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The Pint of Science festival comes to Liverpool on the 15th -17th May.
For three nights of amazing science, topics will be explored, such as the truth about e-cigarettes, chocolate addiction and whether microscopic worms could one day help cure dementia. Alongside the talks, they’ll also be live experiments, comedy, fun quizzes and the chance to win Pint of Science goodies.
Liverpool is rightly proud to be a place where world-renowned heritage sits alongside new developments and innovation that make it a truly 21st century international city. Recent changes have included a greater focus on the environment and a reduction in dangerous emissions, partly thanks to the move away from coal power. However, like most major conurbations, life in the city is still reliant on fuels that contribute to climate change.
Liverpool has hit its own targets to reduce emissions ahead of schedule, but in this event we ask what more can be done to make life here environmentally sustainable. The Low Carbon Liverpool project and the Mayor's Commission for Environmental Sustainability explored how the city can combine sustainability with quality and prosperity, but how can the new city region take further steps to become a global climate leader?
FACT and Radical Film Network will hold a film-screening and panel event exploring the role of the filmmaker as activist. Seeking to counter the largely fictional (and often hysterically inaccurate) narrative on Syrian refugees put forward by the mainstream media, filmmaker Yannis Koufonikos questions how much of this narrative is fiction, constructing a positive representation of refugees and their struggles built around his work inside the Alexandria refugee camp in Greece.
(with a screening of 722 TMX Engineer Battalion)
This session explores the migration emergency in Europe which is leading increased numbers of asylum-seekers and migrants to live informal lives in European towns and cities. Research carried out by Dr Arshad Isakjee at the University of Liverpool and other at institutions is starting to show how, in the absence of formal support, many migrants are resorting to constructing their own shelter and having to find ways to feed themselves and remain healthy. Living in informal camps such as the one in Calais can have profound impacts on the health of migrants – but it is also a symptom of a wider political crisis in which European countries are failing to adhere to liberal and humanitarian principles.
Was 9/11 an inside job? Is climate change a hoax? Was Princess Diana murdered? Millions of people appear to think so, disbelieving official explanations for significant events in favour of alternative accounts that are often called ‘conspiracy theories’. In recent years, psychologists have begun to investigate what makes conspiracy theories appealing to so many people. In this talk, Prof. Karen Douglas will broadly overview what psychologists have found out so far, and will discuss some of her own findings on the causes and consequences of belief in conspiracy theories.
Karen Douglas is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent. In addition to conducting work on the psychology of conspiracy theories, she is involved in projects examining sexism in language, the influence of sexist ideology on attitudes toward pregnant women, and the psychology of internet behaviour.
The Department of Geography and Planning host a viewing of Liverpool at sunset from the Roxby Building, which offers a unique perspective of the city. Search Google images and you’ll find plenty of pictures of the Liverpool skyline drenched in the rich light of a sunset. And its appeal is nothing new, with artists having long travelled to the city to capture the colour of its skies and landmarks. Come along to enjoy a panoramic view from the southern edge of our campus.
The Department welcomes guests to consider their city from a different vantage point and points in time. Historic maps and plans from our collection, and displays of our current research enable guests to consider the many visions of Liverpool. Displays of maps and plans will show the topography and development of the city. While current research projects suggest alternative perspectives, from geological past to post-colonial legacy and from founding street patterns to modern politics of regeneration in Liverpool.
The event will include interactive and family friendly activities to enable you to interpret and capture different visions of Liverpool and make your own mark on the City’s skyline.
The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union has significant implications for Ireland, both North and South. Brexit will affect relationships across the border in terms of trade, commerce, law and the daily movement of people between both countries. It will also represent a new chapter in the peace process and the long term political relationships between the North and South.
Our high profile panel members will discuss the major economic and political challenges facing the island of Ireland over the coming years and discuss how to maintain an ever improving relationship.
The ‘Irish Sea in the Middle Ages’ Interdisciplinary Research Network was initiated in 2014/15 by scholars at the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Chester. The Research Network was established because of the obvious centrality to the history of the whole of the British Isles in the middle ages of the regions around the Irish Sea. Given the current relevance of political allegiance and national or quasi-national identities, the time is ripe to give greater coherence to the scholarship on this region in that period. The network brings together scholars from a range of disciplines, including History, Archaeology, Historical Geography, Language and Literature and Genetic Anthropology.
Question your candidates at our General Election 2017 debate
Parliamentary candidates from all the major parties will discuss the issues facing voters in a special University of Liverpool hosted General Election 2017 live debate.
Former BBC North West political editor, Arif Ansari, will chair the event, which promises to offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions of candidates, as well as hear their party pitches, as the nation prepares to vote in a new national government on June 8.
Taking place in the University’s Victoria Gallery and Museum on the evening of Wednesday May 24, the debate will be live-streamed by the Liverpool ECHO using Facebook Live.
The event will follow a Question Time style format, with candidates from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Green Party and UKIP together as a panel in front of an audience of around 250 people, with many more watching and following on social media, and through live-blogging.
Also on the panel will be the University’s Head of Politics, Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, and the ECHO’s Political Correspondent, Liam Thorp.
From small businesses to large organisations reputation is key to any organisation, and getting it right, online and offline, can be a tricky business, even when things are going well - no matter how experienced you and your management team are.
During a crisis, many people put their head in the sand, give out the wrong messages or put inexperienced staff or management in front of the media, all without fully understanding the implications and potential long term damage to their organisation.
Former senior BBC editor and journalist Mick Ord, who has been working at the sharp end of broadcasting for over 30 years, will share with us his valuable stories and insights gained from his many years’ experience in the media industry.
This talk by Professors Zhao Chen and Tian Dewen will explore China's perspective on global affairs, including economic and trade cooperation, international conflict resolution and the country’s relationship with the United Kingdom.
Professor Zhao Chen is a research fellow, Associate Professor and Chief of European Diplomacy Department at the Institute of European Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).
Tara Shears will be giving her insight into how particle physics is helping to discover some of the greatest mysteries of our universe. In this talk Tara will describe what particle physics tells us about the universe, discuss what we need to solve next, and show how CERN experiments are helping to fill in the gaps in our knowledge and move science forward.