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Network profile: The Oxford Digital Workers’ Union

Gill Oliver | Network profile | Sep 22nd 2019

The Oxford Digital Workers’ Union is a meetup in the city centre, which brings together Oxford’s digital marketing community. With 400 members and growing, it was started by Aisha Kellaway […]


Venturefest 2019: Global relationships are focus

Karen David | Investment | Sep 4th 2019

“Venturefest brings together innovators, investors, entrepreneurs and business support to make connections that lead to new investments, new businesses and new ideas that as a result contributes to the growth of the regional economy,” says Executive Chair Mike Foster


Using AI to engage with the human spirit

Antony David | Event Review | AI | Aug 23rd 2019

CrowdEmotion founder and chief executive Matt Celuszak was joined by the firm's software engineer Evgeniya Mircheva and behavioural specialist Marlene Weber to describe the tools they have developed for quantifying the emotional responses of focus groups to different types of material.


Network profile: Oxford Technology & Media Network

Antony David | Network profile | Aug 23rd 2019

In 2008, the founders Tony Henderson, at the time working for Microsoft, and Claire Barry, a freelance TV Producer, set up the Oxford Technology, Media & Finance network.


Network profile: TheHill digital health community

Antony David | Healthcare | Network profile | Aug 23rd 2019

TheHill is a digital health innovation community, a cluster, network and incubator/accelerator programme working in Oxford with NHS Trusts, universities, digital developers, innovators and investors to catalyse commercial and impactful technological solutions in healthcare. 


Event review: OxLEP Q&A explores productivity in Oxfordshire

Gill Oliver | Event Review | Management | Aug 23rd 2019

Is there room for improvement when it comes to productivity in Oxfordshire? That was the question at the latest Q&A session by Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

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12 Nov 2019

Fireside chat on Unconventional Ways of Working at The Wood Centre for Innovation. Panel includes Mike Jennings of Jennings in Garsington, Helen Wright, founder and director of 923 Jobs and Aaron Hirtenstein, member at Agile Collective First. This is the first of a series of fireside chats featuring experts from science and tech. Runs from 1730 to 1930 at The Wood Centre for Innovation, Stansfeld Park, Quarry Road, Headington, OX3 8SB. Details

12 Nov 2019

Cherwell; a thriving economy, a thriving place Cherwell District Council has ambitious plans to create a 10-year strategy to deliver a vibrant, prosperous and sustainable economy for everyone. This workshop is an opportunity to be part of shaping that strategy to create a bright future for the residents, businesses and communities of Cherwell. 5.45 to 9.45pm, RAF Upper Heyford Heritage Centre, Camp Road, Upper Heyford OX25 5HD. Details

13 Nov 2019

Distinguished Speaker Series: Answering the call – Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and now Chair of the Saïd Business School Board, is committed to exploring how business education can address the most significant global challenges. Paul was appointed to the U.N. Secretary General’s High-level Panel that developed the Sustainable Development Goals, and has since played a leading role in highlighting the business case for the 2030 development agenda. Paul is Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE, a benefit corporation and foundation accelerating business leadership to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and was CEO of Unilever for 10 years, where he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with good financial performance. During his tenure, Unilever was one of the best-performing companies in its sector, delivering ten years of consistent top and bottom line growth. Pre-talk drinks from 5.30pm, talk 6.45 to 7.45pm. Saïd Business School, Oxford OX1 1HP.  Details


13 Nov 2019

Oxford Internet Professionals monthly meetup Regular gathering for all involved with the internet: designers, developers, trainers, search specialists, social media experts, entrepreneurs, academics, digital business owners and more.  7.30pm at The Red Lion, Oxford. Details.

14 Nov 2019

Tipping Positive Changes to Avoid Climate Tipping Points. Climate change and biosphere degradation have advanced to the point where we are already triggering damaging environmental tipping points, and to avoid worse ones ahead will require finding and triggering positive tipping points towards sustainability in coupled social, ecological and technological systems. In this talk organised by the Oxford Martin School’s Programme on Post-Carbon Transition, Professor Tim Lenton outlines how tipping points can occur in continuous dynamical systems and in networks, the causal interactions that can occur between tipping events across different types and scales of system. 12.30pm – 2pm at the Lecture Theatre of the Oxford Martin School at 34 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD. Details.


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14 Nov 2019

What happens when AI meets Shakespeare? Join TORCH – The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities –  for a lunchtime presentation from the AI Shakespeare project, a collaboration between TORCH and technology company To Play For, which creates interactive, immersive stories on its AI platform The session is for anyone interested in the pros and cons of collaboration between humanities research and the Creative Industries. 12.30 to 1.30pm, Lecture Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG. Details

14 Nov 2019

UX Oxford: Immersive Healthcare – Applying VR and 3D gaming technology to patient education Cognitant is on a mission to help people understand and take control of their health. The world’s population is growing and we are living longer. Healthcare services around the world are struggling to meet the needs and demands of the 21st Century. We need the tools to manage our own health in order to avoid unnecessary complications and reduce the impact of ill health. To do that we need to be better informed about our health, diseases and treatment. Everyone has access to an overwhelming volume of information online, but how do we know what information to trust? Cognitant CTO Rick Knowles and business director Becca Sharman will walk  through the history of VR, VR in healthcare, and demonstrate their patient-user journey. 7 to 9pm, Old Fire Station, Oxford. Details

15 Nov 2019

Smart Oxford workshop for startups and SMEs interested in exploring the power of technology to improve the city, realising their full potential in the smart city market or capitalising on technology solutions and harnessing data and case studies. 2pm-5pm, Grand Jury Room, County Hall, OX1 1ND. Details

18 Nov 2019

How can technology improve society? The Oxford Foundry invites Oxford students, staff and alumni, as well as entrepreneurs and investors from the wider community to a conversation with Onfido’s Co-Founder and CEO Husayn Kassai, hosted by Kenneth Cukier, NY Times bestselling author on technology and business and journalist at The Economist.  This event forms part of the annual Silicon Valley Comes to the UK Programme, which brings together iconic serial entrepreneurs, thought leaders, leading investors and ambitious students in Oxford, London and Cambridge. 4.30 to 6.30pm, The Oxford Foundry, 3-5 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2EW. Details

19 Nov 2019

OxLEP Business: A celebration of our Journey and Future This celebration brings Oxfordshire’s small businesses together to celebrate the achievements of this vibrant community and to look to the future of the business support available through OxLEP Business. Includes an awards ceremony celebrating SMEs which have engaged with OxLEP’s Elevate and an opportunity to learn about, eScalate which helps Social Enterprises and businesses offering positive social or environmental impacts. 1830 to 2100 at Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Details


20 Nov 2019

STEM Advisers: Recruiting for the tech industry A seminar aimed at firms recruiting in the technology sector. Industry experts share secrets of good recruitment: Helen Goddard of Cobalt Search talks through recruiting for scarce tech talent and Jane Fryatt of face2faceHR offers a series of tools to help retain talent. 5.30 to 7.30pm, Wood Centre for Innovation, Stansfeld Park, Oxford, OX3 8SB. Details

20 Nov 2019

Public Lecture: Consciousness and brain complexity by Professor Marcello Massimini, a world leader in consciousness research and practising neurophysiologist. He is part of the Luminous Consortium, a EU-funded programme which studies how we can measure and alter consciousness in the electrical brain using non-invasive brain stimulation.  After the lecture, join researchers from The Luminous Consortium for drinks and discussion about different aspects of consciousness including sleep and anaesthesia, disorders of consciousness and the ethics and philosophy of consciousness. 5.30 to 8.30, Museum of Natural History, Oxford. Free. Details

Professor Marcello Massimini

20 Nov 2019

AI & Creativity How does AI interact with creativity? Join us for a fascinating panel discussion with Panellists: mathematician Marcus du Sautoy (Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science), composer Emily Howard (Professor of Composition, Royal Northern College of Music) and Sarah Ellis (Head of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company). Hosted by TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. 5.15 to 6.15pm, Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG. Details

21 Nov 2019

Harwell Green Club: Ocean Mind OceanMind provides compliance services for governments and the seafood supply chain, empowering enforcement & compliance in world fisheries and helping seafood buyers build more responsible supply chains. Their work helps preserve marine biodiversity, protect livelihoods and prevent slavery. Talks from Inga Wise, director of business operations, Tia Hobson, fisheries analyst and environmentalist Julian Engel who spent a year onboard a sea shepherd  vessel. 4pm, RAL Visitor Centre, Harwell Campus.  Details from Harwell Green Club LinkedIn 

26 Nov 2019
TheHill November social mixer Find what’s going on in digital health across Europe and meet European teams with a digital health idea, visiting the UK as part of the EIT Health Bootcamp roadtrip. TheHill will also be running an EIT Health Bootcamp next year, so if you’re thinking of applying, this is a great chance to hear about their experience. From 5pm to 7 pm at the George Pickering Education Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
26 Nov 2019

OBN Science Social A new meet-up from OBN for scientists to meet and build new contacts over a beer and some nibbles. All members of the scientific community are welcome – PhD students, research scientist, spin-out leaders. 6 to 8pm at Tap Social craft brewery, Oxford. Details

27 Nov 2019

No Agenda networking for STEM firms Join local enterprises, groups and the team at the Wood Centre for Innovation for informal networking on the theme of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths). Hosted by WCFI Innovation Director, Wendy Tindsley and including tours around the Wood Centre facilities and grounds. 5.30 to 7.30pm, Wood Centre for Innovation, Stansfeld Park, Oxford, OX3 8SB. Details

03 Dec 2019

A Life in Football with Martin Keown Business lunch event hosted by Sobell House with guest speaker Martin Keown, professional footballer from 1984 to 2005. This is a great opportunity to meet and hear about Martin’s footballing career, having played many of the great teams in stadiums all around the world. What is it really like being a professional footballer? What was it like being part of that great Arsenal team under Arsene Wenger? And what’s life like now as a regular football pundit on both television and radio.  12.30 to 2.30pm, Old Bank Hotel, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ. Tickets £30. Details

04 Dec 2019

Nano Comes to Life. Professor Sonia Contera, Associate Professor of Biological Physics, was Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Nanotechnology for Medicine, which was part of the Oxford Martin School from 2008-2013. Professor Contera will introduce her new book, Nano Comes to Life, and discuss the exciting ways in which nanotechnology makes it possible to understand, interact with, and manipulate biology. 5-6pm at the Lecture Theatre of the Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD. Registration required. The talk will be live streamed (no registration required for this).

04 Dec 2019

Creative thinking to innovate: Tools for tackling any business challenge This interactive workshop will focus on developing a process that prioritises innovation, helping business owners to identify where innovating can bring more value and how to to integrate innovation into business culture. Participants will have the opportunity to address challenges they are experiencing within their own enterprises, and use methodology and tools to find solutions. 9am to 4.30pm, Saiid Business School, Oxford.  Details

05 Dec 2019

December’s Oxford Crypto Curry Club Rue Swabey from Rice Exchange  – the world’s first blockchain #rice trading platform, will be sharing how they have used blockchain to bring transparency, security and liquidity to the $450 billion global rice trade. The platform, developed by Fujitsu, builds trust in a highly fragmented global trade that is plagued by fraud, opaqueness and high costs. Rice is critical for food security across the world so Rice Exchange has the potential to touch billions. Their blockchain-enabled marketplace is the go-to venue to trade and commercialise rice, and Rue will explain how they have integrated blockchain. There will also be introductions, all over a two course curry lunch. 12.30pm onwards at Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford, Turn Again Lane, Oxford OX1 1TR.  Tickets £38.32. Details.

11 Dec 2019

Oxford Internet Professionals monthly meetup Regular gathering for all involved with the internet: designers, developers, trainers, search specialists, social media experts, entrepreneurs, academics, digital business owners and more. From 7.30pm at The Red Lion, Oxford. Details.


23 Jan 2020

Oxford Social at Oxford Business Park Networking for property professionals and an opportunity to learn what’s new at one of Oxford’s largest business parks. 12.50 to 2.30pm, Oxford Business Park.  Details

28 Jan 2020

OxLEP Q&A: Connectivity in Oxfordshire – what does the future hold? A chance for Oxfordshire businesses to come together and discuss a key topic tied into our growing economy. Panellists include OxLEP chief executive Nigel Tipple and James Dillon-Godfray of London Oxford Airport; debate chair will be radio presenter Howard Bentham. 7.45 to 8.30 am. London Oxford Airport, Kidlington, OX5 1RA. Details

07 Mar 2020

OSEF, the Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum, is a flagship event and major opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to meet and network with investors. Speakers from around the world are assembled at Oxford’s Saïd Business School to deliver globally focused, thought-provoking talks on how to start and scale a business.

SME’s eligible for the European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) can apply to receive a funded ticket for OSEF here.  Contact the ISfB team at

02 Apr 2020

OxPropFest 2020 The Oxfordshire Property Festival brings the best of the regional property sector for a day of celebration. Based at Keble College there are walks around Oxford and Bicester and the chance to hear about the development of key projects from the people behind them. An evening event includes awards ceremony and music over a black tie dinner. 10am to 11pm, Keble College. Details

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