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Science and Society - LSE and Imperial College join forces

Imperial College and LSE are launching a joint public lecture series on Monday 11 March to herald their formal collaboration in a number of areas.

Science and Society will feature four public debates during 2002 designed to get to the heart of issues concerned with the social impact of science and technology.

Topics for the 2002 series are:

  • Risk and Society: is science dangerous? 
    Monday 11 March
    Keynote speaker - Professor Lewis Wolpert
  • Is Our Food Safe?
    Monday 29 April
    Keynote speaker - Professor Roy Anderson FRS
  • New Genetics and Society
    Date to be confirmed
    Speaker to be confirmed
  • Science and the Media
    Date to be confirmed
    Keynote speaker - Professor Lord Winston

Experts from both institutions will take part as chairs, keynote speakers and panellists, together with eminent guests from industry and other academic institutions. The Question Time format will allow informed and sustained debate on a range of topics which have a major impact on how we live our lives in an increasingly complex society.

LSE Director Professor Anthony Giddens said: "Science plays a crucial part in our society. We base our judgements of how to behave, and even what we eat, on science. There is a great need for more public awareness of science issues, and we are delighted that this series with Imperial will bring our two institutions together to share knowledge and ideas."

Sir Richard Sykes, Rector of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine said: "I am personally excited by this new joint venture with such a prestigious social science institution as LSE. Our knowledge-based society needs responsible, independent experts to inform the debate surrounding scientific, medical, environmental and engineering issues. Imperial College takes this responsibility very seriously. Almost every day our staff are in the news, advising on some of the most complex issues facing society today. I hope that this lecture series will contribute to that debate."

For further information about the lecture series and on how to get free tickets, please phone the LSE public lecture ticket line on 020 7955 6100 or email events@lse.ac.uk| leaving your name, mailing address and the title of the lecture. See the Science and Society website at www.lse.ac.uk/events|


For more information, contact Liz Carr, IC Communications, on 020 7594 6701/2, or email l.carr@ic.ac.uk| or Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7582, email j.a.higgin@lse.ac.uk|


Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine is the largest applied science, technology and medicine university institution in the UK. It is consistently rated in the top three UK university institutions for research quality, with one of the largest annual turnovers (UKP390 million for 2000-01) and research incomes (UKP202 million for 2000-01). In the December 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, 75 per cent of staff achieved a 5* rating, the highest proportion in any UK university. All departments visited and assessed for their teaching have scored between 21 and 24 points out of 24 or, in the previous system, have been judged excellent. See www.ic.ac.uk|

LSE, one of the world's leading social science institutions, has around 7,300 full-time and part-time undergraduates and postgraduates from more than 130 countries worldwide. A range of social science programmes are taught in 18 departments, with research activity based in more than 30 research centres or institutes. LSE was rated second in the country for the quality of its research, in the most recent national research assessment exercise. See www.lse.ac.uk|

18 February 2002