Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and
The Great Debate present
Responding to Climate Change: Should the Experts Decide?
5.30pm, Monday, 11th September 2017
The Core, Science Central
Bath Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TF
Public distrust of experts has become a hot topic recently,
notably in the discussions surrounding Brexit and the US presidential election.
This gives rise to serious questions about what part expertise should
play in decision making and whether this is compatible with democracy.
What does this mean for climate change policy?
Some argue that, given the scientific consensus on climate change,
policy should be driven by the experts. Others argue that
the science of climate change is only a small part of the story when
it comes to making decisions about, for example, energy policy.
So, how much
weight should be given to the views of climate scientists?
How do we make the right decisions about our future?
This event, open to all, will explore these issue with a panel of
speakers in conversation with the audience.
co-Director, The Great Debate
Professor Sir Robert Watson,
Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity Ecosystem Services
Director, The Great Debate
Come along, hear the arguments and have your say!
ice north east and The Great Debate present
ice breaking dialogues
Education: Who Should Pay?
6:00pm, Thursday 12th October 2017
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE
What is the right balance between publicly and privately funded university
education? Some argue that society benefits from an educated
population, especially in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering,
Mathematics), and that the cost of education should thus be borne by the
tax-payer. Others argue that it is individuals who benefit most and
that students should be expected to pay for their education. In 30 years
the UK has shifted from a system in which students received
maintenance grants and paid no fees to one in which students are
expected to take out loans to cover maintenance and tuition fees.
Which is better?
How should university education be paid for? Should individuals
pay for their own education? Or should the state pay? Does the current
policy fail poorer students, restricting access to Higher
Education? Is there a better way to pay?
We invite anyone interested to discuss the issues. Come and join the discussion
Director, The Great Debate
Tickets: £3 (FREE for students)
Ticket price includes buffet and an after-debate drink
Buffet at 6pm with the dialogues starting at 6:30pm
We are currently planning a wider series of events for 2017 -
Watch this space or join
The Great Debate
visit The Great Debate facebook page
follow us on twitter: @greatdebateuk
Top of page