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Events Highlights: March 2021

Events highlights

This term we have an exciting programme of online events which may interest staff. Please see below for a list of our upcoming highlights:

Edith Morley Lecture featuring Scarlett Curtis

Monday 1 March 2021, 19.00-20.15


To mark International Women's Day, we were delighted to present this annual event in memory of Edith Morley, believed to be the first woman to be awarded the title of professor in a British University. This year, this special event will feature writer, activist, podcaster and journalist, Scarlett Curtis. Scarlett is the curator of the Sunday Times Bestseller and National Book Award winning "Feminists Don't Wear Pink & other lies" and curator of Sunday Times Bestselling book "It's Not Okay to Feel Blue & other lies".

Edith Morley Lecture Booking Link

You can also view our full programme of International Women’s Day events in this story

March Public Lecture - Preventing a clotting catastrophe: the Covid connection

Wednesday 10 March 2021, 19.00-19.45


Talk given by Professor Jon Gibbins, School of Biological Sciences.

Our blood needs to clot quickly when we injure ourselves to keep us safe but blood clotting sometimes happens where it shouldn't. If this is inside our veins and arteries, a process known as thrombosis occurs. While thrombosis is best known as the trigger for heart attacks and strokes, understanding unwanted clotting has become a major focus in 2020. Severe COVID-19 infection triggers clots to form in the lungs which are responsible for life-threatening impacts on lung function. In this lecture we will explore what we have discovered about how and why clot formation occurs in this context, and how we are using this knowledge to test the effects of existing medicines that could alleviate the most serious consequences of COVID-19 infection.

March Public Lecture Booking Link


Spring Online Alumni Lecture Series: COVID - Stories from the Frontline

Asking the difficult questions: Reporting on COVID 

Thursday 25 March 2021, 18.30-19.30


The past year has been a unique and exceptional year for everybody, including journalists. COVID-19 has not only thrust them into the middle of a fast-moving, constantly changing story but has also completely overhauled the way they work. As the Science Editor for ITV News, Reading graduate Tom Clarke (BSc Zoology, 1994) has been at the forefront of reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and has experienced this life-changing story first-hand.  Chaired by Paul Inman, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), this online lecture will provide an insight into how COVID-19 has changed the way news coverage is reported in the media. Tom will share how the pandemic has impacted his working life and will reveal the challenges he's faced in seeking out the answers to the difficult questions directly from Number 10 Downing Street.

Spring Alumni Lecture Series Booking Link


If you would like to find out more information, please see our full event listing.

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