Space junk and political corruption in Nigeria are two of the diverse topics to be discussed by global experts at upcoming conferences in Grand Cayman.
A former World Bank managing director and a NASA aerospace engineer will be guest speakers at two conferences to be held at the University College of the Cayman Islands.
The Caribbean Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics conference is scheduled for October, and the International Conference on Ethics, Values and Morality is set for March 2014.
Camille Alleyne, assistant program scientist for the International Space Station, will be the keynote speaker at the Oct. 16-19 STEM conference, a collaboration between UCCI and the University of the West Indies. During her 18-year career working for NASA and the U.S. Defense Department, she has specialized in human space flight, ballistic missile engineering and space vehicle engineering.
The four-day event will also feature robotics displays, an astronomy evening and a series of lectures by local and international speakers.
“From robotics to astrobiology, actuarial mathematics to ethics in sports technology, global warming issues to space junk and nanotechnology, there is something that will interest every student, teacher, parent and enthusiast,” conference organizers said in a statement.
Bill Hrudey, conference chair, said this year’s event “is more family-friendly than ever. We have designated specific conference activities that children, teens and adults will enjoy,” including a family fun day filled with demonstrations and displays on magic, robotics, solar observations, a Ruben’s tube and a van der Graff generator.
“The winners of the Rotary Science Fair will also be showcasing their projects,” he added.
Former World Bank managing director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will be the keynote speaker at the March 2014 conference on ethics, values and morality,
Ms Okonjo-Iweala, an economist with 20 years’ experience and unsuccessful – though popular – candidate for the World Bank’s top job, is minister of finance for Nigeria.