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Imperial scientists help to define the fourth industrial revolution


Imperial academics are serving on World Economic Forum Global Future Councils, charting the future of everything from biotechnology to computing.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has convened councils of thought leaders from academia, government, business and civil society to help set agendas for technologies and systems that will define the ‘fourth industrial revolution’.

These Global Future Councils aim to produce advice and guidance for world leaders attending the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Several Imperial academics joined Councils this year (see sidebar), and attended the first meeting in Dubai earlier this month.

Dr Diego Oyarzun, from the Department of Mathematics, joined the Council for the Future of Biotechnology, bringing his expertise in applying engineering methods to biological systems.

In the audio interview above, Dr Oyarzun talks about his experiences at the first meeting, what he hopes the Councils can achieve, and what the opportunities and challenges are for the future of biotechnologies.


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