• People's Vote March 23rd June 12:00 (noon) - Green Park Station

    Green Park Tube Station

    Join a people's march for a people's vote on March 23rd
    RSVP here: https://www.peoples-vote.uk/march

    The group will be meeting at Pall Mall from 12.00pm. The march will follow the route below and finish in Parliament Square, where special guest speakers will address the crowd.

    Who is supporting the march?
    The March for a People's Vote is being supported by organisations including Open Britain, the European Movement UK, Britain for Europe, Our Future our Choice, For our Future's Sake, Healthier In, Scientists for EU, Trade Deal Watch, Wales for Europe, In Facts and others.

    What are we marching for?
    A People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal!

    Why are we marching for a People’s Vote?
    New facts have come to light about the costs and complexity of Brexit that no one could have known at the time of the referendum.

    Promises made by politicians about Brexit, like more money for our NHS, are not going to be kept.

    The Brexit process is a complete mess and the negotiations are going badly, which makes it more likely that we will get a bad deal.

    The Westminster elite is making a mess of it.

    How can I support it?
    1) Join the march below!

    2) Donate to the crowdfunder

    3) Share the event on Twitter and Facebook

    4) Become a People's Vote March Volunteer

    When are we marching?
    Saturday 23rd June, 2018.

    How do I get there?
    Many local groups from across the country are organising coaches down to London for the March. Follow this link for details on where and when these coaches depart and full transport details for the march: https://www.peoples-vote.uk/transport

  • Using visual language to tackle complexity

    Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre

    Using visual language to tackle complexity

    As business has become more complex over recent decades, it has also become hugely more visual. Graphic facilitation, rich pictures, data visualisation, not to mention a myriad of visual workshopping techniques, have become the norm for many organisations. Businesses are dynamic, non-linear, complex systems, so it makes sense that we are evolving new, non-verbal ways to make sense of them.

    Arguably, this development has not seen a parallel advance in theory and instruction, so many people’s experience of visual thinking amounts to “pretty pictures” in meetings, pictures that run the risk of compounding complexity rather than tackling it. In this session Steve will return to some fundamental principles of systems thinking, to build up a model of what it actually means to represent complexity in a meaningful way. The session will:

    • Demonstrate that all of us are visual thinkers, whether we like it or not
    • Provide a theoretical grounding that brings visual and systems thinking principles together
    • Show that you don’t need to be able to draw to make meaningful visual representations of complexity
    • Provide practical advice for non-artists to move their use of visual language beyond simple arrows and boxes

    Arrival and meetup with others from 6:30pm, presentation 7pm-8pm with group discussion, networking and light refreshments afterwards.

    About Steve

    Steve Whitla lives and works in Oxford, where he runs Visual Meaning Ltd, a niche consultancy that builds visual models of complex systems and trains/coaches consultants and business people in visual thinking. He is a fellow of the RSA, a member of the CMI, and regularly teaches visual thinking and system mapping in both academic and non-academic settings. He writes about meaning and visual language at meaning.guide, and tweets at @swhitla.

    This talk is being organised in conjunction with Science has no Borders https://www.meetup.com/Science-has-no-Borders/ and Turning to Complexity https://www.meetup.com/Turning-to-Complexity-Beta/

  • Why the pollsters got it wrong (again)

    JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building

    • What we'll do
    Policy and Practice Series: Why The Pollsters Got It Wrong (Again) with Professor John Curtice

    Following on from the 2015 election and the 2016 EU referendum, the 2017 election was the third major ballot in a row that the opinion polls are widely thought t have called the outcome incorrectly. But what were the challenges facing the polls in 2017? Did they simply make the same mistakes once again - or did they learn the wrong lessons from what happened in 2015?

    John Curtice is professor of politics at Strathclyde University and chief commentator at whatukthinks.org/eu and Fellow of The British Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences.

    When: Thu 22 March, 18:15 – 19:45
    Where: JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Gower St, WC1E 6XA
    Registration is free but RSVP at the eventbrite page is required to ensure your spot: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/why-the-pollsters-got-it-wrong-again-tickets-43924315811

    The event is organised and hosted by UCL School of Public Policy http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/

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  • Human Rights During Armed Conflict: Military Perspective of Law, Policy&Practice

    Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1, Cruciform Building, UCL

    • What we'll do
    Human Rights During Armed Conflict - A Military Perspective of Law, Policy and Practice with General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter
    International human rights law, along with national policy, guides and constrains how British armed forces plan, coordinate and conduct operations during armed conflict. The relationship between the demands of the mission and the rules governing military practice has been and remains at the forefront of judicial, academic and public scrutiny for some time. However, often missing from these discussions are the perspectives of the military personnel tasked with ensuring operations are planned and conducted in accordance with law and policy. Drawing on his experience in Afghanistan, General Sir Nicholas Carter, the Chief of the General Staff of the UK Army, will illustrate some of the ethical issues and conundrums that present themselves in armed conflict and offer his insights on the role and relevance of human rights during war.

    When: Wed 21 March, 19:10 – 21:00
    Where: Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT
    Registration is free but RSVP at the eventbrite page is required to ensure your spot: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/human-rights-during-armed-conflict-a-military-perspective-of-law-policy-and-practice-tickets-43876934091

    The event is organised and hosted by UCL School of Public Policy, UCL Global Governance Institute and UCL Institute for Human Rights.

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  • Europe’s view on Brexit – and Beyond

    JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building

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    Policy and Practice Series: 'Europe’s view on Brexit – and Beyond'

    Join us to hear correspondents from EU countries sharing their own perspective on Europe's view on Brexit; and beyond.
    - Jurgen Kronig - UK Correspondent, Germany
    - Jakub Krupa - UK Correspondent, Poland
    - Evdoxia Lymperi - UK Correspondent, Greece
    The event begins with opening remarks by Jacqueline Minor - Former Head of the EU Commission's Representation in the UK

    When: Thu 15 March, 18:15 – 19:45
    Where: JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Gower St, WC1E 6XA
    Registration is free but RSVP at the eventbrite page is required to ensure your spot: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/europes-view-on-brexit-and-beyond-tickets-43706875441

    This event is hosted and organised by UCL School of Public Policy - Department of Political Science http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/

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  • Artificial sexuality: Machines love & relationships

    Roberts Engineering Building G06

    Artificial Sexuality: Sexual activity is central to our very existence; it shapes how we think, how we act and how we live. With advances in technology come machines that may one day think independently. What will happen to us when we form close relationships with these intelligent systems? Robotic intimacy is becoming part of our social fabric and we need to investigate these new opportunities and examine the long-term implications of sharing the world with non-human beings.

    Kate Devlin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths. She works in the fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), investigating how people interact with and react to technology, to understand how emerging and future technologies will affect us and the society in which we live. She is currently focusing on cognition, sex, gender and sexuality and how these might be incorporated into cognitive systems such as sexual companion robots.

    PLEASE REGISTER at the eventbrite page for this event (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/directors-seminar-dr-kate-devlin-artificial-sexuality-machines-love-and-relationships-tickets-41075110762). RSVP here does not guarantee entry.


    Thu 8 March 2018, 16:00 – 18:00 GMT


    Roberts Engineering Building (G06), Sir Ambrose Fleming LT, University College London, WC1E 7JE [view map (https://goo.gl/maps/F2Y7f3qpZLn)]

    This event is organised by UCL Institute for Global Prosperity (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/directors-seminar-dr-kate-devlin-artificial-sexuality-machines-love-and-relationships-tickets-41075110762#listing-organizer)

  • Universal Basic Services - Soundbite

    Medawar Building - Room G02

    Andrew Percy is co-director of the Social Prosperity Network (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/igp/research/knowledge-networks/social-prosperity-network) - an Institute of Global Prosperity Knowledge Network that is working on Universal Basic Services (UBS) as a solution to 21st Century problems.

    At this IGP soundbite, he will take us through the reasons UBS is a policy proposal that the IGP is exploring.


    Thu 1 March 2018, 13:00 – 14:00 GMT

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    Medawar Building (G02), Malet place, London, University College London, WC1E 6BT [View Map (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/soundbite-andrew-percy-universal-basic-services-tickets-41074858006#map-target)]

  • How can we make AI drive prosperity

    Watson LT (G02)

    Future Advocacy is a social enterprise working on the greatest challenges humanity faces in the 21st Century. Their work focuses on stretching the decision-making horizons of government, business, and citizens to allow global problems to be solved.

    One of their main topics of focus is the impacts of Artificial Intelligence on the economy, and on normal people's lives. Their most recent report looks at the impact of AI in UK constituencies, giving an estimate of the percentage of jobs at risk of automation in each area by 2030.

    This talk will examine the impacts of AI on people's prospects, the challenges and opportunities it will bring, and examine how we can make AI a driver of prosperity and ensure it has a positive impact.

    Future Advocacy was founded by Olly Buston who was a key architect of the Make Poverty History Campaign. Olly was Europe Director of ‘ONE’ for 7 years and has also worked as Director of the Walk Free anti-slavery movement, and as Senior Advocacy Officer for Oxfam International in Washington, DC.

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED (RSVP here does not guarantee admittance to event) - Please visit and register at the eventbrite page (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/soundbite-olly-buston-futureadvocacy-how-can-we-make-ai-drive-prosperity-tickets-41074182987).


    Thu 25 January 2018, 13:00 – 14:00 GMT

    LOCATION Watson Lecture Theatre, Medawar Building (G02), Gower Street, University College London, WC1E 6BT [View Map (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/soundbite-olly-buston-futureadvocacy-how-can-we-make-ai-drive-prosperity-tickets-41074182987#map-target)]

    This event is organised by the by UCL Institute for Global Prosperity (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/soundbite-olly-buston-futureadvocacy-how-can-we-make-ai-drive-prosperity-tickets-41074182987#listing-organizer).

  • Panel discussion: An Accidental Brexit?

    Central House

    Wednesday, 6 December 2017,[masked]pm


    Prof Paul J.J. Welfens (Wuppertal)

    Prof Paul Ekins (UCL ISR)
    Dr Andrew Glencross (Aston University)

    Dr Claudia Sternberg (UCL European Institute)

    This discussion will draw on a recent eponymous book by German economist Paul J.J. Welfens, which analyses how the EU referendum in the United Kingdom came to pass and what the foreseeable consequences are for the UK, Europe, US, and world economy may be. The discussion will touch on questions of public opinion-formation and the use of (mis)information in campaigning as seen by an external observer. It will also consider to what extent Brexit is likely to weaken the EU and shift the global balance of power in a globalised economy increasingly shaped by Asia and digital innovations.

    Paul J.J. Welfens, is Jean Monnet Professor for European Economic Integration, Chair for Macroeconomics at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, and President of the European Institute for International Economic Relations at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. He is Research Fellow at IZA, Germany, and Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at AICGS/John Hopkins University, USA.

    Paul Ekins holds a PhD in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy at and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London (UCL). He is also Deputy Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, and the UKERC Co-Director leading on its Energy Resources theme.

    Andrew Glencross is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Aston University whose research focuses on European integration and international relations theory. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and has previously taught at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Aberdeen, and Stirling.

    Claudia Sternberg is Senior Research Associate at the UCL European Institute. A scholar of European and international politics, she is particularly interested in political power or authority, and the role that ideas, ideologies, and stories can play in shaping the relationships between citizens, peoples, and their states or international organisations.

    Register now (https://ucl.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0aa7b5bd8be306203aa6b0e03&id=1bfe38f0da&e=ec80ae6fd3)

    6 December 2017, 5:30pm

    Room G01, Central House
    14 Upper Woburn Place (https://maps.google.com/?q=14+Upper+Woburn+Place+%0D+London+WC1H+0NN&entry=gmail&source=g)
    London WC1H 0NN
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    This event is organised and hosted by the UCL European Institute (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-institute)

  • Film night: Darwin's dangerous idea Part 2 - "Born equal?"

    "Charles Darwin's theory of evolution sent shockwaves through the 19th century world, but its impact has continued to be potent and widespread – in society, religion, politics, and science".

    This fascinating documentary tells the story of Darwin is amazing legacy…

    "Recounting some of the experiences which shaped Darwin is thinking during his famous voyage on The Beagle and explaining how the theory broke out from the world of science, presenter Andrew Marr tells the impact of this revolutionary idea and how it came to challenge so many aspects of society".

    What: Documentary screening "Darwin's dangerous idea Part 2: Born Equal?" and discussion with special guests - snacks & drinks

    When: 15th Sept 18:30-21:00

    Where: Room G22 in the Pearson Building, UCL - enter UCL via main entrance on Gower St, turn left in the courtyard and follow the signage along the path

    Who: Guest for the evening - Mark Thomas (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mace-lab/people/mark), Professor of Evolutionary Genetics (short bio below)

    About Episode 2: Darwin's dangerous idea: Born equal?

    Andrew Marr discovers something surprising about his own evolutionary history as this epic series continues with an exploration of Darwin's impact on politics and society.

    Under the banner of Survival of the Fittest, Darwin's theory of natural selection has been used to justify imperial expansion and the oppression of indigenous peoples; to inform the science of eugenics - the selective breeding of humans which was implemented in the United States in the early 20th century; and to provide a veneer of scientific respectability to Nazi plans to create an Aryan master race. It was also used quite explicitly to explain the twisted logic of the final solution.

    But Andrew Marr also finds a kind of redemption for Darwin's theory of evolution. After the Second World War, it was a founding idea behind the democratic, anti-racist values of the United Nations. More recently, it has also been used to help eliminate a fatal genetic disease from the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn. Marr goes on to consider the difficult social and political choices presented by predictive DNA testing - the final frontier of Darwin's Dangerous Idea [more (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00j6r1b)].


    Darwin's dangerous idea Part 1: Body & Soul

    Darwin's dangerous idea Part 2: Born equal?

    Darwin's dangerous idea Part 3: Life and death

    About our guest, Mark Thomas

    Mark Thomas (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mace-lab/people/mark) is Professor of Evolutionary Genetics in the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/gee/) at University College London. (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/) He was formerly a post-doctoral research fellow in the department of Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

    Mark is notable for a number of scientific publications (https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=MTHOM52) in the fields of human demographic and evolutionary history inference, molecular phylogenetics of extinct species using ancient DNA, Cultural evolutionary modelling, and molecular biology.