- Escape to the city
- Mobile middle class
- Big data, big impact?
- Feeding the 9 billion
- Countryside in Crisis?
- The Energy Water Food Stress Nexus
- Unsustainable Fishing
- Keeping pace with a digital revolution
- Global health in the 21st Century
- Adapting to an urban future
- Educating for tomorrow
- Digital technology in Africa
- Persistent poverty in Britain
- Can the UK ever be sustainable?
- Plastic pollution in the oceans
- Natural disasters: how to improve?
- Not In My Back Yard
- Digital Divide in the UK?
- Importing goods, exporting drought?
- Britain’s ageing population
- Engineering our climate
- The future shape of Capitalism
- Migration: skills and the job market
- Razing the Rainforest
- London under water
- Concreting the countryside
- Future of low carbon energy
- Africa in the 21st Century
Tom Chatsfield, #21cc, Nuclear energy, education, Sir Gordon Conway, water resources, wind power, pollution, black market, SMS, Natural disaster, climate change, policy, baby boom, e-learning, welfare, bbc, oceanography, NHS, politics
Challenges of the 21st Century
Thursday 26 June 2014
6.30 - 8.00pm
By 2050 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. How can we respond to this demand without compromising on wellbeing and can the benefits of urban living outweigh the negatives?
Would you escape to the city?
Thursday 13 March 2014
7.00 - 8.30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The global class system is changing. By 2030, two billion people will join the middle class from emerging economies, leaving Europe and North America with less than a third of the total middle class population. What impact is this having on people and the planet?
PROFESSOR MIKE BATTY
DR FARIDA VIS
We are living in a data explosion where we generate and consume data faster than we can keep track of and secure. This volume of new data presents us with additional challenges: what are we going to do with it? How are we unlocking its potential? And how are we making it work for society?
JAY RAYNER (CHAIR)
PROFESSOR TIM WHEELER
Our global food system is under increasing strain. We need to produce and supply enough safe and nutritious food in a sustainable way to a population which is expected to rise to 9 billion by 2050. How are we meeting this challenge with new technology as well as new thinking?
PROFESSOR NICK PIDGEON
TOM HEAP (Chair)
Environmental risks and hazards like bovine TB, ash dieback and neonicotinoid pesticides are affecting our biodiversity and agriculture. Is Government getting its policies right and striking a balance between maximising innovation and minimising harm?
PROFESSOR KEVIN NOONE
PROFESSOR JUDITH REES (Chair)
The world's energy, water and food systems are tightly linked. How will these vital resources cope in the coming decades from a growing and more prosperous global population?
DR DAVID AGNEW
DR HEATHER KOLDEWEY
How can we avoid the collapse of a resource that remains an essential part of food security and vital to the communities and livelihoods of half a billion people across the planet?
DR ALEKS KROTOSKI
The internet is rapidly evolving to play a central role in society, transforming social, cultural, economic and political landscapes.
The benefits are clear, but are societies equipped to keep pace with the consequences of our increasing reliance on this technology?
Can societies strike a balance between combating the dangers of viral outbreaks and pandemics, while maintaining the hopes of eradicating established diseases, such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, which continue to claim millions of lives each year?
Humans are rapidly becoming an urban species.
Global population has passed 7 billion, 3.5 billion people are urbanised and over 1 billion people now live in slums.
How will urban centres keep pace with predicted continuing growth? What are the visions of tomorrow’s cities?
Living in an increasingly globalised society offers both opportunities and challenges.
How can education best prepare young Britons to fulfil their potential in a rapidly changing world?
RORY CELLAN-JONES (chair)
How can digital technologies such as mobiles and laptops offer the countries of Africa realistic economic, educational and development opportunities.
FRANK FIELD MP
JOHN BIRD MBE
JULIA UNWIN MBE
MARK EASTON (chair)
Britain is the world’s fifth richest country, yet poverty in Britain is rising. With paid work failing to reduce poverty for many, how can Britain best tackle this growing issue?
SIR STUART ROSE
Rt Hon HILARY BENN MP
JO CONFINO (chair)
Our way of life is placing an increasing burden on the planet, but how realistic are visions of a sustainable future? How can business, politics and the creative industries help create a sustainable future?
DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD
DR SIMON BOXALL
DAVID SHUKMAN (chair)
Our throw away society is polluting large areas of the world's oceans with plastics, threatening marine life and food chains. How did it get there? What are the practical solutions? Is it time to re-evaluate waste as a resource?
DAME BARBARA STOCKING
MARTIN BELL (chair)
How can we improve our response to natural disasters and ensure lessons learnt benefit vulnerable communities worldwide in the long-term?
DAME FIONA REYNOLDS
JULIAN GLOVER (chair)
With pressure on the UK’s ageing energy and transport infrastructures mounting, is it time to put projects of national importance ahead of local concerns? Or does this bypass our democratic right to object?
MARTHA LANE FOX
PROFESSOR TANYA BYRON
RORY CELLAN-JONES (chair)
Does the internet's rapid evolution and increasing role in daily life threaten to leave some sections of society behind?
GEORGE ALAGIAH (chair)
The scale of global water consumption needed to produce what we use and consume has a dramatic impact around the world. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, discover the hidden cost of Britain's consumption.
ANGELA EAGLE MP
SAMIRA AHMED (chair)
As the baby boom generation approach retirement, Britain's population is ageing.
Discover the changing nature of retirement; the importance of older people in the workforce; the increasing pressures on public services and how Britain is adapting to an ageing society.
PROFESSOR DAVID KEITH
DR PAUL JOHNSTON
TOM CLARKE (chair)
Geo-engineering, the deliberate manipulation of the earth's climate, is not a solution to climate change.
But can it be an effective means to delay its impact? Should we be researching it as 'Plan B'?
Rt Hon VINCE CABLE MP
EVAN DAVIS (chair)
Will the recent financial crisis and the downturn in the global economy change the shape of capitalism as we know it today?
SIR ANDREW GREEN
JONTY BLOOM (chair)
Too often controversy surrounding UK migration and what impacts migrants have on our economy and society is based on myth, fear and falsehood.
Explore some of the issues and misconceptions around changing European workforce patterns in the 21st Century.
EVAN DAVIS (chair)
What is the threat of flooding to London’s people and infrastructure? How will current defences cope with enhanced flood risk to the capital over the next 30 years?
SIR PETER HALL
SIMON JENKINS (chair)
How should we accommodate the housing expansion in London and SE England? Should we be building on greenfield or brownfield land?
LORD JOHN BROWNE
MALCOLM WICKS MP
SIR GORDON CONWAY (chair)
With countries across the world working towards a low carbon future, how can global investment be encouraged to forward low carbon technologies? Interview with Professor Chris Rapley, Director of the Science MuseumInterview with Andy Hobsbawm
SIR BOB GELDOF
SIR GORDON CONWAY (chair)
Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, and humanitarian Sir Bob Geldof discuss the major challenges facing the countries of Africa in the 21st century.