The Cardiff Series at Hay Festival

Research at Cardiff University pushes back the frontiers of knowledge and understanding and is applied to produce real benefits, locally and worldwide. Our world-leading research is tackling the big issues of today and tomorrow through a multi-disciplinary approach. The Cardiff Series showcases a sample of that research.

26 May 2017

virus - simone cuff

Could viruses be good for you?

16:00 - 17:00

We all know that ’flu is bad for you. And Ebola. And Zika. Why on earth are there so many viruses that cause such terrible diseases? And what does current research teach us about the fascinating rabbit-hole that is the world of virology?

30 May 2017

Mathematics - Rhyd Lewis

The mathematics of networks and maps

10:00 - 11:00

A Cardiff University mathematician shows, pictorially, how the many problems in everyday life can be modelled as networks: from the colouring of maps to the way Facebook makes friend recommendations.

Lina Dencik

Social justice in an age of big data

17:30 - 18:30

We are living in a society increasingly driven by the technical ability to turn our activities and behaviour into data points that can be tracked and profiled. This is often said to advance responses to a range of social problems but these data processes can also affect individuals or entire communities that may be denied services and access to opportunities, or wrongfully targeted and exploited. What does this mean for fairness and equality?

31 May 2017

food certiciates

Food certifications - are they worth the paper they are written on?

16:00 - 17:00

Come and join an interactive session that will help formulate better understanding and communication on food certification. Sanderson-Bellamy is a Research Associate at the Sustainable Places Research Institute.

1 June 2017


Mind the gap: young people, Brexit and the generational divide

16:00 - 17:00

The result of the 2016 EU referendum revealed striking divisions between generations, with a majority of 18-24 year-olds voting to remain, and a majority of over-65s voting to leave. How can we connect the generations? The panellists are all research associates at the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research Data and Methods in Cardiff.

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