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Universities Week 2014

Universities Week 2014


The University of Reading is delighted to be part of Universities Week, a national campaign that, this year, is focused on raising the profile of university research and its impact on our everyday lives. Events and activities will be taking place at institutions all over the country and here at Reading we are proud to host a special showcase programme:

Turing2014: Can machines think?

Turing2014Saturday 7 June, 10.00am - 6.30pm
The Royal Society, London

Think you can recognise human from machine?

The School of Systems Engineering is pleased to present a special event at the Royal Society, marking the 60th anniversary of Alan Turing's death with a unique opportunity to see live Turing tests - machines pitted against humans in Alan Turing's famous experiment, 'Can machines think?'

Watch the video trailer for this event >>>

Admission is free but places are limited.  To book a place and for more information, contact: Dr Huma Shah:  (Advance booking open until 5.00pm, Wednesday 4 June. Admission without advance booking is subject to availability on the day)

University of Reading at the Natural History Museum: Bees, berries and bicycles - the incredible story of a fruit smoothie

NHM ExhibitionMonday 9 - Friday 13 June
Natural History Museum, London

For one week only, the Natural History Museum will play host to Universities Week 2014 with a celebration of research from institutions across the UK in its famous Darwin Centre. The University of Reading's exhibit will allow visitors to explore, participate in and enjoy the incredible story of a fruit smoothie showcasing leading research from our Faculty of Life Sciences.

Admissions is free. School groups are welcome, advance booking required. Please call: 0207 942 5555

Visit the Universities Week 2014 website for more information about the week-long exhibition

For Museum opening times during the week, please visit the Natural History Museum website

Research in action: Sensory objects showcase and seminars

MERL Research in actionShowcase: Monday 9 June | Seminars: Tuesday 10 June
Museum of English Rural Life

The 'Sensory Objects' project, a collaboration between the Department of Art and the School of Systems Engineering at the University of Reading and the University of East London, has been working with students from Reading College LLD/D (Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities) department to create interactive sensory objects in response to their experiences at the Museum of English Rural Life.

For more information, visit the Museums' Universities Week 2014 events page.

Café Scientifique: Making technology work for you: home based rehabilitation and assisted daily living

Cafe ScientifiqueMonday 9 June, 7.30pm
Monroe's Rib House, 61 St Mary's Butts, Reading, RG1 2LG

In this talk, Professor Rachel McCrindle will discuss and demonstrate the current research at Reading to aid people who need daily assistance around the home.

Projects include: Kinect - patients can continue with personalised stroke/brain injury rehabilitation programmes after they leave hospital using the Microsoft Kinect.

And an app for smartphones that could remind a person to take their medicine on time or even inform a relative if they leave the house

Admission is free, all welcome. For more information, visit the Café Scientifique website.

Community Open Event

TueCommunity Open Eventsday 10 June, 6.30pm
Department of Art, Earley Gate, Whiteknights campus

The Department of Art is delighted to host this special community event, offering a unique chance to see the community projects that Reading's own Art students have developed and produced, as well as an opportunity to view this year's Art Degree Show.

Admission is free, but places are limited. Register online to attend this event >>>

This event is also part of our Celebration of Arts and Culture 

Research Showcase: The creative industries

Research ShowcaseWednesday 11 June, 12.30pm - 7.00pm
Museum of English Rural Life

This event will include a unique opportunity to view the working manuscript of Samuel Beckett's first major work, Murphy, on public display for the first time in 50 years.

This special event will showcase how the University's world-leading research feeds into the UK's creative economy, focusing on theatre and film.

For more information, visit the Museums' Universities Week 2014 events page.

Inaugural Regius Professor Lecture: Blowing hot and cold - the strange story of the Earth's atmosphere

Regius Professor lecture 2014Thursday 12 June, 7.30pm
Henley Business School, Whiteknights campus

Professor Keith Shine, Regius Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science, Department of Meteorology

We are all used to the obvious fact that the Earth is, on average, warmest at the equator and coldest at the poles. But this isn't obvious at all - away from the Earth's surface it is anything but true. Professor Shine will take us on a journey through the atmosphere to describe and explain what a strange and unique place it is.

The University's Department of Meteorology was one of just 12 UK institutions to be awarded a Regius Professorship by HM The Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee. This is a rare privilege, until the recent awards, only two such professorships had been created in the past century. This special lecture is in honour of this historic appointment at Reading.

Admission is free, but places are limited. Register online to attend this event >>>

Ure Move: Young curators at the Ure Museum

Young curators at the Ure MuseumSaturday 14 June, 4.30pm - 6.30pm
The Ure Museum, Whiteknights campus

The Ure Museum is delighted to present this special event to showcase the Ure Move project. Visit the museum and learn about the collection that inspired the project, make your own animation and explore the app for iPads that was designed around the project. 

Admission is free, but places are limited. To book a place, please contact: or call 0118 378 6990

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