Uncertain Times Ahead: Changing Principles
Kiyoshi Kurokawa, MD, President at Science Council of Japan (2003-06)
RSVP required by 5PM on February 3
The world has undergone drastic changes in the last two decades driven by several major factors, such as the population explosion and the digital revolution. Such changes seem further accelerated in recent years and it seems that our future becomes more uncertain and unpredictable. The science community is increasingly engaged in social affairs, across national boundaries, and in policymaking domains. Such engagement of the science community has contributed significantly to the processes of addressing and impacting global agendas. There are several major global agendas, such as climate change, food and water security, energy, urbanization, biodiversity, and human capital development. At the same time, the balance of economy and power is shifting. The science community must play an important role to meet these challenges. In the view of Kiyoshi Kurokawa, former president of the Science Council of Japan, social principles may be changing more rapidly and and in a different way than in the past. In this talk, he will suggest that the science community can and should contribute to finding solutions for nurturing future leaders, and will discuss possible directions.