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Humanity stands on the shoulders of its ancestors. Our world, our societies, democracies, cities, bodies and minds have been formed by the generations before us. Just like the generations before us have shaped the world we live in; we are shaping the world future generations will live in. The choices we make today shape the future. For people and planet. Inspired by the 2023 UN Principles on Future Generations, we will initiate a series of conversations to talk about our responsibilities towards Future Generations. In line with the University of Amsterdam’s current Strategic Plan Inspiring Generations, we intend to nurture a joint sense of mission and inspiration across and beyond disciplines and take intergenerational justice and solidarity seriously.
Event details of Future Generations Launch Event
7 November 2023
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 Ombudsperson 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).

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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 -14.30 Sir Peter Gluckman: Science for society – laying foundations for future generations  
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 Panel discussion
16.45 - 17.00 Tessa Roseboom: Call to action: Towards Guiding Principles
17.00 Reception