15 Jan 2018

STIS postgraduate students host new debate series

An exciting new student initiative will kick off 2018 here at STIS. Postgraduate students from the Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance (MBIG) and Science and Technology in Society (SaTiS) courses are organising a Postgraduate debate series.

An exciting new student  initiative will kick off 2018 here at STIS. Postgraduate students from the Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance (MBIG) and Science and Technology in Society (SaTiS) courses are organising a Postgraduate debate series.The debates will be held every other week on Tuesday afternoons starting on the 16th of January. All debates will be held in Chrystal McMillan Building (CMB) Seminar Room 4 from 4-6pm.

Debate topics are as follows:

Week 1 - 16th of January

Debate 1: Should genetic editing be allowed to remove diseases?

Debate 2: Are governments over-exaggerating the threat of terrorism to extend the limits of their own power?

Week 3 - 30th of January

Debate 1: Is the Zimbabwe coup going to improve the living standards for the average Zimbabwean?

Debate 2: Is the Syrian revolution the natural conclusion of the Arab Spring?

Week 5 – 13th of February

Debate 1: Is automation the end of humanity?

Debate 2: Should all decisions require public engagement?

Debate 3: Is nationalism toxic?

Week 7 – 13th of March

Debate 1: Is the Philippine drug war considered a violation of human rights?

Debate 2: Is nuclear fusion a better alternative to sustainability than wind, solar, and hydroelectricity?

Debate 3: Should governments control their population growth?

Contact s1758602@sms.ed.ac.uk for further details