Update for Monday 14th May 2018

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Exploring artificial intelligence and robotics, where guests will be able to interact with a biomimetic robot called MIRO, listen to music composed by artificially intelligent music composers and hear how concepts that were once the work of fiction are now changing the way we work.

Dr Will Slocombe, Senior Lecture in the Department of English, will consider how artificial intelligence has been represented in fiction, while Dr Paul Redmond, Director of Student Experience and Enhancement, will discuss the impact of AI on the jobs market. Dr Emily Collins, a theoretical and experimental roboticist at the University, will also be using her background in psychology and philosophy to explore the ways in which children perceive robots.

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A chance to hear two historians discuss the experiences of Liverpool's communities from both sides of the war, both at the frontline and those at home.

Paul Knight will be discussing his book "Liverpool Territorials in the Great War" which looks at the often overlooked history and experiences of the men who joined "The forgotten army" - the Territorial Force.

Pamela Russell will be discussing her book "Great War Britain - Liverpool" which offers an intimate portrayal of the town and its people living in the shadow of the Great War for five years.

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Our bodies can become epic battlegrounds in the fight against disease and injury. In this all out arms race, what weapons have we got at our disposal? Can we re-programme our immune systems to fight certain diseases? How much does ‘mind over matter’ help in the fight? And how do we stop diseases like Ebola sweeping across the globe? Join us for an evening of cutting edge research and try your hand at some science poetry!

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A 2013 Ipsos Mori poll undertaken on behalf of the organisation Transform, suggested that 53% of the UK public supported some form of cannabis legalisation or decriminalisation. But what if the UK government decided follow the example of countries like Canada and Uruguay to legally regulate cannabis for non-medical use? When we move beyond the simple question of whether cannabis should be prohibited or not, many new questions emerge.

For example, what might the market look like and how might we avoid the historical mistakes that led to burdensome industrial epidemics such as obesity, tobacco dependence, and alcohol-related harm? How might we ensure that those members of our community who currently experience cannabis-related harm are not adversely affected by legalisation? What will be the specific challenges and opportunities for policing, education, and treatment? Will informal sources such as cannabis social clubs or home grows be allowed or should there be a state monopoly of supply? What will this all mean for control of other drugs such as ecstasy or heroin? What will actually change for cannabis users in practise? Will the much-discussed perceived benefits or harms of legalisation really emerge and how should these be communicated?

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Whether it’s social media, search engines or Siri, artificial intelligence plays a central part in our daily lives. But do these advances in technology come at a cost?

Is AI inadvertently promoting bias in our increasingly digital world? And what impact are AI algorithms already having on our society?

A panel of experts including Liverpool Girl Geeks, LivWise and academic researchers from across the University will explore this increasingly important issue.

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Merseyside Civic Society is contributing to the discussion instigated by the Metro Mayor when he suggested in his policy programme that the promotion of social value should be part of a stronger social economy, public procurement, and planning in the form of a new Sustainable Urban Development Strategyamong other proposals.

But what would more social value look and feel like to the population of the city region, and how can politicians, businesses and community groups or third sector organisations be encouraged to create more of it?

The event will begin with an exchange of views on the significance of social value in society between two speakers who have devoted their professional lives to the subject. Rev Cannon Dr Ellen Loudon is a member of Liverpool City Region's combined authority board with a brief to speak on issues affecting the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sectors of the City region. Professor Erik Bichard is co-founder of RealWorth, an organisation that helps to create social and environmental value in urban areas and has been a long-term advocate for sustainable development in the City Region and beyond.

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Gender equality has been the subject of much local and national debate. Locally, discussion has focused on the lack of women in the Cabinet of the Combined Authority, and nationally, there has been much debate on the gender pay gap; the barriers women face in the work place across sectors, and the #MeToo movement.

This provocation recognises the barriers that women face - we all know the stats: men are 40% more likely than their female colleagues to be promoted into management roles (Chartered Management Institute); fewer than 1 in 5 senior roles in business are held by women (Grant Thornton); and women in Western Europe are more likely than their male colleagues to aim for executive roles (48%, compared to 44% men), but only a quarter of women think they will achieve that goal, compared with nearly half of men.

This debate will acknowledge the problems and barriers that exist, including the question of diverse leadership and how some women have more difficulty than others whether because of class, race, age, sexuality, or disability. The debate will focus predominantly on the practical steps and solutions needed to overcome them and what needs to be done to help women across sectors and what lessons/areas of good practice can we learn from the public, private and third sectors.

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This panel discussion and live audience debate will consider the opportunities devolution presents to the Liverpool City Region, one year on from the election of Steve Rotheram as its first Metro Mayor. The new arrangements are a fresh approach to issues that affect the lives of residents, visitors and employers, including economic growth, transport, skills and housing. But what has happened so far and what will change in years to come?

Mr Rotheram will join an expert panel also including Asif Hamid MBE, Chair of Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership, Dr Aileen Jones, Deputy Director of the University of Liverpool’s Heseltine Institute, and Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive of the Knowledge Quarter Liverpool. The event will be chaired by Professor Michael Parkinson CBE, the University’s Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Civic Engagement and an expert in regional policy and urban affairs.

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Join multiple award-winning internationally acclaimed writers Mourid Barghouti and Marcello Di Cintio for a moving and insightful discussion on exile, displacement, belonging and political turmoil. A truly one-of-a-kind event featuring a voice of a generation.

The Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti left his country in 1966, aged twenty-two, to return to university in Cairo. A year later came the Six Day War and Barghouti, like many Palestinians living abroad, was denied entry into his homeland. Thirty years later, he was finally allowed to visit Ramallah, the city he had grown up in. A rickety wooden bridge over a dried-up river connects the West Bank to Jordan. It is the very same bridge Barghouti had crossed little knowing that he would not be able to return. I Saw Ramallah, his extraordinarily beautiful account of homecoming, begins at this crossing, filled with its ironies and heartaches. In half bemusement, half joy, Barghouti journeys through Ramallah, keenly aware that the city he had left barely resembles the present-day city scarred by the Occupation - and he discovers in this displacement, that the events of 1967 have made him permanently homeless.

Marcello Di Cintio is an award-winning Canadian writer who has lived in West Africa, North Africa, India and the Middle East. He is the author of Harmattan: Wind across West Africa, Poets, Pahlevans: A Journey into the Heart of Iran and Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, which won the City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Book Prize and the Wilfred Eggleston Prize for Non-Fiction, and was also named as one of The Globe and Mail‘s top 100 books of 2012. He is a former writer in residence with the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program and the Palestine Writing Workshop, and an instructor at the 2015 Iceland Writers Workshop.

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Ignite showcases Liverpool's movers and shakers, creators, thinkers, tinkers, innovators and doers, makers and dreamers in a fast paced format designed to inspire.

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When Theresa May called a snap General Election in 2017 Steve Howell, Labour’s new Deputy Director of Strategy and Communications, had barely been cleared for a parliamentary pass. Hear Howell’s inside story of the most dramatic General Election of modern times, in conversation with The Liverpool Echo’s Political Editor Liam Thorp.

Although the Conservative Party won the General Election of 2016, it was Labour’s result that hit the news. Written off as no-hopers under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, they took the pundits, and even themselves by surprise. But what goes on behind the scenes, in the machination of party politics which drives the parties forward? Join WoWFEST18 and Steve Howell for a fascinating inner glimpse into one of the most hotly contested elections of our time.

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