up​

Title: The Curious Case of Social Media
Date: Wednesday 11 October 2017

Join Dr David Webster, to hear about how social media has turned out so far and what we’ve learned along the way.

On one hand there’s the liberation of the Arab Spring and the ideal of a democratic, equal platform where all can find their voice, but on the other hand there’s big brother’s data, toxic trolling and vile misogyny. Watch as David considers whether social media is threatening to be a dystopian disappointment, and wonders what we should do about it.

Listen:​Listen to this lecture on Soundcloud​.
Title: Bewitched by Birds - why do they behave as they do?
Date: Wednesday 18 October 2017
Details:The latest estimates suggest there are more than 18,000 species of birds in the world, many of which we know almost nothing about.

Even for more familiar species, such as blue tits and starlings, there are many unanswered questions. These include where species are located and move around the landscape, when seasonal migration and breeding take place and how this might be shifting with climate change, and why birds behave as they do, especially spectacular group behaviours like ‘murmurations’. Professor Anne Goodenough will address this enigma, and more, in her Inaugeral Lecture.
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Title: The Chancellor's Lecture - Dame Wendy Hall - Artificial Intelligence: through the looking glass
Date: Wednesday 15 November 2017

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has arrived, and could be as transformative in our lifetimes as the Industrial Revolution was over 200 years ago. Already it recommends products to us, describes photos for the visually impaired, manages traffic flow and spots investment opportunities. Professor Stephen Hawking warned that an advanced AI, “could spell the end of the human race” and even if the chances of a superintelligence arising are low, perhaps it’s irresponsible to take the chance? Join Dame Wendy Hall as she discusses this and more.

Time / Venue:

6pm, TC014 at Park campus, Cheltenham

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: Accidental Genius - the science, clumsiness and luck of discovery
Date: Wednesday 13 December 2017

Not all scientists are as careful as you might think – and not all science is as well planned as you might hope!

Watch as Professor Adam Hart tells the stories of discoveries made by accident, luck, or just plain carelessness, which have nevertheless changed the world. With demonstrations by the Cheltenham Science Group, this lecture brings alive the science, accident and luck of discoveries from dynamite and Vaseline to penicillin and the microwave oven.

Time / Venue:

6pm, LC003 at Oxstalls campus, Gloucester

Tickets are free but booking is required.

 Download the 2017 Public Lecture Series programme.