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The Cavendish Research Staff Committee presents:


an evening in conversation with Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder, theoretical physicist working on quantum gravity and author of the book Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray.

This is the third event in the Ethical Conundrums and the Social Responsibility of Scientists series. In this series we address topics concerning the health of scientific research, ethical sticking points in science, and how new technologies might impact society. In particular, we ask, what is the social and ethical responsibility of scientists?

In this event we will discuss:

(i) the flaws in the justification of research efforts,

(ii) the incentives and biases that drive the academic research environment,

(iii) how the pursue of scientific research has changed in recent years and what adaptation these changes call for.

We will do this with the help of Dr. Hossenfelder, who will introduce the topics of this event, which she has considered at length in her book, blog, and Youtube channel, through the lens of her experience in the field of theoretical physics. We will then be moving to an interview of Dr. Hossenfelder, in which we will consider the implications of her conclusions on scientific research in general, and ask what could be done to fix some of the issues that she identifies.

Hosting the event will be Dr. Hannah Tomczyk, PhD in Physics from the University of Tübingen, and current PhD student in Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.

You, as a member of the audience, will be an integral component in the discussion as we will have interactive audience participation through polls and questions using the Slido platform.

Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free snacks will be provided starting at 17.30, a half hour before the event begins.

Guests and family members are warmly welcome.

Limited free street parking is available within a 2 min walk from the venue on Clerk Maxwell Road.

The theatre is wheelchair accessible and there is an accessible toilet nearby. Hearing aids will also be available on site. Please contact one of the organizers upon arrival and a set will be provided to you. If you have any questions on accessibility, please contact cambridge.research.ethics@gmail.com

We acknowledge funding from the University of Cambridge Physics Department and thank the Cavendish Laboratory facilities staff for making this event possible.

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