Beyond Balance, London, 27 June 2016 - timetable

BEYOND BALANCE: How digital technologies are affecting our work, our homes, and everything in between - 27 June 2016

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9:30am Arrival & Registration  
10:00am Introductions & Aims of the Day Dr Rosie Robison (Balance Network & Global Sustainability Institute) & IET President Naomi Climer
10:15am Keynote: Work/Life Symbiosis Claire Fox - Global HR Director at Save the Children International and author
11:15am Tea & Coffee Networking and legacy funding information available
11:40am Mobile technologies & business travellers Dr Donald Hislop (Loughborough University) & Prof Jonathan Beaverstock (University of Bristol) lead a policy-focused presentation and reflections by business travellers on the experience of mobile work.
11:40am Material desires: design & WLB Paulina Yurman (Goldsmiths, University of London) will run this interactive session describing her workshop Material Desires, using design-led activities to explore themes around the juggling of identities and the home/work divide.
12:20pm Going ‘off-grid’: connectivity during leisure travel Dr Barbara Neuhofer & Prof Adele Ladkin (Bournemouth University) lead an interactive session to debate the challenges of ‘switching-off’ when on holiday.
12:20pm E-resilience: what’s the solution? Dr Christine Grant (Coventry University) and Professor Gail Kinman (University of Bedford) from the Switched On Culture Research Group invite discussion following their April conference.
1:00pm Lunch With networking discussions
1:55pm Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand  Dr Rachel Macrorie (Urban Institute, University of Sheffield) chairs a discussion of the Rhythms, Routines & Relationships working paper series with panel members from academia, policy and business.
1:55pm Reconceptualising work-life boundaries Dr Helen Roby (OU), Prof Gillian Symon (Royal Holloway), Dr Rebecca Whiting (Birkbeck) & Dr Petros Chamakiotis (University of Sussex) screen videos from their interdisciplinary Digital Brain Switch project, followed by discussion.
2:40pm Crowdsourcing: prolonging working life Dr Sally-Anne Barnes (University of Warwick) leads this interactive session on how ICT-enabled opportunities, such as crowdsourcing, are allowing older people to extend their working lives.
2:40pm How to life-swap with personal data Dr Rowanne Fleck (University of Birmingham) and Dr Anya Skatova (University of Warwick) run a workshop using data collected prior to and during event. How might personal data swapping help us gain insight into our behaviour?
3:20pm Tea & Coffee Networking and legacy funding information available
3:45pm Keynote: Against Productivity Oliver Burkeman - author of the Guardian’s This Column Will Change Your Life and author
4:45pm Closing remarks Dr David Kirk (Newcastle University & Balance Network)
5:00pm Drinks  


This event was co-hosted by Communications & IT Policy panels of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) at their newly refurbished headquarters in Savoy Place, WC2R 0BL. Nearest tube: Embankment.

The Balance Network is housed within the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University and was formed to encourage links between stakeholders interested in how technology is reshaping our work and home lives. We are funded by the EPSRC until Jan 2017.

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