THE SOCIAL MEDIA CLUB FRANCE AND SOLVAY GROUP, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CNRS NEWS, PINT OF SCIENCE, ESPCI Paris, DISCOVERY SCIENCE & ESTIENNE SCHOOL ARE ORGANIZING A CONFERENCE ABOUT SCIENCE WITH THE PARTICIPATIONS OF PEOPLE WHO CONTRIBUTE TO ITS DEVELOPMENT.
We all love to hear about giant leaps of science and mind-blowing discoveries. Social media helps to spread these stories of scientific wonder, fuelling the public’s appetite and curiosity even further. But how does science really work? What place does it have in our daily lives and what is its purpose? What is the interaction between the humanist pursuit of ‘pure science’ and a business-focused approach to science, focused on commercial and economic progress? Should science be more of a democratic pursuit, drawing on all corners of society to drive it forward? Come to discuss these issues and more at the Social Media Club debate at l’Antenne on 11th of december.
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Timandra Harkness is a british writer and comedian. She hosts the show “Future Proofing” on BBC Radio. She published a book “Big Data : Does Size Matter” in 2016, where she explores data’s potential in our daily lives, with an intent of demystification. She also have written and acted with mathematician Matt Parker in a stand-up show called “Your Days are Numbered : the Maths of Death”, which is a humoristic dialogue about mathematics, statistics and probabilities.
Timandra Harkness / Writer, comedian and BBC host
Ben Feringa is a Dutch chemist and 2016 Nobel Prize Laureate. After working as a research scientist at Shell in the Netherlands and at the Shell Biosciences Centre in the UK, he was appointed lecturer and in 1988 full professor at the University of Groningen where he completed a PhD in organic chemistry. He was the first to develop a molecular motor in 1999, followed by a nano-car. Ben Feringa, Jean-Pierre Sauvage and James Fraser received the Nobel Prize for their work on molecular machines.
Ben Feringa / Chemist and Nobel Prize Laureate
Élodie Chabrol is a neuroscientist and head of international development at Pint of Science World. After a PhD on epilepsy at the hospital of La Pitié Salpêtrière in France, she became a post-doctoral associate at the University College of London. She is passionate about democratizing science and became President of Pint of Science’s French Office, a scientific association which gathers aficionados and researchers around a ‘pint of beer’ to share their latest discoveries or interests.
Elodie Chabrol / Neuroscientist and head of international development at Pint of Science
James Kakalios is an American physicist best known for his book ‘The Physics of Superheroes” in which he explores the scientific plausibility of the powers and incredible deeds of the most famous comic books superheroes. He currently teaches at the University of Minnesota, where he has developed a research program in experimental physics with projects ranging from nanomolecules to applications in neuroscience to solar cells.
James Kakalios / Physicist and Author of The Physics of Superheroes
Jean-Marie Solvay is the President of the International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and member of the Innovation Board at Solvay SA. The main activity of the Solvay Institutes, which are dedicated to supporting fundamental science, are the Conseils de Physique Solvay and Conseils de Chimie Solvay, an ensemble of renowned conferences. The Institutes also manage workshops, chairs, seminars and an international doctoral school.
Jean-Marie Solvay / President of the International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry