17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
The event would include actual examples of tipping points in nature, and society such as an animation of an ‘ecological banking model’ showing the historic collapse and amalgamation of banks in the UK as well as video clips of different examples of tipping points in nature including an avalanche in Greenland triggering a tsunami and an animation of the sand pile model which illustrates the properties of a dynamic system that reaches critical points of change, also known as self-organised criticality in physics. Finally, there would be mini-exhibitions i.e. visual displays and multimedia (audio and video) showing some of the outputs from ‘tipping points research’ especially findings from the Tipping Points project at Durham University. The purpose of exhibiting this work through photo and collage for example is to get people thinking about critical transitions within systems that lead to sudden transformations or tipping points. It is also to help engage the audience with the concept of tipping point in order to get them to scrutinise the term and understand what it may mean within different scientific fields and the world they live in.
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A lecture theatre with some space for science/art installations described in 19.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Critical transitions or ‘tipping points’ are topical in both science and society, from climate change to innovation, geohazards and financial crises. Much attention has been given recently to how physical and social systems change radically without warning. This event will examine ideas and examples of tipping points studied in nature and society by researchers from multiple disciplines in the physical and social sciences, mathematics and economics, to talk about ongoing research into tipping points and implications it may have for society. Topics covered include transitions in climate, global financial crises, health and the spread of information.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Includes research presented on banking crises in Newcastle and some health problem case studies applicable to the area.
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
What the climate of the past tells us about the climate of the future The ecology of banking collapse in Britain Communicating climate science to the public How the spread of innovation and cultural trends are socially learned
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24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
The focus of this event is to introduce and engage an audience with scientific ideas of tipping points within a variety of contexts. Since the research needed to understand tipping points in nature and society is broad, the event will focus on multidisciplinary approaches to some of the complex scientific challenges presented. This involves collaboration between the physical and social sciences, along with important insights from the humanities about science and its relationship with society. The panel of researchers that will lead the discussion will include physical geographers, social scientists, mathematicians, physicists and biologists. The event would have a ‘cabaret-style’ format meaning some members of the panel would talk about the tipping points they study, and would culminate into an interactive discussion with the audience. Along with the panel, discussion would be primarily coordinated by a facilitator from the Tipping Points project at Durham University. This event could also link into another activity proposed for the Young People’s Programme on modelling the spread of information through social networks.
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Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University
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Department of Geography
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Durham University, South Road
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