A PROFESSIONAL ODYSSEY: from cancer research to developing the next generation of researchers with Professor Susan Brooks @ Oxford Brookes (John Henry Brooks Theater)
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Professor Susan Brooks will take you on a personal journey beginning in breast cancer research and leading to a passionate commitment to supporting and developing the next generation of researchers.
Susan discovered that a chemical from the edible snail was able to distinguish between cancers that are able to spread from their original site to other parts of the body, and those that cannot. It recognises altered sugar chains on cancer cells that are involved in them being able to crawl through tissues and enter the blood stream and allows them to stick to the lining of blood vessels at distant sites.

The Towers of Kaiping: the ‘Diaoliu’ villages in Guangdong, China @ Pitt Rivers Museum
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
The Towers of Kaiping: the 'Diaoliu' villages in Guangdong, China @ Pitt Rivers Museum | England | United Kingdom

Kirsty Norman, Principal Consultant at the Centre of Applied Archaeology, UCL, will talk about the hundreds of ‘Diaoliu’ in southern Guangdong, describing their history and future. ‘Diaoliu’ are flamboyant, western-influenced houses and towers built by émigrés in the 19th and early 20th centuries as protection against bandits. Four Diaoliu groups have been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

The black hole at the centre of the Milky Way with Professor Patrick Roche @ Cheney School
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The black hole at the centre of the Milky Way with Professor Patrick Roche @ Cheney School | England | United Kingdom

Lurking at the centre of our Milky Way is a black hole with a mass four million times greater than the Sun. Although we have not (yet) been able to see the black hole directly, we can measure its effect on the stars, gas and dust in the central region of the galaxy. Join astronomer and Headington resident Patrick Roche as he explains how we know the black hole exists and the new technologies being used to investigate this part of space.

Patrick Roche is a Professor and Tutor in Physics at the Physics Department and Hertford College Oxford. He has been involved in a number of major telescope programmes and has recently completed his term as President of the governing council of the European Southern Observatory and as board chair of the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre array. His research interests include the formation of stars, molecules and cosmic dust particles in a range of environments.

Science on Your Doorstep is our new series of events showcasing the scientists who live and work in the Headington area.

The event is free to attend, but you are invited to make a donation towards a special fund we’re setting up to support disadvantaged schools across the region. The fund will help these schools with their travel costs, to enable them to come and enjoy the new Science Oxford Centre too.

Suitable for ages 14+

In conversation with Carlo Messina, CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo @ Saïd Business School
Mar 23 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
In conversation with Carlo Messina, CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo @ Saïd Business School | England | United Kingdom

Alan Morrison and Rupert Younger will lead a discussion with Carlo Messina on the future of the financial services industry and the role of major financial institutions in society today.

The discussion will draw out areas where financial innovation is strongest, and the opportunities for young entrepreneurs to create new products and business models that will serve the needs of commercial and private customers alike.

Products and services aimed at the growing third sector will also be discussed, as will a more wide ranging approach to the responsibilities and obligations of businesses in society today.

Carlo Messina is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Intesa Sanpaolo since 29 September 2013.

He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of ABI (Italian Banking Association) and has been a member of the Bocconi University Board since November 2014. On 1 June 2017, Carlo Messina was knighted for Services to Industry “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.

Art, Heritage and Conservation: A Cross-Channel Conversation @ St Cross College
Mar 23 @ 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Art, Heritage and Conservation: A Cross-Channel Conversation @ St Cross College | England | United Kingdom

To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Master of St Cross Carole Souter and Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán, President of Patrimonio Nacional, will be talking about the challenges faced by the preservation of heritage, both in Spain and in England.

Patrimonio Nacional is the Spanish entity that manages 19 palaces – among them the Royal Palace of Madrid – and royal foundation monasteries, as well as 135,000 works of art and 21,000 hectares of parks, mountains and gardens. One of the greatest challenges entrusted to its president has been the new Museum of Royal Collections, considered the most important State museum project in recent decades in Spain.

Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán has been president of the Patrimonio Nacional Board since 2015. Before that, he was Deputy General Director of Culture of UNESCO and has held different public positions in the field of Spanish cultural heritage.

Carole Souter is the current Master of St Cross College, and has also held important positions in the field of cultural heritage, as Chief Executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is currently a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces and Chair of the Board of Visitors of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Writing Working-Class Fiction @ Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, John Henry Brookes Building
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Writing Working-Class Fiction @ Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, John Henry Brookes Building | England | United Kingdom

Think Human Festival is proud to host this panel on Writing Working-Class Fiction.
Kerry Hudson, Kit de Waal and Alex Wheatle are celebrated contemporary British novelists who have all written working-class experience into their fiction. At this event, the novelists are hosted by writer and critic Boyd Tonkin.

They will read from their work, and then discuss the problems they have encountered in being working-class writers, the creative responses they have formulated in their writing of working-class experience, and the wider issues of publishing and literary culture in relation to working-class writing and authorship. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes has a rich tradition of research into working-class life and culture, across literature, history and the social sciences.

Revolting Remedies from the Middle Ages @ Worcester College
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Revolting Remedies from the Middle Ages @ Worcester College | England | United Kingdom

In this talk at St Hilda’s Day, Oxford Literary Festival, Professor Daniel Wakelin and Hannah Bower introduce us to some of the most revolting remedies of medieval England. We will learn just how literally they were supposed to be taken, as well what we can discover from reading about them.

Book into Film – A.A. Milne: His Life and ‘Goodbye, Christopher Robin’ @ Worcester College
Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dr Ann Thwaite’s 1990 biography, ‘A.A. Milne: His Life’ was awarded the Whitbread Prize for best biography. Subsequently, Ann acted as consultant for the major feature film, ‘Goodbye, Christopher Robin.’ For St Hilda’s Day at the Oxford Literary Festival, Ann will be interviewed by Nicolette Jones (The Sunday Times) about her biography and how it inspired the 2017 feature film.

Anecdotal Evidence: Wendy Cope @ Sheldonian Theatre
Mar 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For St Hilda’s Writers’ Day at the Oxford Literary Festival, Wendy Cope will be presenting her new poetry collection. The eagerly awaited Anecdotal Evidence is Wendy’s fifth collection of poems, the first since Family Values in 2011.

The End Of The F***king World: Adapting a Graphic Novel for Screen @ Worcester College
Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The End Of The F***king World: Adapting a Graphic Novel for Screen @ Worcester College | England | United Kingdom

For St Hilda’s College Writers’ Day at the Oxford Literary Festival, actress and writer, Charlie Covell, discusses her runaway hit adaptation for Channel 4 of Charles S Forman’s comic series. She will be interviewed by Claire Armitstead (The Guardian and The Observer).

Specific impairments of consolidation, reconsolidation and LTMm lead to memory erasure. Targeting memories as a new therapeutic approach to psychopathologies – Karim Nader @ Oxford Martin School
Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
‘Researching Ancestors in Ireland’ talk by Maggie Loughran @ Exeter Hall
Mar 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

From 19.15 the hall is open for help with computer advice on searching for relatives’ documentation, free tea/coffee, new books available to browse. Talks begin in the big hall at 20.00.

‘Women in Oxford during the Great War’ talk by Malcolm Graham @ Exeter Hall
Mar 26 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The hall is open from 19.15 for help and computer advice on searching for family history, free tea/coffee, new books avaiable to browse, cd’s to browse.

‘The Classic Teas of Japan’ Teas Gathering @ Arbequina
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
'The Classic Teas of Japan' Teas Gathering @ Arbequina | England | United Kingdom

Beautiful Japanese Teas:

Open your mind and palate as we introduce you to classic examples of the finest Japanese teas.

We will be sharing a hand-picked selection of stunning teas sourced directly from Japan’s tea gardens. The teas will include classic examples of green, shaded, black and roasted teas – with some unique surprises to complement the classics.

We will also be sharing ceremonial grade Matcha and you will learn how to prepare, serve and store Matcha to bring out its distinct and delicious flavour.

Traditional Tea Gathering

Teas will be prepared and served in traditional Japanese teaware – houhin, kyusu and chawan.

The right choice of teaware optimises the flavour and aroma of high quality teas, so you will be enjoying them at their best. We will give you brewing tips, and advice on how to source and buy Japanese teas.

It promises to be a fun, sensory adventure through modern Chinese tea culture that will entertain, educate and inspire.

No experience required. Just bring curiosity and a love of tea.

Gina Turrigiano – Self-Tuning Neurons, Firing State Homeostasis, and Sleep/Wake States @ Oxford Martin School
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Neocortical networks must generate and maintain stable activity patterns despite perturbations due to learning and experience, and this stability must be maintained across distinct behavioral states with different sensory drive and modulatory tone. There is abundant theoretical and experimental evidence that network stability is achieved through homeostatic plasticity mechanisms that adjust synaptic and neuronal properties to stabilize some measure of average activity. This process has been extensively studied in primary visual cortex (V1), where chronic visual deprivation induces an initial drop in activity and ensemble average firing rates (FRs), but over time activity is restored to baseline. I will discuss recent work in which we follow bidirectional FR homeostasis in individual V1 neurons in freely behaving animals, as they cycle between natural periods of sleep and wake. We find that, when FRs are perturbed by visual deprivation or eye re-opening, over time they return precisely to a cell-autonomous set-point. Intriguingly, this FR homeostasis is gated by sleep/wake states in a manner that depends on the direction of homeostatic regulation: upward FR homeostasis occurs selectively during active wake, while downward FR homeostasis occurs selectively during sleep. These data indicate that neocortical plasticity is regulated in a complex manner by vigilance state and raise the possibility that temporal segregation of distinct plasticity mechanisms is important for proper circuit refinement.

‘How to fix digital versions of old photographs’ by Alan Simpson @ Exeter Hall,
Apr 9 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The doors will open at 19.15 for this talk in the small Hall. Especially for those with an interest in Family History soem good tips on how to correct fading and other problems with old photographs.

The challenges facing butterflies, moths and nature – Dr Jim Asher @ Syndicate Room, St Antony's College
Apr 10 @ 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm
The challenges facing butterflies, moths and nature - Dr Jim Asher @ Syndicate Room, St Antony's College | England | United Kingdom

Butterflies and moths are suffering impacts from changes in climate, habitats and plant communities, alongside wider challenges to nature. The talk will describe these challenges, some of the actions being taken to tackle them, locally and internationally, and where we are able to demonstrate success.
Dr Asher is butterfly recorder for Berks, Bucks and Oxon, author/co-author of several books on butterflies and national chair of Butterfly Conservation, the world’s largest insect conservation charity.

Mark Wu – Temporal Coding-Induced Synaptic Plasticity Determines Clock-Driven Sleep Quality @ Oxford Martin School
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Neurons use two fundamental coding schemes to convey information: rate coding (frequency of firing) and temporal coding (timing of firing). Although temporal coding has long been postulated to be important for encoding responses to stimuli or internal states, this hypothesis has been challenging to test. I will describe how the circadian clock acts via a novel clock output molecule, Wide Awake (WAKE), to tune biophysical properties of spikes to induce regular firing of specific clock neurons at night. Optogenetic experiments demonstrate that these changes in the pattern of firing, in the absence of changes in firing rate, directly alter sleep quality. Computational modeling shows that the rhythmic changes in ionic flux driven by WAKE are sufficient to account for both the dynamic modulation of spike morphology and the regularity of the spike train. Finally, I will show how temporal coding in these clock neurons is transformed to rate coding changes in downstream arousal neurons and demonstrate that temporal coding alone can induce synaptic plasticity that encodes persistent changes in clock-regulated sleep quality.

Topical Talk: “Economics – not dismal and probably not a science” @ Summertown Library
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topical Talk: "Economics - not dismal and probably not a science" @ Summertown Library | England | United Kingdom

JOHN KAY, CBE, FBA, Fellow of St John’s College, is a former Financial Times columnist andauthor of several books including ‘Other People’s Money’.

John Kay explains why he fell in love with economics, what big banks and taxi drivers have in common, where modern finance has gone wrong, why economists should admit there are somethings you cannot predict, and previews the new book he is working on with his old colleague Mervyn King.

‘Old Photographs: Their identification and dating’ by Tom Doig @ Exeter Hall
Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The hall will open at 19.15 for help and comuter advice for family history, free tea/coffee, new books to browse, cd’s to browse.

“Deep water, shallow understanding: managing the risk from sea level rise” with Prof Michael Oppenheimer @ Oxford Martin School
Apr 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a joint event between the Oxford Martin School and the Oxford Climate Research Network

Managing the risk to coastal populations, infrastructure, and ecosystems resulting from sea level rise presents unique and daunting challenges. Sea level rise lags behind global warming due to inertia in the ocean-ice system; likewise, the response of sea level to stabilisation of the climate will lag behind the temperature response, making emissions reduction policy relatively ineffective through midcentury in reducing the rate of rise. Consequently, anticipatory adaptive responses are the key to lowering risk in the near term. On a century scale or longer, emissions mitigation can substantially reduce risk but century-scale projections of sea level rise are deeply uncertain due to a lack of knowledge and expert disagreement about the future contribution of the Antarctic ice sheet. On the latter timescale, effective responses would include a mixture of hard protection such as surge barriers and sea walls, flexible measures such as enhancement of natural defences and buildings that can withstand episodic flooding, and permanent, managed withdrawal of populations from many areas.

However, inertia in the policy system arising from perverse incentives, short-term perspectives, and behavioural biases, exacerbated by scientific uncertainty, virtually guarantee a response to this threat which will be far below the optimum. In many countries, including wealthy ones, a large gap between adaptation capacity and implementation is already apparent, putting lives and property continually under threat from temporary flooding and eventually, permanent inundation. Professor Michael Oppenheimer’s, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton University, talk will elucidate the increase in coastal hazard accompanying sea level rise to date, the rapid increase in the threat projected for the future, and means to overcome, at least partially, the dual problem of physical and policy inertia.

This talk will be followed by a drinks reception, all welcome.

Wisdom of the Crowds @ Mathematical Institute
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Wisdom of the Crowds @ Mathematical Institute | England | United Kingdom

Can the wisdom of the crowd help us estimate the number of sweets in a jar?

From guessing the weight of a cow or the number of sweets in a jar, there is evidence that the average of a crowd’s guesses can deliver surprisingly accurate results.

Professor du Sautoy will carry out a number of live interactive quizzes and experiments to test these ideas and look at how these principles can be harnessed for citizen science projects.

Wildlife Experiences in the Upper Thames Region – Malcolm Brownsword @ The Old School Room, St Peter's Church
May 1 @ 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm
Wildlife Experiences in the Upper Thames Region - Malcolm Brownsword @ The Old School Room, St Peter's Church | England | United Kingdom

This presentation covers the highlights of almost half a century of observing local wildlife. It includes dormice, reptiles, rare orchids, rare butterflies, moths and other insects, great-crested newts and other amphibians, moths and wildlife observed in Mr Brownsword’s garden.
Mr Brownsword is a retired chemist whose interests include horticulture, natural history and photography.

‘Planetary health: does our planet have boundaries?’ with Prof Yadvinder Malhi & Kate Raworth @ Oxford Martin School
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

There is mounting evidence that the planet’s capacity to sustain a growing human population, expected to be over 8 billion by 2030, is declining. The degradation of the planet’s air, water and land, combined with significant loss in biodiversity, is also resulting in substantial health impacts, including the reduction of food security and nutrition, and the spread of disease. Will our planetary boundaries be surpassed if current trends continue?

In this talk, Professor Yadvinder Malhi, Co-Director, Oxford Martin TNC Climate Partnership, will discuss the metabolism of a human – dominated planet, while Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics, will ask if it is possible – as she puts it – “to live well without trashing the planet”.

There will be a drinks reception and book signing after the talk, all welcome.

Launch of Susan Gillingham’s “Psalms Through the Centuries: Volume 2” @ Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Book launch followed by reception and performance by Worcester College Choir – all welcome!

Beatrice Groves, ‘”Mark this”: Recovering early modern readers through Psalm marginalia’ @ Ursell Room, Pusey House
May 8 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Topical Talk – “Brexit – an insider’s update” @ Summertown Library
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topical Talk - "Brexit - an insider's update" @ Summertown Library | England | United Kingdom

Speaker: ANAND MENON, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College, London, directs the ESRC Initiative ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’.

Anand Menon has written for the Financial Times, Prospect, The Guardian,The Daily Telegraph, The Times and Le Monde. He is a frequent commentator on national and international broadcast media and has made several radio documentaries on contemporary politics.
He is a member of the Council of the European Council on Foreign Relations and an associate fellow of Chatham House.

Understanding Intersectional Oxford with Shaista Aziz @ Union Hall, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Understanding Intersectional Oxford with Shaista Aziz @ Union Hall, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site | United Kingdom

This workshop, facilitated by journalist Shaista Aziz, will introduce and explore the notions of ‘intersectional’ identities. Intersectionality may be defined as the way in which people’s experiences are shaped by their ethnicity, class, sex, gender, and sexuality all at the same time and to varying degrees. For example, if being middle-class brings with it a set of shared experiences and expectations, how might those experiences and expectations become altered by being a member of the black middle-classes? Intersectionality is a way in which such terms as class or ‘race’ can retain some usefulness without oversimplification or stereotype.

As a city, Oxford is also prey to stereotype: white, scholarly, privileged, elite even. But Oxford is also the product of its intersectional histories, cultures and inhabitants and we perhaps need to do more to recognise and understand the complex inter-relations that have always defined it and continue to shape it. Understanding Intersectional Oxford is a session devoted to opening up and exploring the experiences that make up intersectional Oxford.

Shaista Aziz is a freelance journalist and writer specialising in identity, race, gender and Muslim women. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Globe and Mail, New York Times, BBC and Huffington Post. She’s a broadcaster and political commentator and the founder of The Everyday Bigotry Project seeking to disrupt narratives around race, Islamophobia and bigotry. She’s a former Oxfam and MSF aid worker and has spent more than fifteen years working across the Middle East, East and West Africa and across Pakistan with marginalised women impacted by conflict and emergencies. Most recently she was working in Borno state, North East Nigeria. She is also a member of the Fabian Women’s Network Executive Committee.

2018 Uehiro Lecture (1/3): Dementia & The Social Scaffold Of Memory @ Lecture Theatre
May 21 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Loss of memory is a central feature of dementia. On a Lockean picture of personal identity, as memory is lost, so is the person. But the initial effect of dementia is not the simple destruction of memory. Many memories can be recognized with suitable prompting and scaffolding, something that thoughtful family and friends will naturally offer. This suggests a problem of access. More radically, if memory itself is a constructive process, it suggests a problem of missing resources for construction – resources which can be provided by others. This applies equally to procedural memories—to the practical skills likewise threatened by dementia. This leads us away from a narrowly Lockean approach: the power to recognize a memory, or exercise a skill, may be as important as the power to recall; and contributions from others may be as important as those from the subject.

Protest Songs: Protest and Resistance in Changing Times @ Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, John Henry Brookes Building
May 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for live music in the John Henry Brookes Building – Forum before the panel discussion at 18:00 in the Lecture Theatre.
Most political movements are accompanied by protest songs. This Think Human Festival event aims to explore their rich tradition and assess their meaning and impact over time. Peggy Seeger, Andrew Scheps, Dr Angela McShane and Professor John Street will shed light on the historical context of protest songs, their production and sound, their political meaning and power, and their personal performance.

Our panel will examine the historical roots of protest songs, explore their impact on social and political movements, and explain what makes a song effective as protest. They’ll also discuss whether protest music is a dead or thriving art, and ask how far gender plays a role in their creation and performance.

Peggy Seeger is a celebrated singer of traditional Anglo-American songs and activist songmaker whose experience spans 60 years of performing, travel and songwriting. Dr Angela McShane leads the Research Development Team for the Wellcome Collection, an expert on early modern protest songs. Andrew Scheps is a Grammy award winning mix engineer, recording engineer, producer, and record label owner. John Street is Professor of Politics at the University of East Anglia and specialises in the politics of popular music.