The event is organized by Stefan Thurner and Jan W. Vasbinder (NTU Singapore).
If you want to join the public event on April 27, please sing up at the end of the page!
Round table: Are universities ready for the future?
Put a couple of extraordinary thinkers in one room, let them discuss a subject of major interest and see how truly new ideas emerge – that’s the concept of the Grand Challenges meeting in April.
- April 25 + 26: Two days of discussions behind closed doors at the Hub, Josefstaedter Strasse 39, 1080 Vienna
- April 27: Open discussion with the public in TUtheSky, Getreidemarkt 9 (BA 11, 11th floor), 1060 Vienna
The key question we want to be addressed during the first two days of the meeting:
How do universities have to change if they are to meet the challenges they will be facing in the coming 25 to 35 years?
The discussion will include questions like:
- What do we need universities for?
- Are universities dead?
- How will we learn in the future?
- How can university and science system(s) identify and pursue the challenges they are facing and how can they unleash the explorative power of competent rebels? Are they up to it?
It will also include a discussion about ways to pursue scientific breakthroughs.
The six participants (in alphabetical order) are:
- Bertil Andersson
- Sheila Jasanoff
- Martin Rees
- Alexander Rinnooy Kan
- François Taddei
- Alexander Zehnder
On day three (27th of April) the participants will debate their insights with an interested public.