The University’s Open House festival is ready to launch with a packed programme of talks, performances, exhibitions and interactive experiences taking place this week.
Speakers include American chef and author Ken Hom, the Mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram, and prolific Shakespearean actor Michael Pennington.
The programme has already proved extremely popular, with some ticketed events now fully-booked or with only limited places remaining. If you are interested in attending a ticketed event please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
On Monday there is a fascinating exploration of Machines, Robots and Zombie Jobs, with the chance to meet a robot, listen to music composed by artificially intelligent composers and hear how concepts that were once the work of fiction are now changing the way we work.
Ken Hom will discuss Chinese values and their relevance to the world today on Tuesday at Liverpool’s World Museum, while the University’s Physics Department will delve into the life and work of Professor Stephen Hawking at the Victoria Gallery & Museum.
The hot topic for Wednesday is whether artificial intelligence is inadvertently promoting bias and prejudice in our increasingly digital world. An expert panel including the Liverpool Girl Geeks, Liverpool Women in Science & Engineering and experts from across the University will debate this important issue.
A talk on how nanotechnology research at Liverpool is transforming healthcare and helping patient wellbeing with Professor Steve Rannard takes place on Thursday. Later in the evening Metro Mayer Steve Rotheram will join a panel discussion and live audience debate to consider the opportunities devolution presents to the Liverpool City Region.
Prolific Shakespearean actor Michael Pennington is visiting Liverpool for one night only on Friday to perform his acclaimed one-man show Sweet William – a journey through the life and work of William Shakespeare that promises plenty of humour.
Friday also marks the city’s annual LightNight celebrations and the Victoria Gallery & Museum and Garstang Museum will both be open late and offering free activities for the whole family.
Last but not least, bars across the city will play host to informal talks by University researchers from 14-16 May as part of Liverpool Pint of Science. The events are a sell-out but keep an eye out on the University’s Facebook channel, which will be live streaming some of the action.
Open House runs from 14-18 May. For further details and booking information please visit: www.liverpool.ac.uk/openhouse
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