15 November 2016

  • Arrival, registration & coffee
  • Opening remarks by Richard Fisher, Editor of BBC Future
    An introduction from Richard Fisher, more »

    An introduction from Richard Fisher, Editor of BBC Future

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  • How to approach our future: An orbital perspective Ron Garan, former NASA astronaut and pilot of World View
    Ron Garan will offer a more »

    Ron Garan will offer a unique take on humanity's future, from the perspective of a former astronaut and space tourism pilot who has seen the world from orbit. As we move as a species into space, Garan argues that it will transform how we see the planet we live on, and interact with one another.Ron Garan will share his thoughts on how space travel has the power to change humanity for the better. 

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  • Why ‘blue engineering’ should be the future of cities Emma Johnston, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) - University of New South Wales, and TV presenter on Coast
    Prof Emma Johnston will talk more »

    Prof Emma Johnston will talk about the impact of cities on ocean ecosystems and how it needs to change.

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  • WCIS Video Short: Sir David Attenborough on solar energy
  • Microfactories: A new way to think about global resources Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) - University of New South Wales
    Prof Veena Sahajwalla wants to more »

    Prof Veena Sahajwalla wants to change how we recycle our smartphones and other tech: the volume of electronic waste we produce is now staggering - but we need smarter ways to remove and reuse the materials. Her solution? Micro-factories, robots and more.

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  • Morning Tea
  • Big data and tomorrow’s transport: Insights from Uber Kevin Corti, Behavioural Scientist at Uber, San Francisco, US
    Dr Kevin Corti will discuss more »

    Dr Kevin Corti will discuss how Uber, one of the world's most talked-about tech companies in 2016, is using data to unlock new insights about how we travel in cities.

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  • Ninja viruses: A way to halt the antibiotic apocalypse Heather Hendrickson, Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biosciences, Massey University, NZ
    One of the greatest threats more »

    One of the greatest threats to our future health is the 'antibiotic apocalypse', meaning that drugs will no longer work due to bacterial resistance. Dr Heather Hendrickson will discuss her radical and counter-intuitive solution to the 'antibiotic apocalypse': infecting patients with special viruses that could save people's lives.

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  • WCIS Video Short: A brief history of food technology
  • The ‘Future of Food’ with the BBC’s Michael Mosley. Panel discussion With Dr Pia Winberg (CEO & Chief Scientist at Venus Shell Systems) and Dr Rosemary Stanton (Nutritionist and Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales)
    Dr Mosley will be leading more »

    Dr Mosley will be leading a panel of speakers with fascinating perspectives on the future of food and diet. 

    Dr Pia Winberg, Marine Ecologist and CEO at Venus Shell Systems, will be speaking with about how we can and should incorporate seaweed into our diet.

    Dr Rosemary Stanton will be talking about the future of healthy eating, insights from the latest food science and the grand challenge of tackling the obesity epidemic. 

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  • Lunch
  • The new science of exercise Michael Mosley, Self-experimenter and BBC TV presenter
    Dr Michael Mosley will describe more »

    Dr Michael Mosley will describe his unique experiences scrutinising the insights, the myths, and the science of health and exercise.

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  • WCIS Video Short: A brief history of artificial intelligence
    Exclusive video screening read more »

    Exclusive video screening

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  • How artificial intelligence will change humanity. Live demo presented by BBC Click’s Jen Copestake With Alex Gillespie, Associate Professor of Social Psychology, London School of Economics + the ‘Echoborg’
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    In conversation with BBC World News Click's Jen Copestake, Prof Alex Gillespie will explore what artificial intelligence means for us - particularly how we interact with machines. And to make his point, Gillespie will demonstrate what happens when an AI takes control of a human being.

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  • The next steps of human augmentation Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Neurosurgeon and Director of Monash Institute of Medical Engineering
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    Prof Rosenfeld will describe a ground-breaking new invention for controlling machines with only the power of the mind.

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  • Living to 100: How will technology enhance our later lives? Presented by IBM Susann Keohane, Global Research Leader for Aging, IBM, Austin (TX), US
    Susann Keohane is living and more »

    Susann Keohane is living and breathing “your life, your tomorrow”, through her career focus on using cognitive technology to shape what her future looks like after retirement. Susann believes that not only is there a great need to drive innovation to support our futures beyond retirement, but that technology will make a seismic shift away from just solving #youngpeopeproblems, to the unique needs of our baby-boomers and the generations that follow. We’re all expecting increased life expectancy and Susann isn’t waiting around to see what tomorrow looks like, instead making an investment now to drive the innovation needed to support her future.

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  • Short break
  • The sound of the brain: A new form of music Grace Leslie, Electronic Musician, MIT Boston, US
    Grace Leslie is exploring how more »

    Grace Leslie is exploring how striking and absorbing music can be made by hooking up brainwaves to musical instruments - a technique she believes could help treatment of those with autism, for example.

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  • Live recording of BBC Radio’s 'All in the Mind', with Claudia Hammond With Thomas Suddendorf (Professor of Psychology, University of Queensland) and Helen Christensen (Director & Chief Scientist, Black Dog Institute, UNSW)
    Claudia Hammond, Presenter for BBC more »

    Claudia Hammond, Presenter for BBC Radio 4 and World Service, will talk to Thomas Suddendorf and Helen Christensen:

    What makes human beings unique?
    Prof Thomas Suddendorf will discuss the unique traits of human beings - from 'mental time travel' to our ability to connect with one another.

    How technology can treat mental health
    Prof Helen Christensen will be discussing her current research, which focuses on how websites, apps, sensors, social media and Smartphone tools can be used as large-scale prevention and intervention programs for anxiety, depression and suicide.

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  • Short break
  • WCIS Video Short: A brief history of space travel
  • Hypersonic travel and the space industry Michael Smart, Chair of Hypersonics Propulsion, University of Queensland
    Hypersonic propulsion could transform travel more »

    Hypersonic propulsion could transform travel and the space industry. Prof Michael Smart will discuss the innovative rocket tests he is conducting in Australia - and what it could mean for tomorrow's transport and satellite launches.

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  • Bio-colonisation: A vision for Mars and beyond Rachel Armstrong, Professor of Experimental Architecture, University of Newcastle, UK
    What will it take for more »

    What will it take for humans to colonise other planets? As Elon Musk sets out his vision for human life on Mars, Prof Rachel Armstrong poses the big questions on how to make colonisation beyond our world a reality.

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  • Life in orbit: A conversation with an Australian astronaut Andrew Thomas, NASA astronaut (retired)
    Dr Andrew Thomas, one of more »

    Dr Andrew Thomas, one of the few Australians to travel into space with NASA, reflects on his incredible experiences in orbit and on spacewalks, and discusses his views of the future of space travel.

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  • Ask an astronaut: Audience Q&A with Ron Garan and Andrew Thomas
  • Cocktails and networking

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