Business programme

Is Knowledge Truly Power?

03 Jun , 11:00–12:15
New Technology Frontiers
Pavilion G, conference hall G2

Science is a truly active field, as testified by the constant flow of new discoveries, developments, and technological solutions, which continue to raise the bar for new achievements. Every year, scientists around the world are making breakthroughs capable of improving life on earth and changing our perception of reality. Each event of this kind serves as a reminder of the incredible things the human mind is capable of. New information technologies and advances in artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and biotechnology are once again promising to fundamentally change our way of life. People have enormous belief in the potential of science to solve if not all, then a great many problems facing humanity. Indeed, scientific advancements can help greatly improve quality of life. Any sustainable development model that meets the needs of the current generation without adversely affecting the next generation envisages a major role played by science. Are there any limits as far as development is concerned? Where will we discover the boundaries of possibility to lie in the near future? To what degree are concepts such as growth and development compatible with concerns surrounding the environment, the economy, and society? What influence do external factors exert? And does science really hold the answers to all our questions?

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

Maxim Dreval, General Director, Russian "Znanie" Society
Vladimir Evtushenkov, Chairman of the Board, Sistema
Sirodzh Loikov, First Deputy General Director, Member of the Management Board, PhosAgro
Alexey Mordashov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Severstal
Yuri Olenin, Deputy Director General for Innovation Management, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM
Maxim Protasov, Head, Russian Quality System (Roskachestvo)
Ashok Ram Mohan, President for Affiliates in Russia and Belarus, Philip Morris International (PMI)
Andrei Rudskoi, Rector, Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU)
Alexander Sergeev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences

Front row participants
Riccardo Valentini, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Professor, University of Tuscia
Julia Morozova, General Director, Creative Production
Ruslan Novikov, General Director, Argumenty I Facty
Olga Pilipenko, Member of the Committee on Education and Science, State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation