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9 December 2014
Dementia debate Parliamentary and scientific committee meeting
UCL researchers interested in this debate should contact Olivia Stevenson for further details: (o.stevenson@ucl.ac.uk), Public Policy Impact Facilitator, Office of the Vice-Provost (Research)

1 December 2014
Bartlett Research Exchange: Ethics in Built Environment Research – what particular challenges do we face as built environment professionals and researchers to practice ethically today?
The challenge of how to behave ethically faces each one of us, but certain moments and conditions can present particularly urgent problems, especially for those with responsibilities for the built environment – how to reduce energy consumption and so avoid runaway climate catastrophe is one, urban regeneration and its associated inequalities looks increasingly like being another, and there are certainly many more... Further details and registration

25 November 2014
Case management for frail older people: the Swedish experience

It is predicted that by 2050 around a third of all Europeans will be aged over 60. With this ageing population there has been a renewed focus on research into effective models of care to promote independence and reduce health care costs for frail older people in community settings. Drs Kristensson and Sandberg will present their substantial work on case management as a model of care for frail older people, including systematic reviews, epidemiological longitudinal studies, qualitative studies and a Randomised Controlled Trial.  Further details and registration

7 November 2014
Workshop: The Social Web, A Community Technology For Healthy Ageing
Supported by a Grand Challenge Small Grant (2012-13)
This workshop is designed for people and organisations that have an interest in how internet and tablet touch screen technologies can be utilised effectively with older adult populations. The objective of this interactive event is to share practical outcomes emergent from research conducted over the past year with elder populations who live in Stratford, East London and to demonstrate how technology can be used to benefit elders' wellbeing. Further details and registration

29 October 2014
Launch of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Culture & Health
People around the world construct well-being and health in strikingly different and complex ways, and the impact that alternative socio-cultural values have on health consequences is powerful. To address the vast lacuna in approaches to health policy that use measures of well-being external to biological, biomedical and economic categories, the University College London-Lancet Commission on Culture and Health researched and developed by the cross-disciplinary membership of the UCL Science, Medicine and Society Network examined ways in which health and health systems are critically entwined with domains of culture and reviewed the systematic neglect of culture in health. Further details and registration

21 October, 2014
Is Big (geo) Data the next big thing in GIScience?
Prof Michael Goodchild, UC Santa Barbara Prof Goodchild is widely considered to be the father of GIScience, and this is a rare opportunity to hear his views on the future of the discipline. The talk will be followed by a reception in G04 Chadwick building at 6pm, where you will have the opportunity to talk with Prof Goodchild directly. Further details and registration

16 October 2014
Why prosperity now?
Professor Henrietta Moore, head of UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, begins the Sound Bites series with the question, why is global prosperity a relevant topic today? Join Professor Moore for a 15 minute talk, then join in the debate. Register

13 October 2014 (6-9pm)
UCL Grand Challenges Celebration
This event will celebrate the first five years of UCL Grand Challenges, and aims to reflect and build upon the personal and institutional experiences gained. Through open discussion we aim to define the actions needed to strengthen, enhance and enable further cross-disciplinary engagement within and beyond our university, for the benefit of society.  Further details and registration

4 - 8 August 2014
UCL Centre for Behaviour Change Summer School 2014: Behaviour Change - Principles and Practice
The Summer School will introduce the principles of behaviour change and demonstrate how these can be applied to a range of practical problems, from supporting change amongst patients and health professionals to planning and supporting change in organisations and communities. Further details

16-20 June 2014
UCL Grand Challenges Summer School
UCL Grand Challenges are offering the opportunity for all UCL Research students to apply to this year’s week long Summer School. We seek to provide an experience for research students at UCL that enables them to understand and discuss the Grand Challenges philosophy and also develop practical skills in preparing research proposals that necessitate and combine expertise from different disciplines.

2 June 2014
Theories and Models of Behaviour Change: How useful are they?
There is a general consensus that designing and evaluating interventions to change behaviour are strengthened by drawing on theory. However, disciplines have differing views about what makes for a "good" theory and how they are best applied.
Supported by GCHW (Executive Group Membership Fund). Further details and registration

19-20 May 2014
Generating Social Trust in the 21st Century
Building social trust presents enormous challenges today for European political leaders. Focusing on three broad domains (health, welfare, and the economy), this two-day forum seeks to explore the potential effects of trust-building on new efforts to address social instability. Further details and registration.

4 April 2014
What are the important questions for research into ageing? A public engagement workshop for people aged 70 and over
This workshop aims to seek the views of people aged 70 and over on what are the important issues that need further research. We will share ideas and problems, identify questions that may need further research to address, and prioritise which of these are most important.
NB: This workshop is only open to members of the public aged 70 and over.  It is NOT open to academic researchers.  Further details and registration

3-4 April 2014
Does my Culture affect your Care?
International Workshop on the Bloomsbury Cultural Formulation Interview: Theory and Clinical skills, UCL Mental Health Sciences UnitA unique interactive, experiential 17 CPD points accredited workshop for clinicians and social scientists working in mental health. Participants will learn key medical anthropological concepts & clinical cultural interview skills. Further details and registration

25 March 2014
Who Cares for Survivors of Torture
An evening of film, discussion, and an exhibition of artworks by survivors of torture organised by the UCL Science Medicine and Society Network (SMS).  Even in the best of times public sentiment often fails to extend to individuals and families seeking a homeland free from torture and oppression. In the aftermath of government cutbacks, those without political voice or rights are often the first to be affected. Alarmingly, sometimes those who would otherwise care for the tortured may become complicit in oppression when outsiders are considered dangerous.
Film screening (5pm) Lecture Theatre 1, UCL Cruciform building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT  REGISTER
Discussion, exhibition and reception (6:30pm) UCL Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY

20 March 2014
How Universities Can Help Create a Wiser World
In order to make progress towards a better world we need to learn how to do it. And for that we need institutions of learning rationally designed and devoted to helping us solve our global problems, make progress towards a better world. It is just this that we lack at present.
A lecture by Nick Maxwell Emeritus Reader in History and Philosophy of Science, Dept of Science & Technology Studies. Further details and registration
Post-discussion comment from Nick Maxwell

27 February 2014
Tackling Age Inequalities: a research agenda
This multi-disciplinary, cross-faculty, half day workshop aims to bring together expertise from across UCL and generate a research agenda/new collaborations for research on age inequalities. Whilst there is a large literature on inequalities by social class, gender and geography there has been little empirical research on inequalities by age. General recommendations that presently predominate in ageing policies, whether medical, social or economic are often based on assumptions, and extrapolations from research in other groups. Further details and registration

21st February 2014
Urban Paradox: Human Evolution and the 21st Century Town

The town is not our natural habitat. For most of the last three million years, we evolved as hunter-gatherers, living off the land in small kin-groups and tribal societies, developing a complex working relationship with nature. Culturally, we are still adapting to urbanized living: our technologies, towns, economies and societies have developed at a remarkable speed. Anatomically, however, we have not evolved at the same electric pace: genetically, we remain much as we were before towns developed, or even before large-scale farming was adopted 5,000-10,000 years ago.
Further details    

This event has been supported by a Grand Challenges Small Grant

17 February 2014
Launch Evening: UCL Centre for Behaviour Change
Funded by the Provost’s Strategic Development Fund together with support from UCL’s Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing and five Faculty Deans, the Centre aims to increase the quality and quantity of academic activity in behaviour change at UCL, increase its public profile and its engagement with policy-makers, industry and support UCL in becoming a leading and world renowned centre for expertise in behaviour change.

10 February 2014
Access to Research Involving Children - An Intensive Workshop
Children and Young people are being denied the right to benefit from research. There is a mistaken and outdated notion that they need to be protected from research, but the reality is that children are being harmed by not being included. The importance of children taking place in Research cannot be underestimated. Children are not small adults; the medicines and treatments children receive need to be trialled and shown to be effective in them and not simply assumed to be from the results of research in adults.
Further details  Registration

23 January 2014
UCL Institute of Mental Health Town Hall Meeting
Over the next twenty years the global burden of mental health disorders will increase dramatically. Already one third of people will suffer from a mental health disorder during their lifetime, and the total cost to the UK economy alone was £48.6bn in 2007 rising to £88.5bn in 2026. Our Faculty has the intellectual, scientific and practical resources necessary to address and solve these global problems, but they are dispersed across the Faculty in different Divisions and Institutes. This makes it challenging for external stakeholders to recognise our communal strengths, and much harder to coordinate efforts focused on solving the burden of mental health disorders. There is now a unique opportunity to create a sustainable focus for both basic and applied research within the faculty addressing the major mental health challenges of our time. This Town Hall meeting is called to discuss creating within the next year an Institute for Mental Health within the Faculty of Brain Sciences. Further details and registration

21 January 2014
The complexity of decision-making – UCL Honorary Professor Noreena Hertz
UCL Honorary Professor Noreena Hertz discusses her new book Eyes Wide Open which considers how to improve decision-making; managing information excess; assessing the credibility of information; and making best use of advice. This event is chaired by Professor Jo Wolff (UCL Philosophy) with panelists Professor Susan Michie (UCL Health Psychology), Professor Wendy Carlin (UCL Economics) and Dr Claire Craig (Deputy Head of the Government Office for Science). This event is followed by a drinks reception.
Further details and registration

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