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So much happens in the region and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on anything. Here are regular events that happen throughout the year. Whether you are looking for inspiration or to get involved, get in touch with them. We will try to capture events from these and others in our calendar.

If you wish us to include your organisation here, then let us know.

Black Hole Club

The Black Hole Club is the Vivid Projects membership programme for creative people – artists, designers, curators and writers and more – in the West Midlands to share and test ideas. Members will receive support in developing their practice and will be encouraged to explore new areas, including but not limited to digital art, live performance, experimental audio, film and video, animation and computer-generated art. Black Hole Club 2016 runs  from 1 March until 30 September. Membership costs just £5 per month. If you are interested in 2017 membership or want to join today, email Antonio for an application form or to chat about member benefits.

Pint of Science

The Pint of Science festival is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. You don’t need any prior knowledge, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science (and have a pint with them). Their annual festival runs 23-25 May 2016 but they occasionally have events throughout the year. Sign up to their mailing list to be the first to hear about their latest news.

3 Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an annual research communication competition in which doctoral researchers have just three minutes to deliver an engaging presentation on their thesis topic, its originality and its significance. If you are a current doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham and are interested in developing your presentation and research communication skills, raising the profile of your research and having the chance to win an international research bursary, they encourage you to take part. After you submit your application, you will also receive expert training to help you polish your presentation skills for the heat event and the 3MT final.

PubHD

PubhD is a public speaking event set in the relaxed surroundings of the pub. At each event, three speakers talk about their research. The format on the night is simple: Each speaker will each have just 10 minutes to present their research at ‘pub-level’, followed by up to 20 minutes for an informal Q&A.
Speakers are only allowed a whiteboard and whatever props they can gather to present their work! On the night, we ask for a donation of £1 per audience member to help fund future events and allow our three speakers the free drink they have earned! Fill in the form if you want to be involved.

Maths Jam

MathsJam is a monthly opportunity for like-minded self-confessed maths enthusiasts to get together in a pub and share stuff they like. Puzzles, games, problems, or just anything they think is cool or interesting. So although there’s no requirement to do so, you’re encouraged to bring stuff you’d like to share or talk about. There is no typical MathsJam person, we are from lots of different backgrounds, but we share an interest in recreational maths. Please do come along and find out what that means – you will all be very welcome.

Pecha Kucha

The Pecha Kucha format is designed to stop waffling and tedious PowerPoint and encourage creativity and playfulness. You never know what to expect at a PK night and that’s the beauty of them. Anyone with an interesting idea or passion can present, and they’re very keen to hear from first time speakers. We’ll even help you prepare your talk and get over the nerves! If you’d like to speak at a future PK Brum, email above with a vague outline of your subject and they’ll be in touch!

Flatpack Film Festival

Born in a Digbeth pub and a Balsall Heath attic, Flatpack has since grown in many interesting and wonderful directions. We’re grateful and excited to have made it this far, and would very much like you to join us in celebrating our tenth birthday in spring. Expect the usual boundary-defying cinematic fun and games in venues across Birmingham.

Café Culturel

Café Culturel aims to place Science within its cultural context. Each month during the academic term, a guest speaker will deliver a short, informal lecture on a topic of their choice, exploring the interplay between the sciences and the humanities. Then, after a drink, it will be over to you to discuss the ideas, query the speaker and illuminate the concepts.

British Science Association

The West Midlands Branch is based in Birmingham and organises an annual programme of lectures, visits and other events. It has formed a strong collaboration with Thinktank, the Birmingham Science Museum, and a partnership with local U3A groups. The Annual Prestige Lecture is the highlight of the programme.

Astronomy in the City

We invite you to attend our programme of free public events, Astronomy in the City. Join us for stargazing, observing with portable telescopes, Observatory visits to use our half metre telescope, talks from our experts about cutting edge astronomy research, and your chance to ask them anything about astronomy!

TEDxBrum

At a TEDxBirmingham event, speakers from a variety of backgrounds – none of whom are paid – share a bold, new idea through a short talk of 18 minutes or less. The events also feature artistic performances and hands-on, interactive experiences. The participants at a TEDxBirmingham event represent a cross-disciplinary mix of people, ranging from civic and business leaders to educators, technologists, artists, and more.

Skeptics in the Pub

Skeptics in the Pub (SitP) exists to provide an opportunity for people who are interested in science, skepticism, rationalism, critical thinking to socialise and discuss matters of interest. Each month we invite someone to come and speak to us, and if there’s someone you’d like to hear, let us know!