SHDP Events

SHDP runs a number of types of event depending on the topic, audience, speakers, and outcomes desired.

SHDP Conference

UPCOMING EVENTS

Cultural Tourism Salon – Berlin

12 September 2019 – Tempelhof Airport, Berlin

SHDP is co-organising a one-day conference and workshop with Visit Berlin and LCD, bringing together leaders from major European cultural institutions (curators, museum directors, artists, architects, town planners) and tourism organisations (city councils, hotels, travel groups, airlines, hospitality) to discuss trends and key questions around place making, cultural destinations, including planning, architecture, technology, and climate change. Can one and should one aim to design, curate and create a cultural destination, or is this something that evolves naturally over time through the interplay of a number of factors?

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12 September 2019

Location

Tempelhof Airport, Berlin

How Technology is Changing Journalism – Media in the Post Truth Age 

13-14 September 2019 – Frontline Club, London

In this conference journalists, editors, technologists and researchers from a range of disciplines will discuss a number of vital questions, including how technology is changing the media the landscape, the role of the data journalist, new business models; the manipulation of the media and the public using technology, the use of technology in political campaigning, the role of technology platforms, censorship, and regulation – even legislation – to counter fake news.

SHDP is working with Russian Readings, an academic project based at Oxford and Leeds Universities, to produce this event. For more information please contact us.

Date

13-14 September 2019

Location

Frontline Club, London

About SHDP Events

SHDP runs a number of types of event depending on the topic, audience, speakers, and outcomes desired. Examples of SHDP events include:

  • One-day roundtable conferences for 50-70 people
  • Conferences of up to 200 people from one to several days
  • Academic seminars
  • Lectures in various venues
  • Dinners with keynote speakers
  • Briefings for the media
  • Art exhibitions with talks and events

SHDP is based at Jesus College, Cambridge, a college of the University of Cambridge, and offers brand new world-class conference facilities, catering and accommodation.

Past events

The SHDP director was the founder of the Rustat Conferences based at Jesus College, Cambridge. The topics covered by the conferences and reports between 2009-17 include: Cyber Security, Food Security, Inequality, Infrastructure, the Financial Crisis, Big Data, Blockchain and Bitcoin, the Future of Research-based Universities, the North-South divide, Ageing in the UK, and the Future of Work.

Past events

Past Events

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AI – Ethical and Religious Perspectives: Will advances in machine intelligence serve to enhance or diminish our moral and spiritual selves? Will these advances serve to create better or worse societies?


16-17 May 2019 – Jesus College, Cambridge

In this conference we asked what impact future AI is likely to have on notions of the soul, religious faith, religious practice, and the virtues. Does AI pose a threat, or encouragement, to religious belief and practice? In turn, we asked how religion might guide and inform attitudes towards, and relationships with, future intelligent machines.

AI – Ethical and Religious Perspectives
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AI and the Future of Humanity Project – Conference 2: The Singularity Summit: Imagination, Memory, Consciousness, Agency, Values


26-27 September 2018 – Jesus College, Cambridge

Topics for discussion included: Definitions of the Technological Singularity, The Self, Identity, Agency and free will, Gödel and Kripke (Computational Brain), Embodiment, Consciousness, Imagination, Moral behaviour, Aesthetics, Radical Enactivism. This conference provided a much-needed opportunity for interdisciplinary discussion between these groups who do not often find themselves around the same table.

Singularity Summit – SHDP Conference Report
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Memory & Imagination in Humans & Machines


21-22 September 2017 – Cambridge

DeepMind and SHDP Conference

Artificial Intelligence and neuroscience in discussion with the humanities – philosophy, psychology and the arts. This conference was a collaboration of SHDP and DeepMind and was by invitation.

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Science – The Next Generation


11 May 2011

This one-day meeting on Wednesday May 11, 2011 (in association with City University Journalism School and BlueSci) brought together a group of young scientists to discuss the problems and constraints, the scope and potential, of careers in science journalism at a time of rapid media change and challenge. The structure of the meeting was designed to promote an exchange of viewpoints and a sharing of experiences. Each segment was introduced briefly by two seasoned practitioners: followed by open-floor discussion.

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The Irrelevance of Ethics Lecture by Alasdair MacIntyre


3 June 2010

On 3 June 2010 Professor Alasdair MacIntyre, author of After Virtue and some thirty books on ethics, gave a lecture sponsored by the Science & Human Dimension Project and Prospect magazine. The text of the article John Cornwell wrote for Prospect magazine’s October 2010 issue on the lecture and its background is available here.

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Ethics and the Media in an Era of Complex Moral Challenge


23 February 2010

SHDP Conference 2007

Following the EU’s granting of funding for human embryonic stem cell research in July 2006, some declared the arguments and debate against it, over whilst others thought it had barely begun. The aim of this conference was to explore the meaning of the term soul within the Judaic-Christian tradition to test the strength of the Cartesian idea which is often taken for granted in the ethical debate: as in a human being is “ensouled” at the moment of conception.

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Report on Media and Development in Africa: A Case Study based on North Kenya


SHDP Conference 2006 – Media & Development in Africa

This conference explored the media coverage of development and aid in Africa. Senior Kenyan development workers discussed poverty, development and the media with specialists from NGOs, the Department for International Development, charities, development academics, and journalists.

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Creativity and Depression


SHDP Symposium 2005 – Creativity & Depression

There has long been a notion that creativity and imagination are associated with forms of depression and even psychosis. This conference explored a wide-ranging approach to the topic, including literary, historical, and psychiatric perspectives.The discussion focused particularly on the way in which depression is reported in the media as well biographically and autobiographically.

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The Anthropic Principle and the Multiverse


SHDP Debate 2003

John Polkinghorne and Sir Martin Rees tackled the notion of theanthropic principle – the existence of numerical accidents in the Universe that were essential for the development of life. The speakers went on to draw contrasting conclusions from this circumstance, and explanations. John Polkinghorne insisted that principle indicated a prime mover or mind in the Universe, which he would call God, while Martin Rees invoked a multiverse in which there is an infinite series of Big Bangs, each resulting in a different set of laws of chemistry and physics. According to this theory we are living in the Universe in which ...

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“Copenhagen”: Science, War, and the Devil’s Pact


SHDP Conference 2002 – Copenhagen

The conference explored the ethics of science, using as a focus Michael Frayn’s play Copenhagen which was staged at the conference with Michael Frayn fielding questions. Mark Walker and Paul Lawrence Rose spoke directly to the German historical and biographical background of Heisenberg and Niels Bohr. Other speakers included Walter Gratzer, Lewis Wolpert, Henning Grunwald and John Naughton.

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Virtual Universities


SHDP Conference 2001 – Virtual Universities

The growth in the use of the internet and related technologies for teaching and learning brought together a variety of distance and e-learning specialists from Europe, and the United States, working mainly in the fields of publishing and tertiary level education

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Explanations: Styles of Explanation in Science


SHDP Conference 2000 – Styles of Explanation in Science

This meeting brought together philosophers, scientists, mathematicians, and anthropologists to discuss why explanations work, why they vary between disciplines, periods, and cultures, and to discover whether they have any necessary boundaries. The issues engaged the keen interest of the participants from the media, for it is in journalism that the notion of an explanation is often misused or misunderstood. Speakers included Peter Atkins, Sir Martin Rees, Peter Lipton, Colin McGinn and Juliet Mitchell.

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Consciousness and Human Identity


SHDP Conference 1997 – Consciousness & Human Identity

Consciousness has puzzled philosophers, naturalists, and theologians down the ages. Now it has caught the interest of contemporary scientists, some of whom believe they are on the brink of discovering its basis in neurobiological processes. This meeting of neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers, theologians and novelists, discussed the prospects and consequences for finding a scientific explanation of consciousness. Speakers included Margaret Boden, John Searle, Steven Rose, Mary Midgely, Jeremy Butterfield, Peter Lipton and David Lodge.

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The Next Generation


SHDP Conference 1996 – Science, the Next Generation

The Science and Human Dimension Project brought twenty four young scientists together to discuss the future of their disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, computer science, and medicine. This meeting was supported by Wellcome Trust, Chiroscience Ltd, and the New Scientist.

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Science and the Media


SHDP Conference 1995

This specialist forum for participants from the science media was convened to discuss current issues of interest and concern. Speakers included Nigel Hawkes ofThe Times, John Maddox of Nature, Ravi Mirchandani of Penguin¸ Alun Anderson of New Scientist and Duncan Dallas of Café Scientifique

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Plato and Mathematics


SHDP Symposium 1994

Logicians and philosophers of mathematics discussed the mathematical Platonism with Penelope Maddy, Michael Redhead, Tim Smiley, Jeremy Butterfield, and Peter Smith. Is mathematics created by the mind or does it have an extra-mental existence, and what are the implications for philosophy?

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Mathematical Education


SHDP Symposium 1993

A group of world-class mathematicians, scientists, and professors of mathematical education explored the role of mathematics in different academic disciplines.

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Reductionism’s Primacy in the Natural Sciences


SHDP Conference 1992

This conference brought together world class neuroscientists, mathematicians, physicists, philosophers, psychiatrists, biologists, engineers, publishers and journalists to discuss to what extent reductionist method is shaping, and “reducing”, psychology, social studies, and even the humanities? Speakers included Nobel Prize Winner Gerald Edelman, Oliver Sacks, Freeman Dyson, Roger Penrose, John D Barrow, Paul M. Churchland, Patricia Churchland, Mary Midgely, and Peter Atkins.

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