BU’s next Public Lecture Day is taking place on Monday 15 April 2019
Join us for a varied programme of lectures and discussions highlighting some of the fantastic research taking place at Bournemouth University. Come along to learn and engage with our guest speakers about their research.
You’re welcome to attend all or any of our lectures:
12:00–12:45 – Arrival/Lunch
12:45–13:35 – Professor Ann Hemingway & Professor Adele Ladkin Staying Active and Independent for Longer (SAIL)
The SAIL project explores ways to keep us all healthier for longer as we age across four countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the UK. The SAIL research team are working with local authorities, businesses, charities and older people to learn from experiences and to try out different strategies. This talk will give you an insight into the achievements of the SAIL project research so far and the opportunity to discuss ways in which you can stay active for longer.
13:40–14:30 – Professor Alan Breen – Back pain: Another way to look at it
Lower back pain is the largest cause of days lost to disability in the world and is felt at some point in the lives of around 80% of us. While the statistics are staggering, they are getting worse, with the majority of cases having no diagnosis, let alone a cure. Why is this condition so resistant to the personalised medical advances to which so many other disorders are gradually surrendering? This talk will review our knowledge of back pain as a socio-medical concept, visit the paradigms used to approach it and consider what is new in understanding its physical mechanisms.
14:30–14:50 – Tea/Coffee Break
14:50–15:40 – Dr Chris Stantis – The Hyksos Enigma: Researching the 15th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt
The Hyksos formed the 15th Dynasty, ruling Egypt between c.1650 - 1550 BCE. Their process of gaining power and historical impact is a mystery, as textual representation was largely destroyed when "true" Egyptians reclaimed power. With funding from the European Research Council, a collaborative multinational research programme has been established to investigate who these people were. This talk will explore the fascinating research being pursued to study this little-known period in Near Eastern history by examining tombs and cemeteries at their capital and incorporating the use of cutting-edge chemical techniques on human remains.
15:45–16:35 – Dr Ellen Seiss – The effect of emotion on cognition: What can we learn from those with obsessive-compulsive disorders?
Our emotions influence a lot of our everyday cognitions, for example how we tend to certain situations, how we memorise information and how we make decisions. This emotional effect is more pronounced in people living with anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Those affected often try to avoid ‘harmful’ events with ritualised behaviours; such as checking doors, lights, or extreme cleanliness rituals. This talk will give you a brief insight into how emotions alter attention, memory and decision-making in those with obsessive-compulsive disorders.