Science and Life: The Boundaries of the Possible

07 Jun , 12:00–13:15
People First
Pavilion G, conference hall G4

Science does not stand still. Constant discoveries, new developments and technological innovations continue to raise the bar for even greater achievements in the future. Every year, scientists around the world make new breakthroughs that can improve life on Earth and change our perception of reality. Such events remind us of the incredible things that the human mind is capable of. New information technologies and artificial intelligence and the achievements in genetic engineering and biotechnology promise to radically change our entire way of life once again. The lofty belief that science is capable of solving if not all then a great number of problems facing humankind and significantly improving the quality of our lives works on the assumption that science plays an equally lofty role in the creation of a model of sustainable development – a model for meeting the needs of the current generation that does not cause damage to the future. Are there any limits to growth when we talk about development? Where are the boundaries of the possible that we must discover in the near future? To what extent do the concepts of growth and development go together with ideas about the sustainability of the environment, the economy and society? And to what extent do external factors influence this? And is it true that science can provide the answers to all our questions?

Maxim Safonov, Director, Green Capital Alliance; Professor, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)

Rodney John Allam, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Member of the International Award Committee, Global Energy Association
Riccardo Valentini, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Professor, University of Tuscia
Andrey Kaprin, Director, Federal State Budgetary Institution National Medical Research Radiological Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation
Yuri Olenin, Deputy Director General for Innovation Management, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM
Alexander Sergeev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences
Dominique Fache, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Russian Technology Foundation (RTF); Member of the International Award Committee, Global Energy Association
Rolf Martin Zinkernagel, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; Professor Emeritus, University of Zurich

Front row participants
Andrey Adrianov, Vice-President, Russian Academy of Sciences
Sergey Alekseyenko, Academician, Member of the Department of Energy, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics, and Control Processes, Russian Academy of Sciences; Winner of the Global Energy Prize
Anatoly Dmitrievsky, Chief Researcher, Oil and Gas Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
Ruslan Novikov, General Director, Argumenty I Facty
Alexander Rasumov, President, National Spa Association; Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences