The virtual event brought together experts and stakeholders from across academia, industry and the NGO sector.

By Mr John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer), Published

The School of Science and Technology (SST) hosted its third successful National symposium on Developing Socially Responsible STEM Professionals on January 12th 2022.

City’s President, Professor Sir Anthony Finkelstein, warmly welcomed participants to the event, followed by an insightful “Setting the Challenge” address by Professor Rajkumar Roy, SST Dean.

The virtual event took the theme, ‘Ethics and Environment, Social and Governance (ESG)’ and was sponsored by Accenture and Engineers Without Borders UK.

It brought together participants across academia, industry and the NGO sector to discuss the role of ethics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and their impact in society.

The event enabled participants and speakers to engage with issues around diversity, global sustainable programmes, cultural differences and practice, engineering and ethics, legislation and regulation, the circular economy, business and research ethics, leadership and social value, privacy, identity and data protection.

649782Speakers and panellists, including those giving keynote speeches, were, Sir Julian Young, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology; Professor Claudia Eckert, Professor of Design at the Open University; Professor Richard Ashcroft, Deputy Dean in The City Law School; Dr Paula Palade, Digital Manager & ethics of Connected and Automated Vehicles at Jaguar Land Rover; Professor Sarah Stallebrass, Professor of Soil Mechanics in SST; Professor Susannah Quinsee, Interim Vice-President Education at City; Professor Mike Sutcliffe, Deputy Dean, TEDI-London; Mr Andrew Vautier, Senior Managing Director, Information Security Lead Technology Client Services, Accenture; Professor Chris White, Director, Industrial Policy Research Centre, MTC; Mr Rob Wirszycz, Senior Warden, WCIT, The Tech Sector City Livery Company; Dr Geoff Keeling, Google; Professor Andre Spicer, Dean, Bayes Business School; Miss Emily Davies, Head of Social Impact, Amey.

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The 2022 National symposium enabled discussion around topics and issues such as the Public Service (Social Value) Act 2012 initiated by Professor Chris White as an erstwhile parliamentarian; ethical issues around connected and automated vehicles; the teaching of AI ethics at Stanford University (USA); globally focussed and socially aware engineering education at TEDI-London; path dependency and ethical decision making in engineering design; and Accenture’s approach to Environment, Social and Governance (ESG).

Managing Director of Stirling Media, Will Stirling, chaired two panel debates which were followed by lively and engaging Q&As from the virtual audience.

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