Events

On this page we list any forthcoming events relevant to the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. 

Any SSIS staff or postgrads may always attend, although registration may be required (the event will specify if so). Anyone else should contact the department or the centre in question.

We also have a listing of past events.

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23 January 20199:30

GSE Research Review Group

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23 January 201912:30

SSIS Employer Workshop: Macfarlanes Application session

Macfarlanes are a distinctive London-based law firm, focusing on their clients and delivering excellence in the international legal market. Join Lindsay Bridges, Graduate Recruitment Advisor, who will be delivering a session on how you can succeed with your application forms. Full details
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23 January 201913:00

Network Analysis for Social Scientists

This workshop provides an introduction for beginners to Social Network Analysis. It gives an overview of key concepts needed to design research that looks at social relations (networks) that connect individual units (actors), so that students can apply social network analysis to their own research.. Full details
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23 January 201913:00

Education Theory Reading Network

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23 January 201914:00

Competition Law and Technology: Competitive or Political Motivation?

Dr Matthew Cole Competition Law and Technology: Competitive or Political Motivation?. Full details
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23 January 201917:15

Dr Estella Carpi (University College London) presents "From Livelihoods to Leisure: Upending Refugee Self-Reliance and Urban Humanitarianism in Lebanon"

Estella Carpi is a Research Associate in the Migration Research Unit, Department of Geography (University College London). She is currently working on southern-led humanitarian responses to displacement from Syria (ERC project no. 541123). She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sydney (Australia), researching humanitarianism in Lebanon. She has been working on humanitarian aid provision, welfare, forced migration and identity politics for several institutions in Egypt, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. Full details
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24 January 201913:00

Pizza and Politics – PGR seminar Series - Virginia Thomas

Virginia Thomas (Exeter) will present a draft of her thesis’ research design 'The landscapes and limitations of rewilding'. Full details
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24 January 201917:30

Miko Peled, renowned author and human rights activist, presents "Justice, Freedom and Equality, the Keys for Peace in Palestine"

Miko Peled is the author of "The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine", an epilogue about a self-reflective journey that changed his life and his long-held assumptions about Palestinians. His journey began following a family tragedy and the death of his niece Smadar by a Palestinian suicide bomber. In this book, Miko talks about his fears and concerns when deciding to meet Palestinians for the first time. His honest account reflects the emotional dilemmas he went through that led to reconsidering his beliefs about the other.. Full details
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25 January 2019

PGCE Primary Seminar Day

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28 January 201915:30

"Receiving an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis for a child: a longitudinal interview study on parents’ experiences" Delphine Jacobs (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Egenis seminar series. In a longitudinal empirical study, I investigate how the autism concept is understood and experienced by parents. Parents who ask for an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) diagnostic assessment for their child are interviewed at three different moments (Saldaña, 2003): before the ASD diagnostic assessment, right after the feedback session, and 12 months later. Full details
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30 January 201911:30

Dr Rana Jawad (University of Bath) presents "Critical Policy Analysis and Social Protection in the Global South: A view from the MENA Region"

Rana Jawad is a senior lecturer in social policy at the University of Bath. She is founder and convenor of the MENA social policy network. She has extensive academic and policy-oriented research expertise on social policy issues in the MENA region focusing in particular on the institutional and political analysis of welfare systems there. In addition, she has an interest in current debates around social protection and non-contributory social assistance programmes, as well as the wider influence of religion on social policy. Full details
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31 January 201918:30

Social Sciences Careers Speed Networking

Back by popular demand! Hear from alumni speakers working in Government, Foreign Office and Consultancy. We have four alumni working in a variety of sectors who have used their degrees to have successful careers. This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear about the career options open to you, to network with a number of successful alumni, find out about their careers, and learn about what steps you can take to follow a similar path.. Full details
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1 February 201912:30

SSIS Careers: Journalism Workshop: Getting a story on air with Simon Vigar (5 News)

Join Exeter alumnus Simon Vigar (Royal Correspondent for 5 News) for a workshop focusing on delivering a news story, analysing different scenarios and practical ways of dealing with them. There will also be time for a Q&A with Simon about careers in journalism. 'Everything you wanted to know about getting a story on air but were afraid to ask' Exeter alumnus Simon Vigar shares his 30 years experience in broadcast news, which includes everything from major terrorist attacks to Royal weddings. Simon will lead a workshop analysing different scenarios and will look at practical ways of dealing with them. Simon will also reveal some newsgathering top tips on how to stay safe but still get the story. The session will finish with a Q&A. Full details
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4 February 201915:30

SPA Seminar Series: Dr Kirsten Walsh (University of Exeter) - "Newton’s Metaphysics in Practice"

In his methodological statements, Newton (in)famously declared ‘hypotheses non fingo’ and explicitly eschewed metaphysical speculation. However, every edition of the Opticks and Principia contains hypotheses and metaphysical speculation. Newton’s commentators thus face a dilemma: they can take Newton’s metaphysical speculations seriously, but this involves downplaying the sincerity of his methodological claims; or they can take his methodological claims seriously, and downplay the significance of his metaphysical speculations. In this paper, I offer a solution to the dilemma: study Newton’s metaphysics in practice. That is, focus on the role of Newton’s metaphysical discussions, constructs and commitments in the context of his scientific work. What we find is that Newton’s metaphysical speculation plays a vital supportive function in his experimental philosophy. Recognising this feature of Newton’s work is revelatory, both of Newton’s methodology. Full details
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5 February 201911:30

SSIS Careers: Life as a commercial lawyer in a regional law firm

Our speaker, corporate solicitor Henry Maples, trained at a large regional full service firm (Foot Anstey) which included a secondment to a large London law firm specialising in private equity work before moving in 2013 to Murrell Associates, a smaller corporate commercial law firm based in Truro, Cornwall. He will share his views on life as a corporate lawyer in a regional firm (large and small) for those interested in such career outside of the major cities. He will also provide some tips on how to demonstrate your commercial awareness – a key question in many job applications. Full details
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5 February 201915:00

CRPL Research Tea - Using timelines: What sustains teachers?

Methodology focus: Reflections on using a timeline to explore what sustains teachers in their professional lives. Full details
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5 February 201916:30

Lecture by Professor Wasyl Cajkler (University of Leicester), Lesson Study and Growth of Pedagogic Literacy in Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

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6 February 201913:00

Introduction to Discourse Network Analysis (DNA)

Discourse network analysis is a toolbox of research methods for the analysis of actor-based debates, such as policy debates or political discussions. Examples include the policy debates on climate change, pension politics, or around the introduction of large infrastructure projects. Full details
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6 February 201913:00

Cake for Comments series: Thomann, E. Deruelle, T. and O. James

Ethnic and racial bias in frontline implementation: a systematic review of possible interventions. Full details
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6 February 201917:15

Dr Nora Parr (SOAS, London) presents "How do you say 'trauma' in Arabic? When critical terms cross uneven contexts"

Nora Parr is OWRI/AHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Creative Multilingualism’s Strand 5 on World Literature. She teaches Arabic Literature and Palestine Studies at SOAS, University of London.. Full details
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7 February 201912:45

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Regular centre meeting for staff and students (all welcome). Full details
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7 February 201913:00

Pizza and Politics – PGR Seminar Series - Hannah Willis

Pizza and Politics – PGR Seminar Series - Hannah Willis. Title tbc. Full details
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8 February 201914:00

Human Rights Careers Discussion and Q&A

Barrister Jonathan Cooper OBE is a Human Rights specialist with experience before English and International courts and tribunals, as well as conducting training programmes and advising on human rights issues in jurisdictions all over the world. You can read more about Jonathan's own career path and find out how he combines his work as a leading barrister in Doughty Street Chambers with his work developing teaching and training programmes in Human Rights. https://justice.org.uk/jonathan-cooper-obe/ https://www.doughtystreet.co.uk/barristers/jonatha... Jonathan's talk will be of special interest to any students considering becoming a barrister and those with an interest in working in the area of Human Rights. An informal Q&A session will be accompanied by tea / coffee and biscuits. Full details
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11 February 201915:30

"Who is Afraid of Mimesis?", Dr Chiara Ambrosio (University College London)

Egenis seminar series. "All epistemology begins in fear," claim Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison (2007: 372) in the final chapter of their history of objectivity. Their account shows that our relationship with objectivity coincides with the story of the scientific self, and of the epistemic virtues that communities cultivate explicitly to "discipline" their practitioners. In this talk I aim to show that the notion of representation in philosophy of science, and in particular that of mimesis, followed a fate very similar to that of objectivity. Specifically, I claim that the somewhat tormented relationship philosophers of science have developed with mimetic accounts of representation marks just another chapter in the history of epistemic fear. Full details
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13 February 201915:30

Seminar Series - 'Religious decline in the West: Unravelling age, period and cohort effects'

Old people tend to be more religious than young people, and Western societies today are less religious than they were in the past. Scholars disagree, though, about what’s changing and why.. Full details
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15 February 2019

PGCE Primary Seminar Day

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18 February 201915:30

"Linnaeus in Lapland: Generating Knowledge in Transit" Dr Staffan Müller-Wille & Prof Elena Isayev (University of Exeter)

Egenis seminar series. We present our plans for a collaborative research project that consists of two intertwined elements: a new English on-line edition and translation of Carl Linnaeus's diary of a journey through Lapland undertaken in 1732, and a re-enactment of that journey. Full details
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19 February 201913:00

Education Theory Reading Network

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20 February 20199:30

GSE Director of Research Advisory Group (DoRAG)

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20 February 201910:30

Centre for Rural Policy Research Seminar Series

Dr. Rachel Kaleta first trained as an ecologist, and went on to gain a Masters and PhD in Ethnobiology at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Her research has focused on the sustainability of socio-ecological systems. She has conducted research on medicinal plant use by snake charmers in India, wild resource use in Morocco, and local food systems in the UK. Rachel’s current research is on socio-ecological food systems in the Tamar Valley. Rachel is a lecturer in Ecology and Ethnobotany at Eden Project Learning.. Full details
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21 February 201913:00

Pizza and Politics – PGR Seminar Series - speaker tbc

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25 February 201912:30

GSE All Staff Meeting

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25 February 201915:30

Dr David Santillo (University of Exeter)

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26 - 27 February 20199:00

Managing Intra-State Territorial Contestation: Iraq’s Disputed Territories in Comparative Perspective

Call for Papers (deadline 14th January 2019): Iraq’s Disputed Territories remain a source of contestation and instability. Located in the north of Iraq, this broad swathe of territory lying to the south of the Kurdistan Region, and including within it parts of the provinces of Nineveh, Erbil, Salahadin, Kirkuk, and Diyala, the Disputed Territories remain a focus of contestation between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government following the Kurdistan Region referendum of 2017 and the subsequent military response of the Government of Iraq. Furthermore, while the immediate threat of Islamic State actions has diminished, conditions in the Disputed Territories continue to create opportunities for the resurrection of militancy and insurgency, associated with the Sunni community, against the Government of Iraq and its allies. Full details
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27 February 201915:30

Seminar Series - “Measuring global gender inequality indicators using large-scale online advertising data”

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a key instrument in setting the agenda around global development until 2030. The promotion of gender equality features prominently in the SDGs, both as a standalone goal as well as in relation to other goals (e.g access to education). Full details
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28 February 201912:30

SSIS Careers: Working in Public Relations / Communications

Join Alicia De Haldevang (International Relations with Arabic and German, 2010), Public Relations and Digital Communications Manager at Atkins Global, who will deliver a session on what it's like to work in PR and communications. In this interactive workshop, Alicia will cover: An introduction with a career outline PR scenario group task Consolidation on how the skills you learn from your social sciences degree are relevant to your future employers Q&A on what steps you can take to get in to a PR careers The session will cover both UK and Middle Eastern opportunities, the skills required from your social sciences degrees to succeed in PR employment, what steps you can take to do so, as well as a Q&A where you will get the chance to ask our guest speaker the questions on your mind!. Full details
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1 March 2019

PGCE Secondary Seminar Day

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4 March 201915:30

SPA Seminar Series: Dr Geoff Hughes (University of Exeter) - "Cracks in the Screen: Technology, Media Liberalization and Authority in Networked Jordan"

This talk will examine how Jordan’s rapidly evolving media sector is transforming the nature of authority in Jordan. An older generation of leaders, known as sheikhs, confronts technologies they often don’t understand and a new generation that has little respect for their elders’ genealogical claims. Amidst a proliferation of social media tools that allow young people to use the idiom of the tribe to act quickly and decisively—even violently—in the political field without regard for their elders, the Jordanian government seeks to reassert control over a media sector that is increasingly international, for-profit, and privately held. Yet a new generation of would-be tribal leaders is rushing into the breach. Drawing on case studies of sheikhs, policemen, and journalists, I argue that the future of authority in Jordan will depend on the continued ability of leaders to use media to move between various scales, representing themselves individually while also convincingly standing in for li. Full details
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6 March 201912:45

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Regular centre meeting for staff and students (all welcome). Doctoral student Margaret Peat will be presenting her research. More details to follow. Full details
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6 March 201913:30

Data Analysis with R for Social Scientists

Building upon the basic introduction offered to R in workshop 4, this workshop will cover exploratory data analysis, quantitative data analysis, and visualising data using R, as well as introducing the various libraries that a user needs to be familiar with in order to carry out such tasks. Full details
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7 March 201913:00

Pizza and Politics – PGR Seminar Series - speaker tbc

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11 March 201915:30

"Responsible Futures:Industrial Biotechnology and the Challenge of Responsible Innovation", Dr Achim Rosemann (University of Exeter)

Egenis seminar series. Abstract to follow. Full details
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12 March 201913:00

A lecture by Professor Cathy Burnett (Sheffield Hallam University), The messiness of literacy: unsettling simple accounts of literacy through a baroque perspective on virtual play

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13 March 201915:30

Seminar Series - “Can genetics tell us anything about voting patterns, including Brexit?”

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15 March 2019

PGCE Primary Seminar Day

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18 March 201915:30

Dr Lara Choksey (University of Exeter)

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19 March 201912:30

Creativity and Emergent Educational-Futures Network (CEEN) Seminar - Professor Patricia McCormack (Anglia Ruskin University)

Patrick McCormack is Professor of Continental Philosophy at Anglian Ruskin University. Patricia is a researcher who has published in the areas of continental philosophy (especially Deleuze, Guattari, Serres, Irigaray, Lyotard, Kristeva, Blanchot, Ranciere), feminism, queer theory, posthuman theory, horror film, body modification, animal rights/abolitionism, cinesexuality and ethics. Full details
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20 March 20199:30

GSE Research Review Group

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20 March 201910:30

Centre for Rural Policy Research Seminar Series

David will explore how we might do academia differently to enhance the policy impact of our work. He will draw on a report on the role of research in the UK Parliament, co-authored with colleagues at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and UCL STEaPP, which gained insights from 157 MPs, Peers, and staff in Parliament. This report explored how individuals and groups in Parliament use research, and why particular types and sources of research are used more than others. Academic evidence was widely criticised for a number of reasons, including lack of timeliness, accessibility, and relevance, as well as its poor presentation. The talk will assess how academia can change to encourage the production of research which is more likely to influence policy David is a Lecturer in Geography at the University of East Anglia. He currently holds a Research Placement Fellowship at Defra and is seconded to the department for a day per week.. Full details
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20 March 201913:30

Longitudinal Data Analysis for Social Scientists

In this workshop you will learn about the principles of longitudinal data analysis; when it should be used and the advantages and disadvantages of longitudinal methods. Full details
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21 March 201913:00

Pizza and Politics – PGR Seminar Series - Ginny Thomas

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21 March 201913:00

Education Theory Reading Network

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22 March 2019

PGCE Secondary Seminar Day

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25 March 201915:30

"Citizen-Led Science and Participatory Science and Technology Studies" Dr Ernesto Schwartz-Marin (University of Exeter)

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15 April 201915:30

"Developing a cross cultural comparison of child mental health: stories from the field", Dr Ginny Russell, Dr Abby Russell & Daisy Elliott (University of Exeter)

Egenis seminar series. In this seminar we want to examine differing cultural understandings of child mental health gleaned from our recent working visits to Peru, India and Vietnam. We will each give a brief introduction to the history of one region, our host institutions, and the understandings of child mental health that we gleaned, using photos to illustrate. We hope to discuss how to synthesise culturally informed understandings about children’s mental health in a planned trans-national comparison. We will have a particular focus on girls’ mental health and gender inequality. Full details
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24 April 201911:30

GSE Director of Research Advisory Group (DoRAG)

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1 May 201912:45

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Regular centre meeting for staff and students (all welcome). Full details
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7 May 201916:30

GSE Lecture Series - Professor Elizabeth de Freitas (Manchester Metropolitan University)

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10 May 2019

PGCE Primary Seminar Day

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15 May 20199:30

GSE Research Review Group

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23 May 201912:30

GSE All Staff Meeting

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24 May 2019

PGCE Secondary Seminar Day

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5 June 201912:45

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

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10 June 201915:30

"An empirical challenge for scientific pluralism – Alternatives or Integration?" Sophie Juliane Veigl (University of Vienna, Austria)

Egenis seminar series. Scientific pluralism has become an increasingly popular position in the philosophy of science. One shared notion among scientific pluralists is that some or all natural phenomena require more than one theory, explanation or method to be fully understood. One distinction within pluralist positions is often overlooked. Some pluralists argue that several theories or explanations should be integrated (e.g. Mitchell, 2002). Others rather treat different theories and explanations as alternatives (e.g. Kellert, Longino and Waters, 2006). But does this distinction address the “nature” of the respective phenomena? And, consecutively: Are there genuine cases of “alternative” or “integrative” pluralism? In this talk I challenge this perspective and argue that it is not possible to uphold the distinction of alternatives vs. integration. Full details
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11 June 201913:00

Lecture by Professor Neil Humphrey (University of Manchester) Are the kids alright? Examining the intersection between education and mental health

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12 June 20199:30

GSE Director of Research Advisory Group (DoRAG)

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24 June 2019

Institute of Coding Summer School 2019 at the University of Exeter

For students with little or no experience of programming or coding, the Institute of Coding Summer School at Exeter is an opportunity to enhance your digital skills through a course designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of computer programming and social data analysis. Full details
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24 - 25 June 201912:00

LEEPin2019: The LEEP Institute's Meeting of International Excellence in Environmental and Resource Economics

LEEP’s inaugural conference will showcase the very best research at the cutting edge of environmental and resource economics, spread over two days in the run-up to the EAERE annual conference in Manchester. The conference will feature plenary sessions from a range of high profile speakers, as well as contributed talks and posters, on a range of topics, using a broad suite of methods. Keynote speakers include: Catherine Kling, Iowa State University, USA Paul Ferraro, Johns Hopkins University, USA Georgina Mace, University College London, UK Ian Bateman, University of Exeter, UK Graham Loomes, University of Warwick, UK Brett Day, University of Exeter, UK Christian Vossler, University of Tennessee, USA Find out more information here: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/leep/leepin2019/. Full details
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24 June 201915:30

Prof Dr Hakan Ertin

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2 July 2019

PGCE Secondary Seminar Day

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3 July 2019

PGCE Primary Seminar Day

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10 July 20199:30

GSE Research Review Group

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18 October 201910:00

Rob Merkin: Plenary Session, Asia-Pacific Insurance Conference

Asia-Pacific Insurance Conference October 2017, Singapore. Full details
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