Other dates for your diary    

Wednesday 18 February - Aston Inaugural Lecture - Seeing Sense, by Professor Ian Holliday

Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6.00pm tea & coffee, 6.30pm start
Professor Ian Holliday from LHS will look into the numerous theories on how light captured by our eyes is transformed by the brain to create the world we see around us. Theories of visual perception are as old as science itself, perhaps older, yet every year new and exciting insights into the problem of vision are discovered. This lecture will introduce some of these discoveries and show why there is more to vision than meets the eye. Email the Events Team to book your free place.

Go Green Week - 9 February - 13 February

You can now view the events for this year’s Go Green Week – there are a range of talks and lectures, an upcycling session, an Eco Market, a second hand bike sale and more! View the calendar here. Some events need to be pre-booked, email environment@aston.ac.uk to secure a place.

Events include:

9/2/15: Craft / Upcycling Session 1-3pm MB 404B. Recycle unwanted fabrics - have a go at making your own bags or bunting. (Please pre-book).

10/2/15: Eco Market 11-2pm in the Students' Union Hall. Pop along to the Eco Market to buy local produce, vintage clothes and find all about how to 'go green' from a variety of information stands.

10/2/15: EBRI Tour 12-1pm, meet in the EBRI foyer. Take a tour of a world class bioenergy research institute based here on campus. Flat shoes essential! (Please pre-book).

10/2/15: Talk from British Trust for Ornithology: Wildlife on Campus, 1-2pm, MB 108 (please pre-book).

10/2/15: Go Green Pub Quiz, 7pm B4 Bar. Organised by RAG - money shall be raised for the World Wildlife Fund and the Woodland Trust.

11/2/15: Second Hand Bike Sale and Security Marking 10am-12pm, Main Reception Lower Foyer. Purchase a second hand bike from local social enterprise Cycle Chain and help keep it safe by getting it security marked!

11/2/15: Lecture by visiting academic Benny Goodman,12-1pm MB 241 'Sustainability: Developments in Nursing and the Health Sector' (Please pre-book).

11/2/15: Dr Bike Session 1-3pm Main Reception. Get your bicycle serviced for free!

11/2/15: Northfield Eco Centre 1.30-2.30pm, MB 404D.  Find out how to save money on your domestic energy bills! (Please pre-book).

11/2/15: Presentations from MSc Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability students, 4.30-6pm in G8. Including a talk by Brazlian student Cassia Ayres with her presentation 'Sustainability and Communication: My Experiences in Africa'. (Please pre-book).

12/2/15: Cyclists' Breakfast 8.30-10am in the Main Reception foyer. Get fuelled up for the day with a free breakfast if you bike to campus (or to a station).

12/2/15: Lecture by visiting academic Arran Stibbe, 12-1.30pm, Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre. 'Sustainability: Language and the stories we live by.' (Please pre-book).

12/2/15: EBRI Tour 2-3pm, meet in the EBRI foyer. Take a tour of a world class bioenergy research institute based here on campus. Flat shoes essential! (Please pre-book).

12/2/15: Talk by Dr John Blewitt and Christopher Brewster: 6-7pm, G8. Talk on 19th century designer, poet and utopian socialist William Morris and his significance for the environmental and wider radical movement.

12/2/15: Go Green Family Fortunes! 7pm Students' Union - Union Hall; money raised shall go to World wildlife Fund and Woodland Trust.

13/2/15: Wellbeing Walk 1-2pm: Take a tour of our Biodiverse Roof as well as the vision Sciences Building with a large array of solar PV panels! Pre-book by emailing environment@aston.ac.uk. Meet in MB Reception at 1pm. (Please pre-book).

Thursday 29 January – MBA Speaker Series with Matt Dolphin
Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School, 6.00pm registration, 6.30pm start
Matt Dolphin, a qualified accountant, graduated with an MBA from Aston in 2000 and has since enjoyed a career in finance in both SMEs and FTSE transport companies including FirstGroup, GoAhead and currently with British Airways. As part of the Finance Leadership Team at BA, he is head of finance business partnering for worldwide operations covering 6,000 colleagues and budget of £1.5bn. Book your place.

Monday 2 February - Friday 6 February - Aston Carbon Week

Climate change is a serious threat – do you know how much it will affect you and your career? Aston is set to become the first University to embed climate change and carbon reduction into its curriculum across all second years. 

Events: 2 February - Climate Change Adaptation vs Mitigation, presented by Professor Bjorn Birgisson,Great Hall, 2pm – 3pm
4 February - 
Ethics of Climate Change Debate, G63, 5pm – 6pm
5 February - 
Economics and Pathways to a Low Carbon World, presented by Professor George Feiger, Great Hall, 9am – 10am.

Library Book Swap - now including CDs and DVDs
The next swap days are Thursday 12th and Friday 13th of February in the library foyer from 9:00am to 5:00pm. This time includes CDs and DVDs (original copies only). Bring a book or disk that you have finished with and swap for another, all welcome.

Wednesday 11 February -The Post Growth Project: The Regional Dimension
Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School, 6pm- 8pm
The idea that we are about to enter a post-growth world has acquired credibility for those who acknowledge that there are ecological and many other limits to economic growth. This event explores the regional dimension of the happier and fairer society the post-growth world offers. More details and booking here.

Thursday 12 February - Sustainability: Language and the stories we live by Dr Arran Stibbe

Aston Business School, 12pm - 1:30pm
Arran Stibbe will explore how the increasing destruction of the ecosystems that support life is bringing into question some of the fundamental stories that we live by: stories of progress, unending economic growth, consumerism and separation from nature. Read more and book here.

Thursday 12 February - Fourth Annual CLERA Distinguished Lecture 

CLERA invites you to its rescheduled Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture. This year’s distinguished visitor is Professor Jennifer Jenkins from the University of Southampton. The lecture, entitled ‘Diverse Englishes, intercultural communication, and 'international' universities', will start at 16.30 followed by a drinks reception. For more information and registration, contact Jacquie Harding.

Tuesday 17 - Wednesday 18 March - EBRI Bioenergy Masterclass

This two-day course is designed to be an exclusive four-part introductory course for entrepreneurs and business leaders covering the ‘Four Fundamentals’ of bioenergy: Technologies & Feedstocks; Business Models; Policy & Incentives; Planning & Permitting. Places are limited and for a time businesses in the West Midlands can attend the course at no cost. If you know any businesses who may like to attend, more details can be found here.  

Wednesday 22 April - Early onset Type 2 Diabetes and its Life Course Conference

This conference will showcase two local research projects and provide an opportunity for networking and debate. See the full conference programme here. To register, email Tania Spruce