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Public Lecture Series

Online Public Lecture Series 2022

We're sharing the best of BU through a series of free online public lectures.

From ageing well to protecting our environment and dealing with disaster, these monthly events will cover some of the biggest issues facing our world and showcase how Bournemouth University research and expertise is helping to make a difference. 

Find out more about our upcoming events and book your free place. 

Our next event

Building back better: what next for Dorset?

Thursday 7 July 2022, 7pm - 8pm 

 Find out how Bournemouth University is supporting the regional economy, boosting skills and advancing growth.

An aerial shot of Bournemouth, capturing much of the town, with the beach and sea on the horizon

Researchers from BU will be joined by local representatives from the Poole Business Improvement District and the Dorset Chamber, to discuss the future of our region in a panel discussion.

We'll focus on three main themes:

  • The future of the high street
  • Skills gaps in the local economy
  • What makes Dorset special?

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Watch our previous events

Listening to seldom heard voices 
Wednesday 1 June

This event took place during Pride month to share how Bournemouth University is challenging marginalisation and working with communities who are often under-represented.

At this event, Dr Christopher Pullen and Dr Ieuan Franklin spoke about their work understanding the experiences of LGBTQ+ refugees and how best to support them.

Dr Jayne Caudwell shared her project looking into the challenges and benefits of swimming sessions for transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming participants.

Watch the recording of the event:

Recording of BU's online public lecture, featuring Dr Jayne Caudwell, Dr Christopher Pullen and Dr Ieuan Franklin


Learning from the past: how humans have adapted to crisis
Thursday 12 May 2022

Climate change, species extinction, flooding - humanity was facing all these threats to survival thousands of years ago.

Discover the powerful messages from the past being revealed by BU's archaeology and palaeontology researchers - and what they might tell us about how to deal with the crises of the 21st century. 

Principal Academic Dr Sally Reynolds spoke about her work exploring fossil footprints in White Sands National Park and what they can tell us about human migration and the hunting of megafauna, such as giant sloth.

Lecturer in Archaeological & Palaeoenvironmental Modelling Dr Philip Riris discussed how ancient humans adapted to changes in their climate and environment.

Watch the recording of the event:

A recording of BU's online public lecture, featuring Dr Sally Reynolds and Dr Philip Riris

The Secret Life of Poole Harbour

Tuesday 26 April 2022

The second largest natural harbour in the world, Poole plays host to a fascinating array of wildlife. This event explored how Bournemouth University is helping to protect these creatures and their habitats, both above and below the water. 

Professor Roger Herbert spoke about using artificial reefs and rockpools to provide habitats for marine life and increase biodiversity, and Professor Richard Stillman discussed his work balancing coastal bird conservation with human development. 

Watch the recording of the event: 

A recording of BU's online public lecture - The Secret Life of Poole Harbour.

Beside the seaside: the past, present and future of the Great British seaside 
Thursday 24 March 2022

'Staycations' are more popular than ever, with restrictions on foreign travel throughout the Covid-19 pandemic meaning more holidaymakers chose to stay in the country and visit British resorts. 

But what does the future hold for the Great British seaside, and how have seaside resorts adapted over the years? 

Dr Anya Chapman, Dr Duncan Light, Dr Tim Gale and Dr Sam Goodman explored the heritage of British resorts, their heyday and decline, regeneration and the changing uses of our seaside spaces. 

Watch the recording of the event: 

A recording of our online public lecture - Beside the seaside: the past, present and future of the Great British Seaside. Dr Anya Chapman, Dr Duncan Light, Dr Tim Gale and Dr Sam Goodman explored the heritage of British resorts, their heyday and decline, regeneration and the changing uses for our seaside spaces.

Living better for longer
Thursday 17 February 2022

As we get older, it becomes more important than ever that we find ways to keep our minds and bodies fit and well, whether that be through exercise, good nutrition or learning new skills. 

Professor Jane Murphy, Dr Sophia Amenyah, Dr Samuel Nyman and Professor Ann Hemingway shared some of the ways in which Bournemouth University is supporting people to live better, healthier lives, and age well.

The event also featured a live Tai Chi demonstration by qualified instructor Michael Acton. 

Watch the recording of the event: 

A recording of BU's online public lecture event - Living Better for Longer - which explored research into healthy ageing