Activities and Events
Big Bang Fair
The Academy is one of the
partner organisations of the
Fair. The Big Bang Fair is the UK’s biggest
science and engineering fair to celebrate the
achievement and excellence of young people through
the National Science and Engineering Competition,
while engaging and inspiring them with a wide range
of exhibits, activities, presentations and events.
Cheltenham Science Festival
From geo-engineering to the
emergent technology synthetic biology, the Academy
supports and co-produces a number of events at the
Cheltenham Science Festival
Battle of Ideas
Battle of Ideas brings
together an astonishing array of thinkers and doers
to debate and discuss everything from science to art
to politics. The Academy has partnered with the
event to produce debates on topics such as sports
enhancement and innovation.
Electronic Patient Records
This project aimed to raise
informed debate on issues surrounding the use of IT
systems, specifically electronic patient records,
for health and medical research.
The project created
and toured a Theatre of DebateŽ programme consisting
of a play, entitled “The Breathing Country”, as well
as a debate performed in schools and other
organisations across the country.
The Academy also
led a public attitudes research project on the
topic, which explored people’s views on the use of
electronic patient records in health and medical
research, using a variety of techniques.
Academy conducted the UK’s first public dialogue on
A video from
the launch of the Public dialogue on synthetic
biology report, which took place in June 2009, is
also available in addition to a Radio 4 discussion
between the events speakers.
See also the Academy’s report
Synthetic Biology: scope, applications and
implications. This report, published in May 2009,
reviews the state of the field and considers
potential future developments and their likely
technological, economic and societal impact.
The Academy supported the
Termite Pavilion and a number of related events from
leading architects and engineers working on the
project at Pestival 2009. The Termite Pavilion was a
spectacular walk-in structure inspired by the
Namibian termite mound to give an insight into the
extraordinary architectural and engineering skills
of one of Earth's oldest master builders.
Robotics vision conference
The UK’s first young people’s robotics Vision Conference was a pilot project run as partnership between the Academy,
Walking with Robots and the
London Engineering Project. The conference provided the participants, who were aged 16 and over, with the opportunity to explore advanced robotics research, have their views heard on how these new technologies could be used in the future and explore their potential impact on society.
Perceptions to Engineering and Engineers
Would like to meet the
The Academy teamed up with the Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation to bring together 15 engineers and 15 documentary makers in an unusual networking session entitled ‘Would Like to Meet the Innovators’. The event was held at the
BritDoc 2007 Festival, Oxford, and was organised in partnership with the British Computer Society, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
The aim of the event was to facilitate potential collaborations and valuable contacts between two creative yet radically different sectors who would not normally meet and act as a catalyst for future documentaries on engineering-related issues.
Keeping an eye on……
The Academy partnered with the
Dana centre to develop and deliver a
sciencehorizons dialogue based event around surveillance technologies. The event was planned in conjunction with the launch of the Academy’s policy report entitled “Dilemmas of Privacy and Surveillance” (830KB)