Horizon scanning workshop - Manchester

13.00, Thursday 22 March 2018

Museum of Science and Industry , Manchester

Liverpool Road, M3 4FP

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.

Theme: Real-time modelling of the spread of disease

"Infectious diseases, such as flu and norovirus, affect millions of people a year in the UK. With modern travel patterns, isolated outbreaks can quickly become global epidemics. Simulations and real-time modelling using data from health records, social media and other sources can track the spread of disease for prevention and treatment. Technology companies have developed machine learning to effectively analyse data. Campaigners are concerned about privacy, health insurance and job prospects."

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, Birmingham, Leeds, Cambridge and Brighton (wild workshop). 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.

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