• Thursday 12 October 2017
    • NO. 5181
    • VOL. 148


    Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

    Oxford Italian Postgraduate Research Seminars

    The following seminars will take place at 5pm on Mondays at 47 Wellington Square.

    Dr Ita Mac Carthy

    6 Nov: tbc

    Dr Alberto Godioli

    13 Nov: 'Misfits and humorists: laughter and eccentricity in Italian modernism'

    2nd-year DPhil students

    27 Nov: Graduate work in progress

    Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

    Department of Chemistry

    Soft Matter, Biomaterials and Interfaces seminars

    The following seminars will take place at 3pm on Tuesdays in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory Lecture Theatre. All welcome. Conveners: Dr R P A Dullens, Professor J Yeomans

    Dr Christopher Race, Manchester

    17 Oct: 'How grain boundaries move – insights from atomistic simulation'

    Dr Francesco Ginelli, Aberdeen

    24 Oct: 'Fluctuations and structure in a flocking epithelium'

    Dr Guillaume Salbreux, Francis Crick Institute

    31 Oct: 'Physics of epithelial folding'

    Dr Giovanni Nava, Milan

    7 Nov: 'DNA hydrogels: a system model for transient molecular networks'

    Professor Paul Bartlett, Bristol

    14 Nov: 'The exotic electrostatics of colloids: are the textbooks right?'

    Professor Cecile Cottin-Bizonne, Lyon

    28 Nov: 'Suspensions of active particles'

    Mathematical Institute

    Mathematical Biology and Ecology Seminars

    The following seminars will be given at 2pm on Fridays in Lecture Room 3, Mathematical Institute. Convener: Sara Jolliffe (cmb@maths.ox.ac.uk)

    Dr Mark Coles

    13 Oct: 'Combining computational modelling, systems immunology and experimental medicine: a novel interdisciplinary approach to therapeutic discovery' 

    Professor Mihaela van der Schaar

    20 Oct: 'Revolutionising medicine through machine learning and artificial intelligence'

    Professor Hans Othmer, Minnesota

    27 Oct: 'From crawlers to swimmers – mathematical and computational problems in cell motility'

    Professor Antonis Papachristodoulou

    3 Nov: 'Modelling and design of feedback circuits in biology'

    Professor Vicente Grau

    17 Nov: 'Building accurate computer models with cardiac and pulmonary images'

    Professor Julia Gog, Cambridge  

    24 Nov: 'Some topics in infectious disease modelling: strains, claims, signals and more'

    Dr Vanessa Styles, Sussex

    1 Dec: 'Numerical approximations of a tractable mathematical model for tumour growth'

    Department of Physics

    Physics Colloquia

    Confirmation of speaker

    Professor Vlatko Vedral will lead a colloquium at 3.30pm on 3 November in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory. All welcome. More information: Niamh.Coll@physics.ox.ac.uk.

    Subject: 'An entanglement-based test of quantum gravity'

    Medical Sciences

    Oxford University Medical Education Fellows

    Ledingham Lecture series

    Professor Christopher Kennard will be in conversation at 6pm on 1 November at St Hilda's. To register: www.oumef.org.

    Subject: 'Inspiring through excellence'

    Social Sciences

    School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

    African Studies Seminars

    The following seminars will take place at 5pm on Thursdays in the Pavilion Room, St Antony's, unless otherwise noted. More information: www.africanstudies.ox.ac.uk/events. Conveners: Professor Miles Larmer, Dr Zoe Cormack

    Professor Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz, Stanford

    12 Oct: 'Ndinga i Sinsu: a quest for Kongo art'

    Professor Michael Jackson, Harvard

    19 Oct, Nissan Lecture Theatre: 'Words and deeds: African migrants in Europe'

    Ambassador Jianhua Zhong, Chinese Embassy

    26 Oct: 'China and Africa: a diplomatic perspective'

    Dr Daisy Onyige

    9 Nov: 'Economic globalisation, poverty and human trafficking in Nigeria'

    Dr David Brown

    16 Nov: 'The social dimensions of land rights reform in Liberia'

    Dr Rachel Ibreck, Goldsmiths

    23 Nov: 'Citizens for justice; struggles against violence and predation in wartorn South Sudan'

    Dr Matteo Rizzo, SOAS

    30 Nov: 'Taken for a ride: grounding neoliberalism, precarious labour and public transport in an African metropolis'

    Colleges, Halls and Societies


    Dr Alexandru Popescu will lecture at 5.45pm on 16 November in the chapel.

    Subject: 'Soviet supermen and the autistic state, discovering Romanian art in Tasmania'

    Mansfield and Somerville

    Constance Coltman celebration

    An event will take place 10.30am–7.30pm on 21 October at Mansfield and Somerville. Speakers at Mansfield include The Revd Dr Kirsty Thorpe, Wilmslow United Reformed Church; Dr Matthew Grimley; Professor Jane Garnett; Dr Adrian Gregory; and The Revd Kate Harford, Oxford Brookes. Somerville will host an ecumenical service of celebration with music in the chapel, led by The Revd Mia Smith, and a drinks reception in the Brittain Williams Room. To register: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/commemorative-event-100th-anniversary-of-the-ordination-of-constance-coltman-tickets-37204116514.

    Subject: 'Constance Coltman: pioneer of women in Christian ministry; a centenary celebration'

    St Cross

    Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics


    A one-day conference will be held 10.30am–5pm on Saturday, 18 November, at St Cross and the Department of Physics. Free but registration required: www.stx.ox.ac.uk/happ/events/astronomy-across-medieval-world-one-day-conference.

    Subject: 'Astronomy across the medieval world'

    HAPP seminar

    Dr Filip Buyse, HAPP Visiting Fellow, will give a seminar at 5pm on  2 November in the Lecture Theatre. More information and to register: www.stx.ox.ac.uk/current-members/events/2870.

    Subject: 'Galileo's microscopic and telescopic observations: their impact on how bodies are conceived'

    Other Groups

    Oxford Monastic Institute

    All events open to the public; space may be limited. Registration required. Contact Conveners for further information, scheduling and to register.

    Arabic reading group

    The Arabic reading group will this term consider al-Khwārazmī's Mafātīḥ al-ʿulūm (The Keys to the Sciences) in collaboration with the Bodleian Islamic and Middle Eastern collections. Knowledge of Arabic not obligatory. Time and location to be arranged with participants. Convener: Alasdair Watson (alasdair.watson@bodleian.ox.ac.uk)


    The 2018 Epiphany Conference on Philosophy, Science and Contemplative Religion will take place on 6 January at Balliol in association with the Cambridge Epiphany Philosophers. Conveners: Dr Matthew Carlos (matthew.carlos@theology.ox.ac.uk), Professor Yorick Wilks, IHMC