Policy@manchester, the University’s pioneering policy engagement arm recently unveiled an exciting programme for Policy Week 2015 where big names in public policy and academia will come together from 2 – 6 November for panel discussions, open lectures and a programme of films. Now in its fourth year, Policy Week seeks to inform and influence policy decisions and decision-making and seed new collaborations. This year it will also form part of the European City of Science Manchester 2016 festivities. (www.manchestersciencecity.com)
David Willetts, the former Minister for Universities and Science, will deliver the keynote address and open up the discussion – on how technology is set to disrupt Higher Education as we currently know it and the outspoken and controversial Prof David Nutt promises to be another highlight, appearing in conversation with BBC News science reporter Victoria Gill at the Portico Library discussing the realities and unique challenges involved in advising government and ‘speaking truth unto power’.
Other speakers include: Vicky Pryce, former Joint Head of the UK Government Economics Service; leading political economist and newspaper columnist Will Hutton; and the Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell and MEP Clare Moody.
They will be joined, on panels, by University of Manchester academics at the forefront of work to shape public policy in the UK. The vast programme will cover the impact of science and technology on topics including healthcare, poverty, energy, climate change, the arts and the Northern Powerhouse.
For the first time, the programme also includes a number of films: Disruption which takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of inaction when it comes to climate change; The Age of Stupid starring Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as a man living in a devastated future world of 2055, looking back in time and asking why we didn’t stop climate change when we had the chance; The Man in the White Suit, the Ealing Studios classic with Sir Alec Guinness and FrackNation, an investigative look on the process of fracking for natural gas.
Professor Luke Georghiou, Vice President for Research and Innovation at The University of Manchester and co-champion of ESOF, said: “Science revolutionises the world we live in – we are constantly coming across new materials, new ways of understanding our own bodies and new approaches to the grand societal challenges relating to sustainability, energy, food and water resources. Science is driving revolutions all around us, every day.
“All these changes, of course, bring with them significant implications and challenges for society and government; and it is this impact of science and technology, upon all areas of public policy, that Policy Week 2015 will probe and progress.”
The vast majority of events are free, although booking is necessary and will be held at various locations across the University’s campus and in Manchester city centre. To book a ticket and view the full programme visit: http://www.policy.manchester.ac.uk/week/