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View the latest events that the University of Portsmouth has to offer, including public lectures and live music

Star Public Lectures

Wednesday Mar13 6.30 - 8.00PM

Public Lectures

An evening with Pride of Britain winner, Thai cave rescue diver and alumnus Jason Mallinson

From humble beginnings in the Yorkshire Dales network of caves to international expeditions, Jason has pushed the boundaries of what was thought possible in the elite world of cave diving exploration. Join University of Portsmouth alumni, students and the Portsmouth community in listening to Jason’s story

Following the daring rescue of the 12 boys trapped in a Thai cave last summer, Portsmouth engineering alumnus Jason Mallison’s name was on every major news media. After helping to carefully plan the dangerous rescue, Jason risked his own life to heroically bring four of the boys out of the flooded caves. Receiving recognition for his efforts, Jason was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal in the New Year Honours List for his bravery as well as a Pride of Britain Award.

Admission is free, but by ticket only. Please book on Eventbrite using the button below

Wednesday 13 March 2019 6.30 - 8.00PM King's Theatre, 24 Albert Road, Portsmouth PO5 2QJ

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Wednesday Mar27 6.00 - 7.00PM

Public Lectures

Critical Green Growth: Socially Inclusive Circular Economy and Beyond

Inaugural lecture by Diego Vasquez-Brust, Professor of Global Business Sustainability and Strategy, University of Portsmouth

Inaugural lecture by Diego Vasquez-Brust, Professor of Global Business Sustainability and Strategy, University of Portsmouth

Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals will require simultaneous attainment of environmental protection, social inclusion and economic growth which will be challenging as these goals can be conflicting. In this lecture Professor Vazquez-Brust will discuss his research into how sustainable Green Growth might be the way forward.

Time: 6-7pm, followed by a drinks reception

Admission is free, but please book a place via Eventbrite.

Wednesday 27 March 2019 6.00 - 7.00PM King Henry Building

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Star Conferences and seminars

Mar 20 5.00-6.30pm

Conferences and seminars

#BusinessTalk: Winning new business

An exciting opportunity for local businesses to meet and hear from our expert panel, ask questions, pick up tips, and network.

The Panel

  • Glenn St.John-Colgan, Managing Director, Augmentas Group.
  • Phill McGowan, Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Portsmouth
  • Professor David Pickernell, Professor of Small Business and Enterprise Development, University of Portsmouth
  • Heather Barrie, Founder of ethical coffee suppliers Harrie's Coffeeand Entrepreneur in Residence at University of Portsmouth.

Running order:

  • 5.00pm-17.05pm: Welcome
  • 5.05pm-5:20pm: Keynote speaker Glenn St John-Colgan
  • 5.20pm-5.35pm: Introductions to the panel
  • 5.35pm-6.30pm: Q and A with the panel, followed by networking over refreshments
  • 6.30pm: Close

Wednestday 20 March 5.00-6.30pm Richmond Building, PO1 3DE

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Mar 21 6.00-8.00pm

Conferences and seminars

#BusinessTalk: Buy online, return in store

The Faculty of Business and Law invites local businesses to this presentation on findings from research, with multi-channel retailers across Europe.

Schedule (6-8pm)

  • 6:00pm: Registration
  • 6.15pm-7.00pm: Presentation
  • 7:00pm-7:20pm: O and A
  • 7:20pm-8:00pm: Networking

Thursday 21 March 6.00-8.00pm Portland building, PO1 3AH

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Friday Mar 29 9.30AM

Conferences and Seminars

VentureFest South 2019

The University of Portsmouth is a proud founding partner of Venturefest South #VFS19

Once a year, the region’s innovators, entrepreneurs and investors come together in one place to showcase the latest technology, share thinking and explore new ideas. This annual interactive one day conference features great speakers, seminars and workshops and valuable investor pitching sessions, as well as demonstrations of the latest technology and innovations.

Now into its third year, the event has gone from strength to strength and it's the perfect opportunity to find insight and inspiration from the south's fastest growing innovation community.


If like us, you believe the most positive thing to do on the 29 March is to get together, get inspired and create new opportunities, then join us at #VFS19.

Friday 29 March 2019 9.30AM The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

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Apr 11-12

Conferences and Seminars

A different way of thinking about movement

The University of Portsmouth is pleased to host this Athletic Skill Model (ASM) workshop,  for the first time in the UK. The two-day event will include world-leading speakers from both sport and academia.

The ASM provides coaches, sports practitioners, and teachers with a framework to think about skilful movement across the lifespan, encompassing elite sport and developmental
perspectives. The scientific evidence underpinning ASM highlights how optimal performance, development and improved health and well-being can be achieved via a holistic multi-sport approach. The ASM applies scientific evidence in a practical manner, drawing on extensive applied experience and expertise.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Rene Wormhoudt, Strengthen and Conditioning Coach for the Royal Dutch Football association and ASM founder.
  • Dr. Geert Savelsbergh, Professor at Vrije University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, ASM co-founder and world-renowned researcher within the fields of youth sports and talent development.
  • Dr. Keith Davids, Professor of Motor Learning at Sheffield Hallam University and world-renowned researcher in the field of skill acquisition.
  • Martin Weston, Lead National Age Group Coach at Performance Tennis Team, Lawn Tennis Association
  • Jan Kasper, Former director Royal Netherlands Football Association and several premier league clubs in the Netherlands.
  • Dr. Sherria Hoskins, Professor and Dean of the Science Faculty at the University of Portsmouth.
  • Dr. Martina Navarro, Former Olympic Athlete in Taekwondo, Lecturer in Motor Learning at the University of Portsmouth and ASM practitioner.

Whether you're an academic, a student, a coach, PE teacher or parent, we invite you to join us for two action-packed days full of dissemination, discussion, and learning opportunities.

Time: 1:30pm - 7:00pm on 11th and 9:30 - 3:30pm on 12th

Venue: Park Building 2.23, King Henry I St, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth

Fees: £20 – £45

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11th-12th April 2019 1:30pm-7:00pm (11th); 9:30am-3:30pm (12th) Park Building

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May 16 6.00-8.30pm

Conferences and seminars

#BusinessTalk: The Digital Economy and Intelligent Enterprise

Run in partnership with global software leader, SAP, this event will focus on showing companies how digital transformation is changing the nature of business.

The event will feature a variety of different topics, expertly delivered by our guest speakers. These include; demos illustrating how the Intelligent Enterprise benefits from the integrated use of technology behind the scenes; an overview of how the digital economy empowers the customer experience and the workforce of the future, uses data resources in real time and makes use of the intelligence of networks. Our last topic at this event will be blockchain and how it can validate identity and ownership in a variety of industries. There will also be opportunities to network, and refreshments on offer.


  • 6.00pm Arrival and Refreshments: Sentiment Analysis of Delegates
  • 6.10pm Welcome: Professor Mark Xu, Head of Operations and Systems Management at the University
  • 6.15pm Digital Transformation and the Intelligent Enterprise: Timo Elliott, Innovation Evangelist at SAP
  • 6.55pm Demonstrating the Intelligent Enterprise: Umar Khan, Innovation Architect at SAP
  • 7.15pm Blockchain - Provenance as a Service: Neil Ashworth, Enterprise Architect at SAP
  • 7.50pm UK and Ireland SAP User Group: Craig Dale, Chief Executive at UKISUG
  • 8.00pm Networking
  • 8.25pm Final Remarks: David Starkey, DBM Programme Leader
  • 8.30pm Close

Thursday 16 May 6.00-8.30pm Richmond Building, PO1 3DE

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June 19 8.15-12.00pm

Conferences and seminars

‘Winning in the Solent Region’ #WISR2019

New Solent region collaboration to host ‘business with borders’ growth event

Solent region businesses will have the chance to learn about new opportunities for UK and global growth and expansion at a new business event on Wednesday 19 June at the Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl, Hedge End.

The ‘Winning in the Solent Region’ event has been organised by Portsmouth and Solent universities, in partnership with Solent LEP and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

At the free event, delegates will be able to listen to speakers from Portsmouth International Port, Southampton Airport and Solent LEP and make new business contacts from across the Solent region.

There will also be two sessions offering practical tips to understanding global cultures and increasing business through leadership and skills:

‘Winning new business across borders’

This session will discuss the ever changing world of the global marketplace. It will explore traveling and businesses overseas – discussing the different protocols, cultures and how to personally prepare, as well as the opportunities of trading and undertaking business on a global scale. The University of Portsmouth and Solent University will explain the support available from both institutions.

‘Winning new business through learning and skills’

The session is an informative session that will help delegates evaluate their current workforce, support with workforce planning as well as self-evaluation of their own development to become a future leader.

Peter Hooley, Director of Business Development at the University of Portsmouth, said: “This is a rare opportunity for businesses to hear from successful international businesses, learn about ambitious future plans for the area, discover the many ways the two universities support all regional businesses and make new connections with like-minded businesses.”

Catherine Lee, Director of Research, Innovation and Enterprise at Solent University commented: “This is a valuable opportunity for local businesses to explore how they can work with universities to develop new ideas and innovative solutions. The event will offer delegates the opportunity to hear from a selection of guest speakers and take part in practical workshops to explore challenges and opportunities.“

The interactive half-day event runs from 8:15am to 12 noon and delegates will have the opportunity to attend both sessions.

Places are limited and restricted to two representatives from each organisation. To attend, please book your place at Eventbrite below

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Jun 25-27

Conferences and Seminars

Gender and Education Association international conference

The University of Portsmouth will host the annual Gender and Education Association international conference in June 2019.

The University of Portsmouth will host the annual Gender and Education Association international conference in June 2019. Hundreds of education practitioners, activists, academics, students, community leaders, artists, researchers, and policymakers from across the UK and around the globe will be welcomed to explore identities, in/visibilities, inequalities, and intersections in education through a gendered lens.

25-27 June 2019 University of Portsmouth

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Jul 9-12

Conferences and seminars

Hospitality Tourism Marketing Conference

The 9th Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Marketing and Management Conference will be hosted at the University of Portsmouth from 9 to 12 July 2019.

This is the first time the event has been held in the UK and during the four-day event delegates from academia, industry and other organisations will have the opportunity to share and exchange knowledge and expertise on hospitality marketing and management.

Professor of Marketing Yuksel Ekinci, from the Marketing and Sales group at the University of Portsmouth, said: “We are very excited to host this conference especially as it is the first time the event has been held in the UK. Delegates will be coming from across the world and we know they will enjoy the facilities that Portsmouth has to offer.

“Within the sector there are many issues of intense interest including the future of the industry and innovative developments.”

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Star Performances and Exhibitions

Thursday Mar 21 5.30-7.00pm

Performances and Exhibitions

Woody Guthrie and "Old Man Trump"

A live documentary performance on the famous American folk musician Woody Guthrie by Professor Will Kaufman of the University of Central Lancashire, the world's leading Guthrie scholar.

Woody Guthrie and “Old Man Trump” brings to life all the anger and contempt that Guthrie felt for those in power who will deny justice to their fellow human beings on account of the color of their skin. Against the backdrop of Guthrie’s racial awakening and emergent activism, Will introduces such previously unheard songs as “Trump Made a Tramp Out of Me” and “Beach Haven Ain’t My Home,” along with a host of other Guthrie songs about racial injustice and struggle. All in all, we hear Woody Guthrie speaking and singing from beyond the grave, warning us about the dangers of ignoring and repeating history.

Will Kaufman's website on Guthrie:

Date: Thursday, 21 March 2019

Time: 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Venue: Studio 1, White Swan Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2GA

The event is free and open to all, but please reserve your place via the button to Eventbrite below

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Saturday Mar 23 7.30pm

Performances and Exhibitions

University of Portsmouth Choir and Solent Symphony Orchestra

In a concert featuring Haydn's Nelson Mass and the Mozart Vespers, the University of Portsmouth choir combines forces with the Solent Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable concert.

Date: Saturday, 23 March 2019

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: St John’s Cathedral, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth PO1 3HQ

Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £6 Under 16s

Telephone: 023 9284 3023


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Saturday 23 March 2019 7.30pm

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Performances and Exhibitions

Portsmouth Chamber Music Series

Now in its fifteenth season, the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series brings world-class musicians to the city.

In partnership with Music in the Round and the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, we present the finest music in informal surroundings where you are never more than a few metres from the performers. Q and A sessions follow each concert, and a 20% discount is available to those who book the whole series.

8 October 2018 - Goldmund Quartet

5 November 2018 - Steven Osborne (piano)

28 January 2019 - Ensemble 360

25 March 2019 - Trio Isimsiz

29 April 2019 - Piatti Quartet

20 May 2019 - Ensemble 360 (piano quartet)

Time: All concerts are on Mondays and start at 7.30pm.

Venue: Portsmouth Guildhall: seating is unreserved, with doors open from 7pm.

Box office: 023 9387 0211. Tickets: £18 full price, £16 concessions, £86.40 for the whole season (£76.80 concs). Student-standby tickets are available from 7pm on the day of each concert, for £6. Prices include booking fee and restoration levy.

For further information or to join our mailing list, please contact or 023 9284 3023.

October-May 2018/19

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