Science and Technology Group
Next Meeting - Science Education Policy
After a very successful June meeting with David Nutt it is time to look forward to our September meeting. We welcome Tim Leunig who is coming to talk about UK Science Education Policy. Tim is, unusually for our group, not a scientist. He is an economic historian who has done a lot of work in understanding how developments in technology affected economic development in the nineteenth century. We are in the teeth of a technological revolution which is having profound effects on our society now. With his historical perspective he may be able to give a more incisive analysis of how we should best educate the next generation to thrive in what will, surely, be a very different Britain.
Note that we welcome members to attend just for the talk. There is no charge for this.
Unfortunately, this talk clashes with the Media Group event with Tom Braby. Apologies to all who wanted to attend both events.
For more details, please visit the Tim Leunig page.
The Reform Club Science and Technology Group was formed in July 2006 by a group of Club members who felt that prompted by a sense that almost all contemporary issues have a scientific or technological dimension. Our first speaker was Baroness Susan Greenfield giving a talk to us entitled "Ageing and the Brain" on 6th February 2007.
The group’s focus is on the social and ethical implications of science and technology, rather than the complexities of the science itself. we aim to generate a high level of debate and dialogue, helping us all to get to grips with the real scientific issues behind the headlines we all see every day.
Speakers have come from all over the world, bringing a wide variety expertise. Unlike so many forums for debate, the Group benefits from a position of total independence from the scientific and political establishments, so that discussion about social and economic implications can be carried out in a spirit of open enquiry.
- Dr Roger Highfield, 3 February
- Prof Dame Celia Hoyles, 9 April
- Prof Graham Rook, 21 April
- Prof Geoff Targett, 25 May
- Prof David Nutt, 8 June
- Prof Tim Leunig, 13 September
- Prof Anil Seth, 19th October
- Sir Richard Sykes, 23 November
Next Year's Programme
Provisional dates for 2017 are as follows (all meeting are on Wednesdays, usually the 3rd one of each month):
|Month||Day of Month||Speaker||Title|
|January||No Meeting||To Be Confirmed||To Be Confirmed|
|February||15th||To Be Confirmed||To Be Confirmed|
|March||15th||To Be Confirmed||To Be Confirmed|
|April||19th||To Be Confirmed||To Be Confirmed|
|May||23rd||To Be Confirmed||To Be Confirmed|
|June||21st||To Be Confirmed||To Be Confirmed|
|July||No Meeting||To Be Confirmed||To Be Confirmed|
|August||No Meeting||To Be Confirmed||To Be Confirmed|
|September||20th||To Be Confirmed||To Be Confirmed|
|October||18th||To Be Confirmed||To Be Confirmed|
|November||15th||To Be Confirmed||To Be Confirmed|
|December||No Meeting||To Be Confirmed||To Be Confirmed|
We hope to invite the following speakers:
Topics under active consideration are:
- Digital Art
- Computer Gaming/Virtual Worlds
- Energy Storage
- Crypto Currencies
- Robots and the future of human work
- The end of antibiotics
- Patient-centred medicine
- New materials and 3-D Printing
- Nuclear Fusion
- The Dark Net
- End of Life Experiences
- Nano Technology
- Peak Oil and Fracking
- Semantic Web
- In-vitro Meat (or algaculture?)
- Medical Robots
- Gene Therapy