Interdisciplinary Research Week Programme Launched

front coverYou may already have seen that the Interdisciplinary Team has recently announced the programme for the forthcoming Interdisciplinary Research Week. Now in its 4th year, IDR week offers a fantastic opportunity to see some of the exciting interdisciplinary research that is being supported by the 11 USRGs (University Strategic Research Groups) at the University.

There are a variety of events on offer, on topics from sustainability, to public health, web science, and collaboration between artists and scientists.

Highlights from the programme include:


TEDxSouthamptonUniversity: Flourishing in the 21st Century

Speakers: various

Sunday 23rd March 2014, Nuffield Theatre, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, 10.00 – 17.00

The first TEDxSouthamptonUniversity was held in 2013 and featured a range of talks that explored issues related to Sustainability. In 2014, TEDxSouthamptonUniversity will focus on what we can do to not only sustain but flourish. It will examine new ways of living in a new world. We may have to navigate dangers, some from the natural world, some from ourselves, but we can and arguably must also build a vision of what a good life is and how we and future generations can flourish in the 21st Century.


Question Time; Trust, Truth and Trolling: How We Handle the Web

Speakers: Pro Vice-Chancellor Judith Petts, Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Dr Lisa Harris, Professor Les Carr and Dr Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

Monday 24th March 2014, Garden Court, Highfield Campus, 09.45 – 11.45

Since Professor Tim Berners-Lee had the idea for the Web in 1989, it has grown faster and huger than anyone ever imagined it would and our efforts to manage it always seem to lag slightly behind its proliferation. It allows things to happen on an enormous scale. Is it out of control?

Come and hear researchers at the cutting edge as they set out the issues that the existence of the Web presents us with right now. Join Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Judith Petts as she introduces Dame Wendy Hall who has just launched the brand new discipline of Web Science; Dr Lisa Harris who is Chair of the Digital Economy USRG; Professor Les Carr, web scientist, open access advocate and Director of our Web Science doctoral training centre and

Dr Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon who specialises in Law and the Web. Hear them, have your say and enjoy free coffee and muffins!


Computationally Intensive Imaging Art Exhibition

Wednesday 26th March 2014, Building 85 Observatory, 12.00 – 14.00

The ability to exploit data processing/mining, visualisation, inverse modelling, large scale computation and best practice in data handling produces fundamental challenges in the information available, making computation a core element of virtually all major imaging developments. Southampton is well placed in supporting this reality of contemporary imaging. Commonality is identifiable across the Southampton activities in terms of both their computationally intensive nature and their interdisciplinarity. This exhibition will showcase some of the amazing 2D and 3D images used in research by members of the Computationally Intensive Imaging USRG who will also be on hand to explain the techniques used in creating these images.


WUN – International, Interdisciplinary and ‘On the Move’ – The Digital University

Speaker: Dr Graeme Earl

Thursday 27th March 2014, Nuffield Lecture Theatre A, 09.00 – 11.00

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) seeks to create new, multilateral opportunities for international collaboration in research. This session will explore how collaborations can be carried out within geographically dispersed research groups. All early career researchers (PGR and Post docs) are welcome to hear from experts and join in the discussion to find out how the community can benefit from and actively participate in on-going projects. In the second half, there will be an online speed dating session with other researchers across the world. Don’t miss this chance to network live, find out more and enjoy doughnuts and coffee.


All of the events will include refreshments and an opportunity to network with other attendees. We hope that you will be able to join us.

To find out more about the other events happening as part of the programme, please see the Interdiscplinary Research website. Tickets at any of the events can be booked using Eventbrite. (NB: Tickets for TEDx will be available from the Nuffield Theatre)

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