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Year 13 Caterpillar Engineering Summer School

The Schools of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, at Queen’s University will be jointly hosting the 2015 Caterpillar Engineering Summer School. This will run from 17 to 20 August 2015 and is open to students in Year 13 who are hoping to pursue a career in the Engineering Sector. The Summer School will give applicants the opportunity to: 1. Find out more about Electrical and Electronic, and Mechanical Engineering. 2. Discover what studying at Queen's University Belfast would be like while working on real engineering challenge projects. 3. Explore the range of career opportunities on offer, with a field trip to our partner Caterpillar.

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Michel Bauwens - ‘Transition to a Post-Carbon World: The New Social Economy’

The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s and the School of Law are pleased to welcome Michel Bauwens, Founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives. The open-source revolution heralds new opportunities for a more sustainable and social economy. The emerging “collaborative economy” is challenging conventional thinking about the role of ‘public’ and ‘private’ spheres through the emergence of a third ‘civic’ sphere where production is socially driven by open source, participatory processes, cooperation and the commons. This new mode of Peer to Peer production offers a distinct contribution to how we address the challenges of moving to a post-carbon world in accord with the Paris climate summit this year. The emergence of digital knowledge, software and design not only create new open source approaches to the production of common goods but also new kinds of market activities, requiring an “ethical economy” which integrates social and environmental concerns. This also suggests a new role for public authorities as enablers of individual and social autonomy, ie the partner state approach. Today, and more so tomorrow, value is increasingly generated not from the sphere of the market but from the social sphere of the commons, created through peer to peer contributions, not wage labour, creating commons, not commodities. Civil society has now become productive in its own right, and we can make a leap to a vision of civil society that consists of civil commons contributed to by citizens. The emergence of these post-capitalist dynamics in the very heart of the capitalist economy creates great challenges and contradictions that must be resolved for a sustainability revolution to occur. The open source stack - consisting of design for social utility by global open design communities, distributed and on demand local manufacturing, an open source circular economy based on open logistics and open accounting, and the mutualisation of physical resources - will be a crucial enabler for winning the fight against climate change following the COP 21 meeting in Paris this year. Michel Bauwens is the founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation (P2P) and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group; advisor to governments around the world; a widely published writer, including co-authoring the 2014 book, ‘Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy’; a lecturer and teacher. After working for major international businesses and creating two internet start-ups, he is a passionate campaigner for change. For further information visit: Please confirm your attendance with Brenda Carabine Tel: 028 9097 1153  

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Northern Ireland Festival of Social Sciences

Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and the Open University are pleased to announce the launch of the second Northern Ireland Festival of Social Sciences to be run in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) National Festival of Social Science from 7th – 14th November 2015. Details of various events/venues have yet to be confirmed. If you would like to apply for funding to host an event, please visit our website:

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Belfast Model UN Conference

Model United Nations is an educational conference in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. This year, Queen's University Belfast is delighted to host the Belfast Model UN conference. Belfast Model United Nations 2015 will officially commence at the opening ceremony on the evening of Wednesday 11th November and will finish on Saturday 14th. The conference will include a range of workshops, talks, cultural tours and more. Students interested in participating need to register for the event through the MUN website

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Treating the Trauma of the Troubles, Conference 23rd – 24th November 2015

The aftermath of the Troubles has left a legacy of trauma-related illness. There are now well established therapies and treatments available for conditions such as Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Authoritative sources such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines conclude that there is a clear evidence base for interventions including trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Pharmacological interventions are effective for depression and some anxiety disorders, and play a useful role in the treatment of PTSD. Despite this evidence services for victims and survivors of the Troubles are under-developed and do not always have a clear focus on effective treatments. It is time for change to ensure that victims of the Troubles are treated with the same level of expertise as other citizens with recognised mental and physical health problems. This conference is appropriate for clinical practitioners from all professional backgrounds working with trauma related mental and physical disorders. It will also be of interest to researchers and policy makers in this field. Topics to be covered will include: A victim’s perspective on trauma and recovery PTSD the evidence base for early interventions, psychological therapies and pharmacological treatments. Treating physical injuries and chronic pain linked to the “Troubles” A sociological and social policy perspective on trauma and conflict - responding to the needs of victims and survivors Findings from local clinical studies - psychological treatments for chronic trauma Trauma and psychosis Find out more and register your interest in attending - Click here

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