Falling Walls Conference

The Falling Walls Conference will present 20 world-class scientists, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of noble prize laureates on 9 November 2011 in Berlin. The Board has confirmed […]

WallThe Falling Walls Conference will present 20 world-class scientists, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of noble prize laureates on 9 November 2011 in Berlin.

The Board has confirmed with the organizers that EUSJA may send 15-20 science journalists. They will be offered for free 3 night accommodation, meal, free access to the conference with the welcome reception and the festive dinners. Unfortunately no travel expenses will be covered, the journalists have to take care for their travelling themselves, but I think, it will be possible to find rather cheap tickets to Berlin for November, it is a season for the offers of discount tickets.  Please send the applications to your associations not later 12-th of October

Speakers at this year’s conference include human security expert Mary Kaldor, who will draw attention to the safety of citizens in countries, where the new wars are taking place. In times of a regime change, such as in Libya or Egypt, there are no regulatory bodies that ensure the safety of the people directly affected. Kaldor will make a case for new approaches to secure citizens all over the world and will suggest policies by which to achieve it.

Wang Hui, who was named as one of the top 100 intellectuals in the world in 2008 by Foreign Policy magazine, will talk about the human welfare system in China and other countries. He will introduce solutions on how to overcome the continuously increasing worldwide divide between rich and poor, urban and rural communities as well as different ethnicities.

Another human problem that requires a human solution is gambling, which has become more widespread and accessible through the Internet. The gambling industry is now worth 89 billion euro. Rebecca Cassidy from Goldsmiths University in London has been studying the effects of gambling for many years and will suggest regulations, which if adopted by governments, could save millions of addicted gamblers worldwide. For more information on speakers at the Falling Walls Conference 2011, please visit our website.

The Falling Walls Conference is an annual global gathering of 600 forward thinking people from 75 countries discussing what walls will fall next. Each year on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, top international scientists reveal their latest breakthroughs and potential solutions to problems our world is facing today.

About Mogens Bisgaard

Self-employed science journalist and food writer based in Copenhagen. Specialises in food science, nutrition and sustainability.