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25

May

Give me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift with Professor Devi Sridhar

Alumni, Master, Fellows and By-Fellows, Public, Staff, Students,
A head and shoulders photo of Devi Sridhar smiling directly at the camera. She has long dark hair worn loose and is wearing a black top and heart shaped necklace
Date

25 May 2022

Time
  • Start: 18:00
  • End: 19:00
Location

Wolfson Hall, Churchill College or via Zoom

What do academics actually do? What motivates them to get out of bed each morning and to deliver what is — or in many cases what isn’t – expected of them?

For a student setting out, the life of senior academics may seem very mysterious, particularly as many may end up taking on responsibilities and activities far removed from where an individual started. The trajectory from student to senior academic is rarely a straight line, with twists, setbacks, time out and/or opportunities (taken or declined) all to be combined with a personal life.

This series of conversations aims to explore the individual paths of some eminent academics who have made it to the top in their own particular ways. How have they found their own solutions to ‘life’, what tips do they wish they’d been given earlier on, and what might they view, retrospectively, with most pleasure or regret?

The next in this series of conversations will be with Professor Devi Sridhar, Professor and Chair of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh.

This is a hybrid event, taking place in person in the Wolfson Theatre (subject to the Covid situation/guidelines at that time), but also live-streamed online as a Zoom webinar. Please use this form to book for either format, you will be asked to specify which ticket you require.

Places are free but bookings are essential.

It is recommended that attendees in the Wolfson Theatre wear a face covering during the talk.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

A head and shoulders photo of Devi Sridhar smiling directly at the camera. She has long dark hair worn loose and is wearing a black top and heart shaped necklace

Speaker:

Professor Devi Sridhar

Devi Sridhar is Professor and Chair of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh. As a Rhodes Scholar she holds an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she has since held research positions. She has served as a policy advisor for the WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Scottish, UK and German governments, and in 2017 she co-wrote the academic book Governing Global Health with Chelsea Clinton. Devi writes for the Guardian and is regularly called upon to discuss the coronavirus pandemic for broadcast media. Devi’s new book “Preventable” uses the spellbinding story of the COVID-19 pandemic to show how global politics shape our health and is her first book for a general readership.

Find out more about Devi’s new book here