Are Brexit and Trump a risk to public health? Free talks in London this week

Could President Trump, Brexit and social media pose a risk to public health? Professor John Ashton will discuss some of the major trends affecting global public health at the University of Liverpool in London this week.

The former President of the Faculty of Public Health is one of four speakers on the bill for an inspirational TED-style talk session, which is taking place as part of an Open Evening at the London campus on Wednesday, 29 March.

Joining him from the University of Liverpool are Dr Michael Humann, who will explore the psychology of decision-making during a crisis; Richard Barrett who will look ahead to the future of learning environments and Dr Leonardo Rojas-Nandayapa who will explain the Monte Carlo method of risk simulation.

Located at 33 Finsbury Square, the campus is set within the heart of London’s business community and a range of professional postgraduate programmes are on offer, including courses in: design, health, finance, accounting, business and communication.

Whether you’re a current student at our Liverpool campus, a Liverpool graduate, or a future student interested in life-long learning opportunities and career development support, a business looking for mutually beneficial partnerships, or simply curious to discover what happens at the University of Liverpool in London, the Open evening is a great opportunity to find out more.

The talks begin at 6:30pm and will be followed by a drinks reception 7pm. For further details and to register please visit:

Talk programme 6:30pm-7pm

Brexit, Trump and public health
Speaker: Professor John Ashton, Former President of the Faculty of Public Health

How will recent political developments impact our health? In this talk, Professor John Ashton will provide a historical perspective on future public health issues. How were advances in the human condition extracted from controlling elites in the Victorian Era? What impact does social media and its resulting transparency have on growing inequalities? This talk will give an overview of the major trends putting global public health at risk.

The Psychology behind training exercises: Identifying risks and building resilience
Speaker: Dr Michael Humann, University of Liverpool

Dr Humann led a team from the University of Liverpool in evaluating the largest ever disaster training exercise with UK emergency services – Ex. Unified Response. In this talk he will outline how psychology and decision-making research helps identify strengths and weaknesses accurately across all levels of decision-making, whether preparing for crisis incidents or ensuring business continuity, while also outlining the importance of the broader narratives behind carrying out training and the opportunities to engage with the general public.

Monte-Carlo simulations of insurance risks
Speaker: Dr Leonardo Rojas-Nandayapa, University of Liverpool

The Monte Carlo method is a computational method based on repeated sampling of random outcomes to approximate a quantity on interest.  Its success relies in its simplicity and the accuracy for solving problems which sometimes are impossible to solve using exact methods.  In risk, it has been successfully used to approximate the probability of rare events associated to extreme behaviour.  This talk will provide an overview of the main ideas and some interesting examples.

Solomon’s House: The future of learning environments
Speaker: Dr Richard Barrett, University of Liverpool

As we continue to develop the capacity to innovate, so the paradigms of learning and environments must continue to enable learning and performance. This talk will provide an overview of the future of learning environments.


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