10bn Talks


Staff and students at The University of Sheffield are warmly invited to attend:

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Who are the 10 billion? // Paul White & Tony Ryan*

Monday 13 Feb, 17:30-18:30 (SU Auditorium)

In this opening keynote lecture, Professor Paul White (Emeritus Deputy Vice-Chancellor) and Professor Tony Ryan (Professor of Physical Chemistry and founding Director of the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures) discuss the demographics, dilemmas and opportunities of living in a world of 10 billion.

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Universal healthcare in a world of 10 billion // Marco Viceconti*

Tuesday 14 Feb, 17:30 – 18:15 (SU Auditorium)

Professor Marco Viceconti looks at the role of technology in health care now and in the future. He will interrogate the uses and limits of technology in health provision, and will explore some of the ethical issues that may arise as technology is employed more and more by the medical world.

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‘Days of futures past’ // Jackie Labbe*

Wednesday 15 Feb, 17:30-18:30 (SU Auditorium)

Join Professor Jackie Labbe as she wanders through the sultry smoke of London’s chartered streets with William Blake and Mary Robinson, witnesses the changing nature of Wordsworth’s countryside and looks out over Turner’s lively cityscapes in order to form a picture of the way people observed and experienced the changes of increasing industrialisation.

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Justice Futures // ICC Judge Morrison

Thursday 16 Feb, 18:15-19:15 (SU Auditorium)

International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Morrison will introduce the history of the International Criminal Court and discuss some of its challenges. He will talk about how an expanding population might lead to further international tensions, and discuss how international criminal law may need to expand to tackle environmental and transnational corporate offending.

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Danny Dorling and Carl Lee discuss population 10 billion*

Friday 17 Feb, 16:00-17:00 (The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 1)

Professor Danny Dorling, formerly from the University of Sheffield and fellow author and University of Sheffield Teacher Carl Lee will introduce and discuss the demographic challenges posed by 10 billion, debate the reliability of current projections and address the socio-political implications of moving towards a more settled and more equal world.

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Migration: The longer story, the bigger picture // Amanda Crawley Jackson

Tuesday 21 Feb, 11:00-13:00

Migrants are represented in a disparity of ways in both journalism and art. But what’s the truth? What’s the longer story? What’s the bigger picture? Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson (French Studies) discusses this ever important topic, bringing in findings from her own research on the representation and practice of space and the politics of mobility.

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Debate: Can we have a fully renewable energy future? // Multi-faculty panel

Tuesday 21 Feb, 18:30-20:00 (Diamond Workroom 3)

Academics from a range of disciplines will take a look at the issue of renewable energy from different points of view (social, political and technological) and ask the question, ‘can renewable sources can ever fully provide all our energy needs.’

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Alien life – is there anybody out there? // Simon Goodwin

Wednesday 22 Feb, 14:00-15:00 (The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 2)

We will soon have the technology to examine planets around other stars and even discover alien life.What sort of environments will we find? Is alien life common? What might it be like? Is the Galaxy full of Earth-like planets and advanced alien civilisations or are we and our planet incredibly rare and special? Professor Simon Goodwin (Physics) asks: ‘is there anybody out there?’

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Green impact and 10bn // Dimitra Pilichou

Wednesday 22 Feb, 15:15-16:00 (The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 2)

Dimitra Pilichou talk ‘Green Impact’ – what it is, why do we do it, what are its benefits and how can it have a positive impact it on all our futures?

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Water futures // The Sheffield Water Centre, Nexus Network and The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

Thursday 23 Feb, 14:00-16:00 (Firth Court Lecture Theatre 2)

Water is essential to our life on this planet, so how do we ensure there will be enough clean water for everyone as the global population grows? The panel will discuss and debate these questions and more at this important event.

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Visions of nature in a 10bn world // Tom Webb

Friday 24 Feb, 10:00-12:00 (Firth Court Council Room)

This multimedia event explores visions of nature in a world of 10bn people. Dr Tom Webb will be sharing a range of academic opinion to present the spectrum of debate – in a world of 10bn people, should nature be shared, or spared?

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