San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
What's in my stuff? - Dr Karen Vernon-Parry, Sheffield Hallam University
In today’s developed societies we all own an unprecedented amount of “stuff” and nothing is more representative of this than our ownership of mobile phones. The increasing numbers of aspirational middle class populations in both developed and developing nations suggests these numbers will continue to grow significantly. While our desire for the latest model and functionality appears to grow unabated the recycling rate of mobile devices is remarkably low. It is our general ignorance of the chemical elements contained within a device, many of which are classed as strategically important elements, that is of great concern. What’s In My Stuff? is an interdisciplinary research project which brings together science and art in a creative and multi-sensory way, extending traditional boundaries that uses the ubiquitous technology of the mobile phone to explore the public’s relationship with modern day technology, its attitude to the source and recycling of often rare or precious chemical elements and how our knowledge of “what’s in our stuff” can influence the rates of recycling and attitudes to ownership. For more details see www.whatsinmystuff.org
This lecture is WEMMA's lecture for young people and is particularly suitable for students in years 11-13.