Carlton House Terrace, British Academy

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Geoff Beattie, Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University, has been invited to give a talk at the British Academy Summer Showcase on the evening of the 21st June. The aim of the event is to allow the British Academy ‘to present the best new Humanities and Social Sciences research to a wide public audience.’

The Academy’s annual Summer Soirée on the 21st will act as a Private View of the Showcase and will feature exclusive talks from Fellows and friends of the Academy. The Soirée is for an invited VIP audience including Parliamentarians, directors of cultural institutions, press, funding bodies, Vice-Chancellors and British Academy Fellows.

Amongst the other speakers at the Summer Soirée are the economist Baron Nick Stern, the philosopher Baroness Onora O’Neill, Dame Lynne Brindley, Master of Pembroke College Oxford and former Chief Executive of the British Library, Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England and broadcaster Melvin Bragg.

Professor Beattie’s talk will be on ‘Why aren’t climate change messages getting through?’

Professor Beattie also spoke at a dinner at the British Academy on 16th May to showcase their Small Research Grant scheme to potential major donors in order to grow provision for the scheme. He spoke with three other former grant holders, a historian from Cambridge, a Professor of International Relations from SOAS and a philosopher from Liverpool, to highlight the breadth of research excellence funded by this particular scheme.

Professor Beattie said: “I am absolutely delighted to be invited to present my work at these distinguished gatherings and to represent Edge Hill University at these events.”

  • Professor Geoff Beattie is Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University. His research focusses primarily on embodied cognition/multi-modal communication and applied social psychology.
  • The British Academy, established by Royal Charter in 1902, is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences – the study of peoples, cultures and societies, past, present and future.
  • A collaborative event between The British Academy and Edge Hill University on 12th June, will feature Fellow of the British Academy Professor Graham Wallas and Professor Anne Phillips discussing Gender Equality and Modernity.
  • A British Academy Visiting Fellowship will bring human rights, social policy and criminology scholar Professor Witold Klaus, Head of the Department of Criminology at the Polish Academy of Sciences, to Edge Hill University for three months this year to progress his research work.