CIMR Debates in Public Policy: Spring 2024 calendar

Our very successful series of online lunchtime seminars is continuing in the Spring term of 2024 with an exciting programme of events.

In each, leading scholars and practitioners will present their ideas on current economic, innovation and policy issues. You will have the chance to respond to their ideas.

Please join us for the next events by registering at the links provided below.

Wednesday 7 February 2024, 13:30 — 14:30 – “Generative AI Tools for Organisations – Which benefits? Which challenges?

The rise of Chat-GPT and the plethora of generative AI solutions has revamped the debate on the role of emerging technologies in the future of work. There is not a sector in economy and society that is not reflecting on the impact those tools will have on their daily operations. The use of generative AI tools in training and education prompted the reflection on the matter at the Centre for Innovation Management Research. The current debate at the Centre is not just about the use of those tools for education activities, but it is also about the need to prepare the student population to a correct and effective use of those tools in the marketplace. That appears to be necessary because large and small, public, and private organisations are introducing generative AI tools in their activities. This Policy Debate wants to explore how the adoption of generative AI tools in organisations is happening, addressing the benefits and the challenges in doing that.

Panelists: Dr. Paul Nulty (Birkbeck), Dr Andrew Atter (GBS Oxford Brookes University and Birkbeck), Shazade Jameson (Technopolis Group, Belgium); Chair: Saverio Romeo (University of Westminster and Birkbeck)

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Wednesday March 13th, 13:30-14:30 – “The role of arts and culture research in addressing grand challenges? Evidence from REF 2021”

The notion of Grand Challenges has become prevalent in recent years. It has received attention not only from governments, NGOs, business and organisations, but also research across all disciplines. There is an increasing recognition that arts and culture, especially research activities in arts and culture, have a crucial role to play in mobilising and catalysing societal change and addressing the Grand Challenges. Ning Baines, Federica Rossi and Evelyn Wilson have analysed how research pertaining to the general area of art and culture has been instrumental to tackling four Grand Challenges pertaining to: Place making and levelling up, Health and wellbeing, Technologies for social good, Environment and climate emergency. The findings offer insights into research beneficiaries, roles played by partners, collaboration process and the differences across each theme. The debate should offer insights into how arts and culture research can address Grand Challenges, what universities can do to support arts and culture researchers working on these issues, and how policies can be designed to support different actors – including arts and culture researchers and stakeholders – to collaborate in addressing Grand Challenges.

Presenters: Ning Baines (University of Leicester), Federica Rossi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and Birkbeck), Evelyn Wilson (National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange); Discussant: Matthew Guest (University of Central Lancashire) Chair: Milica Bozanic (Serbia Film Commission)

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Wednesday March 20th, 13:00-14:00 – “The Missing Link’ – Models in moving D&I Policy into Sustainable Working Practice within Entrepreneurial ecosystems”

Significant inequalities within the world of business are increasingly matched by the breadth of anecdotal and academic evidence relating to the barriers faced by those who have lived experience within this field. However, policy initiatives designed to close the gaps on what resources disabled entrepreneurs need and what is available. In this CIMR debate, the panel of inclusion modelling experts which each reflect on what their work reveals about how real and sustainable change can be achieved.

Panelists: Helene Martin Gee – Savvitas Women in Enterprise; Penny Roberts – Co Founder BankAbility Ltd; Anna Roughley – Head of Insight – Lending Standards Board – Banking and Financial Services; Co-chairs: Jacqueline Winstanley (Universal Inclusion), Jonathan Potter (OECD)

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