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Theme: Connectivity

This event occurred on
March 15, 2014
10:00am - 6:00pm GMT
(UTC +0hrs)
Glasgow, GLG
United Kingdom

Does technology connect us or disconnect us?

Are we equally connected to science or is there a gender and racial disparity?

Can we feel more connected to each other through a ball?

Does English language disconnect us?

Senate Room
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, GLG, G12 8QQ
United Kingdom
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Jamie Gallagher

An interdisciplinary scientist and communicator, recently recognised as one of the '175 Faces of Chemistry' by the Royal Society of Chemistry. He believes the more interconnected science is, the stronger it becomes. Jamie advocates for more diversity in scientific approaches, but, more importantly, diversity in scientists. He talks about how gender-stereotyped toys influence children's career choices, what must be done to diversify the face of science, and how diversity connects with success.

Jason Gill

A Reader in Exercise Science in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow. One of his major research interests is establishing and understanding the connection between certain population groups and the adverse effects that a 'Westernised' lifestyle has on their health. His talk explains how 'one size fits all' is not the correct way to approach health guidelines for different ethnic groups.

Alison Phipps

Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies and co-convener of the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network. In this emotional talk, she highlights the shortcomings of English as a global language through her own story of welcoming asylum refugees into her family home. Alison encourages people to get out of their comfort zone and explore the world as 'Learning languages in multilingual worlds will give you the chance to connect with others.'

Gerry McCusker

The MD of Dog Digital, a creative and digital agency. As technology develops at an increasingly rapid rate, Gerry questions whether we, as humans, are beginning to develop communication and behavioural habits that work around technology or that are being evolved by technology itself.

Scott Sherwood

CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamically Loaded Ltd, with over a decade of experience in combining design thinking and innovative technical solutions to transform businesses across the world. In this inspiring story, he encourages us to move away from the conventional view of connectedness that pervades people's perception of technology, often focusing on the 'what' or 'how' we connect rather than 'why' we connect.

Jillian Ney

The first Dr of social media in the UK. She is the brainchild behind and CEO of Disruptive Insight, a social intelligence consultancy that specialises in transforming digital noise into valuable insight for business. She talks about the symbolism of connectedness in social media, how social networking sites do not really allow us to connect properly, and questions the future of social networking.

Linda Woodhead

Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University, studies religious change in modern societies, and is especially interested in how religion has changed worldwide since the late 1980s. In this story-telling talk, Linda encourages us to connect by letting others into our inner space and being possessed by them, whether that is our next-door neighbour or God.

Ben Semple

Law undergraduate student at the University of Glasgow, from Northern Ireland. He is an amateur boxer and a poet with a passion for charity and youth work. His inspiring poem is a witty reflection on connectivity in today's youth culture, and the extent to which social media is changing our emotions and thoughts.

Rebecca Irving

Sociology Masters student at The University of Edinburgh, with a strong interest in Women and Leadership. She argues that in the multidisciplinary world of education -- one that is filled with opportunities to connect -- we are encouraged to focus solely on our own success, even if this means going against one another, and offers an alternative connected approach for true success.

Mel Young

President of the Homeless World Cup, recognised as one of the world's leading social entrepreneurs by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. He speaks about how his simple act of taking a ball to homeless people ended up having an incredible impact on players' lives, allowing them to connect with one another, reconnect with society and regain control over their lives.

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