University of Bristol Festival of International Research and Partnerships

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19th April - 19th May 2021 (virtual)

Welcome to our inaugural month-long University of Bristol Festival of International Research and Partnerships, where we will be celebrating the breadth, depth, and strength of our international work at all levels from undergraduate students through to illustrious visiting professors. 

Our International Research Partnerships team are really excited to be coordinating this new, virtual Festival, which will feature a wide range of contributions from across the University using a variety of different platforms to highlight our international research and collaborations. You will find more information below, including an overview of our own multi-day event showcasing some of the highlights from our long-running prestigious Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorships scheme. 

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Festival activity and events

There will be a wide variety of events taking place during the Festival month exhibiting, highlighting and promoting international research collaborations and partnerships from across the University. Through this exciting calendar of activities we will not only share with you our legacy of global engagement, but also hope to strengthen our existing partnerships, and catalyse new ones.

A selection of the events on offer are listed below, please view our Festival Calendar for a full listing of events. 

You can also follow us on Twitter for updates and event announcements.

Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorships Showcase

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a series of talks showcasing some of our previous Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professors and their University of Bristol hosts. You will have the opportunity to hear about their collaborative research and the impacts it has achieved, as well as their experience of the scheme and living in Bristol. We are working to develop a varied programme of talks representing a wide range of scholarly fields as well as researchers from different corners of the world, so we hope that there will be something for everyone. There will also be an opportunity for questions, enabling you to find out more about the schemes and how to get involved.

How to get involved

If you are a member of staff who is interested in running an event at the Festival or you already have an event planned that can be linked to the Festival, please complete the registration form or get in touch via ‌

If you are interested in attending an event there will be an opportunity to sign up via respective event pages in due course. These will be linked via the events calendar which will be posted on this page as soon as it is available.

For queries about specific events please contact the individual event organisers – contact details will be available through the events calendar. If you have any general questions about the Festival or the Benjamin Meaker Showcase event, please get in touch via

The organisers

The Festival is being organised by the International Research Partnerships (IRP) team, who are part of Research Development International in the Research and Enterprise Division.  The IRP team have a portfolio of schemes designed to support, facilitate, and catalyse international research partnerships.