Catz Conferences

Catz Conferences

The Easter break is proving to be a busy time for conferences at St Catz, with a range of residential courses taking place, spanning fields as diverse as Food Security, Innovation in Surgical Technology, Post-War Architectual Heritage, Law and Economic Development in Africa, in addition to the many external conferences hosted at the College.

Just before Easter, The Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) held its Annual Conference at St Catz. Over 380 guests attended the 4 day event, which involved a range of keynote lectures and plenary sessions based around the theme of ‘Economic Development in Africa’. Sessions were streamed live from the Bernard Sunley Theatre to interested parties across the world. See http://www.csae.ox.ac.uk/conferences/2016-EdiA/ for further information.

This week the College has welcomed guests from the Pirbright Institute (an international research centre working to improve the health of farm animals worldwide), who have been running a conference on ‘Food Security in Egypt’. Many of their guests travelled from overseas to attend the event and many commented on how they thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful banquet meal, courtesy of St Catz kitchen and hall teams, led by Head Chef Tim Kelsey, on Tuesday night.

 The ‘IDEAL’ Conference has been taking place in the Bernard Sunley Building the past two days. Linked to the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, it has comprised over 100 surgeons (including St Catz’ Professor Handa) on site discussing surgical innovation and technology. Follow #IDEAL2016 on twitter for further information.

The College is also delighted to welcome guests from Historic England today for a ‘Post-War Architectural Seminar’, at which the Bursar will be speaking about the College. The Historic England guests will have the full ‘Jacobsen experience’ with many delegates staying in the older, Jacobsen-designed bedrooms in the main Quad, experiencing a tour of the College, and using some of the original 1960s Jacobsen cutlery at their special High Table lunch.

Next week sees us strengthen our relationship with our Cambridge sister-college, Robinson, as we welcome back staff and students for their annual residential revision retreat in Law, organised by Dr Brian Sloane from Robinson. We also have a selection of external conferences including the UKAIS (the UK Academy for Information Systems) 2016 Conference,  a ‘Values-Based Radiography’ event, a conference being run by the Oxford University Scientific Society and a gala banquet dinner for the Wessex Congress Conference, which is a cross-DTP student conference being hosted by the University’s Departments of Earth Sciences and Zoology.

 

Top image CSAE keynote speaker Mthuli Ncube. Photo credit David Evans