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 Huxley Summit 2019 will take place in November – more information will be released in June. Find out more about the 2018 event below.
The challenges and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Huxley Summit 2018 brought together business leaders, scientists, policy-makers and opinion-formers on Wednesday 28 November 2018 at the Royal Institution.
Scientific and technological advances are continuing to merge the physical, digital and biological worlds – disrupting the status quo and changing perceptions of the creators, owners and users. New technologies are promising to change the world for the better, but how can businesses, policy-makers and scientists ensure products of innovation are fit for purpose as societal, environmental and cultural expectations change and shift?
2018 has seen the shift in public perceptions in the UK about the impact of single use plastics on the environment. New technologies, such as AI and gene-editing, have the power to change the relationship between citizens, businesses and countries. How can leaders in boardrooms and government consider changing perceptions in different technical and cultural spheres to create responsible innovations?
How does society overcome the challenges of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ and a potential breakdown of trust in technology from the public?