Past Events

campaign launch event in London with alumni

Were you amongst the 4,600 alumni and friends of the University who attended an event in the UK or overseas in 2019?  To find out more about our past events and to see if we caught you on camera, visit our Flickr site for a full selection of photo galleries. To catch up with our recent online events, please see our videos below.


The spread of COVID-19 is one of the biggest challenges the world has faced in recent history. Leading research teams at the University of Birmingham have played a key role in trying to understand the virus through genomic sequencing and mapping transmission rates, in order to forge a path through this difficult and uncertain terrain.

On 19 November 2020, Professors Nick Loman, Alan McNally, and K K Cheng gave an insightful discussion on their expertise and views on the subject, and showed how Birmingham is playing an instrumental role in tracking the virus. Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University, chaired the panel and Q&A.

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the urgency with which we need to take global action on one of the most basic of human rights: water security. Nearly a quarter of households in low and middle income countries have been unable to adhere to basic hygiene guidelines like handwashing, in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

On 14 October 2020, Professors David Hannah, Stefan Kraus and Iseult Lynch, and Dr Rachel Cooper gave an enlightening discussion on global water security, the effects of water insecurity, and shared their expertise on what we can do as individuals and as a society to take action. Fiona Nunan, Professor of Environment and Development at the University, chaired the panel and Q&A.

Following on from the first US Election webinar, Professor Scott Lucas and other panellists held a follow up session to answer more questions from Bringing Birmingham to You: US Election Special webinar held on Thursday 8 October 2020.
This year's US election was seen as the most important American election since 1945, and possibly since 1860 before the Civil War. On Thursday 8 October 2020, panellists Scott Lucas, Michell Chresfield and Liam Kennedy gave a unique take on the November 2020 US presidential election. Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) chaired this informative discussion, followed by a Q&A session.