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Who decides the future? Science, politics or the people?

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University of Sheffield Does Question Time, Chaired by Adam Rutherford
Who Decides the Future? Science, Politics or the People
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 groundbreaking interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Sheffield, invites you to attend the public launch on Wednesday 12 July, 6pm at Sheffield Town Hall.

Chaired by BBC Radio 4's Adam Rutherford and introduced by Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Research & Innovation, experts from different sectors and disciplines will answer YOUR questions, following the format of the highly successful BBC programme Question Time.

Submit your questions when you register.

Activities in the Town Hall from 5pm with the 'Question Time' panel discussion starting at 6pm.

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The 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. His most recent bestselling book, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived was published in 2016, and his critically acclaimed first book, Creation – on the origin and future of life - was published in 2013, and was nominated for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize.

Adam has a PhD in Genetics, and is an honorary Research Fellow at UCL. He has written extensively on science, religion and film (occasionally all three at once). He has written and presented programmes for BBC television, including The Cell on the history of biology, The Gene Code, Playing God on the rise of synthetic biology, and the Beauty of Anatomy, on anatomical art through history. For Radio 4, he has presented a raft of programmes on subjects as wide as Artificial Intelligence, the MMR scandal, Hollywood science, astronomy and art, morality, human evolution, and extinction. Previously, Adam worked as an editor at the science journal Nature for more than a decade.

Adam has 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 – a philosophy & sociology of ableism, disability in Sri Lanka, biotechnology disability law and is recognised as a world leader in scholarship around studies in ableism. After the successful publication of Contours of Ableism: The Production of Disability & Abledness (2009). Fiona is working on two book manuscripts: “Textures of Ableism: Disability, Voice and Marginality”, “Kamma, Buddhism and Disability”.

Beverley Gibbs
Beverley is an experienced practitioner and educator with broad interests and expertise in the interfaces between engineering, business, policy and civil society. Since 2015 she has been helping the Department of Mechanical Engineering deliver and develop its range of engineering management education, liaising with the University’s School of Management. Beverley is curriculum lead for the Design, Manufacture and Management teaching group, a member of the University of Sheffield Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Steering Group and a member of the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy Board. Drawing on many years of professional experience, she develops theoretically-informed practical strategies for improving the engagement of students outside their core discipline.

James Lock
James 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, a free monthly art and politics publication championing citizen journalism, Wordlife, an innovative events and digital literature programme, and Festival of Debate, a two month-long festival of politics centred around informed discussion and debate on issues we collectively face. Opus also manage the public-facing side of the Our Fair City Campaign, which seeks to reduce inequality in Sheffield.

Daniel Sarewitz
Daniel is Co-Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes and Professor of Science and Society at Arizona State University. His work focuses on revealing the connections between science policy decisions, scientific research and social outcomes.

From 1989 to 1993, Sarewitz worked on research and development policy issues as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives, and principal speech writer for Committee Chairman George E. Brown, Jr.

He now directs CSPO’s office in Washington, D.C., and focuses his efforts on a range of activities to increase CSPO’s impact on federal science and technology policy processes. He is also a regular columnist for Nature magazine.

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