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Royal Academy of Engineering & CESAER – Key Technologies Shaping the Future

Last 1st and 2nd of June, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the CESAER, the united voice of universities of science and technology in Europe, brought together leading scientists, decision-makers, academic leaders and renowned thinkers from diverse fields for an international discussion to provide insight on socio-economic, environmental, health, historical and cultural linkages to technological drivers. The focus was on foresight combined with strategic recommendations for university leaders, research funders and policymakers in Europe and the UK.

The target audience of the final report will be vice-chancellors of universities, leaders of the European Research Council and the UKRI and leaders in science policy in the UK government and the European Commission.

This event was organised by a joint Task Force Key TESAERechnologies chaired by Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey.

WFEO Immediate Past president Dr Marlene Kanga was invited to present on changes in technologies and implications for research and education to enable a “Safe Equitable and Secure Society” in 30 years.

Other session streams included:

  • Health Society in 30 years
  • Net Zero World in 30 Years
  • Envisioning Learning and Teaching in 30 years

WFEO Immediate Past President Dr Marlene Kanga presents at the Royal Academy of Engineering on future trends towards a Safe Secure and Equitable Society in 2050, 1 July 2021

Panellists at the Royal Academy of Engineering on future trends towards a Safe Secure and Equitable Society in 2050, top row L to R: Professor Dimitra Simeonidou FREng, Head of Bristol Digital Futures Institute, Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE FREng FRS, Regius Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton, Carly Kind, Director, Ada Lovelace Institute.
Bottom Row L to R: Prof Dr Tariq Durrani OBE FREng FRSE, University of Strathclyde, Professor Dominic O’Brien, Professor of Engineering Science, Oxford University, WFEO Immediate Past President Dr Marlene Kanga AM FTSE.

Comments and Feedback on the presentation by Dr Marlene Kanga and the difficulties of humans to understand and predict future technologies and their impact.

The video recordings of the two days are available on the respective web pages of the Royal Academy of Engineering are available on this page.
Dr Kanga starts speaking at 2.50 hours on Day 1 of the video recording.

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