An exhibition of Shobha Banerjee's paintings will be shown at the Commonwealth Institute from April 28 to June 18. The artist's work questions her sense of place and her French-Indian upbringing lends a unique insight into notions of history, culture and environment. Her works portray groups of animals such as elephants and giraffes and subdued earth tones give them a primordial quality, resembling pre-historic cave paintings. Contact: Hilary Wilson, Commonwealth Institute. Tel 0171 603 4535.
Redditch is creating a frontdoor forest serving the everyday needs of the local population and industry. Research into the forest's development has been undertaken by the school of landscape at the University of Central England which offers a chance to explore the idea at a conference on April 25-26. The conference will be held in the Council Chamber at Redditch Town Hall. Contact: Elaine Taylor, Faculty of the Built Environment, UCE, Birmingham. Tel 0121 331 5112.
CAPTURING THE ESSENCE
An exhibition organised by MA gallery studies students at the University of Essex will present perfume as a luxury product from an alternative viewpoint. Artefacts will range from ancient Egyptian deities to designs by Schiaparelli and Lalique. From May 15 to June 3 (Mon-Fri 12-5pm and Sat 2pm-4.30pm) at the University Gallery, University of Essex, Colchester. Contact: 01206 872600.
The Council on International Educational Exchange has organised a one-day conference on "Emerging Patterns in Anglo-American Higher Education" on May 19 at The American Embassy, 24 Grosvenor Square, London. The conference will address key issues including: how real is the credit transfer between the US and UK? What are the problems and how can they be solved? What will the future hold given the changing nature of the UK system? What impact will new political realities in the US have on study abroad? Is postgraduate study in the US/UK likely to expand? Contact: Diane Keeley on 0161 5 3053 or Mike Woolf at CIEE, 33 Seymour Place, London W1H 6AT.
MODULARITY AND SEMESTERS
The introduction of modular schemes and semesterisation in UK institutions has generated heated debates. A conference, May 11-13, has been arranged which will provide an opportunity to share experiences and explore educational, practical and political issues arising from these initiatives. Contact: Rakesh Bhanot, Centre for Educational Development, University of Luton. Tel 01582 34111.
FOOD QUALITY WORKSHOP
A workshop will be held at the Institute of Food Research on May 23, providing an opportunity to meet staff, learn about current research and future plans relevant to food quality. Topics will include: consumer perception of quality; immunological techniques in defining quality attributes; structure/function relationships in food materials; determination of authenticity in food products; stability of food colloids; on-line monitoring; novel instrumentation for quality assessment. Contact: Josianne Dunn, Institute of Food Research, Reading Laboratory, Earley Gate, Whiteknights Road. Tel 01734 357000/fax 267917.
The Careers Research and Advisory Centre has organised a two-and-a-half day programme for women working in education to help them to reach middle and senior management. Participants will identify strengths and gaps in their skills, develop skills to fill the gaps and devise plans for personal and career goals. The conference will be at the Gladstone Conference Centre, Chester on May 25-. Contact: Lisa Jaffray, CRAC, Sheraton House, Castle Park, Cambridge. Tel 01223 4602.