TDC Events

From July 2013, Dr Francesca Franco of the IOCT will be managing the TDC Talks schedule. If you have ideas for next year please email her at
The TDC is open to all DMU staff and postgraduate students across the university. Staff may bring guests. Most of the time the TDC is open to members on a casual drop-in basis but we also host events.

Past Events 

October 2012-March 2013
Autumn 2012 focussed on collaboration along with a range of other topics. In Spring 2013 we ran a series  on Future Forecasting for 2025 which produced an archive of predictions and recorded sessions. Introduction | Session Recordings | Predictions
  • 02/10/2012 GABRIEL EGAN Paperlessness, Open Access and Open Source
  • 09/10/2012 THILO BOECK Commitment to Social Justice in Academia: Opportunities, Tensions and Challenges
  • 16/10/2013 ROGER BAMKIN Augmented reality - Creating the World's First Wikipedia Town
  • 23/10/2012 ROLAND HARWOOD Unexpected Partnerships
  • 30/10/2012 SUE THOMAS The uses of transliteracy
  • 06/11/2012 SEAN CLARK Alan Turing: Intuition and Ingenuity
  • 06/11/2012 ROGER BAMKIN Hands-on Wikipedia Editing Workshops 
  • 13/11/2012 DAVID WORTLEY Games, Immersive Technologies and their impact on Business and Society
  • 20/11/2012 ERNEST EDMONDS Light, logic and Leicester
  • 27/11/2012 SARAH GREENFIELD What do we mean by ‘number’?
  • 11/12/2012 TESSY BRITTON TALK Collaboration
  • 11/12/2012 TESSY BRITTON WORKSHOP Collaboration
  • 09/01/2013 SUE THOMAS Introduction to Future Forecasting
  • 23/01/2013 BERND STAHL Researching future technologies and their ethical consequences
  • 30/01/2013 SUE THOMAS Learning Oasis or Learning Desert? Education in 2025,
  • 06/02/2013 JAMES WOUDHUYSEN ABCs of Forecasting
  • 13/02/2013 ANDREW HUGILL The Pataphysics of the Future...
  • 27/02/2013 PAT KANE TALK Playing the Future
  • 27/02/2013 PAT KANE WORKSHOP Playing the Future
  • 06/03/2013 STELLA WISDOM Reading into the Future
  • 13/03/2013 NEIL MCBRIDE Science Fiction Prototyping
  • 20/03/2013 FUNMI ADEWOLE The Emergence of Dancing Engineers?

Online with Howard Rheingold, 13.6.12
January-June 2012
The Spring 2012 series featured a total of 22 Brown Bag Lunchtime sessions and Afternoon Seminars as we steadily built up a regular presence. Many of you have arrived ready-prepared, lunch in hand, to gather around a shared pot of tea and discuss topics ranging from critical thinking to design to storyworlds and everything in between. External guests have included Matthew Taylor, Carolyn Handler Miller and Lord Frank Judd. Howard Rheingold joined us live online from California.
  • Mon 9 Jan 2012 The beauty of data visualization, Prof Sue Thomas
  • Tue 10 Jan 2012 Richard Baraniuk talks about open educational resources, Dr Graham Basten
  • Wed 18 Jan 2012 Edward Tufte - Beautiful Evidence, Prof Martin Rieser
  • Thu 19 Jan 2012 Jon Wolff on philosophers engaging in public policy, Dr Richard Davies
  • Tue 24 Jan 2012 Cultural Philanthropy, Ruth Jindal
  • Wed 8 Feb 2012 Transdisciplinarity and the REF, Prof Sue Thomas
  • Mon 13 Feb 2012 Sustainable development - the ultimate interdisciplinary topic? Dr Caroline Wilson
  • Wed 15 Feb 2012 Transmedia Books at The if:book Cafe, Chris Meade, Director, if:book
  • Thu 16 Feb 2012 Ethnography in Action! Investigating the Supermarket Experience of
  • Elderly Consumers, Dr Eujin Pei
  • Mon 20 Feb 2012, Research as Intervention: a case of transdisciplinary studying?, Prof Ann Light, University of Northumbria
  • Wed 22 Feb 2012 Social TV, Toby Moores, CEO, Sleepydog
  • Mon 27 Feb 2012 Teaching Critical Thought, Sam Bamkin, Rob Canton, Mark Lemon, Melanie Petch, Sarah Younie
  • Tue 6 Mar 2012 Multi-media, Multi-modal and Multi-disciplinary research, Dr Lorenzo Picinali
  • Wed 7 Mar 2012 Storyworlds, Toby Moores, CEO, Sleepydog
  • Tue 13 Mar 2012 “reading” e-Books, Alison McNab
  • Wed 14 Mar 2012 Two different cultures building stories together: Hollywood and transmedia storytelling, Carolyn Handler Miller, University of New Mexico
  • Thu 15 Mar 2012 Nudge and Aspiration, Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA
  • Tue 20 Mar 2012 The Ins and Outs of Transdisciplinary Research, Prof Andrew Hugill
  • Wed 21 Mar 2012 CoLab: Bridging the Gap between Designers and Engineers in New Product, Dr Eujin Pei
  • Fri 23 Mar 2012 The strategic significance and dangers of computer technologies for the future of the species: A provocation by Lord Frank Judd. Respondents: Suhail Debar, Josie Fraser, Prof Martin Rieser
  • Wed 28 March 2012 'Avatars' in teaching- the early experiences of a non technologist, Dr Annette Crisp
  • Wed 18 Apr 2012 Modelling with Metaphor and Transdisciplinary Research, Jackie Calderwood
  • Wed 25 Apr 2012 Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight, Prof Sue Thomas
  • Wed 2 May 2012 The Empathic Civilisation, Prof Martin Rieser
  • Wed 9 May 2012 Can beauty be a measure of transdisciplinary success?', Dr Richard Davies
  • Thu 10 May 2012 Clean Workshop with Jackie Calderwood
  • Wed 23 May 2012 AHRC call - Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past, Prof Sue Thomas
  • Wed 6 Jun 2012 The DMU Transdisciplinary Audit Results and Feedback, Carl Holland, Dr Kumba Jallow, Prof Sue Thomas, Prof James Woudhuysen
  • Wed 13 Jun 2012 Net Smart - an online session with Howard Rheingold
  • Wed 27 Jun 2012 Teatime at the TDC: Muddy boots welcome: Wellbeing of outdoor walking groups, Melissa Marselle
  • Mon 9 Jul 2012 Teaching Critical Thought, Sam Bamkin, Dr Rob Canton, and Dr Mark Lemon