Art, ethics and new technologies

Each scientific breakthrough brings to light new ethical dilemmas. In conversation with Lucy McCabe, Anna Dumitriu shows how artists engage with ethical implications of modern technologies, from gene editing to robotics and AI, and why their involvement in the conversation is insightful for both science and society.

What shapes your relationship to science?

Drawing on research with thousands of adults and young people, Louise Archer looks at what influences our feelings towards science. Discover the patterns of participation with science and learn what can be done to encourage more of us to see it as something that’s ‘for me’. Speaker: Louise Archer is Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of … Continued

The deceptive brain

The main purpose of the brain is to enable action. This simple idea is so fundamental that it shapes our conscious experience without us being aware. Steve Tipper demonstrates how these processes influence our behaviour and fool us into seeing far less than we realise. Speaker: Steve Tipper, Professor of Psychology, University of York

A dark and invisible world

One hundred years ago Richard Feynman – a pioneering researcher of sub-atomic particles – was born. Jon Butterworth looks at what’s been achieved in our understanding of this invisible world and ponders: what mysteries remain? What can particle physics reveal about the Universe? Speaker: Jon Butterworth, Professor of Physics, UCL

Why plants haven’t conquered the land

Plants have done a pretty good job at colonising the planet – or have they? Jeremy Pritchard discusses the setbacks they’ve faced and how humankind is modifying them to be more tolerant to such issues as drought and pests.