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The world we inhabit is a product of our ancestors' contributions, and we hold the power to shape the world for those who will come after us. This pivotal moment in history presents a choice: perpetuate crises or build a better, more compassionate, and sustainable future. During the academic year 23/24, the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) will host a series of conversations to explore our responsibilities towards future generations from different perspectives, including the philosophical, legal, biomedical, economic, environmental and social perspective.  

Event details of Future Generations Launch Event
7 November 2023
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12:00 -17:00
Allard Pierson
Nina van Leerzaal

Invited speakers of the launch event include: 

  • Sir Peter Gluckman (President of the International Science Council);
  • Jan van de Venis (Acting Ombudsman for Future Generations);
  • Prof.dr. Jet Bussemaker (Prof. of Policy, Science, and Societal Impact; former Minister of Education, Culture, and Science of The Netherlands);
  • Prof.dr. Peter-Paul Verbeek (Rector of the University of Amsterdam; Chairman UNESCO Commission of Science and Technology).


12.00 - 13.00  Lunch
13.00 - 13.05 Huub Dijstelbloem: Welcome  
13.05 - 13.20 Tessa Roseboom: Introduction to Future Generations theme
13.20 - 13.40 Peter-Paul Verbeek: Inspiring Generations
13.40 -14.15 Sir Peter Gluckman: Science for society – laying foundations for future generations  
14.15 - 14.30 Q&A 
14.30 - 15.00 Break
15.00 - 15.30 Exercise with Jan van de Venis & Jessica den Outer: Imagining the best possible future 
15.30 - 16.00  Jet Bussemaker: Science informed policy
16.00 - 16.45 Tessa Roseboom: Discussion & Call to action
16.45 - 17.00 Tessa Roseboom: Pledge to the future 
17.00 Reception