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University of Leeds
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Events Calendar

5:30 pm The 2016 Bolton Lecture in Astro... @ Conference Auditorium 1, University of Leeds
The 2016 Bolton Lecture in Astro... @ Conference Auditorium 1, University of Leeds
Nov 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Bolton Lecture: School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds Black Holes & Spin Offs Professor Katherine Blundell (University of Oxford) The popular notion of a black hole “sucking in everything” from its surroundings only happens very close to a black hole. Far away, the pull of the black hole is identical to that of anything else of the same mass. However, black holes do give rise to many remarkable phenomena such as extragalactic quasars and, in our own Galaxy, micro quasars. This is because gravity is not the only law of physics that must be obeyed. Matter can be spun off from near black holes in the form of winds and jets that spread through their surroundings and thus cause black holes to have tremendous cosmic influence many light years beyond their event horizons. I will describe various approaches that I employ to investigate these phenomena, and their spin-offs. Prof Katherine Blundell is a Professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University and a Research Fellow at St John’s College. Prior to this she was one of the Royal Society’s University Research Fellows, having been a Research Fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and before that a Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. Her awards include a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Astrophysics, the Royal Society’s Rosalind Franklin Medal in 2010, the Institute of Physics Bragg Medal in 2012 and the Royal Astronomical Society’s Darwin Lectureship in 2015. Her research interests span a broad range of topics. She has published extensively on the evolution of active galaxies and their life cycles, on the accretion of material near black holes and the launch and propagation of relativistic jets. This is the 17th in a series of annual free public lectures. We aim to bring current developments in Astronomy[...]
12:00 am Environmental Challenges: Human ... @ Online
Environmental Challenges: Human ... @ Online
Nov 7 @ 12:00 am
Join this online course hosted by the Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds to discover how complexity in nature arises from a myriad of simple interactions and how this can lead to an unpredictable dynamism. This course explores three basic principles when considering how natural systems are organised: Causality Internal dynamics vs external drivers The mathematics of human ecology Humans like to compartmentalise – dividing things into categories and boxes. They also like to look for ‘cause and effect’, reducing action and reaction to defined components. However, complex patterns in ecology are not always causal and predictable. Populations have their own dynamics that can be independent of external environmental conditions. Although living systems are complex, there are also some clear patterns and simple relationships that appear to be fairly constant. In this course we look at the way that natural systems are organised, and consider how our intuition can help us decipher the dynamic. For more information and to register, please click here. You can find all the online courses offered by the University here.
7:00 pm A story of Mathematics told thro... @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
A story of Mathematics told thro... @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm
Jane Turnbull A story of Mathematics told through postage stamps Tuesday 8th November 2016, 7pm for a 7:30pm start A chance to follow the history of mathematics from prehistoric times to the modern day illustrated with postage stamps from around the world. At this session stamps, envelopes and postmarks will help depict the unfurling story. Public visitor parking is available on campus after 5pm on a ‘pay on exit’ basis – details can be found at http://carparking.leeds.ac.uk/visitors/ This is a Yorkshire Branch of the Mathematical Association event (www.ybma.org.uk).  Non-members are welcome.  Please bring the sessions to the attention of your colleagues and friends.  Our meetings are very friendly and include refreshments.  Anyone who would like to be added to the YBMA email list should send their name and email address to a.slomson@leeds.ac.uk.  


Be Curious public event 2016

Be Curious

Saturday 19th March 2016
Free, interactive public event

Ever been curious as to what studies and research are taking place in Leeds? The Be Curious Festival was an exciting, free, interactive event, suitable for everyone with an interest in health, wellbeing and the human body. Held at the University of Leeds, Parkinson Court building on Saturday 19th March 2016, 10am-4pm, members of the public could come and see, play with and learn about our work!

This event is ran during the Leeds Festival of Science public events programme

A copy of the 2016 programme can be downloaded here:


Colouring competition results

Thanks to everyone who had a go at colouring in our ‘Be Curious’-themed sheets! The winners are displayed below – congratulations Shakila, aged 8, and Daisy, aged 6!


At the University, Parkinson Court will be filled with a range of stalls allowing everyone to ‘have a go’ at activities such as knitting a 3D sculpture, finding out more about joint replacements, looking at the effects of energy generation on the human body and having your face 3D scanned. There will also be an inflatable planetarium where you can lay down and see films about how your body works, throughout the day.

A finger-knitted sculpture in action!

As part of Knitville – the hands on knitting of 3D sculptures – tours to visit the Mitzi Cunliffe sculpture on campus will leave at 12:00pm and 3:30pm.


The family room, for younger children, will invite them to look at how an MRI scanner works, and taking samples of the inside of their cheek and looking at them down a microscope as well as having a go at re-designing neighbourhoods so that walking and cycling become easier ways of transport.

Be Curious - mini lab 2



Throughout the day there will be sessions aimed at the grown-up audience too, which include some short talks presented by researchers at the University on topics such as combating back pain, dealing with blood pressure issues and personalised medicine.

Guided Tours

There will be 5 guided around the University leaving every half hour from the Parkinson Building. These will cover:

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Health and Wellbeing through time

Visit the scientific and medical museum displays and food tasting of medieval recipes.

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Virtual Health and Wellbeing

Visiting demonstrations of the use of robots in care homes and understanding how maths can be used to understand the immune system

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Engineering in Health and Wellbeing

Activities will include looking at surgical technologies, use of robots in rehab and meet Frank the cycling skeleton.

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Mind, Brains and Bodies

Hands on interactive activities for all ages looking at how we work as humans, from our brains, teeth, to the control of our bodies.

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Senses in Health and Wellbeing

A smelly pop-up café to see if you can identify smells and what they remind you of and also see come and feel the effect music has on your health and wellbeing

Theatre show - 'People Are Messy'

6:30pm to 8:30pm
Clothworkers Music Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds
Suitable for age 14+

People Are Messy, by award-winning playwright Judith Johnson, is a comedy drama examining the complexities of patient and public involvement through the eyes of two teenagers with very different ways of confronting a future made uncertain by a serious medical condition.

Democracy, autonomy, personal responsibility and loss are all explored in this engaging, entertaining and accessible production. The play is followed by a facilitated debate, allowing the audience to further explore these issues.

It aims to engage people aged 14+ in an informed debate about the practical, ethical and social issues around decision-making and health research. It is equally engaging for adults and young people alike.

People Are Messy, by award-winning playwright Judith Johnson, has been devised and produced by Theatre of Debate with support from NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award.

For more information, see the Theatre of Debate website.

Admission is free, but booking is required. Book online here.

Event details

‘Be Curious’, Saturday 19th March, 10am – 4pm
Please note the ‘People Are Messy’ theatre show is 18:30-20:30

Parkinson Court
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane

Directions and campus map can be found here

The event is free, all day.
The ‘People are Messy’ theatre show in the evening is also free but requires advance booking.

Age groups
Everyone is welcome, and there is something for everyone too.

Free parking is available for the day on campus in our new multi-storey car park. You will be given a code at the event, to enter into the parking meters before leaving.

Publicity to take away

Download the flyer here:
University of Leeds Be Curious 2016 flyer


If you have any questions, you can contact the Be Curious organisers through peteam@leeds.ac.uk, or 0113 3431149