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Join CIFAR for a special public event in partnership with The Economist: How Science Can Save the World

Scientific discovery has lengthened life expectancies, fed the world and taught humanity about our planet and the universe that surrounds it. Scientific methods are also to thank for the unprecedented speed with which Covid-19 vaccines have been developed; it won’t be long before people who have received jabs can get back to work, socialize and travel again.

So, if reversing climate change and curing disease are all possible, it is researchers—not politicians or boardroom executives—who will uncover the ways to do so. Bringing these researchers together and giving them the tools and money they need will be critical to the future of humanity. The job of governments is to catalyse progress with forward-thinking policy and substantial investment, while businesses must foster innovation and meaningful collaboration.

  • What scientific breakthroughs are on the horizon that will change the world?
  • How can science address humanity’s problems?
  • What have we learned from the pandemic?


Alan Bernstein, President and chief executive, CIFAR.

Zia Khan, Senior vice president for innovation, Rockefeller Foundation

Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief scientist, World Health Organisation

Carolina Tropini, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar

Moderated by:
Tom Standage, Deputy editor, head of digital strategy, and editor, The World In, The Economist

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