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Will Robots Rule the World? Join the debate in Preston

On Thursday 18th February, join University of Central Lancashire experts at the Adelphi Pub (Preston) to discuss the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the ethical questions society will be facing. There will be live demonstrations of AI and robotics to show the technology’s current capabilities followed by an interactive debate exploring the issues.

Our experts include Dr Stephen Sigurnjak and Matt Dickinson who will be demonstrating AI in action and how it can interface with robots. Psyhcologist Dr Sarita Robinson will be exploring the differences between the human brain and AI.

This event has been organised by the Lancashire branch of the British Science Association and is part of the Future Debates series.

The event begins at 7.00pm and is completely free to attend but please register here first: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/future-debates-lancashire-tickets-19317555328

#ShareMyThesis Competition

• Are you currently studying for or have you completed a PhD degree?
• Do you want to tell the world why your research is important?

This worldwide competition challenges PhD students past and present to tweet in 140 characters why your PhD research is so important. You should tweet should include the hashtag #sharemythesis

Your tweet should include what your research is about, why it is important and should be understandable to a non-specialist. The competition is open to worldwide entries from any subject area.

The winner will receive a 15-inch MacBook pro. Second prize is an iPad and third prize a £200 Amazon voucher.

Your tweet should be sent by 9th February 2015 at 10.00am and the winner will be announced by 20th March 2015.

Take Part in the Lancashire Science Festival!

LSF 2014 Showfloor Call Out!

 

Calling all exhibitors for the Lancashire Science Festival 2014!

This year’s theme is Power Up! So we are looking for any interested parties to send us details of their ideas for their showfloor stands.

We have a maximum capacity of 20 stands on the showfloor and so will be judging all entries competitively. We are looking for stands that can really bring science to life, with fun and engaging hands-on activities.

The Lancashire Science Festival will be running from 26th to 28th June 2014; the 26th June being open to Primary Schools, the 27th to High School and Colleges and the 28th being a general public day, so we are looking for stands that will appeal to all ages and abilities.

The ethos behind the Lancashire Science Festival is to inspire people to think more about science and how it affects them and to encourage thought and debate, in a really fun atmosphere. As this year’s theme is Power Up we will be looking for stands that fit into this. Think along the lines of Power Your Brain and Recharge Your Batteries, Up Up and Away, Energy, The Power of Your Body, Engineering and The Power of IT. But don’t let this constrain you, think outside the box!

Please contact jbennionATuclan.ac.uk for an application form and ensure that all entries are returned by 31st January 2014, so that the selection process can begin.

The Sun at Night; get closer to our closest star

Tonight Engage UCLan present the Sun…at Night!

We are taking David Henckel’s installation piece to the BBC Stargazing LIVE show at Royal Holloway, University of London. The Sun at Night was created by Henckel during his residency with the solar astrophysics research group at UCLan. The installation showcases a year in the life of the Sun, with a movie created from footage from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. This is set to a evocative and sinister soundtrack, capturing the dynamics of our closest star and creating a truly unique and immersive experience. The scale of the structure, the high definition footage and the intricate detail of the solar footage creates an awe-inspiring piece.

Follow #thesunatnight for live images and information.

If you would like to bring The Sun at Night to your event, please contact Jenny, Public Engagement Assistant, on 01772 892596 or JBennion[@]uclan.ac.uk.

We are currently planning a tour of this unique piece and would be pleased to hear from venues and events interesting in hosting The Sun at Night.

The Sun at Night is the output of an 18 month residency during which Henckel worked with solar astrophysicists and engineers at UCLan. The final piece is a collaboration with artist and UCLan lecturer Dan Wilkinson.