Knowledge Quarter Conference (KQ Conference)*

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The Knowledge Quarter Conference (KQ Conference) is a conference of talks and workshops on the future of knowledge. A diverse range of speakers from across the fields of politics, media, philosophy and academia will convene for one inspiring and provocative day of keynote talks, discussion groups and workshops, looking at Knowledge in all its forms.

Conference History:

KQ Conference 2023, 27 March 2023, Francis Crick Institute, London, United Kingdom

Conference Theme: Innovating a Better Tomorrow

    Main themes:
    Innovation, Sustainability, Wellbeing, People (this represents topics which impact local area communities. e.g. the cost of living crisis)
    Place (this represents topics which impact local area properties and developments. e.g. the local impact of HS2)

    Keynotes: (2)

    Auditoriums’ Presentations:
    British Library extension
    Innovating towards a sustainable food future
    Boosting knowledge exchange through the mobility of innovators and researchers across sectors
    The Mayor’s Skills Academy Hubs: supporting londoners into good work
    AI, creativity and me
    Affordable workspace
    Focussing on cognitive distortions to support wellbeing in a learning environment
    Social value and social supply chains
    A sustainable knowledge quarter: a contractor’s insight
    Inclusive innovation
    Evolution of the human mind
    The pursuit of the ECO
    Belgrove house development
    Bloomsbury law clinic: an innovative and impactful response to local area communities
    The innovation campus
    Beacon for mental health: St Pancras Hospital redevelopment
    The magic circle

    Seminar Rooms’ Presentations:
    Hospitality Skills Academy: breakout session
    Creative and Digital Skills Academy: breakout session
    Affordable workspace: workshop
    Look up! look down! get to know your town
    Compassionate leadership
    Resident-led social action in the Regent’s Park Estate
    Opening Knowledge Quarter sectors to young people
    Cut + paste: bringing purpose to life through design and experiences
    Making R&D part of the local community
    A creative economy through communication
    Pleasure, connection, purpose: how museums can leverage emotions to build greater public support connection
    LIFT: leading inclusive futures through technology
    Building a more innovative UK – connecting R&D to people and politics
    Crowdsourced and collaborative culture: ODAC’s journey to be part of its local Euston communities
    Unlocking innovation
    Turning research into innovative enterprise

KQ Conference 2021, 6-8 July 2021, Virtual venue

Conference Theme: The Future of Knowledge: Building Back Together

    Daily Topics:
    Working Together; Learning Together; Growing Together

    Do Something: Activism for Everyone; Keynote 2 n.a.; A manifesto for change: How generation justice will lead the way in building back better

    Plenary Sessions: The Future of…
    Working Together, Learning Together, Growing Together

    Youth Roundtables: A Young Person’s Perspective on …
    Working Together, Learning Together, Growing Together

    Lightning Talks: Current Approaches to…: Tales from the KQ
    Working Together, Learning Together, Growing Together

KQ Conference 2020, 14 July 2020, London, United Kingdom

Conference Theme: The Future of Knowledge: Growing Pains

    Conference Program TBD

KQ Conference 2019, 26 June 2019, British Library Knowledge Centre, London, United Kingdom

Conference Theme: The Future of Knowledge: Think Together. Think Better.


    Panel Discussions:
    Democratising Knowledge; The Future of Knowledge-Sharing; Current Approaches to Sharing Knowledge: Tales from the KQ (lightning talk session)

    Breakout Sessions:
    Separating Science Fact From Science Fiction; The Dream of a Common Language (workshop); Democratising Knowledge Through Deliberative Democracy (panel); Young People as the Future of Knowledge; MAKE Meanwhile – A Public Space for Creative Collaboration in King’s Cross; Sometimes it’s Under the Apple Tree

    Post-KQ Conference Legacy Events:
    #4 Debunking the Myth of Decolonisation, 19 March 2020, London, United Kingdom (POSTPONED)

KQ Conference 2018, February 12, 2018, The British Museum, London, United Kingdom

Conference Theme: The Future of Knowledge (KQ Third Anniversary Conference)


    Panel Discussions:
    The role of the Knowledge Creator; The role of the Knowledge Translator; The role of the Knowledge Consumer

    Breakout Sessions:
    Whose knowledge is it anyway? (panel); Heritage collections and wellbeing: the future of the past? (lecture); Academic Expertise: the good, the bad and the ugly (workshop); The Face of Knowledge (table discussion); The future of knowledge through the eyes of the future (panel); Mary’s Hand – curating historical fact as creative fiction; Reading Well: redefining the role of the expert through co-production (workshop); Publishing Knowledge: Have we had enough of experts?

    The Knowledge Quarter:
    Three Years On celebration and Essays launch

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