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Existential Risks

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Debate
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Biotec, geoengineering and nanotechnology represent scientific progress but also bear existential risk for the future of humanity. Do recent developments in these fields endanger our survival on this planet or are they our only chance as a species to survive the 21st century?

Speakers

Deputy Director General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg; Emeritus Professor of Energy Economics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna
Astronomer Royal; Fellow, Trinity College, and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge
PULS 4 Head of Info, ProSieben Sat.1 PULS 4, Vienna Chair

Dr. Nebojsa NAKICENOVIC

Deputy Director General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg; Emeritus Professor of Energy Economics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna

1973-1984 Research Scholar, Energy Systems Program, IIASA
1984-1986 Research Scholar, Science and Technology Program, IIASA
1986-1991 Leader, The Dynamics of Technological Project, IIASA
1986-1991 Acting Leader, Technology, Economy and Society Program, IIASA
1991-2000 Leader, Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies Project, IIASA
1993-1995 Convening Lead Author, Second Assessment Report IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
1993-1998 Director, Global Energy Perspectives, WEC - World Energy Council
1993-2003 Guest Professor, Technical University of Graz
1997-2000 Coordinating Lead Author, Special Report on Emissions Scenarios, IPCC
1998-2000 Convening Lead Author, WEA - World Energy Assessment
1998-2001 Lead Author, Third Assessment Report of the IPCC
2003-2005 Coordinating Lead Author, MEA - Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
2003-2007 Co-Leader, Greenhouse Gas Initiative Program, IIASA
2000-2008 Leader, Transitions to New Technologies Program, IIASA
since 2003 University Professor of Energy Economics, VUT - Vienna University of Technology
since 2005 Director, GEA - Global Energy Assessment
since 2009 Deputy Director, IIASA
since 2010 Lead Author, Fifth Assessment Report, IPCC

Ph.D. Martin REES

Astronomer Royal; Fellow, Trinity College, and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge

 studied Mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge
1968 Research Fellow, Caltech
1967-1969 Fellow, Jesus College, Cambridge
1967-1972 Staff member, Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, Cambridge
1969-1992 Senior Research Fellow, King's College, Cambridge
1969-1970 Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
1971 Visiting Associate Professor, Caltech
1972, 1988-89 Visiting Professor, Harvard University
1972-1973 Professor, Sussex University
1976-1977 Gresham Professor of Astronomy
1982, 1996-1997 Visiting Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
1984 Joint Coordinator of programme on galaxy formation, etc. at Institute of Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara
1984-1988 Regents Visiting Fellow of Smithsonian Institution
1973-1991 Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy, Cambridge University
1977-1982, 1987-91 Director, Institute of Astronomy
1973-1991 Professorial Fellow, King's College, Cambridge
1992-2003 Royal Society Professor at Cambridge University
1992-2003 Official Fellow King's College, Cambridge
1995 JSPS visitor, Kyoto University
2002-2009 Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, Cambridge
2004-2012 Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
since 1995 Astronomer Royal
since 2001 Honorary Professor, Imperial College, London and Leicester University
since 2012 Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge

Mag. Corinna MILBORN

PULS 4 Head of Info, ProSieben Sat.1 PULS 4, Vienna

 Studium Politikwissenschaft und Geschichte in Wien, Granada, Guatemala
1995-1996 Menschenrechtsbeobachterin in Guatemala
1998-2002 Pressesprecherin und Globalization Officer beim WWF Österreich
seit 2003 Journalistin und Autorin mit den Schwerpunkten Globalisierung, Menschenrechte, Migration
seit 2003 Politikredakteurin beim Wirtschaftsmagazin Format
2006-2008 Recherchen, Beratung und Aufnahmeleitungen für den Dokumentarfilm "Let's Make Money" von Erwin Wagenhofer
2007-2012 Moderation, Club 2, ORF
2010-2012 Stellvertretende Chefredakteurin, News
seit 2012 Moderatorin, Pro und Contra - Der AustriaNews Talk, PULS 4
seit 2013 Informationsdirektorin, Prosieben Sat1 PULS4
2013-2014 Moderatorin, "Die letzten Zeugen" von Doron Rabinovici und Matthias Hartmann, Burgtheater Wien

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