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Existential Risks

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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?

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

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

Research Scholar, Energy Systems Program, IIASA Research Scholar, Science and Technology Program, IIASA Leader, The Dynamics of Technological Project, IIASA Acting Leader, Technology, Economy and Society Program, IIASA Leader, Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies Project, IIASA Convening Lead Author, Second Assessment Report IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Director, Global Energy Perspectives, WEC - World Energy Council Guest Professor, Technical University of Graz Coordinating Lead Author, Special Report on Emissions Scenarios, IPCC Convening Lead Author, WEA - World Energy Assessment Lead Author, Third Assessment Report of the IPCC Coordinating Lead Author, MEA - Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Co-Leader, Greenhouse Gas Initiative Program, IIASA Leader, Transitions to New Technologies Program, IIASA University Professor of Energy Economics, VUT - Vienna University of Technology Director, GEA - Global Energy Assessment Deputy Director, IIASA
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Ph.D. Martin REES

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

Research Fellow, Caltech Fellow, Jesus College, Cambridge Staff member, Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, Cambridge Senior Research Fellow, King's College, Cambridge Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey Visiting Associate Professor, Caltech , 1988-89 Visiting Professor, Harvard University Professor, Sussex University Gresham Professor of Astronomy , 1996-1997 Visiting Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton Joint Coordinator of programme on galaxy formation, etc. at Institute of Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara Regents Visiting Fellow of Smithsonian Institution Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy, Cambridge University , 1987-91 Director, Institute of Astronomy Professorial Fellow, King's College, Cambridge Royal Society Professor at Cambridge University Official Fellow King's College, Cambridge JSPS visitor, Kyoto University Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, Cambridge Master of Trinity College, Cambridge Astronomer Royal Honorary Professor, Imperial College, London and Leicester University
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