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The Doomsday Clock is 2.5 minutes to midnight. Terrorism, post-truths, climate change, antimicrobial resistance, nuclear weapons and unstable financial markets—these are just some of the risks that can bring us closer to Armageddon. Do we stand a chance? The researchers from Liverpool’s Institute for Risk and Uncertainty work to understand—and tame —the risks that surround us. Join us to learn more about their work, play the Risk Quiz and win Pint of Science goodies!
Professor Scott Ferson (Chair of Uncertainty at the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty)
Indubiety (or gullibility) is an impediment to our society as serious as illiteracy was in previous centuries. We are susceptible to fake news, dubious science and clever advertisers. Our votes can be swayed by duplicitous politicians and terrorist shocks. More and more adults subscribe to irrational conspiracy theories. The number of people who believe the Earth is flat are increasing exponentially. However, there are ways that people can learn to be less gullible and more discerning, join us to find out more.
Simon Clark (PhD student at the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty )
Floods affect more people globally than any other natural disaster, but what did the word flood mean to people in the past and how will flooding affect us in the future? My talk will start early in human history, where floods were seen as an apocalyptic deluge sent by wrathful gods, before moving into the future and exploring whether climate change will lead to even more devastating floods and what this will mean for our relationship with this unpredictable but vital phenomenon.
A return to the pre-antibiotic era: A real possibility?
Jodie Barber (MRes student at the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty)
The mis- and overuse of antibiotics has led to a whole range of bacteria that are now resistant to antibiotics. In the past the solution to this was developing new drugs. It has however, become increasingly challenging to find or develop new antibiotics. With some bacteria showing resistance to the last line of defence, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has became a serious global health threat. Alternative solutions are urgently needed if we are to remain in the arms race against bacteria!