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The second FASS Festival of Research is taking place on Tuesday 23rd January 2018, and is a full day event packed with exciting and topical panel discussions exploring the intersection between research carried out within FASS and current societal challenges. The Festival will open in 03MS01 in the Rik Medlik building with welcomes from the new Vice-Provost for Research and Innovation, Professor David Sampson, and the Faculty Executive Dean, Professor Graham Miller, to be followed by a keynote speech from Professor Nigel Gilbert.

The event will then host four interdisciplinary panel sessions.

  • The first panel “Automation and Society” looks at the issues around whether automation is at risk of substantially displacing human agency or rather augmenting it. If the former, is this necessarily a bad thing? How might automation be regulated, developed, and controlled in order to better secure its benefits while avoiding its pitfalls? With speakers from the School of Law, Surrey Business School and the Department of Music and Media.

  • The second panel “Technologies Impacting Life” explores the pressure points of how emerging technologies are likely to alter society, our choices, and our everyday lives over the next 10-30 years—whether for good or for ill. How does FASS research shed light on the challenges and opportunities that these changes are likely to bring? With speakers from the School of Literature and Languages, the Surrey Business School and the Departments of Sociology, Politics and Music and Media. The panel chair will be Professor Annabelle Gawer from Surrey Business School.

  • The third panel “UK and Europe in a Changing World” considers the current challenges for Europe and the UK given the recent tide of nationalist sentiments in some quarters, and the impact of Brexit negotiations. How is this likely to impact the UK and Europe culturally, economically, legally and politically? What are the implications for complex global markets and legislations both within and outside Europe? What does the future hold? With speakers from the Schools of Law, Economics and the Surrey Business School, together with the Department of Politics. The panel chair will be Dr Jo Blanden from Economics.

  • The fourth panel “Gender, Language and Sexualities” explores the ways in which the language we use to talk about gender and sexuality impacts on our understandings and treatment of these topics, and vice versa. How can the current socio-economic, political and cultural challenges for LGBT*Q and other diversity groups be confronted or mitigated through use of language? With speakers from the Schools of Economics and Literature and Languages and the Department of Sociology. The panel chair will be Professor Peter Hegarty from Psychology in FHMS.

The panel debates will open with brief presentations on current research from the panellists and conclude with question and answer sessions from the audience.

A full buffet lunch will be provided and during this, attendees will have the opportunity to explore an exhibition of the Faculty PhD poster competition entries.

The festival will conclude with a keynote by Dr Lucy Bell, the University Researcher of the Year, followed by a wine reception held at the Faculty’s Lakeside Restaurant, to unwind over a glass of wine, network with fellow colleagues and celebrate the fantastic research we produce as a University.

Tickets will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

This exciting event is not-to-be-missed, and we welcome both professional services and academic staff from all disciplines and faculties. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Green (l.green@surrey.ac.uk ). We look forward to seeing you there!

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