Update for Monday 8th January 2018

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‘Why are we developing Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter? – a world class innovation district in the Northern Powerhouse’

With a multi-billion pound catalogue of developments in preparation for Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool) chief executive Colin Sinclair has kindly offered to join Merseyside Civic Society (MCS) for a talk on Thursday 11 January 2018 at The Studio, Liverpool Science Park from 5.30pm for refreshments and registration with the talk beginning from 6pm. MCS not only works to protect the history and heritage of the Merseyside area but also to encourage new construction and business opportunities to help give the region modern prospects in conjunction with its rich and vibrant past.

Registration required.

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The next inaugral talk at Liverpool Humanists will be given by one of the local celebrants, Annette Furley. Nett also works as an End of Life Doula and it is this role that she will be discussing during the event. There will be plenty of time for questions too.

'For thousands of years, all around the world, people have stayed in their homes to die, looked after by their family and local community. In the western world, this concept has been undermined by a gradual shift towards hospitalisation, often taking responsibility away from the person and the people important to them. However, it’s possible to make death an intimate, spiritual and peaceful experience, whether medical support is required or not.

An End of Life Doula aims to reduce people's fears about death, enable them to be more practically and emotionally prepared for it and improve the quality of experience of dying, which leaves a lasting impression on those left behind. Their role is to preserve the quality of wellbeing, sense of identity and self-worth from the moment of diagnosis. An End of Life Doula is a person who ‘holds’ the situation with the ‘family’: a friend in death, a non-medical ‘expert companion’ to the dying person and to those important to them.'

Registration required.

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This panel event will aim to work towards a charter to share with cultural activists across the North West arts scene and beyond.

Bringing together a wide range of organisers and artists from the independent arts community, Working towards Safer Spaces will discuss what makes a safe space, and how we can empower each other to make spaces of expression, creativity, dialogue and joy.

Registration required.

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Edzard Ernst is an academic tour de force within the skeptic movement.

Starting his career as a medical doctor, he became interested in alternative medicine and eventually became Professor of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter, conducting a number of studies into the effectiveness and safety of many common alternative approaches. Finding little evidence supporting the claims made, he has become an outspoken critic of the alternative medicine industry.

As well as over 700 scholarly articles, he co-wrote the bestselling book “Trick or Treatment” with Simon Singh. He retired from academia in 2013, following a dispute with Prince Charles’ Foundation for Integrated Health. Through blogs, newspaper columns and public lectures, he remains actively involved in combatting medical misinformation to the present day.

In 2015, he was awarded the John Maddox Prize for “standing up for science”.

Registration required.

View on merseysideskeptics.org.uk