Who's afraid of big bad tech? Spring conference fringe

Join us at virtual conference for our fringe meeting discussing whether predicted changes in science and technology will help or hinder equality. 

Rapid technology and scientific advancement are changing our world and COVID 19 is accelerating them. But will everyone benefit from those advancements or will they reinforce or even increase social and economic inequality? The fall out of these advancements disproportionately impact women, the young, those from black, Asian and minority groups, disabled people and other marginalised groups.

A diverse expert panel will take an intersectional view to explore how green technology, AI and robotics and advancements in medical science can be part of a society where nobody is enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.


  • Layla Moran MP - physics teacher
  • Ivana Bartoletti - co-founder of Women Leading in AI, Author of An Artificial Revolution, on Power, Politics and AI and Visiting Policy Fellow at the University of Oxford.
  • Vikas Aggarwal - Head of Regional Policy at ACCA with a focus on diversity, technology and financial access. 
  • Katherine Macy - a research scientist looking at autism in the Upper Palaeolithic and a separate project on the award gap between ethnic minority and white students and LPN (low participation neighbourhood). 
  • Helen Cross (Chair of event) - Chair of Liberal Democrat Women, expert in robotics and the future of work

We are hosting this fringe jointly with the Association of Lib Dem Engineers and Scientists, LGBT+ Lib Dems, Young Liberals and LDCRE, 

You don't need to RSVP to attend the event - find us in the conference agenda. (Although if you want to RSVP, it's great to gauge interest levels.)

The fringe will be followed by our famous conference cocktail night. You do need to RSVP for that - which you can do here

March 21, 2021 at 6:45pm - 7:35pm
Anne Wellington
Ruth Coleman-Taylor

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