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Birmingham Year of Science Events

Millennium PointLow Carbon Meeting: From Partnership to Lift-off with Hamid Mughal @RollsRoyce; SimonBrewerton @RDMGroup; Barry Shrier Liberty Electric Cars; Kevin Kendall @Adelan/Bham, Chairs: Julia King & Bjorn Birgisson @AstonUni

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Innovative Healthcare Meeting From Design to Delivery with Louise Leong @ABPI; Asif Ahmed@AstonUni; Chris Parker @WMAHSN;Charlie Craddock @UHB at the Binding Site


Digital World Meeting:Doing Business with Data with Steffan Aquarone @Dropletpay; Caroline Beavon on data design;Robin Vickers @digilifesci; Vicky Sargent @Boilerhouse; Max Little @AstonUni & Andrew Mackenzie

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Upcoming Events

Prof Tim Benton, Champion for Global Food Security, University of Leeds on The World Food Situation at the University of Birmingham on November 25 (free)

UK Energy Storage Conference at the University of Warwick from November 25-27 (£150/50)

International Agency & Distribution Agreements seminar by the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry on November 26 (free)

Masum Billah gives the Smart Cities Lecture at Staffordshire University on November 26 (free)

TARGETpostgrad Study & Funding Fair at the ICC on November 26 (free)

Harvey Nash Technology Event We are all hackers now at the Think Tank, Millennium Point on November 26 (free)

Priestley Lecture by the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP at the University of Birmingham on November 27 (free)

Adrian Leaman & Bill Bordass The Usable Buildings Trust on Design intent to reality at The Bond Company on Nov 27 (£15-102)

Lord Michael Heseltine on Changing the role of Whitehall at University of Birmingham on November 27 (free)

Movers and Shakers: Developing the West Midlands with Nathan Cornish, Urban Splash; Andy Robinson, Seven Capital; Waheed Nazir, Birmingham City Council and Alan Charters, Aston University at Macdonald Burlington Hotel on Nov 28 (£54)

1st UK-China Symposium on Polymer Nanocomposites at the University of Warwick from December 1-3

Brand Marketing by Quarto Perspective at Cobalt Square in Edgbaston on December 2 (free)

Prof Jonathan Tritter: From citizen to customer: Governance and accountability challenges in the marketisation of the public sector at Aston University on Dec 4 (free)

The Implications of the Autumn Statement Business Breakfast followed by the Global Trade Fair: Midlands at University of Wolverhampton on December 4 (free)

Mobile Apps in Research Summit at the University of Birmingham on December 4

Solving Urban Challenges with Data by Jenni McDonnell, The Knowledge Transfer Network at The Studio, Birmingham on December 8 (free)

International Conference on High Speed Rail at the Bramall Music Building from Dec 8-10

Intellectual Property and International Trade by Aston Business School in West Bromwich on December 9 (free)

Birmingham-Start Up Loans Introduction Workshop by Startup Direct at Faraday Wharf on December 9 (free)

High Growth Teams workshop by GrowthAccelerator in West Bromwich on December 9 (free)

Strategy workshop: Balancing innovation with business as usual at Faraday Wharf on December 9 (free)

Innovation Feast at Warwick'sInternational Digital Laboratoryfrom December 10-11 (free)

Entrepreneurial Thinking Workshop by Entrepreneurial Spark at St Philips Square on December 12 (free)

MIA 9th International Low Carbon Racing Conference at the NEC Birmingham on January 7

Climate Just workshop by Climate UK at Aston University on January 7 (free)

7th January 2015

Newcomen Society: David Ensor from MIRA Ltd on History of Instrumentation and Testing at the Thinktank Theatre on Jan 7 (free)

Birmingham-Business Mentor drop in by Startup Direct at Faraday Wharf on January 8 (free)

Heiner Evanschitzky, Professor of Marketing on Today’s friend, tomorrow’s foe and the thing called loyalty at Aston University on Jan 22 (free)

Newcomen Society: John Porter on Engines for the Titanic – insights from a Ship’s Engineer at the Thinktank Theatre on Feb 4 (free)

Ian Holliday, Professor of Psychology on Seeing Sense at Aston University on Feb 18 (free)

Prof Maria Heckl on Engineering mathematics for a greener future at Keele University on March 16

Prof Istemi Demirag on Do Public Private Partnerships provide value for money for the taxpayers at Keele Universityon March 23

Andrew Ellis, Professor of Photonics on Making light work of the internet: How photonics has powered the information revolution at Aston University on Apr 30 (free)

Insider Made in the Midlands Awards at the NEC Birmingham on May 20 (££)

Richard Crisp, Professor of Psychology on Adapting to Diversity at Aston University on May 20 (free)

Biomedical Science Congress at the ICC Birmingham on Sept 15 (££)

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