Past events

18-19 January 2018 

Delegation visit from Roskilde University, Communications and Arts Faculty

22-23 January 2018

Delegation visit from Babylon University, Archaeology Department, via the Institute-funded Heritage Protection Network

7 February 2018

Delegation visit from Sulimaniyeh Polytecnic, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, via the Institute-funded Heritage Protection Network

27 February 2018

LeMID Network seminar: Professor Marco Oggioni, Department of Genetics and Genome Biology: ‘Intracellular replication in macrophages precedes sepsis: how to proceed from here?’

2 March 2018

Prisons tiger team seminar: Prof Erika Rackley, University of Birmingham
'Writing for a change'  The seminar will consider an academic's ability to write productively when faced with the many competing demands and increasing workload in academic life. Moreover, the seminar will discuss the skills needed to 'write an impact' in research, to ensure that research can enact real change.

9 March 2018

International Women's Day 2018 Workshop: Speakers from Kenyatta University and Kenyan NGOs:  ‘Alternative Rites of Passage: An interdisciplinary research response to FGM’

13 March 2018

LeMID Network seminar: Professor Paul Langford, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London: Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae: from understanding virulence towards control

21 March 2018

Joint Department of Genetics and Genome Biology and LeMID Network seminar: Dr Mariagrazia Pizza, Honorary Visiting Fellow, Department of Genetics and Genome Biology (title TBC)

22 March 2018

Prisons tiger team seminar: Katherine Herrity, Criminology

'Sound in prisons'

23 March 2018

Prisons tiger team seminar: with HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HM Prison Service

'Young people in custody'

28 March 2018

Identification Network: internal event to identify potential collaboration

18 April 2018

LeMID Network workshop: Bringing researchers together from the College of Life Sciences and the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, to explore future research collaboration

24 April 2018

LeMID Network seminar: Dr Martin Welch, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge (title TBC)

24 April 2018

LIAisSon workshop: Autonomous Systems

26 April 2018

Prisons tiger team seminar: Dr Ben Crewe, University of Cambridge, 'The Pains of Long Term Imprisonment'

8 May 2018

LeMID Network seminar: Tal Arnon, Kennedy Trust of Rheumatology Research (KTRR) Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford (title TBC)

  • venue TBC; 12.00pm-1.00pm

10 May 2018

Prisons tiger team seminar: Sarah Doxat-Pratt

'Music in Prisons'

17 May 2018

Prisons tiger team seminar: Russ Trent, Governor of HMP Berwyn and Dr Kate Gooch, Law
'HMP Berwyn: One Year On'

17 May 2018

Prisons tiger team seminar: Russ Trent, Governor of HMP Berwyn and Dr Kate Gooch, Law
'HMP Berwyn: One Year On'


5 June 2018

Prisons tiger team seminar: HM Prison Service and Parole Board

'IPP, Parole and Progress

19 June 2018

A-GENDER tiger team seminar: Dr Barbara Read, University of Glasgow

'Examining Gender and Higher Education: setting up a GCRF research network with African partner academics and activists'

2-4 July 2018

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship Writeshop, in partnership with the Research and Enterprise Division

5 July 2018

Identification network: academy/industry workshop on fingerprinting. This is the most recent in a series of events previously run by the Home Office, and this latest iteration will attract researchers from across the UK, police forces and forensic providers.

13 July 2018

LIAiSon: Living Well, Multicomfort homes workshop with Saint Gobain and local property entrepreneur Naresh Parmar.

16 August 2018

Research Networking Event on 'Gender based violence: interdisciplinary perspectives' with papers and discussion sessions considering the representations and experience of GBV across various social and cultural contexts.

20 September 2018

WT-ISSF fellows: 'The Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund Symposium 2018'
This event brings together some of the most exceptional early career researchers in Health from Universities across the Midlands to collaborate in a day of interdisciplinary innovation.
Key note speaker: Jacalyn Duffin, Queen's University (Kingston, Canada), Historian of Medicine and Haematologist. For more information, follow the LIAS news page

2 October

Leicester Artificial Intelligence Research Network (LAIN) invites all interested members across campus in a unique opportunity to join them in celebrating the introduction of the interdisciplinary Network's scope and vision and outline future events and activities. Refreshments will be provided.

3 October 2018

Leicester Innovation Hub Workshop: Innovating landscape management: Earth Observation technologies taking the lead. This workshop is for all SMEs working on agriculture, forestry, energy, constructions, urban planning and urban monitoring sectors, directly or indirectly involved in the management of natural resources, seeking the potential to expand their business and create new products, processes and services.

21 October 2018

Heritage Protection Network free screening of the Destruction of Memory with director Tim Slade

25 October 2018

Closed discussion responding to Visiting Fellow Deeksha Patel's (Wits School of Law, Johannesburg) research paper on 'The influence of Roman-Dutch law, English law and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996' with specific focus on the relation to the English law elements.

1 November 2018

Data Debate: The AI will see you now

Are we heading for a post-work future? Will it be a Utopian lifestyle or leave humans out of work?

AI Network's Phoebe Moore with panellists offering a range of backgrounds and perspectives in answering 'what does the changing future of work mean for humans?'. A group discussion and lively audience Q+A will tackle serious concerns about the rise of automation and robots taking our jobs.

6 November 2018

New Tiger Teams and Research Networks cohort launch. The event will acknowledge the achievements and successes of the first year of LIAS, welcome the newest cohort and will give thanks to individuals and groups involved in LIAS so far. Masterclass lead by special guest Joyce Tait.

13 November 2018

LeMID (Leicester Microbial Sciences and Infectious Disease) Seminar with speaker Jennifer Cavet, Senior Lecturer, Division of Infection, Immunity and Respiratory Medicine, University of Manchester

14 November 2018

The Riot Club with screenwriter Laura Wade and Sarah Goldsmith

LIAS Talkies: Dr Sarah Goldsmith (Leverhulme Fellow and AHRC New Thinker) and Laura Wade (screenwriter) in dialogue, and a screening of The Riot Club. Men and Money: Join the ongoing debate surrounding space and role of gender, power, privilege and class in today's world.

9 December 2018

Dr Athina Karatzogianni (Associate Professor in Media and Communication, University of Leicester), will be giving a lecture as part of The Leicester Secular Society annual Human Rights, looking at Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Human Rights.

18 December 2018

LeMID (Leicester Microbial Sciences and Infectious Disease) Seminar ‘Glycoengineering and the development of low cost recombinant glycoconjugate vaccines’

  • Speaker: Professor Brendan Wren, Professor Of Microbial Pathogenesis And Dean Of Faculty Of Infectious And Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

16 January 2019

'Britain and the Commonwealth'

The Prisons Research Network will be hosting an event looking at the history of imprisonment across Britain and the British Empire.

23 January 2019

The Prisons Research Network will be hosting a Prison Intelligence sandpit event. Guest speaker Rob Luxford will be discussing the possibility of research regarding intelligence ethics, models of intelligence, and risk analysis in prisons. Rob was Head of Security at HMP Long Lartin and HMP Berwyn, and is now Deputy Governor at HMP Berwyn.

30 January 2019

Dr. Amollo Ambole shall be hosting an open talk and discussion panel on her field of research. All interested parties are welcome , departments of design, technology and socio-anthropology are encouraged to attend.

‘Are Agile Innovation Networks the Answer to Africa’s Urban Challenges? Mathare slum energy project, Nariobi, Kenya’

Drawing on her work in the Mathare slum and wider study in Nariobi, Kampala and Stellenbosch, the talk shall focus on:

1. Conceptualising how trans-local agile innovation networks come together to co-design and sustain development projects.

2. Engaging seminar participants in thought-provoking debates on how early-career researchers in Africa can change the urban Africa narrative through inter- and trans- disciplinary research.

6 February 2019

Rutherford Fellow Laura Lotero shall be hosting an open talk and discussion panel on her field of research. All interested parties are welcome, departments of engineering, business and urban history are encouraged to attend.

Urban mobility and inequality. Some insights from Colombian cities.

In this seminar, Laura will present some results of her analysis of urban mobility in three different cities of Colombia and how the mobility flows and usage of transportation modes unveil segregation patterns by socioeconomic differences of travellers. She will also discuss on the importance of interdisciplinary approaches in the analysis of urban mobility.

13 February 2019

Join Dr. Andrew Futter in the ongoing debate surrounding nuclear war, global threat and the internet with a screening of War Games '83, written by Lawrence Lasker and Walkter F. Parkes

  • A screening of War Games '83 will engage with the threats posed to nuclear weapons in what was then the pre-Internet age, but that 35 years later could hardly be more germane to the security landscape we face.

15 February 2019

Rutherford Fellow Edris Alam shall be hosting an open talk and discussion panel on his field of research. All interested parties are welcome, departments of Economics, Business and Sociology are encouraged.

Title: Disaster risk governance of local level administration in Bangladesh

20 February 2019

Artificial Intelligence: Occupational Safety and Health and the Future of Work

Artificial Intelligence and its Discontents: Report Launch & Ex Machina Screening

Dr Phoebe V Moore was commissioned by the European Union Agency for Safety and Health at Work EU-OSHA to write the report  ‘Artificial Intelligence: Occupational Safety and Health and the Future of Work’. Read more about the report here. Join us for the Leicester Launch of this Report, film screening of Ex Machina, and panel discussion with Dr Michael Goddard (Westminster University).

27 February

'Peace Building in Mid-Town Manhattan: The UN's Architecture and Art collection as a way of Exploring its Early understandings of peace'

Youth Resilience Week

Get involved in a series of events associated with the British Academy on 'Resilience in Youth: Pretoria and Leicester' with Dr. Diane Levine and guest research academics.

27 February

  • Resilience workshop: Focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to gaps in youth resilience research. The workshop shall critically discuss the future landscape of resilience research, establish virtual writing groups across postgraduate research students, and continue towards a respective publication and grant application

28 February

8 May

One size doesn’t fit all: gender, health and the interplay of research and policy

In collaboration with GloCoPoco, LIAS welcomes Professor Patricia Jeffery from University of Edinburgh for a Roundtable discussion that will cover some of her research interests, and offer a unique opportunity meet, network and engage in meaningful discussions with a varied audience from different research backgrounds. A drinks reception will follow.

Professor Patricia Jeffery has wide research experience extending over almost 50 years and focussing on themes surrounding gender and development, particularly in South Asia: reproductive and child health, social demography, communal politics and the reproduction of inequality. She has recently returned from fieldwork and is currently working on a book addressing these topics.

The event will explore some provocative questions in order to highlight the disconnection between global policies and the realities of everyday life at the local level, with particular reference to maternal mortality, and demographic issues such as the age of marriage and the significance of girls’ education. We hope that the Roundtable will spark off lively and meaningful discussion.

9 May

LIAS Fellow Christopher Munyati shall be delivering a presentation on his research

Towards Remotely Sensing Savannah Rangeland Quality based on Relative Nutrient Content of Grass.

In controlled treatment experiments, the deficiency of macronutrients (N, P, K, Ca, Mg) has been shown to cause shifts in leaf reflectance in the visible (400-700 nm), NIR (700-1100 nm) and red-edge regions. This work assessed whether these shifts manifest in-situ in savannah grass in South Africa. Like the woody component, grass on savannahs has biodiversity, carbon sequestration and socioeconomic significance. Grazing on the savannahs has been shown to promote the recycling of nutrients and, therefore, promotes high concentration of nutrients in grass tissue. At respective sampling sites in a no-grazing nature reserve, communal and wildlife grazing areas, the reflectance from grass was measured in-situ using a spectroradiometer. Nutrient concentrations in sample tissue of the grass were determined in the laboratory. Two grass species were studied: Brachiaria and Eragrostis sp. Sampling sites under high grazing intensity had high nutrient concentrations in the grass. The macronutrients showed moderate correlation with mean NIR reflectance, some of which were statistically significant. On the basis of the evidence from the field data, the work will additionally seek to determine whether differences in nutrient content of savannah grass can be determined synoptically on satellite imagery. Analyses on historical EO 1 Hyperion hyperspectral imagery have shown promising results. Long-term imagery will be used to determine change in the condition of the grazing lands, and the socioeconomic implications.

14 May

Womens’ health priorities in Gondar Ethiopia

This seminar will be delivered by Dr Zelalem Mengistu from the department of obstetrics and gynaecology, University of Gondar, Ethiopia and Prof Douglas Tincello from Health Sciences. They are working together to complete a Priority Setting Partnership in Gondar. PSPs are a process whereby clinicians, carers and patients work together to identify treatment uncertainties in a specific disease area to inform research policy and planning. The scheme was established by the James Lind Alliance, now a part of the National Institute of Health Research in England and over 70 PSPs have now been completed.

Prof Tincello will introduce Dr Zelalem and briefly describe the principles and history of the PSPS process. Dr Zelalem will present a seminar on our plans for a funded research project to complete a Priority Setting Partnership with patients and carers in the area of female pelvic floor disorders in Gondar, Ethiopia. He will describe the history and geography of Ethiopia, how healthcare is delivered in Gondar and then outline the specific challenges we face in delivering a successful PSP.

Venue: 0.26 George Davies Centre, UOL

16 May

'Imagining an AI-led Future? Myths and Reality' by Dr. Bingchun Meng

A seemingly perfect alliance is shaping up among venture capitalists, technology entrepreneurs and the Chinese government in inscribing layers of significance into AI as the technology of the future. What does this future entail for different social groups? Who are the main stakeholders making claims on this future and how are those claims related to their positionality in the broader power structure of political economy? This talk will tentatively address these questions by drawing upon data collected via recent fieldwork in Beijing and Shenzhen as well as secondary sources.

Speaker’s bio: Dr. Bingchun Meng is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics. Associate Professor Bingchun Meng’s research interests include political economy of media industries, communication governance, gender and the media, and comparative media studies. She has published widely on these topic areas on leading international journals. Her book The Politics of Chinese Media: Consensus and Contestation was published by Palgrave in early 2018.

  • Time: 14.00 - 17.00
  • Location: Leicester Innovation Hub, 128 Regent Road, Leicester, LE1 7PA
  • Confirmed speaker: Dr. Bingchun Meng, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE

17 May

LeMID seminars with Professor Debby Bogaert

Scottish Senior Clinical Fellow and Honorary Consultant in paediatric infectious disease

21 May

Sensory Overload: Join us at the Spirits Bar for a journey through your senses: from smells, to diet, to social media.

22 May

Leicester Prisons Research Network, Disciplinary Capital: Forensic Psychology, Expertise, and Penal Power

3 June

The world of business on an Anthropocene Earth

This inaugural public lecture will focus on thought-provoking reflections on the politics of scientific, economic, social, cultural and artistic approaches to the Anthropocene.

Special guest: Professor Bruno Latour

4 June

'Anthropocene: The Human Epoch' premier and discussion panel

Join us for the UK premier of ‘Anthropocene: The Human Epoch’, a documentary critically engaging with the rapidly evolving issues of the current age, and analysing how human-driven activities surrounding capitalist, financial and industrial spheres are inextricably linked to the Earth system and affect the geological fabric.

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky; script consulted by Professor Zalasiewicz and Professor Colin.

Panel discussion and refreshments following the screening.

6 June

Interdisciplinary methodologies for researching ephemeral lives in global cities

To mark the culmination of Dr Dhiren Borisa’s time LIAS Fellow Dhiren Borisa has spent at Leicester University, he shall, together with host Professor Gavin Brown, be hosting an event bringing together an interdisciplinary group of researchers to explore different methodologies for researching ephemeral lives in global cities. Dr Borisa shall give a talk entitled Reading ephemeral geographies of caste and queernesss in Delhi, followed by roundtable discussion, a series of provocations and a reflective exercise on potential future collaborative research.

12 June

‘The first Workshop for Sino-UK to Promote the Development and Application of Artificial Intelligence’ Zhou, Huiyu and Mohammad Mousavi.

The AI Network shall be hosting a day event of guest speakers depicting thought-provoking talks on various areas of AI, and the affect that it has on our considered approach to the development and application of it in various contexts.

24 June

LIAiSon workshop: Designing Future Intelligent Mobility Innovations Together, Dr Genovefa Kefalidou

Living in a world where mobility and the ability to travel around is critical, for all generations, we wish to run a workshop to explore how we have been migrating and moving from ancient times up to now. We then wish to brainstorm and frame together what we now know about migration and mobility (and how migration can inform new mobilities), what are the emerging needs and priorities for all people to move around. To do so, we want to draw insights from different disciplines, which will then help us identify priorities and opportunities for designing new intelligent technologies, systems and services that can enhance  Future Intelligent Mobility. The workshop should take approximately 2 hours and we hope to formulate some tangible joint areas/trends of interests and potential collaborative links by the end of it. This will helps us formulate future collaborative research and network bids.

25 June

Problems and support for the street children of Delhi – Professor Naved Iqbal & Professor Panos Vostanis Join us for an open seminar with GCRF Fellow Professor Naved Iqbal (Department of Psychology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi), hosted by Professor Panos Vostanis with the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies, presenting research surrounding the welfare of children living on the streets of Delhi. The seminar will discuss how qualitative methodologies are being used to  derive information used to inform in what ways resilience can be identified and promoted in challenging circumstances with increasing numbers of homeless children. The GCRF Fellowship shall build collaborations within and beyond the University of Leicester to deliver cutting-edge research addressing the challenges faced by developing countries.

28 June

Open seminar - Alternative Learning Approaches for People with Disabilities (PwDs) in Business, Dr Fiona Mulira & Dr Winfred Onyas

Dr. Fiona Mulira is currently hosted by Dr. Winfred Onyas in the University of Leicester as awardee of the GCRF Fellowship scheme. Dr. Mulira will collaborate with academics within and beyond the University of Leicester to deliver cutting-edge research addressing the challenges faced by developing countries.  The workshop shall bring together multidisciplinary participants to focus on alternative learning approaches promoting sustainability for PwDs in resource constrained environments. A series of portfolios of women entrepreneurs with disabilities in Uganda shall be shared, followed by a brainstorming session using the ‘crazy eights exercise’ to generate research ideas on alternative learning approaches for people with disabilities, and to discover approaches for entrepreneurship training and managing business in resource deprived contexts which empower the marginalised. Please express your interest by emailing

Identifying, Treating and Preventing FGM

The Identification Network invites you to an interdisciplinary symposium, bringing together leading practitioners and academics in the fields of medicine, law and social sciences to examine the topics of FGM, exploring the difficulties which arise in relation to the identification and treatment of the victims of FGM; the domestic and international law frameworks and legal difficulties which have arisen in relation to the prosecution of alleged perpetrators of FGM, and in child protection cases, and the social and cultural context within which FGM is performed, considering best practice and possible medical, legal and social solutions.

8 July

Critical friendship group: digital storytelling toolkit for practitioners

9 July

Research Crucible - Pathways to resilience, child trauma, water, indigeneity, technology

Open Seminar - Eradicating FGM in Kenya: Lessons Learnt from Gikuyu Women’s Change Stories

LIAS welcomes back alumni Fellow Professor Grace Wamue-Ngare to the University of Leicester, to continue collaborating with host Professor Teela Sanders on her research surrounding FGM. Prof Wamue-Ngare is particularly interested in researching the ways in which Alternative Rites of Passage (ARPs) programmes have gone unabated, with girls and women in some community’s continuing to bear the FGM burden. This talk will outline and explore her project, which is set to investigate the transformational processes which propelled FGM’s abandonment among the Gikuyu people. This will act as a platform to discuss the social, cultural and economic domains of transformation derived from ‘Change Stories’ of those heroic women and their support back-up who boldly resisted FGM amidst much pressure in the 70s and 80s, and how the theory of change concept has strengthened a holistic local-level commitment, socio-cultural and gender construction of womanhood supersedes legal and policy frameworks in ending the practice. Please contact with any questions.

10 July

Research Crucible - Pathways to resilience, child trauma, water, indigeneity, technology

  • Contact for more information

Royal Society Science Festival

  • Organised by: Mohammad Mousavi

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