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Learn from a Nobel Prize winner about how to become an intellectual pioneer

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We are delighted to welcome Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides to join us for an online talk and give Birkbeck staff important career advice about how to become an intellectual pioneer. Professor Sir Pissarides is the Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics jointly with Mortensen & Diamond.

The talk will be chaired by Dr. Caroline Kamau-Mitchell, Reader in Occupational Health and Leader of Birkbeck's Brainstorming Grants Group, a College-wide research-related learning programme. The Brainstorming Grants Group is welcoming other Birkbeck staff and researchers from any subject to attend the talk in honour of Professor Sir Pissarides as a Nobel Prize winner. You will get the opportunity to learn, be inspired, and ask him questions about his academic career, winning grant funding, and becoming an intellectual pioneer.


12.00  Introduction - Dr. Caroline Kamau-Mitchell, Leader of Birkbeck's Brainstorming Grants Group

12.05  Welcome Message - Professor Julian Swann, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Birkbeck, University of London 

12.10  How to become an intellectual pioneer with 2010 Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides 

12.40  Q&A with the audience

12.55  Closing Remarks - Professor Geoff Walters, Executive Dean of Birkbeck’s School of Business, Economics and Informatics


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Please ensure you register in advance if you would like to attend the event in order to receive the online joining link. 



Sir Christopher Pissarides is the Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, the Professor of European Studies at the University of Cyprus and the IAS Helmut & Anna Pao Sohmen Professor-at-Large at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is also acting as the head of the Growth Laboratory of the St Pertersburg State University. He was educated at the University of Essex and the London School of Economics, and he spent the bulk of his career at the LSE. He had long visits in the US Universities of Harvard, Princeton and California at Berkeley.

Sir Christopher specialises in the economics of labour markets, monetary and fiscal policy, economic growth and structural change. He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics, jointly with Dale Mortensen of Northwestern University and Peter Diamond of MIT, for his work on markets with frictions. The emphasis of his work has been the labour market and the theory and policy related to unemployment. Prior to that, in 2005, he became the first European economist to win the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, sharing it again with his collaborator Dale Mortensen. He has written extensively in professional journals, magazines and the press and his book Equilibrium Unemployment Theory is an influential reference in the economics of unemployment that has been translated into many languages.

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