The University of Zurich (UZH) recently hosted the Swiss Anticipation Day of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA), emphasizing the significance of anticipatory science and diplomacy in creating sustainable solutions to global challenges.
GESDA aims to identify socially relevant scientific developments that are on the verge of a breakthrough and promote their use in support of the international community's sustainability goals. The conference, held under the theme "Use the future to build the present – from science anticipation to global action," aimed to raise awareness about the importance of anticipatory science and diplomacy for Switzerland and the world.
The event brought together over 150 stakeholders from various communities, including academia, diplomacy, impact investors, and citizens. The program focused on key topics such as science breakthrough radar, neurotechnology, quantum computing, diplomacy acceleration, and the role of Switzerland in global science and diplomacy. Among the speakers was UZH professor Isabelle Mansuy, who provided insights on the role of groundbreaking neurotechnologies for scientific anticipation.
The conference also highlighted the role of the private sector in driving innovation and solutions to global challenges. By providing a platform for GESDA, UZH played a vital role in emphasizing the importance of anticipatory science and diplomacy in building a better future.
Anne Nuria Boekhout