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ENRICHING LIFE - Keynote Presentation

Neil Gershenfeld

RAEng Global Grand Challenges Summit, London, 12 March 2013

13 March 2013  News

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The Global Grand Challenages Summit is a major new initiative by the national academies of engineering in the UK, the US and China. The Summit will see leading international engineering thinkers and innovators sharing ideas with the next generation of engineers and policy-makers on how to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

The prosperity of future generations relies on unprecedented levels of inter-disciplinary and international cooperation in pursuit of solutions to global challenges. Whether the task be providing clean water for a soaring global population, or developing the resilience of our infrastructure to climate change, solutions demand more than isolated efforts. Instead, it is time to explore what could be accomplished with a globally-integrated systems approach.

This two day event will spark discussion and debate between thought leaders of today, and over 400 of the business, research and policy leaders of tomorrow, on how to develop the collaborations, networks and tools needed to solve our common global challenges.

Early career stage researchers, industry and policy professionals who are either engineers or committed to working with engineers, are invited to this global event to build and develop the collaborations, networks and tools that will be needed to tackle our common global challenges.

About the speaker

Professor Neil Gershenfeld is Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. His laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. Technology from his lab has been used in settings including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum. He has authored numerous technical publications, patents, and books including Fab and The Physics of Information Technology. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has been named one of Scientific American’s 50 leaders in science and technology, as one of 40 Modern-Day Leonardos by the Museum of Science and Industry, has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, and by Prospect/Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 public intellectuals. Neil has a BA in physics from Swarthmore College, a PhD. in applied physics from Cornell University, and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College and Strathclyde University. He was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs. He is the originator of the global network of field ‘fab labs’ that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, and directs the Fab Academy.

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