Tomorrow Matters: previous events

Technology in Society, Technology for Society: Q&A with Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, Entrepreneur and Internet Activist

Wednesday 16 June, 4pm-5pm

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Martha Lane Fox is one of the UK’s foremost technology entrepreneurs and a leading champion not only for the digitalisation of the UK but also for creating a digitally inclusive society. She first rose to public prominence as the co-founder in 1998 of lastminute.com, which grew quickly to become Europe’s largest online travel and leisure retailer. She has gone on to a wide range of public roles in which she has both promoted greater access to the digital world and been an activist for more responsible technology. 

From 2009-2013 she was the UK’s Digital Champion, and played a key role in the creation of the UK Government Digital Service. She was made a Life Peer in 2013 and currently chairs the House of Lords Covid-19 Committee which is charged with assessing the economic and social impact of the pandemic on the UK. In 2015, she launched the think tank Doteveryone to press corporations and policymakers to address the societal challenges of technology. Among other roles, she serves on the Boards of Chanel, Reprieve, Twitter and WeTransfer and is the Chancellor of the Open University.

This session is an opportunity to engage directly with a public figure who has been pivotal to the digital transformation of the UK over the last quarter of a century.

Wales: A Nation of Sanctuary

Monday 14 June, 1pm-2pm

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The Minister for Social Justice, Jane Hutt, urges the need for solidarity as a nation to help welcome and integrate asylum seekers, refugees and migrants with our Welsh communities. 

Join us for a virtual event where the Minister will outline how every action contributes to bringing us closer to being a Nation of Sanctuary. 

Following the Minister’s talk, John Davies, Head of Inclusion and Cohesion, will further discuss the Nation of Sanctuary aspiration and there will be a short time at the end of his talk to answer any audience questions.  


Build back better? Music and climate change in 2021

19 May, 3.30-4.30pm - Panel discussion and Q&A session

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As live music begins to slowly recover from the pandemic, there's an important topic on the agenda: how can we revive our industry, but in a more sustainable way? The music sector - like every other - must undergo a swift transformation in the coming decades to lower its carbon footprint and wider environmental impact, but in a way that protects and creates jobs. Groups like Vision:2025ecolibriumA Greener Festival,  Live Nation’s new Green Nation Touring Programme, and the Clean Scene Collective (focused on dance music and DJs) are all making progress on the environmental impact of touring, festivals and live shows. But with touring set to get underway again this summer, and with fans snapping up tickets for festivals and gigs, there’s a risk that the industry’s carbon emissions could rebound to a higher level than they were before the pandemic.

So can music 'build back better' in 2021?

Join the School of Music and Sound for a lively panel debate, exploring new models for touring, innovations for festivals, and emerging initiatives that seek to support sustainability and provoke systemic change.

Host: Lucy Squire (Head of Music & Sound - University of South Wales)

Panellists:
Chris Johnson - Shambala Festival. Chris Johnson Bio
Adam Corner - Climate//Communication//Culture. Author of the recent Guardian article ‘Time to shake things up’: music industry confronts climate crisis as gigs resume.Adam Corner Bio
Caroline Archer - Tramshed//Neighbourhood Kitchen & Bedrooms.  Caroline Archer Bio
Pauline Bourdon - Soliphilia (Green Touring & Sustainability). Pauline Bourdon Bio


Cyber Resilience of the UK transportation system of the future

Wednesday 28 April 2021

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Panel discussion and Q&A session

We are heading into unprecedented times in the automotive industry with a focus on connected and autonomous vehicles. 

Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A on what is being done now to secure the national critical infrastructure we all rely upon in our daily lives now and in the future.

Confirmed panellists:

Chris Jackson, Partner, Head of Infrastructure Sector, Burges Salmon. Speaker bio
Paul Wooderson, Chief Engineer and Cybersecurity lead, Horiba Mira. Speaker bio
Peter Davies, Technical Director, Thales, and Chair of the AESIN Security Workstream. Speaker bio
Angela MisonPhD Research student, USW.  Speaker bio
Chaired by Gareth Davies, Director of the Cybercrime and Digital Forensics Laboratory (C²DF), USW.

Western Gateway Economic Review - what happens next? 

29 March 2021

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Across Britain, the economic map is being reshaped by devolution and the emergence of regional powerhouses. The Western Gateway is a cross-border economic partnership of Local Authorities, City Regions, Local Enterprise Partnerships, and Welsh and UK Government, and has at its heart the cities of Bristol and Cardiff, with its geography stretching across South Wales and into Western England. The partnership is focused on realising inclusive and clean economic growth, using scale and collaboration to achieve more for its people and the wider economies of Wales and England than its constituent parts can achieve working alone.

The partnership has recently published its Economic Position Statement, which sets out the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the region, paving the way for a second phase that will identify clear objectives to prioritise and outline measurements of success. This event will summarise the recommendations of this report, before a panel analyses its findings and examines what priorities the partnership should focus on to enable the delivery of a greener, fairer, stronger Britain.

Confirmed panellists included Katherine Bennett CBE, Chair of the Western Gateway and Senior VP of Airbus; Professor Julie Lydon OBE, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of South Wales; and Richard Holt, Oxford Economics.

Secret Service: National Security in an Age of Open Information?: Jonathan Evans, Director General, MI5 (2007-2013)

5 March 2021

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In an era when citizens of liberal democracies expect ever greater openness in government, and in which the sharing of information on social media is commonplace, how far should the state, and especially its security agencies, be able act outside of the public gaze, and, indeed, intrude upon the private worlds of citizens?

Bluntly, can we balance the values of state secrecy with public transparency?

In this session Jonathan Evans, who spent his career operating in the realm of what her terms ‘secret public service’, began by setting out his thoughts on this modern challenge. 

After joining MI5 in 1980, he remained with the Security Service, or MI5 as it is more commonly known, in a career which spanned over 30 years, including a leading role in counter-terrorism in Northern Ireland and, later, as head of international counter-terrorism, before being appointed in 2007 as Director General of MI5.

After leaving the Security Service in 2013, he was created Baron Evans of Weardale in 2014 and, among other roles, currently serves as the Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.



How to Capture a State - Corruption and Corporates: Lord Peter Hain, Member of the House of Lords and former UK Government Cabinet Minister

25 February 2021

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'State capture’ is a relatively new term to describe an age-old phenomenon: corruption. State capture refers to a situation in which corruption is so systemic, so deeply rooted in the workings of a country’s economic and political institutional structures of governance that executive power, while ostensibly accountable to citizens, is in practice subject to the wishes of unaccountable corporate interests.

Peter Hain argued that South Africa, the country in which he was raised, has been captured through the operations of the business empire of the wealth Gupta family, and contended that global banking giants such as HSBC and Standard Chartered are culpable in this system. In this session, Peter Hain investigated how state capture unfolds and what it means for a society when it is embedded in its institutions. 

About Peter Hain

Peter Hain is one of the best known figures in British politics and a respected commentator on international affairs. In government, he served as Minister for Africa while attached to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, during which time he was one of the main drivers behind a major international treaty to bring about an end to the 'blood diamond' trade.

During his time in government, he also held numerous Cabinet posts, including Secretary of State for Wales, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He retired from frontbench politics in 2008. He was made a Life Peer as Baron Hain of Neath in 2015. He was made a Visiting Professor of the University of South Wales in 2013. 



Global Choices: 'Women and Leadership' - Q&A with Hon. Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, 2010-2013

Wednesday 3 February 2021

Julia GillardThe Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales was delighted to host a live Q&A session with the Hon. Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, 2010-2013.

Born in Barry, South Wales, Julia Gillard migrated with her family at a young age and became an Australian citizen in 1974. Following nearly a decade of private law practice, she entered parliament in 1998. She held the positions of Deputy Leader of the Opposition (2006-2007) and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education (2007-2010) before being appointed Prime Minister in 2010.

She is widely recognised for the leading role she took on transformative policies on education and social inclusion, and, as Prime Minister, for her stewardship of the Australian economy, the 12th largest in the world, during the global financial crisis.

Since leaving office, she has continued to champion causes which she did so much to progress in government. Among other roles, she is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education, the patron of the Campaign for Female Education and chair of Beyond Blue, one of Australia’s leading mental health charities. Her autobiography, My Story, was published in 2014, and her most recent book, Women and Leadership, was published in 2020.

Last year, the former Prime Minister’s 2012 'misogyny speech' was voted the most unforgettable moment of Australian TV history by Guardian readers.


Blockchain for Cyber Physical Systems: Professor Salil Kanhere, UNSW Sydney, Australia

24 November 2020

Prof Salil Kanhere In our first event of the series, Professor Salil Kanhere, of UNSW Sydney, Australia, gave an online talk about Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and how they are transforming the way we interact with the physical world around us.

About Professor Kanhere

Salil Kanhere received MS and PhD degrees from Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering with UNSW Sydney, Australia.

His research interests include the Internet of Things, cyber physical systems, blockchain, pervasive computing, cybersecurity, and applied machine learning. Salil is also affiliated with CISRO’s Data61 and the Cybersecurity Cooperative Research Centre.

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM, an Humboldt Research Fellow, and an ACM Distinguished Speaker. He serves as the Editor in Chief of the Ad Hoc Networks journal and as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions On Network and Service Management, Computer Communications, and Pervasive and Mobile Computing.

He has served on the organising committee of several IEEE/ACM international conferences and is the General Chair for the IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC) 2021. He has co-authored a book titled Blockchain for Cyberphysical Systems. 


Western Gateway Economic Review - what happens next? 

29 March 2021

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Across Britain, the economic map is being reshaped by devolution and the emergence of regional powerhouses. The Western Gateway is a cross-border economic partnership of Local Authorities, City Regions, Local Enterprise Partnerships, and Welsh and UK Government, and has at its heart the cities of Bristol and Cardiff, with its geography stretching across South Wales and into Western England. The partnership is focused on realising inclusive and clean economic growth, using scale and collaboration to achieve more for its people and the wider economies of Wales and England than its constituent parts can achieve working alone.

The partnership has recently published its Economic Position Statement, which sets out the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the region, paving the way for a second phase that will identify clear objectives to prioritise and outline measurements of success. This event will summarise the recommendations of this report, before a panel analyses its findings and examines what priorities the partnership should focus on to enable the delivery of a greener, fairer, stronger Britain.

Confirmed panellists included Katherine Bennett CBE, Chair of the Western Gateway and Senior VP of Airbus; Professor Julie Lydon OBE, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of South Wales; and Richard Holt, Oxford Economics.