Good governance of science is at the heart of developing national competitiveness for many countries. It is commonly perceived that the ‘globalization of science’ may result in a ‘Westernization of science’. Yet the embedded ambiguity of new scientific advancements and the changing nature of transnational collaborations have enabled a shift in power dynamics in world science. Drawing on her 2012 book ‘The Cosmopolitanization of Science’, Dr Joy Zhang, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent, uses China’s experience in stem cell research as an example to demonstrate how actors from the Global South can assume a more contributory role in steering global scientific norms.
Dr Jane Reeves, Director of Studies MA Child Protection and Co-Director of the University of Kent Centre for Child Protection, discusses the use of advanced simulation and gaming techniques in the training of child protection professionals. How can approaches and technologies from the gaming and entertainment industries aid teaching and learning and assist in the protection of children and young people?
Who makes donations worth £1 million or more, and why? This talk explores the world of mega-philanthropy, sharing insights into the people who give - as well as those who ask for - the biggest charitable donations. Drawing on nearly a decade of research, this talk explains how many million pound donations are given by UK donors and to UK charities, what kinds of causes receive such support and what donors hope for in return. Beth has interviewed over 100 rich donors and major donor fundraisers, and the studies behind this talk can all be accessed at http://bit.ly/1RwINfb
Dr Barry Blight, Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Kent, discusses the use of lanthanide phosphorescence to create a Turn OFF sensor for bacterial spores such as Bacillus Anthracis (used as the carrier for the Anthrax bioweapon). Using lanthanide phosphorescence, Dr Blight and his research group have repurposed a well-known organic light-emitting diode (OLED) material that exhibits a brilliant red emission. In the presence of dipicolinic acid (DPA), a ~15% biomass component in bacterial spores such as Bacillus Anthracis, the bright red emission is completely quenched making this material an ideal Turn OFF sensor for bacterial spores.
The body is an amazing mechanism that enables us to exist, move and function throughout our daily lives, but we often overlook its importance for our social identities and for the maintenance and development of societies. In this talk, Dr Chris Shilling from the University of Kent highlights how 'body matters' are key to contemporary social trends and problems, explores the potential of classical sociology to aid our understanding of embodiment, and identifies some of the multiple reasons why the body has become a source of conflict in the contemporary era.
In this talk, Dr Eddy Hogg from the University of Kent’s Centre for Philanthropy, explores four of these thinkers: Alexis de Tocqueville, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber and Karl Marx. Each has a different take on the role of the voluntary sector – not all of them complimentary – and each of these perspectives can help us to ask key critical questions about the role of the voluntary sector in contemporary social life.