Para Limes

Grand Challenges for Science in the 21st Century

Grand Challenges for Science in the 21st Century

Date: 13–16 June 2016


From 13–16 June 2016, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore organized a four-day discussion between six grand thinkers of our time on the grand challenges to science in the coming 25–35 years.

The discussants are: W. Brian Arthur, Sydney Brenner, Helga Nowotny, Martin Rees, Terry Sejnowkski & Eörs Szathmáry.

Tor Nørretranders will moderate the discussions.

The discussion is organized by Balazs Gulyas and Jan W. Vasbinder under the umbrella of Para Limes/ Global Dialogue Institute.

The Challenges

We intend to “look into the future as it starts 25–35 years from now”. The fundamental question to be discussed is:
  • What are fundamental challenges that might shape the nature of science in the coming 25–35 plus years or even change the whole notion of science?

There are many aspects to this question like:
  • Do universities have a role to play in meeting those challenges? What challenges would they have to meet to play that role? Who will have the right to speak in the name of science?

There are many ways to approach those questions like:
  • Are we doing the right thing? Will it change? Should it change? What will (or should) science be like 25–35 years from now?
  • What are the challenges to the science system(s), to make identifying and pursuing those challenges possible and to unleash the explorative power of competent rebels?

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