Birmingham: The Smarter, Greener Science City – Keynote Video

Last week we held an event in partnership with Aston University as part of the British Science Festival 2014, called ‘Birmingham: The Smarter, Greener, Science City’. It featured a keynote from Rick Robinson, Executive Architect of Smart Cities, IBM.
Rick talked about the challenges and opportunities arising from from increasing urbanisation, and what Birmingham should do about it. He also talked about the Smart City Alliance, a group of companies and institutions in Birmingham taking a bottom-up approach to supporting innovation, involving communities and driving collaboration across the city.
You can watch the full keynote below:
There were also talks from David Hardman, CEO of Innovation Birmingham, BCU’s Professor of Landscape Architechture Kathryn Moore, Jim Scott of Aston University on the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) and many more. There was also a talk on sustainable food and the street food revolution by Brum Yum Yum.
Further videos and photos will follow, in the meantime take a look at a Twitter timeline of the event on Storify. 


Researching Life in Birmingham seminar

On Tuesday 14 January researchers from across the University gathered to share research they have done in, or about, Birmingham. The purpose of the small seminar was to discuss possible crossover between disciplines and begin to develop a shared knowledge base. This is the beginning of an ongoing project to raise visibility of such research, and open up further avenues for cross-disciplinary work.

The presentations illustrate the diversity of the research taking place; all are available to download below (in PDF).

Peter Larkham (Technology, Enginnering & Environment (TEE)) – The post-war rebuilding of Birmingham

Steve McCabe (Business School) – Exploring the traditions of immigrant workers in Birmingham

Beck Collins (TEE) – Renewable energy projects

Paula McGee (Health) – Irish mental health in Birmingham

Fatemeh Rabiee-Khan (Health) – Redressing health inequality

Richard Hatcher (Education, Law & Social Sciences) – The new Birmingham Education Partnership

Annette Naudin (Performance, Media & English) – Birmingham as a creative city: a milieu for learning

There was also a verbal presentation from Martin Glynn, who recently completed his doctorate with BCU. His presentation was titled ‘Reflecting the city using urban ethnography’.

Look out for more news items and features as the project progresses.

Imaginarium Call: Deadline 8 November

The BIAD Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR) and Selfridges will next year launch ‘Imaginarium’ – a series of interactive workshops over a 3-week period in February 2014 in Selfridges, Birmingham – and they are looking for ideas.

The Imaginarium ‘call out’ is for artists, inventors, experimenters, product designers and musicians to respond with imaginative projects, processes and products that can be developed and showcased to the public next year. Imaginarium is part of the ‘Festival of Imagination’, which is taking place across Birmingham, London and Manchester.

The deadline for responses is on 8 November at 5.00pm, so act quickly if you would like to get involved.

For more information, download the Imaginarium call out information here (PDF).