Inaugural lecture series

An inaugural lecture is a significant milestone in any academic's career, recognising their promotion to Professor. This series provides an opportunity for our new professorial colleagues to showcase their research with a broad audience, including members of the public, family, friends and colleagues.

All our lectures are free of charge and attendance is open to all. Each lecture is followed by an informal drinks reception.

At this time, the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors is our primary concern and consequently, our upcoming inaugural lectures have been postponed. We hope to reschedule the lectures in due course. Once new dates have been confirmed they will be listed on this page.

2020 lectures

Postponed until further notice

3D Printing: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing?  

Professor Paul Wood

This inaugural lecture will talk about 3D printing and additive manufacturing research at the University of Derby’s Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering; covering applications and fundamental research in the transport, infrastructure and medical sectors and the impact of this research on the beneficiaries.

Find out more about Professor Paul Wood's Inaugural Lecture

Domestic Abuse and Rough Sleeping: From Hidden Crime to Hidden Homeless

Professor Kate Moss

Professor Kate Moss will be discussing the problem of women's homelessness in this inaugural lecture. The event will focus on two aspects, in particular, relating to the crisis of hidden female homelessness: why is women’s homelessness hidden and what can be done about it?

Find out more about Professor Kate Moss's Inaugural Lecture

Learning and teaching in higher education: A journey through wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff 

Professor Ian Turner 

This lecture will see Professor Turner speak about the importance of entertainment to pedagogy. Drawing on his learnings from pantomime, public speakers and pop culture. He will show how entertainment, fun and even playfulness are fundamentally important to the overall effective learning and teaching experience.

Find out more about Professor Ian Turner's Inaugural Lecture 

Enabling a Smart World through Service Computing and Data Processing Architectures

Professor Stephan Reiff-Marganiec

Professor Stephan Reiff-Marganiec will discuss the great emergence of smart technology, the opportunity it provides to improve our daily lives, but also the human worries that are increasingly associated with it. This session will encourage you to reflect on the state of the art and will highlight opportunities and challenges for the truly life-changing smart technologies. 

Find out more about Professor Stephan Reiff-Marganiec's Inaugural Lecture

Previous lectures

The Journey from Molecular Transformation to the Human Touch

Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell

Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell provided an oversight of both the scientific and personal journey in a long career of research, which has worked to address how to improve the lives of patients with ‘degenerative’ or chronic disease. This body of research and foci on people living with a chronic/incurable disease was triggered by a six-month work experience in Karatina, Kenya, when Professor Mitchell observed the impact of unmanaged AIDS.

Find out more about Professor Kath Mitchell's Inaugural Lecture

Nature Connectedness: Improving our failing relationship with nature

Professor Miles Richardson

Professor Miles Richardson discussed the benefits of a closer connection with nature and why this matters at a time of environmental emergency. The inaugural lecture explained how nature connectedness provides a route for people to develop the new relationship with nature required for a sustainable future.

Tales of (in)justice: researching vocational education, changing lives

Professor Liz Atkins

Taking place during November's Social and Education Policy research week, Professor Liz Atkins' inaugural lecture provided insights into issues surrounding the education of low attaining youth, and their implications for social justice.

Find out more about Professor Atkins's Inaugural Lecture

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