Public Events

Events open to the Public

"From bench-side to curbside: maximizing obesity research to impact health"

Seminar by Grace O'Malley for info on the speaker go to: Part of the CoE Seminar Series

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jayne Woodside

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jayne Woodside: ‘An apple a day…is it really enough?’

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Heritage and Identity in a Globalising World

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the concept and development of heritage within an academic discourse -- in particular the way in which heritage studies have developed in response to various critiques of political, cultural, and social globalisation and transnationalism. Presentations will be given by established scholars and postgraduate students. Our keynote speaker, Professor John Wilson Foster (QUB Honorary Research Fellow), will present on the RMS Titanic, heritage and Belfast. Panels will focus on topics ranging from food tourism and cultural unionism. Panellists are as follows: Linda Maher (UCD) Kevin McNicholl (QUB) Adriana Salas (UCD) Erin Hinson (QUB) Elaine O’Driscoll (UCC) Julia Andrade Rocha (QUB) Lauren Ferguson (QUB) Lisa Bogert (QUB) Frances Harkin (QUB)

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Patterson

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Patterson: 'Epidemiology counts - childhood diabetes matters'

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Seminar by Professor Steven Cummins LSHTM

Professor Steven Cummins "Measuring environmental exposure in physical activity and diet research: some thoughts from the ORIEL and other studies" Everyone welcome Sandwich lunch provided

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Michel Bauwens - ‘Transition to a Post-Carbon World: The New Social Economy’

The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s and the School of Law are pleased to welcome Michel Bauwens, Founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives.

The open-source revolution heralds new opportunities for a more sustainable and social economy. The emerging “collaborative economy” is challenging conventional thinking about the role of ‘public’ and ‘private’ spheres through the emergence of a third ‘civic’ sphere where production is socially driven by open source, participatory processes, cooperation and the commons. This new mode of Peer to Peer production offers a distinct contribution to how we address the challenges of moving to a post-carbon world in accord with the Paris climate summit this year.

The emergence of digital knowledge, software and design not only create new open source approaches to the production of common goods but also new kinds of market activities, requiring an “ethical economy” which integrates social and environmental concerns. This also suggests a new role for public authorities as enablers of individual and social autonomy, ie the partner state approach. Today, and more so tomorrow, value is increasingly generated not from the sphere of the market but from the social sphere of the commons, created through peer to peer contributions, not wage labour, creating commons, not commodities. Civil society has now become productive in its own right, and we can make a leap to a vision of civil society that consists of civil commons contributed to by citizens. The emergence of these post-capitalist dynamics in the very heart of the capitalist economy creates great challenges and contradictions that must be resolved for a sustainability revolution to occur. The open source stack - consisting of design for social utility by global open design communities, distributed and on demand local manufacturing, an open source circular economy based on open logistics and open accounting, and the mutualisation of physical resources - will be a crucial enabler for winning the fight against climate change following the COP 21 meeting in Paris this year.

Michel Bauwens is the founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation (P2P) and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group; advisor to governments around the world; a widely published writer, including co-authoring the 2014 book, ‘Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy’; a lecturer and teacher. After working for major international businesses and creating two internet start-ups, he is a passionate campaigner for change.

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Please confirm your attendance with Brenda Carabine Tel: 028 9097 1153


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CoE Seminar by Dr Richard Emsley

CoE Seminar Dr Richard Emsley University of Manchester Causal inference and stratified medicine the essential role of mechanisms evaluation Lunch will be provided

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4th Centre for Behaviour analysis/QUART Conference Multidisciplinary work in Autism: How can Behaviour Analysis Help

This is an all-day conference that makes a difference. Setting local experience and expertise into international context, this conference is scientific, evidence-based and participatory. International keynote speakers will demonstrate how behaviour analysis can be utilised to enhance multidisciplinary work in Autism for a range of different professions, including clinical psychology, speech and language therapy, nursing, teaching, and psychiatry. BACB Continued Education Units will be offered free of charge.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr Javier Virues-Ortega, Clinical Psychologist, BCBA-D ; Auckland University, New Zealand;
Bethan Mair Williams, Speech and Language Therapist BCBA;
Professor Dr med. Hanns Rüdiger Röttgers, Psychiatrist; Uni. of Appl. Science, Germany;
Patrick McCormack, School’s principal/parent of child with autism.
Liam McDermot, Nurse, Western Health and Social care Trust, Northern Ireland.

Call for Papers information: The ‘Call for Papers’ allows you to take an active part in this conference and makes the conference uniquely hands-on. We welcome researchers, students, and professionals from education, behaviour support, social care, and health, as well as parents and individuals affected by ASD to present their findings from evidence-based interventions and multidisciplinary collaborations. Proposals for oral presentations and posters are invited under the following four themes:
• Medical perspectives: Behavioural pediatrics
• Psychological perspectives: Educational and Clinical Psychology
• Communication/language assessment and teaching
• Educational practice and collaborations.
E-mail abstracts to Lisa Ruddy
Peer-review decisions: Abstracts will be assessed on a rolling basis and candidates will be notified within 1 month of submission. Final deadline for abstract submissions: 15 September 2015 Accepted presenters (one per paper/poster) are automatically registered for the conference.

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Northern Ireland Festival of Social Sciences

Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and the Open University are pleased to announce the launch of the second Northern Ireland Festival of Social Sciences to be run in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) National Festival of Social Science from 7th – 14th November 2015. Details of various events/venues have yet to be confirmed. If you would like to apply for funding to host an event, please visit our website:

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Wiles Lectures 2016: 'Imagining War in the Twentieth Century and Beyond'

The Wiles Lectures for 2016 will be delivered by Professor Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University, on 18-21 May 2016.

Professor Winter's Wiles lectures will be given on the theme: 'Imagining War in the Twentieth Century and Beyond'.

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