Alien taskforce! How interdisciplinarity could save the world (Years 12 and 13)

University of Birmingham
Wednesday 8 March 2023 (13:00-15:00)

Class Capacity: 40

Year group: 12 and 13 

Subject: Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences, Interdisciplinary

Attendee requirements: None - all subjects welcome and encouraged!


An alien transport has reached planet Earth. It sits in the middle of Edgbaston Reservoir, seemingly doing nothing. Is it friendly? Does this mean intergalactic war? The world holds its breath, collectively wondering: “…what do we do now?”

In this interactive taster lecture, you will come to the rescue and begin to answer that question, crafting your own team based on the skills you believe to be most necessary for dealing with this truly alien experience. By considering the fundamental questions we need to answer when faced with such an immense problem, students will explore how different skills and expertise can be brought together in a diverse team to ensure the best outcome. Linguists, physicists, biologists, sociologists, anthropologists, dramatists, and many many more characters all have a part to play.

This masterclass is delivered by academics from the Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences programme. There will be an opportunity at the end to learn more about this exciting undergraduate degree where disciplinary boundaries are bent, blended and dissolved, and students take control of their own pathway through university.

Additional information

Schools will be limited to 20 places for this class. Individual bookings can be made by students in Years 12 and 13.

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