Rapid Technology and scientific advancement are changing our world and COVID 19 is accelerating them. But will everyone benefit from those advancements or will they reinforce or even increase social and economic inequality?

The fall out of these advancements disproportionately impact women, the young, those from Black, Asian and minority groups, disabled people and other marginalised groups.

Join Layla Moran and a diverse expert panel at this Liberal Democrat Women hosted event in collaboration with ALDES , LGBT+ Lib Dems, Young Liberals and LDCRE, exploring how green technology, AI and robotics and advancements in medical science can be part of building a society where nobody is enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

As a Spring Conference Fringe event, attendance is restricted to conference attendees - be sure to register for Conference!

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Nuclear energy has been alternately cast as a beacon of progress and a dangerous villain ever since it was proposed some 90 years ago. It now provides some 10% of the world's electricity needs (and 20% of the UK's) - but debate rages on whether (and how) to use it as part of our drive to meet net-zero carbon emissions.

Join ALDES, experts, and Lord Jonny Oates in revisiting the Lib Dem nuclear position: what numbers underpin “no-new-nuclear”? Does “no-new-nuclear” mean fossil fuels for longer? And given the government’s nuclear agenda, can we ensure they correctly-manage costs and timescales?

As a Spring Conference Fringe event, attendance is restricted to conference attendees - be sure to register for Conference!

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Mental health has been, for far to long, a taboo subject. These days, it’s much easier to talk about the subject, and it’s often in the news and public sphere (unfortunately, too often following a tragedy).

“These days”, politically, is about a decade. Because it’s in that time that Lib Dems in government finally bought Mental Health in from the cold, and now all parties see it as a political priority. Central to that cause, although not alone of course, was Norman Lamb.

Now Sir Norman, Chair of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and the former Minister of state for Health and Care, will be heading up panel discussion at Spring conference, on Sunday, March 21, at 5.40pm.

The panel will feature more guests (to be announced) and led by Chair of the Liberal Democrat Health & Care Association, Lee Dargue, a long-time advocate of mental health himself. This event is being supported by the great team at ALDES, and you can read their report “Public Mental Health and COVID-19: a compassion based approach to recovery and resilience”.

As a Spring Conference Fringe event, attendance is restricted to conference attendees - be sure to register for Conference!

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Rob Davidson

ARIA watching closely?

The government has recently confirmed that its 'high risk, high reward' research agency, the Advanced Research and Innovation Agency (ARIA), will go ahead. This was initially the pet project of Dominic Cummings (alarm bells!) but seems to have survived his departure from Whitehall. The buzz has all been about the potential to cut red-tape and bureaucracy in order to unleash scientific innovation. For a scientist and science fiction nerd like myself, it sounds quite exciting but, Liberals should be wary of anything that reduces oversight and accountability - especially from this government.

The full details of how the agency will work haven't been made clear yet but as the idea is copied direct from DARPA, a US Defence research agency, we can get a sense of where it's going.

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ALDES

Lib Dem Digital Joins ALDES!

Back in 2018 Lib Dem Digital was created by James Belchamber to push for better Digital knowledge and understanding in the party, from Digital Identity to Open Source software. Later that year partnered with Lib Dem FLOSS (created by Toran Shaw in 2017) to combine efforts to align Liberal ideas with the Digital world.

Now, Lib Dem Digital is joining ALDES to further that mission - and we're excited to see what we can do together.

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