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For over ten years now, our European alumni weekends have been hugely popular; opening in Berlin in 2009 we’ve held events in Paris, Madrid, Vienna, and Rome.

This year, we’re expanding Meeting Minds to three major cities across Europe from 19-21 March, to allow many more of you to attend.

We’ll be hosting events in Barcelona, Stockholm and Berlin. Whether you can join us for the whole day in Berlin or our programmes in Barcelona and Stockholm, you’ll have the opportunity to hear exclusive academic insights into the latest research across a wide range of relevant disciplines, from science and technology, the medical sciences, humanities and the social sciences. Alongside all of these academic programmes our alumni groups will be hosting drinks receptions where you can meet and mingle with fellow alumni.

Can't join us this time? Sign up to our events mailing list for all future events via your Oxford Alumni Online account here. If you don't have an account, you can register for one today with your alumni number (8-********).

Meeting Minds in Europe: 19–21 March 2020

Barcelona - 19 March 2020

BOOKING NOW OPEN

Join OUS Barcelona as they host one of our conference speakers in an exclusive first viewing of their presentation before they bring it to the main event in Berlin.

When the spark goes out: the neurology of motivation and apathy.

Speaker: Professor Masud Husain (New College, 1981)

Have you ever wondered why some people seem highly motivated whereas others appear to be lacking in such traits? Why are some individuals apathetic? Is it just laziness? Professor Husain, will show the study of patients with brain disorders has revealed that there might be a biological basis to apathy – and motivation.

Venue: Sala Macaya, Palau Macaya, Passeig de Sant Joan, 108, 08037 Barcelona, Spain

Time: 6-8.30pm

Pricing info: £12 per person (+ £3 booking fee) under 16s go free. Non-alumni guests welcome.

The lecture will be preceded by a drinks reception and a chance to connect with other alumni and find out more about getting involved with OUS Barcelona.

Stockholm - 19 March 2020

BOOKING NOW OPEN

Join OUS Sweden as they host one of our conference speakers in an exclusive first viewing of their presentation before they bring it to the main event in Berlin.

Is it nature or nurture? How our genes and social environment shape who we are.

Speaker: Professor Melinda Mills, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science

How much is our behaviour or why we develop a disease related to our genes versus our upbringing and social environment? Recent scientific developments allow us to delve into this age-old question in fundamentally new ways. Professor Mills's talk explores recent developments in this area of research in addition to looming ethical dilemmas.

Location: The Royal Institute of Art, Flaggmansvägen 1, 111 49 Stockholm / The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm is a leading artistic higher education institution with a long tradition dating back to the beginning of the 18th century. The institute offers a combination of artistic breadth and excellence within both undergraduate and Master programmes in Fine Art, as well as post-postgraduate education in architecture. The Vice-Chancellor is Sara Arrhenius.

Time: 6.30-9pm

Pricing info: £12 per person (+ £3 booking fee) under 16s go free. Non-alumni guests welcome.

The lecture will be preceded by a drinks reception and a chance to connect with fellow alumni and find out more about getting involved with OUS Sweden. 

Berlin - 20 March 2020

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED ***

Explore Berlin's urban club culture with fellow alumni and the OUS Berlin groups at Holzmarkt, which has been described as "a perpetually evolving cultural open playground".

OUS Berlin lead a pay-your-own-way social evening which all alumni and guests are welcome to attend. The agenda for the evening is below, join us for part or all of the following:

  • 8:30pm: Tour of Holzmarkt
  • 9:00pm: Informal dinner at Holzmarkt 
  • Midnight: Dance the night away at one of Holzmarkt's nightclubs

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED ***

Berlin - 21 March 2020

BOOKING NOW OPEN

Join us at Humboldt Universität in Berlin for Oxford’s European alumni conference.

You can read the full programme here. Highlights include:

  • A talk from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, and a discussion on challenges facing Europe chaired by the Chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes
  • Fantastic insights into how Oxford can help student and alumni business start-ups
  • A series of careers events for speed networking, with tips on how to refine your work management strategy
  • World leading academics providing exclusive lectures on a broad range of diverse topics such as the neurology behind motivation and apathy, does nature or nurture shape who we are, and advancements being made in pollution monitoring
  • Enjoying a drink at our closing reception with fellow Oxonians
  • Free entry for alumni and their guests to the Museum für Naturkunde - just show your name badge on arrival at the ticket desk to gain entry.

Ticket types (per person)

Full day conference and drinks reception £70
Morning conference £35
Buffet lunch £10
Afternoon conference £35
Drinks reception £10

 

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