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: http://ie.linkedin.com/pub/grace-o-malley/9/352/67a. 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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'The Scottish Independence Referendum and Northern Ireland’

A half-day workshop organised by the Constitutional Futures Interdisciplinary Research Group in the Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, QUB, with Prof James Mitchell, University of Edinburgh and funded by the ESRC.

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Hidden Agenda & Material Subversion

Hidden Agenda is a Crafts Council Collection exhibition, curated in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts and Doug Jones and presented in partnership with Craft NI. Exhibiting for the first time in Belfast, the artist Doug Jones presents one of his politically motivated installations alongside eleven objects from the Crafts Council Collection including work by Paul Scott, Grayson Perry, Michael Marriott, Michele Walker and Lois Walpole. Material Subversion will run concurrently with the Hidden Agenda exhibition and explores the ways in which local craft makers subvert preconceptions about materials and their function. The makers involved include Stuart Cairns, Patrick Colhoun, and Gail Mahon.

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Screening: '3:10 to Yuma'

The QUB Law School Film Group are screening the tense western ‘3:10 to Yuma’. The film will be followed by a social drink in the Parlour Bar on Elmwood Avenue. This event is free and open to everyone - you do not have to be part of the Law School or Film Group to attend. The QUB Law School Film Group welcomes - film enthusiasts, scholars/students from all disciplines, or members of the public who just want to grab the opportunity of seeing a film that they missed first time round – to its monthly movie night. On the first Wednesday of every month we screen a film that relates to legal principles and the challenges they face.

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Inaugural Lecture and Book Launch: Banking in Crisis

Professor Turner will discuss the rise and fall of British banking stability in the past two centuries, and highlight why banking systems crash and the factors underpinning banking stability.

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All-Island Innovation Programme - masterclass 1

Masterclass 1: The Organization and Funding of Early-Stage Businesses

We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University Belfast for the All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands.

Professor Vermeulen will be conducting a range of masterclasses during his visit to Queen's on 15 and 16 September 2014.

Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's masterclasses by visiting our website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Masterclass/

This event is free.

Details of this masterclass: Investors typically use four criteria when evaluating an investment opportunity: (1) the attractiveness of the project analyzed in terms of market size and growth, product attractiveness, the business strategy, the likelihood of customer adoption, and the competitive position of the venture; (2) the quality of the management team and the organization of the venture; (3) deal terms; and (4) exit opportunities (the topic of Workshop 3). This Workshop delves into the organization and governance of early-stage businesses. Recent developments on this topic reveal that there have been major changes in how early-stage businesses are organizing themselves nowadays. How did this come to be? There is an increasing shift towards more entrepreneur favorable deal terms, investors are ditching the legalese and are instead opting for more user friendly term sheets, and the reputable and well-established investors are orchestrating a code of conduct to restore trust and confidence in the start-up ecosystem. Each of these developments begins to confirm the changing landscape within the industry. One thing is clear: early-stage businesses better take notice.

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All-Island Innovation Programme - masterclass 2

Masterclass 2: New Trends in Early-Stage Business Financing

We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University Belfast for the All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands.

Professor Vermeulen will be conducting a range of masterclasses during his visit to Queen's on 15 and 16 September 2014.

Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's masterclasses by visiting our website:http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Masterclass/

This event is free.

Details of this masterclass: Access to finance is a major challenge for early-stage businesses. As discussed in Workshop 1, there are many strings attached to traditional financing whether it be through equity or debt, which explains the increasing interest in alternative investment options, including new types of investors such as micro-venture capital funds, crowdfunding platforms and corporate venture capital. Many of these financing options offer unique propositions beyond what is offered by the more traditional avenues of funding. For instance, crowdfunding (as a new type of entrepreneurial finance) enables early-stage start-up companies to raise ‘venture capital’ from a large group of individuals, sidestepping the traditional fundraising process that includes lengthy due diligence periods and tough negotiations over the valuation and contractual terms. This Workshop has been designed to better understand the new trends in early-stage business financing and to create awareness of the difficulties and challenges associated with these alternative financing options.

 

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All-Island Innovation Programme - evening lecture

We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University for our All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands.

Professor Vermeulen will be delivering a public lecture during his visit to Queen's on 15 September 2014. Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's lecture 'The Globalisation of Innovation and Business Creation' by visiting our website:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Lecture/

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is essential, as places are limited. Please register online at the above website.

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All-Island Innovation Programme - masterclass 3

Masterclass 3:The Truth about IPOs (and Acquisitions) of High Tech Companies

We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University Belfast for the All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands.

Professor Vermeulen will be conducting a range of masterclasses during his visit to Queen's on 15 and 16 September 2014.

Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's masterclasses by visiting our website:http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Masterclass/

This event is free.

Details of this masterclass: Liquidity issues disrupt the venture capital model and make venture capital investments less attractive. How should this problem be addressed? The solution is clear: We need more liquidity options (e.g., a structured pre-IPO segment in stock markets) that can effectively bridge these gaps. The Workshop starts with a bird’s eye view of legal and institutional measures that are currently being unveiled by policymakers, regulators, and exchange operators in their attempts to revitalize the IPO model. We later zoom in to examine the determinants that make an IPO successful. A particular focus is on the interactions among managers, board members, and investors. These interactions can have a positive impact on the inner workings of the newly listed company. We also explore the dynamics of the IPO market, and in particular show how interactions with intermediaries and advisors affect the further development of companies beyond the IPO. Finally, the Workshop looks at the costs and benefits of IPOs (compared to acquisitions).

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Too Gay to Foster

SPEAKER: Daniel Monk , Birbeck University, will present a paper on the experiences of a gay couple who were rejected as foster parents because they were in an open relationship.  He will examine different understandings of child welfare and the limits to equality.
A gay couple is welcomed by a progressive local authority as potential foster parents.  But then the authority discovers that the couple are in an open relationship. What happened? What should happen?. This paper takes this real life story as a starting point for exploring a number of contemporary concerns: the limits to formal legal equality for gays and lesbians; shifting understandings of ‘the best interests of the child’ and adult sexuality; and the uses of ‘childhood’ in social policy.
Daniel Monk is a Reader in Law at Birkbeck, University of London and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Gender and Sexuality. His research has explored children’s rights, home education, school exclusions, homophobic bullying and, most recently, inheritance.

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Employment for adults with disabilities: Policies and Practice

Employment of adults with disabilities is a topic of great interest and importance today. Our discussion will focus on strategies, research and best practices that can assure that adults with disabilities have the skills and opportunity to compete in the local and global economy and in the 21st century workplace.  Too often, adults with disabilities face significant challenges in accessing and maintaining employment opportunities that maximize their skills, talents and abilities. For many, low expectations, under-employment and limited access to meaningful careers have been the reality. For others, adult onset of disability has meant the untimely shortening or termination of a career.Promising strategies that involve business, education and the disability community abound. There is a growing body of research and development of evidence-based practices in the field of employment of youth and adults with disabilities. Disability employment policy can and should be viewed in the context of the local and global economy.  As importantly, we can learn to tell a better story - from the perspective of the adult with a disability, from the perspective of employers and from the perspective of the community that benefits.

Short Biography:
Lynnae Ruttledge has committed her career to disability-related public policy and program development with a focus on employment of adults with disabilities. In her work in the fields of education, independent living, vocational rehabilitation and international exchange, Lynnae has provided effective leadership for collaborative partnerships with educators, researchers, advocates, business, community-based organizations and governmental agencies.  Lynnae currently serves as a Presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy. In addition, she serves as a disability policy advisor to DOCTRID (Daughters of Charity, Technology  Research into Disability) and Michigan State University. In 2013, Lynnae also served as a Presidential appointee to the fifteen member US Senate Commission on Long Term Care.  Lynnae provided national leadership to the public vocational rehabilitation program as Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration with the US  Department of Education from 2010 - 2012. Throughout her extensive public service career, Lynnae has held policy development and executive level leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.  Committed to international disability rights advocacy, Lynnae is a strong supporter of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has been affiliated with Mobility International USA, a US-based disability rights NGO, since 1988 and has served as a citizen diplomat in educational exchanges in South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, Russia and Europe.  Lynnae and her husband (an Irish citizen) make their home in the state of Washington in the Pacific Northwest.

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Research Impact Showcase & Publication Launch

This exciting showcase event is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with, hear from, and talk to internationally-acclaimed researchers from Queen's University Belfast. Come and discover how their research impacts on all of our lives.

Launch of The DNA of Innovation, Volume 4:

A new publication that profiles academics present at the showcase and a little of their research will be launched here. Take a copy away with you after the event.

More details to follow in due course on our website: go.qub.ac.uk/impact

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