Lucy Hawking to advocate for space science and accessibility editorial at Expo 2020 Dubai

Beginning on 3 December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the work of the father of children’s author and journalist Lucy Hawking has inspired the design of the UK pavilion for the UK project at Expo 2020 Dubai.

To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Lucy Hawking hosted a space science and storytelling workshop with Emirati students as part of a programme of special events that included group sessions, student book clubs and activities aimed at ‘redefining accessibility’ .The events, held at the UK Pavilion, were conceived by Es Devlin and inspired by one of Stephen Hawking’s final projects. Breakthrough Message is a global competition launched in 2016 that invites people to think about what message we would convey to express ourselves as a planet if we one day encountered other advanced civilizations in space. The collective message of the UK Pavilion invites visitors to donate a word for a message from humanity to the universe. It uses artificial intelligence technology to generate individual verses that form messages and project them from the stunning conical structure of the UK Pavilion.Lucy’s involvement in the programme began on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, when she held a custom space workshop with students and their parents at the Manzir Centre for Disability in the UAE. Lucy then offers an interactive “Cosmic Journey” exploring the wonders of the universe through storytelling. The lectures introduced students to her father’s life and 3rd In December, the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai partners HSBC and the British Council to host an event by Manzil Centre students reading a book they wrote in collaboration with the UK. Also included in the event programme is a discussion on “Changing the Disability Conversation; Redefining Accessibility”, moderated by CareTech Foundation Trustee Nicholas Cheffings, panelists Mike Adams OBE, Purple CEO, Dougal Hawes, Smartbox Managing Director, Jenny Sealey MBE , Graaee Theatre Artistic Director and Sahm Cooper, alumnus of the HSBC Inclusion Programme.

UK Commissioner Laura Faulkner OBE said: “Professor Stephen Hawking is a true British icon and pioneering thought leader whose work and continuing legacy changed the world, so it is an honour to welcome his Daughter Lucy Hawking, participating in the UK project at Expo 2020 Dubai. We want to inspire the minds of future innovators through our content, so we look to Lucy to help us achieve this, sharing her father’s life and work, and through The art of storytelling brings magic and wonder.”Lucy Hawking says, “I am delighted to see how the UK Pavilion is inspired by my father’s work to create messages from humans through a unique combination of visitor language and artificial intelligence technology. I am also delighted that this building provides a platform for young A generation engages in the wonders of science and space, and develops imaginative solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges, including improving accessibility for all.” Expo 2020 Dubai, the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and the largest ever event in the Arab world, will run for six months from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. There will be 190 – Canada working together in a spirit of hope, optimism and common purpose.Find out more about the UK’s activities at Expo 2020 and find out about our activities with our new virtual pavilion which will be updated during the Expo. Join the conversation at @UKPavilion2020 #Expo2020UK to participate in Expo 2020 DubaiThe UK will be participating in Expo 2020 Dubai, which will run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. More than 200 participants, including more than 190 countries, will take part in the largest event in the Arab world. The overarching theme of Expo 2020 Dubai is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. Under the theme ‘Innovating for a Shared Future’, UK engagement will enhance the UK’s global reputation, drive future partnerships and deliver long-term economic benefits.UK participation in Expo 2020 Dubai will be led by the Department for International Trade (DIT), supported by the Departments of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Culture, Media and Sport, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Transport, Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development Office and Decentralized Administration. The UK presence will include a self-built national pavilion in an ‘opportunity’ zone, as well as a supporting programme of business, cultural, tourism and educational activities.Find out more about the UK on the Expo 2020 Dubai website


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