University of Bath

This is Tomorrow

This year’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR) symposium will be on the topic of This is Tomorrow, addressing some of the ongoing debates affecting our future.

12 Sep 20199.30am
12 Sep 20196.30pm
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University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) Symposium

This year’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR) symposium will be on the topic of This is Tomorrow, addressing some of the ongoing debates affecting our future; from China’s growing dominance in the world and the future of work; to global security and climate change; and the future of AI and ethics, and welfare systems.

Climate breakdown is fundamentally reshaping the world around us. Extreme weather events, species extinction and resource depletion are precipitating immense and potentially irreversible change. Migration and conflict are likely to increase, putting further strain on the system of global security. Warfare is changing too, with the development of new technologies, increased security risks, and pressures on multilateral institutions for conflict prevention and resolution.

Meanwhile, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere and it’s here to stay. Most aspects of our lives are now touched by AI in one way or another, from GPS, to optimising logistics and personalised online recommendations to the use of smart technologies within our homes. How do we ensure that these new automated systems improve society as a whole – and not just those who control it?

Similarly, welfare systems, in the UK and internationally, are constantly under debate, sitting within an ever-changing political, technological and cultural landscape. Their purpose, size and utility dominates public discourse, and we face shifting challenges such as austerity economics, gender inequality, changes in the family, an ageing society, automation of work and increased migration, a changing labour market, the future of work, among many others.

Over the course of two keynote presentations and three panels, world renowned academics, practitioners and researchers will expand upon these global developments and concerns, and shed light on what the future might hold.

Provisional Programme

9.30 - 10.00am: Registration and tea and coffee

10.00 - 10.10am: Welcome

Professor Nick Pearce (IPR)

10.10 - 11.10am: Keynote One: When China rules the world

Martin Jacques (Author, Broadcaster, and Speaker)

Chair: Professor Nick Pearce (IPR)

11.10am - 12.30pm: Panel One: Global Security and Climate Change. Warfare and Extinction...

Chair: Professor David Galbreath (University of Bath)

12.30 - 1.30pm: Lunch (Fountain Cafe)

1.30 - 2.50pm: Panel Two: The Future of AI and Ethics: Are we moving to an augmented human enterprise?

Chair: Dr Rachid Hourizi (University of Bath)

2.50 - 3.50pm: Panel Three: The Future of Welfare Systems: How should global warfare systems evolve in the 21st century?

Chair: Professor Jane Millar (University of Bath)

3.50 - 4.10pm: Refreshment break

4.10 - 5.20pm: Keynote Two

Matthew Taylor (Royal Society of the Encouragement of Arts)

Chair: Professor Nick Pearce (IPR)

5.20 - 5.30pm: Closing remarks

Professor Nick Pearce (IPR)

5.30 - 6.30pm: Drinks reception