British Council Northern Ireland has partnered with the Northern Ireland Science Festival since its inception in 2015.

The partnership began by bringing the global science communication competition - FameLab - to the festival, where Northern Ireland winner Emer Maguire, went on to win the UK final and now acts as a host on BBC Radio Ulster.

This year, our focus is on the 30th anniversary of the birth of the World Wide Web, through our upcoming season Anyone//Anywhere: the web at 30. This celebrates the global impact of this British innovation and takes a closer look at how it has changed our world.

2019 events:

The Cyber Effect – The impact of technology on humankind

Wednesday 20 February, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, David Keir Building, QUB - FREE 

The way we behave is changing. Technology has infiltrated every aspect of our lives - from our relationships, to the way we shop, from our political systems to the minds of our children.  Join Dr Mary Aiken – one of the world's leading experts in Cyberpsychology - as she explores how cyberspace is changing the way we think, feel, and behave. 

Covering everything from the impact of screens on the developing child to the explosion of teen sexting, and the acceleration of compulsive and addictive online behaviours, Dr Aiken will also examine the escalation in cyberchondria (self-diagnosis online), cyberstalking and organized crime in the Deep Web. 

Future cyber issues and trends will be explored and a number of challenges will be considered; how do we balance competing priorities and interests in cyberspace? Are we losing control of the digital sphere? How can society ensure that technology works in our favour? 

The People Vs Tech – How the internet is killing democracy (and how we save it) 

Friday 22 February, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, £7 / £4 concession

The People Vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and how we save it) is the uncompromising subtitle of bestselling author, Jamie Bartlett’s new book.  Each week, it seems, the news is full of stories about ‘big tech’, Russian hackers and Facebook’s growing role in politics. Under all of this noise is a simple truth; digital technology and democracy are incompatible. So what do we do? In this talk, Jamie Bartlett proposes some answers.

 Artist in Residence

Thursday 14 February - Sunday 24 February, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Naughton Gallery, FREE

Every year, we partner with the Northern Ireland Science Festival for their artist in residence programme exploring the relationship between arts and science. For 2019, New York-based collaborative artists Loney Abrams and Johnny Stanish will bring their exhibition, Subject To Change, to the Naughton Gallery at Queen’s.

This exhibition looks at how hybrid bodies—chimeras, monsters, cyborgs, avatars—can be useful metaphors for The Other in society, and can help us imagine the breakdown of barriers between binaries like us/them, self/other, human/non- human, sex/gender, natural/artificial.

The artists will exhibit new sculptural works that materialise video game avatars, contextualised within both scientific and feminist/critical discourse.

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