Seven prominent British figures representing different areas of science, including economics and social communications, were present at the Futures Congress held recently in Chile. Gathering each year experts from different areas of knowledge to discuss the challenges that human kind will be facing in the future, this event has become the most important scientific conference in Latin America.
The group of experts was composed of Jack Szostak, Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine; Sir Philip Campbell, Astrophysicist and Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal, Nature; Lord Jim O’Neill, Chair of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance; Iain Stewart, Geologist and Presenter of several BBC Science Programmes; Paul Davies, Doctorate in Physics; Judith Sixsmith, Doctorate in Psychology; and John Mulholland, Editor of the British newspaper The Observer and Assistant Editor of the Guardian News.
A cross-cut initiative promoted by the Future Challenges Commission of the Chilean Senate, the Chilean Academy of Science and the Chilean Government, the Futures Congress was created in 2011 to mark the Bicentenary of the Chilean Congress. This is an opportunity to carry out collaborative work where knowledge and science become democratised and are linked to daily life. The purpose of the Congress is for Chile to become a meeting place for ideas where the big challenges facing society today and in the future are known and discussed.
Over 25,000 people attended the Congress in Santiago and 6,000 participated in regional smaller conferences, with another 1.5 million viewers that followed the livestream broadcast through the Internet.
The participation of UK guest speakers was actively supported by GREAT Challenge Fund, a global initiative created by the British Government to support activities aimed at showing the best that the UK has to offer to the world.
For more information about the British participation in the Futures Congress, please contact Francisco Alvarez, Newton-Picarte Fund Manager, British Embassy, Santiago.
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