Inaugural lecture series 

Tuesday 13 May - Insight Lecture: Professor Ted Cantle, Founder of the iCoCo Foundation - for interculturalism, community cohesion

G11, 6pm
In 2016, Aston will be celebrating its 50th birthday. In the lead up to the celebrations, a series of guest speakers will be invited to Aston, first speaker is Professor Ted Cantle, the UK’s leading authority on community cohesion and intercultural relations. This lecture will explore how we need a new way of thinking about how we live together in an increasingly globalised world in which complex and multi-faceted identities are fast becoming the norm. Book your free place More information.      

Tuesday 6 May - Inaugural Lecture: Professor Tomasz Mickiewicz, Aston Business School

Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6pm
This lecture, Are some nations more entrepreneurial? Why? will discuss how under weak institutions, different businesses experience different conditions. The lecture will explore why policy-makers face some unavoidable trade-offs and examine if short term entrepreneurial wealth creation may be inconsistent with stability and equality even if in the longer term it may be beneficial.
Book your free place More information.     

Other dates for your diary   

Saturday 17 May 2014 - Second Annual ‘How does Language & Literacy Work?

CLERA and InterLanDinvite you to attend its Second Annual ‘How does Language & Literacy work?’ Conference. This year’s keynote speakers will be Caroline Coffin, Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics at the Open University, UK and Claire Acevedo, Freelance Education Consultant and Teacher Educator. More information. Contact Jacquie Harding

Wednesday 11 June -Mothering in the Extreme: Death, Disability and Dehumanisation

Room TBC, 5pm
Connor Sparrowhawk was a fit and healthy young man who also happened to have autism and epilepsy. He was admitted to Slade House Assessment and Treatment Unit in March 2013 but tragically after 107 days in the unit he drowned in the bath. An entirely preventable death. Join Chrissie Rogers for a talk on raising awareness. More information. RSVP by 9 may to Chrissie.

Thursday 12 June - Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay: the Myth of  Austerity and the Failure of Green Investment

Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School, 6pm-7:15pm
Speaker Molly Scott Cato will address the ideas outlined in her latest policy paper for the Green House think tank, Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay: the Myth of Austerity and the Failure of Green Investment. Molly argues that as a society, we need to face our debts head on and make an intelligent political decision about what to do about them.
To book. Contact John Blewitt ext. 4284.

Research events

Life and Health Sciences Seminar series

MB549, 4pm
For the 2014 seminar series speakers will be invited by the following centres with talks open to all staff and students within the School.  ABC – Aston Brain Centre,
ARCHY - Aston Research Centre for Children’s and Young people’s health, ARCHA – Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing, CVHR – Centre for Vision and Hearing Research. More info.