14th October THURSDAY
New Tools For The Future
New Tools for the Future will ask:
- How do we know what we know about the future and our agency in it, and how can we go beyond that?
What can the connected lives of ants, brains, cities and software show us about how to rethink our relationship with the future?
How might technologies of ecology and system-making in nature such as mycology, teach us a thing or two about technologies embedded in society?
What is it about the edge of chaos that leads to creation of new ideas?
Professor Antonella de Santo founded the University of Sussex team working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. In 2013, she became the first woman to hold the position of Professor of Physics at the university. In 2017, she received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. Antonella is making world-leading contributions to the search for new physics beyond the Standard Model, currently focusing on the search for Supersymmetry. Prior to her work on ATLAS, for about a decade she had been making leading contributions to the study of neutrino oscillations.
Dr Franziska Kohlt is a researcher in Science Communication, the History of Science & Literature at University of York. She completed her doctoral research at Oxford on Victorian fantasy writers and their work and thinking as scientists, and how it was the language and imagination of fantasy that gave psychology its vehicles for making science breakthrough discoveries - including evolutionary psychology, or dreams - imaginable and understandable to scientific and public communities well beyond their time. She is the editor of The Lewis Carroll Review and Reviews Editor of the British Society for Literature and Science.
Maria Leonard is a cultural researcher with a particular focus, separately, on the future; death; and diasporas. She is founder/producer of Invented Futures and Editor-in-Chief of Qisetna: Talking Syria, as well as a writer and poet.