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URSULA SEMINAR SERIES - the team is pleased to announce an exciting programme of talks from Autumn 2010 to Autumn 2011 Posted: 29/11/2010

Three pics; blackbird, old mill, and riverside walkers

The hypothesis of the URSULA project (Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agendas) is that there are significant social, economic and environmental gains to be made by integrated and innovative interventions in urban river corridors. We are testing this by providing a portfolio of new ideas, new tools and new data to support redevelopment of urban river corridors as places where people want to live and work, now and in the future.  We are a multi-disciplinary research group, and are keen to encourage presentations by a range of talented practitioners and academics in different fields. To this end, we have arranged a programme of talks as follows: 

Wed 15 December:  Stuart Lane, University of Durham: “Restoring freshwater ecosystems: reflections on the nature and practice of river restoration”.

Venue: St Georges LT14, Mappin Building (Building 170 on this Map).

Wed 12 January: Pete Worrall from Penny Anderson Associates will present “The Mersey Life Project”, which aims to aims to realise the ecological and socio-economic potential of the rivers of the Mersey Basin through a phased programme of river restoration projects.

Venue: St Georges LT14, Mappin Building (Building 170 on this Map).

Wed 16 Feb: Carl Steinitz, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, will present “A Framework for Geodesign and Several Ways of Designing.” 

Venue: St Georges LT14, Mappin Building (Building 170 on this Map).

Wed 16 March:  Liz Sharp, "Going soft? A new paradigm for water management and UK progress”.
Venue: St Georges LT14, Mappin Building (Building 170 on this Map).

Wed 30 March: Bryan Ellis, Emeritus Professor, Urban Pollution Research Centre, Middlesex University will present “Urban Diffuse Pollution; Sources, Impacts and Mitigating Approaches--How far are we from realising sustainable outcomes?”   
Venue: LT6, Arts Tower (Building 104 on this Map).

Wed 18 May: Robert Dewar, recently retired Ambassador for Nigeria.  Title to be announced.

Tue 14 June: Eckart Lange, “Landscape visualisation for communication, participation and decision-making in planning and design”

Venue: St Georges LT14, Mappin Building (Building 170 on this Map).

Mon 4 July: Bob Watson, Chief Scientific Officer for Defra. Title to be announced.

August – no seminar

Wed 21 September: Abigail Hathway, "Rivers, water, climate and cities"

Venue to be arranged

Wed 19 October: David Lerner, “Can we achieve all of our environmental, economic and social goals in urban river corridors?”

Venue to be arranged

November: Conference concluding the URSULA project (Details to be arranged in 2011)

Wed 14th December: Final summary of the URSULA Project


Our seminars take place monthly, on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm (the only exception is the talk for June, which is on a Tuesday).  All the talks will be held in St Georges Lecture Theatre 14, which is in the Mappin Building on Mappin Street, unless otherwise stated. This can be found marked as building 170 on the yellow zone of the University map, which can be viewed here: http://www.shef.ac.uk/visitors/mapsandtravel

Each talk is open to members of the public as well as University students and staff.  Jenny Chambers can provide you with further details if you need them, at j.a.chambers@shef.ac.uk or on 0114 222 5725.  Do come if you are interested!