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News Spotlight on sustainability in virtual events series

Researchers tackling some of the modern world’s biggest challenges join forces in a series of collaborative talks by Staffordshire University

Profs in the Pav Online  kicks off on Monday 5 October
Image: Profs in the Pav Online kicks off on Monday 5 October

Profs in the Pav has been a fantastic way to bring together students, staff and the public to learn about real-world research happening here at Staffs. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some of the biggest challenges faced by society and highlights just how important this research is.

Klaudia Tomkowiak, Staffordshire University Events Manager

Profs in the Pav is going virtual and returns this month with the ‘Global Sustainability Series’ which addresses issues from health inequalities to peace and justice, and pollution.

Each talk pairs up Professors from different disciplines to discuss how they are working towards the same goals through their research.

The series kicks off on Monday 5 October with Good Health and Wellbeing in an Unequal World by Christopher Gidlow, Professor of Applied Health Research, and Aoife Healy, Associate Professor of Human Movement Biomechanics. They will address why the gap between the health of the richest and poorest is widening and what can be done to prevent this continuing.

This is followed by Governance in a Time of Crisis: what could go wrong? by Dr Simon Smith, Associate Professor of Security and International Relations, and Dr Joanne Turner, Associate Professor of Criminology, who will discuss the impact of the COVID pandemic on the courts and prisons.

Finally, inequalities in air quality and plastic pollution will bring together r Claire Gwinnett, Professor of Forensics and Environmental Science, and Jon Fairburn, Professor of Sustainable Development, in the final talk Pollution: Just because we can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there!

Klaudia Tomkowiak, Staffordshire University Events Manager, said: “Profs in the Pav has been a fantastic way to bring together students, staff and the public to learn about real-world research happening here at Staffs. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some of the biggest challenges faced by society and highlights just how important this research is.

“Although we can’t currently welcome people onto campus, this virtual series will provide double the value by bringing together some of the brightest research minds from across the University and we hope that even more people will be able to join us online.”

Staffordshire University’s Autumn events calendar will also see newly instated Professors deliver their inaugural lectures. On Thursday 1 October Dr Peter Kevern, Professor of Values in Health and Social Care, will explore the impact of faith-based groups in his lecture The Hands of God? The Contribution of religious communities to social care.

This will be followed by Graham Williams, Professor of Forensic Biology who explains the research behind the use of DNA in criminal casework in The Sign of Four: Uncovering Clues within the DNA on Tuesday 10 November.

Book your place or find further information about Staffordshire University’s upcoming virtual events below:

Profs in the Pav Online: Global Sustainability Series

Inaugural Professorial Lectures

For more information about the wide range of events delivered by Staffordshire University visit www.staffs.ac.uk/events

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