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Meet our Professors – inaugural lecture continues with Principal’s talk on building safety

Why did the World Trade Centre 7 Collapse, how do we beat fake news, and who really is the best man for the job? All these questions will be answered by top academics in Queen Mary University of London’s free Inaugural Lecture series.

14 February 2018


Professor Colin Bailey

What to expect

In his Inaugural lecture, President and Principal Professor Colin Bailey discusses the behaviour of buildings during a fire. Drawing on his extensive experience in structural engineering, Professor Bailey will explain the collapse of the World Trade Centre 7.

Next, Joad Raymond explores the European news culture evident between 1450 and 1750. He suggests thinking of this culture as a network, and why that might be valuable to us in our fake news days.

Finally, Professor Rainbow Murray questions why men dominate politics and considers how we define and recognise merit and qualification.

Further details on the lectures are below with links to reserve tickets. Attendance is free but you must register to attend.

The behaviour of buildings during a fire

WHEN: Tuesday 20 February, 6:30pm.

WHERE: Skeel Lecture Theatre, People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

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Professor Bailey is author of more than 120 research papers and practical design guides, and has been awarded nine prizes for his research work. In his Inaugural lecture, Professor Bailey will introduce the basic concepts of structural and fire engineering. He will also give insight to the future of design and construction of buildings and suggestions to ensure life safety and asset protection against fire and other extreme events. Professor Bailey will explain the collapse of the World Trade Centre 7. The WTC7 is the only known case where a multi-story steel framed building has totally collapsed due to standard office fires.

News from the end of Europe

WHEN: Thursday 1 March, 18:30.

WHERE: Skeel Lecture Theatre, People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

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Professor Joad Raymond navigates the complex nature of the news culture. In this lecture, he will explain the growth and nature of that culture of news, practical and imaginative responses to it and the geographical patterns of news exchange. Professor Raymond’s research includes the history of newspapers, political pamphleteering, Milton, and angels. He is the author and editor of 13 books and is currently writing a book on the history of news communication for Penguin.

Men for the job? What it really takes to be a representative

WHEN: Thursday 8 March, 18:30.

WHERE: Skeel Lecture Theatre, People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

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In this lecture, Professor Rainbow Murray discusses the enigma of male dominated politics. She suggests, as a society we need to question how we define and recognise merit and qualification. While discussing future direction Professor Murray will suggest making candidate selection criteria and working conditions more inclusive. Professor Murray is a recognised expert on French politics, gender quotas, and representation. She has had her work published in some of the top journals in her field and served leading roles in national and international scholarly associations.

For media information, contact:

Madeline Neeson
Press Assistant
Queen Mary University of London
email: m.neeson@qmul.ac.uk
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