2019 LIAS events

September 2019

20 September

College of Science and Engineering - Research Day

The focus of the day will be on communicating and discussing the best of our excellent research and research impact, providing everyone with opportunities to better understand and engage with priority and emerging areas of research excellence across the college, and research from outside their disciplinary expertise.

A series of workshops shall bring a diverse group of researchers together to discuss and priorities themes surrounding overarching shared college objectives. Workshops include; grant proposal development, public engagement, interdisciplinary approaches and research, enterprise and innovation.

  • 09:30 - 18:30
  • Register here

October 2019

22 October

Migration Dissemination Event

The event will showcase our year-long collaborative project with Leicester College ESOL leads called “WelCOME” (COmmunity Migrant Education), educating new migrants to Leicester from abroad on navigating the UK healthcare system and of the unique free NHS screening programme for infectious diseases on offer at Leicester City GP practices for new migrants.  It’s a 3 - lesson plan pilot delivered by Leicester College now. We hope to scale this up to have this across all the city ESOLs and new migrant “contact points” in Leicester. We will also be using the event to launch the Migration, Mobility and Citizenship Network that has been awarded 2 years of funding!

25 October

Artificial Intelligence, Platforms & Workers; A Leicester Artificial Intelligence Network (LAIN) event.

Human resource and other management practices involving artificial intelligence (AI) such as people analytics, algorithmic management by platform, sentiment analysis, biometric recording, customer service chatbots, and facial recognition of cobots, have introduced the use of big data and machine learning to make judgements about workers and to eliminate what has been called the “people problem”.

Risks to workers' safety and health, violence and harrassment are on the rise, as digitalization becomes endemic in workplaces from the factory, to offices, streets and work within the home, when/if AI is not appropriately regulated. Workers are often not organised into unions and are even forbidden from joining unions. Because of this, the ethical and moral questions in this new terrain of digitalised workplaces must be addressed, where the possibilities for discrimination and labour market exclusion are real.

This workshop will focus on these questions and more, with a day of high-calibre papers and keynote speakers.

  • When: Friday 25 October, 9.30 – 18.00
  • Where: University of Leicester College Court
  • Register: Click here

October 29

The Talkies; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Join Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Douglas Booth (The Dirt) and Matt Smith (Dr Who) this Halloween for a free screening of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, followed by a discussion panel with Zombie expert Ed Thurlow (organiser of the world's longest running zombie festival), and leading academics in the Austen World, Dr. Gillian Dow (University of Southampton), and Dr. Julian North (University of Leicester), who will set-the-scene for engaging discussion revolving around society's most thought-provoking issues. This event is hosted by key researcher in Culture and Victorianism, Emma Probett.

A zombie outbreak has stirred Austen's classic tale into a contemporary narrative of martial arts, zombie killers and a blood-soaked battlefield of the un-dead. This action-packed plot throws Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and Mr Darcy (Sam Riley) into a modern realisation of seemingly un-killable social anxieties surrounding class, contagion and migration.

November 2019

November 2

Climate Change and The City

One of the most striking global climate changes is the expansion of cities and farmland at the expense of natural wilderness. Cities, within which most humans on Earth now live, have altered the biosphere. What happens to soil animals, including the tiny, enigmatic meiofauna, between the open soil of parks and gardens and the walled-off soils beneath the concrete, brick and tarmac of roads and buildings? How do these microscopic worlds of worms and insects relate to the more obvious parts we can see – the urban trees, flowers, birds, butterflies? We will walk through the arboretum discussing with these issues.

  • Register here
  • 14:00 - 17:00
  • Glebe Road, Attenborough Arboretum, Oadby, LE2 2LD

November 4

Practice Tools to Help Children and Young People who Experience Trauma

An increasing number of services provide support for children and young people who suffered trauma such as in care, refugee, homeless or living in disadvantage. This event will provide multiple perspectives and evidence on developing tools and strategies. Presentations will address user experiences, interventions, training and measuring success, in an interdisciplinary context and interactive format. Examples of good practice and training materials will be presented as part of the World Awareness for Children in Trauma programme activities (WACIT: www.wacit.org).

  • 10:00 - 16:00
  • Location: George Davies Centre, 15 Lancaster Road , LE1 7HA Leicester
  • Organised by: Professor Panos Vostanis
  • Register your interest here

November 7

Digital Ethics for Teenagers and Children

Join keynote Sophia Collins from the Parenting Science Gang (funded by the Wellcome Trust) for her expert insight on challenges facing teenagers and children, and the opportunities we have to address them. With a network of parents, scientists, academics and funding partners, this event offers a unique opportunity to explore the overarching themes of digital ethics tools, and will provide a collaborative platform for future projects to come to fruition.

This event requires interdisciplinary attendance with areas of particular interest in; Psychology, Media, Sociology, Communications, Education, Informatics, Life Sciences, Health Sciences and Practitioners.

12:00-13:00 Networking Lunch

13:00 - 14:00 Sophia Collins Talk

14:00 - 14:30 Q&A

14:30 - 15:30 Tea/Coffee and Networking with Sophia

15:30 - 17:00 Group discussion with the aim to establish direction for collaborative projects

  • Location: The University of Leicester, Fraser Noble F211, Fraser Noble F213
  • Please email mjo14@le.ac.uk for more information
  • For catering purposes, please confirm your attendance

November 9

Citizen Assembly

Are we headed for the extinction of the human race in our lifetime? If you are a citizen of Leicester, join us to discuss how climate change will impact you, and how we can best mitigate and adapt. The objective of the day is to create a document with action points for Leicester municipality. Let's discuss!

December 11

Africa Research Soft Launch

How can academics across the University of Leicester and the local community join together in an African Research group to further the research taking place, making the most of funding opportunities available? Join us for a soft launch and drinks reception to meet academics across the University and identify common themes to take forwards.

March 2020

March 6

Environmental Justice and Alternatives to Development in Latin America: Knowledge, Narratives and Cultural Production

One-day workshop to explore the current environmental conflicts, justice movements and alternatives to development in Latin America from the perspectives of narrative, knowledge production and creative practice. Researchers from sciences, arts and humanities are invited to collectively explore the role that cultural production has in the representation of conflict, but also in the production of knowledge and socialities in the context of environmental degradation and urgent need for change.

Confirmed Speakers;

  • Dr Sara Mingorría (Scholar-activist at ICTA-UAB and FRACTAL Collective): “Transcultural expressions in environmental justice movements”
  • Dr David Dumoulin (Associate Professor and Adjunct Director at CREDA, IHEAL, Paris III): “The aesthetics of tropical biology stations: A particular idea of Nature”
  • Dr Paula Serafini (CAMEo Research Institute, University of Leicester): “Extractivism and cultural production”

CAMEo are accepting submissions for 12 minute presentations accepted. Please submit a 250 word abstract, plus a one paragraph biography to paula.serafini:leicester.ac.uk by December 15th

Crick Lectures

Crick Lectures

The Crick Lectures are open to researchers from Leicester through a collaboration formed as part of our Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (WTISSF).

The lectures are delivered by leading internationally-renowned scientists and aim to be relatively accessible to scientists in other disciplines, while also offering something for the specialist.

Crick Lectures typically take place on Thursdays at 4pm in the auditorium. The Francis Crick Institute is located directly opposite St Pancras Station, London, thus making seminar attendance a relatively easy possibility. We have funding through the ISSF to pay for standard class train travel to get you there and back, if you would otherwise struggle to cover the train fare; contact Anna Harding for further information: aijh1@le.ac.uk

  • Upcoming Crick Lectures
  • Read more about the Strategic Support Fund here
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