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Risk, ‘psychic numbing’, and wellbeing take centre stage at Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Conference 2019

Student competitions now open for entries

In the run up to our 2019 conference, Lloyd’s Register Foundation is launching two competitions open to students who are funded by us or working on projects supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

The first prize for each competition is up to £2,000 to spend on communicating or promoting your work to the public.

Deadline for all entries is 12pm on 23rd September 2019 so start planning your entry now!

Entries are invited for:

1. Communicator of the Year 2019

To enter, please film a 50 second video of yourself explaining the work you do that is supported by the Foundation, why it matters, and what impact it will have on the world. Your film does not have to be high quality, and can be done on a mobile phone and emailed to us. Your audience is  the general public, not experts or peers.

Susie Naybour presenting in the Student Competition at the Lloyd's Register Foundation International Conference 2018The Foundation will select eight finalists to compete in a live on-stage competition at our 2019 conference. Finalists will be asked to create a three minute talk or performance and present this to the conference audience and an expert panel of science communicators, who will decide the winner.


Photo: Susie Naybour presenting in the Student Competition at the Lloyd's Register Foundation International Conference 2018

2. Digital poster competition

Create a digital poster that explains your Foundation-funded work to the general public. Posters can be traditional or use creative content such as animations, video, and art. They should be able to be displayed on a standard digital widescreen TV.

Entries for both competitions should be submitted by email to: events@lrfoundation.org.uk before 12pm on 23rd September 2019.

Good luck!!

Attend the conference

All entrants will also be invited to join us for our international conference, Engineering a Safer World, which will be held in London on 9th and 10th October 2019. This is a unique opportunity to hear from some of the most exciting thinkers, business leaders, innovators, and policymakers from around the world and help us debate new approaches to tackling the world’s biggest safety challenges.

The conference is free and takes place at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London and the Foundation will cover travel expenses for all students  who enter the competitions. Attending the conference will give you the opportunity to:

  • Take part in discussions on emerging technology, the latest research, closing the gap between public perception and actual risk; and the role of wellbeing and human factors in safety.
  • Network with leading experts and other students from around the world who are working to make the world safer.
  • Understand the Foundation’s new strategy to 2025 to advance safety and education
  • Discuss possible collaboration opportunities with us

Hosted by BBC science broadcaster Quentin Cooper, keynote speakers include:

Paul SlovicPaul Slovic, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon whose most recent research examines "psychic numbing" and the failure to respond to mass human tragedies - such as those from tragic safety accidents.

Kriti Sharma - Founder of AI for Good & Vice President AI and Ethics at Sage GroupKriti Sharma, an Artificial Intelligence technologist and a leading global voice on AI ethics and its impact on society. In addition to advising global businesses on AI, she focuses on AI for Social Good.


Timandra HarknessTimandra Harkness, a science writer, BBC Radio 4 broadcaster and comedian. Timandra will be performing her show “Take A Risk”, which completed its run at the Edinburgh Fringe over the summer.


To find out more about the conference visit the Lloyd’s Register Foundation conference website.

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