Launch of the Future of Knowledge in London

Royal Society of Chemistry
Burlington House
London, W1J 0BA
United Kingdom

Future of Knowledge Exhibition at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, 28th September 2022

In September 2022 we held a research exhibition and series of workshops on the theme of The Future of Knowledge. Scientists, philosophers, educationalists, teachers and students engaged in activities and discussion on the key themes of our research projects. Representatives from the OECD and universities in the UK, Ireland and the USA shared insights and their priorities for the future of knowledge in the coming years. Many of these have been built upon and incorporated into our research aims and protocols and have resulted in significant national and international collaborations.

Below, one student reflects on their experience of the day:

A Reflection on the RSC Exhibition – a student perspective.

By Nik Zuppa

I had the privilege to attend the fascinating Epistemic Insight: Future of Knowledge Event on the 28th September 2022. The organizer picked the Royal Society of Chemistry as the location for this exhibition. There was an absolutely breath-taking collection of literature on chemistry right next to Piccadilly-square, setting the mood for what would be an afternoon full of rich and engaging conversations about interdisciplinary projects.

The bulk of exchanges occurred within the library of the Royal Society of Chemistry, where the hosting LASAR-Centre- researchers set up a multitude of tables. The different stations displayed diverse research projects addressing issues and challenges at the borders between disciplines. Enhancing transparency and epistemic insight on the internet by searching news in a prototype next generation search-engine or being invited to build your own spinner and modify it to maximize revolutions per second, the range of different topics discussed in the library exhibition was broad and engaging. Many students got involved in discussing areas of interdisciplinary exchange with our presenters for long periods of time, nearly missing out on other talks due to their enthusiastic engagement.

As the day went on, a series of presentations about enhancing epistemic agency in students was run. With presenters joining us from all over the world the talks where inspiring, being a dialogue between audience and presenter rather than a lecture-like presentation. The panel discussion I had the fortune to participate in was a prime example of such a dialogue: questions and comments by the audience were fluently integrated into the conversation, making it engaging and knowledgeable.

Additionally, students were given the opportunity to present their ideas to us and their fellow students. Their topics were incredibly sophisticated, for example discussing how multi-lingual AI-learning could improve the performance of autonomous cars in the future. The general atmosphere was buzzing, with the staff of the Royal Society of Chemistry providing excellent catering service. I left this Event exhausted by the number of new perspectives I learned about that day, but at the same time I was eagerly excited to continue working in this vibrant, expanding and important area that is epistemic insight and interdisciplinarity.

Nik Zuppa is studying BSc Psychology (second year) here at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Burlington House

Burlington House can be found on Piccadilly in the heart of London. It is easily accessible by tube and the nearest stations are Green Park (Victoria, Jubilee and Piccadilly lines) and Piccadilly (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines).

Since 1857, Burlington House has been the Royal Society of Chemistry’s London residence. It was originally built in 1664 as a private mansion for Sir John Denham, a wealthy lawyer, poet and architect, who held the office of Surveyor General to the Crown. 

In the late eighteenth century it passed to William Cavendish, the 5th Duke, who married Lady Georgiana Spencer: the great-great-great-great aunt to Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Henry Cavendish, the scientist who discovered hydrogen, also lived there for several years in his youth. It also housed the Elgin Marbles before they transferred to the British Museum. 

Read the full history and story of Burlington House