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City hosts second National Symposium on Developing Socially Responsible STEM Professionals

The virtual event 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.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

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The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering (SMCSE) hosted its second National Symposium on Developing Socially Responsible STEM Professionals on January 12th 2021.

The virtual event 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.

584164The all-day National Symposium enabled participants and speakers to engage with issues around diversity, unconscious bias and equality, corporate social responsibility (CSR), 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.

Speakers included Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, Restoration Partners; Professor Fiona Charnley, University of Exeter Business School; Simon Fanshawe, OBE, Diversity by Design; AmickyCarol Akiwumi MBE, Money4YOU; Dr Rhys Morgan, Royal Academy of Engineering; Professor Bobby Banerjee, City Business School; Adam Thilthorpe, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT; Professor Charles Fleddermann, The University of New Mexico, USA; Emma Crichton, Engineers Without Borders; Maria Alexiou, Titan Cement (Greece); Professor Colin Turner, Ulster University; and Dr Piers Bursill-Hall, Cambridge University.

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Alongside provocative and insightful presentations, managing director of Stirling Media, Will Stirling, chaired two panel debates which were followed by lively Q&As from the audience.

SMCSE Dean, Professor Rajkumar Roy, said:

With over 200 registered attendees and 17 speakers, our second virtual National Symposium was an unqualified success. Spanning academia, industry, professional institutions and the NGO sector, the excellent speakers demonstrated that issues around social responsibility have never been of greater significance to our STEM community as they are now. The current pandemic and all issues around diversity, equality and inclusion directly impact our students and STEM professionals. City will continue to lead the way in seeking effective solutions for all of our students and staff. We shall shortly be publishing a full report of the Symposium’s proceedings.

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