External: Science in Public Conference 2017
July 10 - July 12
“The conference is hosted by iHuman, a new, exciting institute at the University of Sheffield bringing together social sciences and humanities with psychological and biological sciences to understand what it means to be human like never before.
Science and technology are essential ingredients of our humanity. The emergence of fruitful and diverse scholarly perspectives on the history, practice, communication, governance and impacts of scientific knowledge reflects this fact.
Yet rapid scientific and technological change has also unsettled the idea of what it means to be human; for example, through new frontiers in physical and cognitive enhancement, shift to knowledge economies, and potential threats to employment from mass automation. These changes take place in a context of broader challenges to expertise and evidence, dramatically illustrated by the EU referendum and the election of Donald Trump.
Taking these matters seriously calls for a renewed focus on compassion, benevolence and civilization. This year at Science in Public, we ask: How do science and technology affect what it means to be human?”
The programme will include contributions by NUCLEUS partners Peter Broks (Rhine-Waal University), Alexander Gerber (Rhine-Waal University), Caitriona Mordan (Dublin City University) and Kenneth Skeldon (University of Aberdeen).
More information about the event can be found at the conference website: http://sipsheff17.co.uk/