Researchers’ Workshop 1

The front entrance to Lancaster Castle
Lancaster Castle

The first TAS-S Researchers’ workshop took place at the Lancaster House Hotel on the 24th and 25th November 2021.  The event provided a great opportunity for our Post-Doctoral Researchers from Lancaster and Cranfield Universities to meet each other face-to-face for the first time.  In addition, it enabled our researchers to network with PhD students and colleagues from Lancaster University’s Security Institute.  

The 1.5 day event started with an informal networking session, which lead to some great discussions on potential research collaborations.  Our Researchers then gave presentations on their latest research on a hybrid basis, with 2 people dialling in  from Brazil!  In the afternoon, we had a very interesting tour of Lancaster Castle and learned a lot about its extensive (and often gruesome) history.  The day finished with a lovely meal in the hotel, which was attended by around 20 people from across the TAS-S project (including Researchers and Co-Is) and Security Lancaster colleagues.

A large Christmas tree full of decorations at the Lancaster House Hotel. The staircase to the hotel's bedroom is next to the tree.
The Lancaster House Hotel was looking very festive
A warm fire in a large hearth with Christmas decorations above.
A warm fire awaited us on our return to the hotel

The first session on day 2 focussed on Responsible Inclusive Ethical Innovation (RIEI).  This session, led by Prof. Corinne May-Chahal (Lead, Research Strand 3) engaged our researchers in discussions around big questions such as:

  • Are the typical cyberethical principles enough?
  • What are the formal limits to research?
  • How can we create frameworks for Responsible Innovation? 
  • How can we create a workable AREA process for TAS-S? (Anticipate, Reflect, Engage, Act). 

After a short coffee break, colleagues including Prof. Weisi Guo (Cranfield) and Prof. Plamen Angelov (Lancaster) joined us online for a panel discussion about the latest research across the project and the potential opportunities for industrial engagement.

The workshop was a very productive and enjoyable meeting.  We aim to meet again, next time in Cranfield, in the near future.

If you’d like to read more about this event, please visit our Project Manager’s blog post.