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Ulster University has unveiled an exciting programme of events at the forthcoming Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics. As a funder of the unique festival, the university is organising seven events on 25 March designed to showcasing its cutting-edge research in fields such as politics, policy, health and social care, sociology, data-analytics, and cultural studies.

The Futureproof programme is presented by Ulster University’s School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences with staff highlighting their work in a number of key research areas. Kristian Lassett, Professor and Head of the School of Applied Social and Policy Studies said:

“In an ever-changing world, we want to involve communities in learning how the social sciences are keeping up with the latest social, cultural and technological transformations. Join staff and students from Ulster University to learn more about how technology and the social sciences are fusing to tackle some of the biggest challenges confronting the 21st century.”

Members of the public are invited to attend a series of free events on the Belfast campus exploring the future of social research on Monday 25th March from 1 – 6pm.

Topics include driverless cars, virtual reality, restorative practices and sustainable communities, as well as big data and privacy, racism, and an exploration of how robotics could be used in healthcare.

During the festival week which runs 25-31 March, Imagine Belfast will host its biggest ever programme of 156 events to encourage attendees to discuss and debate the big issues of our times. The festival offers up an eclectic week of talks, workshops, theatre, comedy, music, exhibitions, film and tours to prepare us for the challenges of tomorrow. Over 380 speakers and performers will participate in 50 venues across the city.

The festival programme also includes the renowned author Lionel Shriver, best known for her award-winning novel We Need to Talk About Kevin; and Peter Tatchell, the leading human rights activist – both speaking in the Conor Hall, Ulster University Belfast campus.

The festival also features a major exhibition by Rita Duffy on the symbols of the 1916 Easter Rising, taking place in the Gallery on the Belfast campus.

Peter O'Neill, founder and festival director said;

“With politics in the air, the Imagine Belfast festival is a fun and dynamic way for people to engage with the big issues of our times. Over events will stimulate debate and discussion on new ideas relating to politics, culture and activism. There’s something for everyone in our programme – most of the events are free and accessible across the city. We are delighted to have the support of Ulster University in programming such a diverse range of events which reinforces its role as Belfast’s leading civic university.”

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