23. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
24. 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
25. 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.