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University events

A selection of interesting and fun events taking place during July and August. 

Visit for details of a wide range of events taking place across the University open to all.

Visit for details of talks and workshops. Each event listing indicates whether it is open to all or only to members of the University.

Free lectures and seminars

The jugglers and the black cat, Monday 9 July 2018, 5.30-6.30pm, Ewert House

There has never been such a high demand for our personal data, such that it is often said that individuals are the product, not just the client. Using the donation of general personal data and health data in example scenarios, Dr Kerina Jones (Swansea University) will talk  about areas such as: the unknown element in data content; trust and trustworthiness in data custodians; and meaningful public engagement.

Unifying logic and probability: The BLOG language, Tuesday 10 July 2018, 5.00-6.00pm, Sheldonian Theatre

Logic and probability are ancient subjects whose unification holds significant potential for the field of artificial intelligence. The BLOG (Bayesian LOGic) language provides a way to write probability models using syntactic and semantic devices from first-order logic. In this public lecture, Professor Stuart Russell (University of California) will describe the language mainly through examples and cover its application to monitoring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

Professor Laurence Harwood - Turning nuclear power green, Tuesday 10 July 2018, 7.30pm, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

The Café Scientifique provides a public forum in which scientific ideas can be discussed informally – involving scientists and non-scientists – aiming to inform, entertain, and provoke debate. The Oxford Café meets on the second Tuesday of each month except August, all are welcome and no scientific background is required. The concept originates from France and the Oxford Café was the fourth to set-up in the UK. There are now many more and the concept is spreading widely overseas. Visit the FAQ page for more information if you have never been to a Café event before.

Boundaries of Science, Thursday 12 July, 6.00-7.00pm, Museum of the History of Science

In the 1200s Europe experienced a scientific revolution when it encountered books on natural philosophy by Aristotle and his Arabic commentators. This science was welcomed for its explanations of how the world worked, but some of its theories contradicted important Christian beliefs. Dr Ann Giletti (University of Oxford) will talk about medieval debates over this new science, and the boundaries laced by Church authorities on its open discussion.

Ethics & Morality of Robotics, Monday 16 July, 4.00-5.30pm, Oxford Union

Questions on the ethics and morality of robotics will be debated by panelists specializing in ethics, law, computer science, data security and privacy. 

A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War, Friday 27 July 2018, 5.00-6.00pm,The Weston Library

Professor Patricia Fara (Cambridge University) reveals the untold lives of female scientists, doctors and engineers who helped to win the War.

Family events

Alice’s Day picnic, Saturday 7 July 2018, 1.00-4.00pm, Botanic Garden                    

Bring your picnic to Oxford Botanic Garden and take part in the annual celebration of all things Alice. Visitors can also follow our curious trail around the Garden, enjoy live music, plant crazy vegetable seeds and have their face painted with a big Cheshire Cat smile. Free entry for Oxford University staff and students and for children under 16.

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings Festival, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July, 11.00am-4.00pm, Ashmolean Museum

A big weekend of activities, with talks and crafts for all ages.

Elements Picnic, Saturday 28 July, 1.00-4.00pm,Botanic Garden

Discover more about earth, wind, water and fire and enjoy your picnic in a beautiful setting, with live music, craft and gardening activities. Free entry for Oxford University staff, students and for children under 16.

Operation Earth: Brilliant Bees, Monday 6 August 2018, 1.00-4.00pm, Museum of Natural History

An exciting bee bonanza featuring Horrible Science illustrator Tony De Saulles who will be talking about his book Bee Boy.

Free events for everyone

Hands-on Tabla, Saturday 21 July, 2.00-3.30pm, Pitt Rivers Museum

Come and listen to Indian tablas and have a go yourself. Free drop-in session suitable for everyone.

Ashmolean after-hours, Friday 27 July, 5.00-8.00pm, Ashmolean Museum

Explore the museum in the evening – take in a talk, listen to some live music or relax at the bar with friends. Tickets needed for exhibition or talks.

Ethiopian and Eritrean Discovery Day, Saturday 28 July, 11.00am-3.00pm, Weston Library

The Bodleian Libraries has a fascinating collection of manuscripts and icons from Ethiopia and Eritrea. Drop in to see the temporary display, enjoy family-friendly activities and discover the ancient language of Ge‘ez.