Week 2 highlights

Thanks to all our committed #shef10bn students who are bringing so much energy and insight to 10bn, we are really enjoying all of your input and ideas so far. Here are the main events to look forward to next week!


Driving in a world of 10bn:

Monday 20th Feb, room 19.4 (top floor) Arts Tower

Take part in an experiment run by the School of Architecture with Psychology. Research assistant Scott Fox will kindly be available all day, so you can pop in anytime between

10am – 4pm. You will spend around 5 minutes driving in daylight and then in night time conditions, in the custom built experiment room.

How does light affect your perception of the road and other vehicles? In particular, what do we think urban environments might resemble in the future?

Tuesday 21st Feb, Food workshop, 3-4pm, Info Commons 1:20

Dr Megan Blake from Geography leads this fun and interactive session. What are the main issues with food inequalities in our society? Dr Blake will tell us more about her current research project and in groups, we will analyse the key debates to come up with interesting headlines which could be used to inform people and policy.


Our first migration themed event this week features Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson, academic lead for 10bn and co-researcher of ‘the Longer story, bigger picture’, which explores issues of representation in migration. Those of you doing 10bn online can find out loads more about this on the course. All welcome, come along to the Alfred Denny conference room 11-1pm on Tuesday 21st Feb.

Weds 22nd Feb, 10-12am, Information Commons 1:20

There’s another migration themed event this week, led by Dr Casey Strine, a historian at UoS who explores the study of migration to reconstruct ancient history and to interpret ancient texts. All UoS staff and students are welcome to find out more about how involuntary migration – people fleeing environmental disasters, war, or persecution in various forms – influences the ways groups construct their history, tell those stories, and respond to the other cultures they meet in their movements. In this session we will have the opportunity to make artefacts which respond to the theme.

*10bn border guards will be checking tickets upon arrival – please bring your eventbrite confirmation!  Visas will be provided.

Water debate: Thursday 23rd Feb, Firth Court Lecture Theatre (FO2)

As we all know, water is essential to life, so how do we ensure there will be enough clean water for everyone as the global population grows? This key event features leading academics from the University, including Prof James Wilsden (director Nexus Network), Dr Vanessa Speight (Water Centre and director Twenty65) and Tinashe Mawodza from the Grantham Centre. The panel will present videos and information about the latest critical issues and technological innovations for you the audience to explore and ask questions.

Antibiotics breakthrough: Fri 24 Feb, 14:00 – 15:30 Alfred Denny PC room

Antibiotics, we’ve all heard the stats! 10 million lives a year at risk due to superbug infections and ever-increasing antibiotic resistance. So, how did a young academic’s belief in his work become one of the biggest impact stories in science with the potential to address a key societal issue that affects us all?

In a career spanning 30 years, Professor of Functional Genomics Jon Sayers’ world leading research is developing a new class of antibiotics which target highly drug-resistant bacteria. Join Prof Sayers in this computer lab session making use of 3d molecular graphics technology to explore how we visualise atoms, molecular proteins and DNA.

By Fran Sutherland

Educational Developer

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