Question Time: Who Decides the Future? Science, Politics or the People

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Chaired by Adam Rutherford and introduced by Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Research & Innovation
Wednesday 12 July, 6pm, Sheffield Town Hall

Who has the power to decide where our societies are heading, and what is the right balance between scientific progress, democratic oversight and political leadership?

IHuman, a new interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Sheffield, invites you to attend the public launch, where experts from different sectors and disciplines will answer YOUR questions, following the format of the highly successful BBC programme Question Time.

Submit your questions and register to attend here: https://science-in-public.eventbrite.co.uk

Chair

Adam Rutherford

Dr Adam Rutherford is a writer, geneticist and broadcaster. He presents BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, and the Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry.

Adam has written extensively on science, religion and film (occasionally all three at once). He has written and presented programmes for BBC television and BBC Radio 4 including The Cell, The Gene Code, Playing God and the Beauty of Anatomy.

Previously, Adam worked as an editor at the science journal Nature for more than a decade. Adam has also been a scientific advisor on several films including World War Z (2014), The Secret Service (2014), Ex Machina (2015), Life (2107), and Björk’s movie Biophilia Live (2014).

The Speakers

Fiona Kumari Campbell

Fiona is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee and a Professor in Disability Studies at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Fiona has written extensively on issues related to disability and is recognised as a world leader in scholarship around studies in ableism.

Beverly Gibbs

Beverley is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Management at the University of Sheffield. She is an experienced practitioner and educator with broad interests and expertise in the interfaces between engineering, business, policy and civil society.

James Lock

James Lock heads up the Sheffield-based, not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents. Their work is centred around culture, politics and the arts, encouraging and supporting participation, activism, independent trade and creativity through mediums including print, online and live events.

Strands of the organisation include Now Then Magazine, Wordlife and the Festival of Debate. Opus also manage the public-facing side of the Our Fair City Campaign, which seeks to reduce inequality in Sheffield.

Daniel Sarewitz

Daniel Sarewitz is a Professor of Science and Society at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation and Society, and the Co-Director of the university’s Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes. His work focuses on revealing the connections between science policy decisions, scientific research and social outcomes. He is also the Co-Editor of Issues in Science and Technology and a regular columnist for the journal Nature.

About iHuman

iHuman is a new, interdisciplinary institute bringing together social sciences and humanities, with psychological and biological sciences, to understand what it means to be human like never before.

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