Ri Unconference 2013 - Highlights

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Highlights from the annual Ri Unconference

In the third annual Ri L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre Unconference, hundreds of student from across the UK came together to discuss future technologies and their ethical implications.

Our four discussion topics and keynote speakers for the 2013 Unconference were:

Energy and the environment; Professor Sir David King – Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change

Personal data acquisition and security; Dr Susan Wallace - Lecturer of Population & Public Health Sciences at the University of Leicester

Bioscience; Dr Adam Rutherford - Author, broadcaster and science communicator

Environment and food security; Professor Tim Wheeler - Director of Research and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for International Development, and Professor of Crop Science, University of Reading

After listening to the ideas presented in these keynote speeches, students participated in collaborative group sessions. The students then presented their thoughts and opinions back to the larger unconference, including a panel of key influencers representing science, education, industry, government and the media.

This year the students emphasised the need for greater co-operation between countries to facilitate and fund effective research into new methods of creating energy; they called for the government to support the food and manufacturing industry to make biodegradable packaging more mainstream and cost-effective; and recommended that genome mapping should become ‘opt-out’ by parents at birth due to the positive impact this data could have on our future understanding and treatment of genetic disorders.

Thank you to L’Oréal UK & Ireland for supporting this event.

Music credits: 1. Action Davis - Rehab (Free Music Archive) 2. Megatroid - Ego Grinding (Free Music Archive) 3. Action Davis - Japanese (Free Music Archive) 4. Broke For Free - Something Elated (Free Music Archive)

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Environment, Talking Science, Technology

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Event
Organisations/Partners:
L'Oréal
Location:
London, UK
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The Theatre, The L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre
Published:
2014
Filmed:
2013
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The Refinery / Royal Institution

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  • Professor Sir David King, Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change speaking at the 2013 Ri Unconference

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