The Huxley Summit is a high profile thought leadership event run by the British Science Association. It is named after ‘Darwin’s bulldog’, self-taught scientist Thomas Huxley who argued for Darwin’s theory of evolution against the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce, at the British Science Association’s (BSA) annual meeting in 1860. This was a pivotal moment in the public’s understanding of and opinion on evolution, and the Summit aims to provide a platform to debate key scientific and social challenges facing the UK in the 21st century.
The will of the people? Science and innovation in a post-truth world
The Huxley Summit 2017 brought together business leaders, scientists and policy-makers to discuss the challenges of creating innovations that are accepted by the public.
As the UK prepares to leave the EU, how can we ensure the UK is a leading force in creating innovative solutions to the 21st century challenges the world faces, such as developing ethical A.I, harnessing the power of big data, combatting the spread of microbial diseases and tackling climate change?
The Summit focused on the role that societal acceptance plays in the success of cutting-edge innovation. Key questions included; how will people’s views and behaviour impact on the UK’s role in introducing new technologies? And, how can scientists and innovators understand and respond to public concerns?
The Huxley Summit 2017 took place on Wednesday 29 November at the Royal Institution in London and further details about the event are available below. Films and photos from the day will be released soon, and further details for the Huxley Summit 2018 will be announced in early 2018.