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The Digital Society

Science Week, 24-30 April 2017
Digitalisation permeates our entire society. Where are we going and what challenges and opportunities await?

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During this week, we will discuss the interplay between technology and society, such as healthcare, cultural development and personal integrity. There will be exciting activities and interesting lectures by prominent researchers who will discuss our present and future society.

Opening event

Date: 23 April I Time: 17:00–18:00 I Place: Lund City Hall
Lund University brass band and the University choir 'Körkollegiet' kick off 'The Digital Society' science week with music from popular video games. The event is free of charge but you need a ticket from Biljettbyrån (by the Lund Tourist Agency) that will charge a small fee.
More information about the concert (in the calendar at

Main symposium

The Digital Society Symposium, 24-25 April

Dates: 24-25 April  I Place: Lund City Hall
The Digital Society science week starts with a two-day symposium that addresses the digital society from a number of perspectives through its 4 invited international guest and 16 scholars from Lund University. Invited professors include: Lawrence Lessig, Harvard University, José van Dijck, University of Amsterdam, Hu Yong, Peking University och Danica Kragic, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. The event is free of charge, but please register.
Detailed programme and registration (at the Faculty of Engineering website)

Events and activities during the week

Debate in Lund: Digital Age – Good Times or Bad Times?

Date: 24 April I Time: 20:00-21:00 I Place: Cafe Athen, AF-borgen, Lund
You do not want to miss this debate on democracy in the digital age! On the panel: Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden; Lawrence Lessig, Harvard University, academic and political activist; Marina Svensson, expert on human rights and digital society in China; Amelia Andersdotter, politician (Pirate party) and former member of the European Parlament.
Learn more about this event (in the calendar at

Digital Asia: Visions, Transformations, and Engagements

Date: 26 April I Time: 09:15-17:00 I Place: Palaestra (ground floor), Lund
Researchers from around the world will give us an insight to the digitally diverse Asia: Internet use in Myanmar; "nerd politics" in Indonesia; digital media and protest movements in Malaysia, online civil society in Japan. No pre-registration required.
More about this event (in the calendar at

The Software Developer as the Knowledge Worker of Tomorrow

Date: 26 April I Time: 13:30-14:30 I Place: Faculty of Engineering
Professor Margaret-Anne Storey (University of Victoria, Canada) will give an overview of some of her recent projects, sharing how she uses mixed research methods to investigate how developers use tools such as social media and gamification to collaborate with one another.
More about the event (in the calendar at

Weapons of Mass Participation: Social Media, Radicalisation and the Politics of Crowdfunding for War in Iraq and Syria

Date: 27 April I Time: 15:15 I Place: Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Finngatan 16, Lund
Open lecture with Nicole Grove, University of Hawaii.
More about the event (in the calendar at

Participatory Media and Shifting Landscapes of Security and Surveillance in the Middle East: Perspectives from the Field

Date: 27 April I Time: 16:15-18:00 I Place: Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Finngatan 16, Lund
This workshop will focus on how social media participation is connected to various forms of surveillance in the Middle East. It will also discuss the challenge of privacy when doing research on participatory media and how a ‘regionally-focused’ analysis is difficult in our complex and increasingly global digital world. The workshop is open to all.
More about this event (in the calendar at

Digiwork Open House

Date: 27 April I Time09:1512:00 I Place: Pufendorf Institute, Lund
Open house event on the theme "Work and Organisation in the Digital Age." The first seminar will present the Digiwork project that has explored how digitalisation affects our work lives.The second seminar will discuss the digital transformation of the office – in particular the rise of the on-demand office. 
More about this event (in the calendar at

Seminar: Young Technology in the Everyday Lives of the Elderly

Date: 27 April I Time: 10:00-13:00 I Place: To be announced

More information to be published in the calendar at

Digital Cultures 2017

Date: 27 April I Time: 10:00 I Place: LUX, Lund

More information to be published in the calendar at


Theme Robot, at Vattenhallen Science Centre

Date: 29-30 April I Time: 12:00-17:00 I Place: Vattenhallen Science Center, Lund
Vattenhallen holds an open house, with free entrance, and offers a Robot show and many experiments on electronics and programming. On Saturday 29 April, our astronomer demonstrates how to program in the planetarium. Since the planetarium can only hold a limited number of people you need to reserve a (free) ticket for this event.  Each demonstration takes approximately 30 minutes and starts at 12:45, 13:45 and 14:45.

More about the open house (in the calendar at

Robots: Past, Present and Future

Date: 29 April I Time: 12:00-17:00 I Place: LUX & Vattenhallen Science Center
Celebrate the achievements within robotics! Participate in guided visits at the Faculty of Engineering's Industrial Robotics Lab, experience robot programming at Vattenhallen Science Centre and see the exhibitions and demonstrations of different research projects involving robots at LUX.
More about the events (in the calendar at

Other events

Check the events calendar to see other events during our jubilee year.


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