Horizon scanning 'Wild Workshop' - Brighton

12.00, Thursday 15 March 2018

Stanmer Park, Brighton

Outside Brighton,

The Academy of Medical Sciences is undertaking a horizon scanning project to identify key areas of scientific research and innovation for the future.

This is one of six half-day workshops at locations around the UK, bringing together Academy Fellows, grant awardees and forward-thinking experts from a range of backgrounds. Together, we will ask them to  think forward to the year 2048 to explore what might become the most transformative areas of scientific research and innovation, and how they might affect society. The outputs from the Academy's horizon scanning project will inform our work both in the UK and internationally, including policy, future scientific meetings, and collaborations with medical researchers, funders and other stakeholders.


This will be a 'Wild Workshop' in Stanmer Park organised with School of the Wild. We'll be taking attendees out of the city and into the wild for a horizon scanning session around the fire. This workshop includes an optional foraging session before the horizon scanning discussions where you'll learn about edible wild plants and cook them up into something to eat from our harvest.

Thursday 15 March 2018. 
Foraging session 12.00 - 13.30, Horizon scanning workshop 14.00-17.00


Theme: Preventing chronic disease and using artificial intelligence to assist vulnerable populations

"Chronic disease such as arthritis and diabetes are increasingly prevalent in the UK and around the world. Treating and managing chronic disease is difficult, particularly in deprived populations. Artificial intelligence and machine learning have huge potential for improving health in a sustainable way, for example through wearable devices. Questions remain about the costs and effectiveness of this new technology. Campaigners are concerned about the privacy implications of embedding artificial intelligence in our health system."

Themes for the workshops have been identified using the Academy’s horizon scanning survey of over 600 Fellows and grant awardees. However, participants are not expected to be experts in these areas - instead we welcome the diversity of opinion people bring by approaching discussions from a range of backgrounds and expect that through the interdisclinary discussions at the workshops, new priorities and ideas will emerge. 

Other information

Other workshops will take place in Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Cambridge and Birmingham. Click on the locations for details on each workshop. Click on the locations for more details. A limited number of bursaries to cover costs for all workshops are available.

For more information about this project’s activities - including details on the initial survey, themes and other workshops -  please visit the horizon scanning project page.

Staff leads