Thought-provoking #UCMtalks announced

University College Isle of Man (UCM) has announced its 2019-20 series of #UCMtalks which promise to be as inspiring and powerful as those offered in previous years.

Eight talks are planned on a wide range of topics: sport, constitutional law, climate change, artificial intelligence, cancer research, DNA testing and eye tracking technology.

Ms. Gail Corrin, Higher Education Manager, is particularly excited about this year’s #UCMtalks, “We run this series of public lectures to create a platform for meaningful discussions on a variety of current topics and encourage people to share new ideas and thinking.”

“This year, we have a great line-up of speakers, all of whom are experts in their respective fields and who are covering stimulating and interesting topics. I’m really looking forward to the talks and also the engaging discussions that typically follow on from them,” she adds.

All talks, apart from the one which takes place on 15th January 2020, will be given at the Nunnery campus, from 6pm – 7pm:

 13th November 2019: The Isle of Man – A Goldmine of Sporting Talent

Paul Jones, Lecturer in Sport at UCM, Talent Development Advisor, IOM Sport and Head Coach of IOM Men's Football Team.


18th December 2019: ‘Boris and the Beretitenti: Thoughts on the Position of Chief Minister’, our Annual Constitution Lecture

Dr Peter Edge, Professor at Oxford Brookes University


15th January 2020: How Might the Isle of Man be Carbon Neutral?    

Dr Dave Quirk, Manx Geological Survey (venue: Mountain View Innovation Centre).


29th January 2020: Building Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence into Tertiary Education Curriculum - The Problem of Identifying & Building Feasible Solutions

Dr Ali Robertson, Lecturer in Computer Science at UCM, specialising in statistical methods and machine learning, data analytics consultant and machine learning systems author.


19th February 2020: The ‘Hidden Cancer’, the Need for Improved Treatments and Outcomes

Dr Ken Mills, Chair of Experimental Haematology in the Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology, Queen’s University Belfast and Deputy Director, Centre for Biomedical Science Education. 


11th March 2020: Sport Psychology Research and Practice: Supporting Performance and Wellbeing

Richard Sillman, sport psychology practitioner, researcher and lecturer at UCM.


29th April 2020: What Can DNA Tell Us? A Look at Ancestry, Health Testing and the World Around Us

Dr. Rachel Glover, scientist, Founder of Taxa Genomics and UCM Honorary Fellow.


6th May 2020: Tech Enhanced Learning & Assessment

Myles Dempsey, UCM Lecturer and PhD Researcher.


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