Champalimaud Foundation Presents the Discovery of the Next 100 Years in an Unprecedented International Conference in Portugal

Dec 04, 2015, 08:54 ET from Champalimaud Foundation

LISBON, Portugal, December 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

The unknown, 100 years from now: a voyage of discovery

  • Champalimaud Foundation brings together a panel of experts to discuss the future of humanity
  • Speakers include Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, and Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
  • The Conference takes place on 4th and 5th December, in the Auditorium of the Champalimaud Foundation

The Champalimaud Foundation will hold an unprecedented conference in Portugal, dedicated to the unknown future of humanity and the discovery of the next 100 years. Under the title The unknown, 100 years from now: a voyage of discovery, the Foundation will challenge a group of distinguished speakers from various fields of knowledge to reflect upon the world that awaits us in 2115. The Conference will take place on 4th and 5th December, in the Auditorium of the Champalimaud Foundation, in Lisbon, and will be live streamed to the world  [via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/9-xeVyb-LF4 ].

Fernando Henrique Cardoso will be, at the invitation of Leonor Beleza, President of the Champalimaud Foundation, the host of a debate that will focus on four key topics: (i) Medicine and Medical Research; (ii) Tools of the Future; (iii) Science; and (iv) Freedom, Knowledge and Values.

The former Brazilian President and member of the Champalimaud Foundation's General Council will join other world-renowned figures such as Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, the former President of the Portuguese Republic, Jorge Sampaio, and the Winners of the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Peace respectively, Robert Horvitz and Shirin Ebadi.

"We wanted to bring to Lisbon some of the key people responsible for pushing back the boundaries of knowledge - the men and women who, thanks to their foresight, have managed to lead and anticipate transformative movements that would go on to define the world we live in today," explains Leanor Beleza, President of the Champalimaud Foundation. "Over these two days, we will challenge them to share with us some of this vision of the future, as well as their expectations for the next century."

What impact will the new frontiers of science, medicine and technology have in the redefinition of modern societies? Will the boundaries be pushed back so far that we will be unable even to recognize ourselves, not to mention humanity? And what about our values and morals? Will they remain the same? These are just some of the issues up for discussion.

Speakers: 

Host: Fernando Henrique Cardoso - Former President of Brazil and Member of the Champalimaud Foundation's General Council
Moderator: Silio Boccanera - Journalist

António Damásio - Neuroscientist and Member of the Champalimaud Foundation's General Council
Atul Butte - Director of the Institute for Computational Health Sciences at the University of California
Gerry Gilmore - Astronomer and researcher at Cambridge University
Helga Nowotny - Former President of the European Research Council (ERC)
Jorge Sampaio - Former United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Tuberculosis
Luciano Floridi - Philosopher and researcher at Oxford University
Manuel Castells - Sociologist, President of the Scientific Commission at Aberta da Catalunha University
Maria Leptin - Director of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (Germany)
Michel Kazatchkine - United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS
Nigel Cameron - President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), Washington DC
Padmasree Warrior - Former Chief Technology Officer of Cisco
Robert Horvitz - Researcher at MIT and Co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine (2002)
Shirin Ebadi - Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (2003)
Sydney Brenner - Co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine (2002)
Sir Tim Berners-Lee - Inventor of the World Wide Web, Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Ziauddin Sardar - President of the Muslim Institute (UK) and Editor of Critical Muslim

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