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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

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UCLan’s Cat Tennick and Sarita Robinson will be performing their first stand-up comedy gig in Manchester on Thursday as part of Nexus’s new exhibition.

Along with other new researchers they will slice and dice comedy with neuroscience, sociology and many more moving parts.

Dr Sarita Robinson, who is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, said: “We are both excite to be taking part and communicating our research to adiverse audience. The routines are full of the funny side of two quite grim research areas (the psychology of survival and forensic science – knife wounds!). It will be good to explain the research that we do to an interested but non-academic audience.

Other guests include Lisa Heaney, Chella Quint,  Robert Ludlow, Dave Calvey and the music of Gideon Conn, who have been braught together by Steve Cross, comedy guru and the founder of the very first Bright Club in London.

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Location
Nexus Art Café

2 Dale St,

Manchester

M1 1JW

Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8pm-10.15pm.

Entrance is £4, on the door.

BBC Sky At Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock to come to UCLan

Maggie_Pocock_main_rdax_500x500UCLan will welcome BBC Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE for a free public event looking at her life experiences of being a woman in science and presenting the world’s longest running television series.

Maggie will share how, against the odds, she became a space scientist, a leading science communicator to UK schoolchildren and a “go to” science pundit for the media. She will talk about what’s it like to be put on the spot by Jeremy Paxman, why she had an apology from a national newspaper this year and consider if there is a question that has left her speechless.

The event has been organised by Athena Swan Officer Claire Meadows-Haworth who promotes UCLan’s commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. She said: “We are delighted to welcome Maggie to the University to share her incredible and inspiring journey that has led to her presenting the iconic BBC Sky at Night programme.

“Maggie is a fantastic example of a woman who has carved a successful career in science and I hope students, staff and members of the public will come along to hear all about it.”

The Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE Public Lecture will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 10 June with doors opening at 6pm. It will take place in Darwin Lecture Theatre with free parking on Foster Car Park. The event is free to all but visitors need to book online beforehand.

For more information email: hrdevelopmentteam@uclan.ac.uk or call 01772 894559.

Volunteer @lancscifest 2015

Following the success of 2014’s Lancashire Science Festival, we are pleased to announce that plans are well underway for Lancashire Science Festival 2015; this year the theme is ‘Evolves’. The dates for this year’s festival are 25-27 June. Days one and two of the Festival will be open to school groups and the final day is open to the general public; we anticipate total visitor numbers in excess of 6000.

The Festival will again feature a fantastic programme of interactive lectures, demonstrations, workshops and the ever-popular science show floor of hands-on exhibits. Confirmed activities include walking with dinosaurs, rocking out with heavy metal marine mayhem and exploring the evolution of experimentation! The ethos of our festival is to enthuse, engage and excite!

The festival will be held 25-27 June 2015.

Thursday 25th June and Friday 26th June – Schools days

Saturday 27th June – General public day

We need volunteers for all three days!

Volunteering times:

Schools day – 08.30-16.30

General public day 08.30-17.30

(Please note, volunteers do NOT have to volunteer for all day every day)

Activities volunteers are needed for:-

  • Welcoming attendees to the festival
  • Directing attendees to the correct areas
  • Registration
  • Stewarding
  • General assisting of the Lancashire Science Festival team

What we are looking for:-

  • Reliable, friendly and enthusiastic individuals
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Work well in a team
  • Enthusiastic about engaging with families

If you are interested in volunteering for this opportunity, please email engageuclan@uclan.ac.uk with ‘Volunteering Lancashire Science Festival’ as the subject and one of the team will be in touch.

#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.