Frontiers Forum 2019 – Science Unlimited

The Frontiers Forum brings together 300+ top global scientists and other thought leaders. The full program provides a valuable opportunity for the Frontiers community to see and discuss the latest in Open Science.

The Science Unlimited event featured an impressive lineup of the world’s leading experts on health, sustainability, global trends and more, who showcased inspiring developments powering our world of tomorrow. See the speakers below and watch their full talk videos.

Global trends

Anna Rosling Rönnlund  Gapminder Foundation

Anna Rosling Rönnlund
Gapminder Foundation

For a fact-based worldview

Anna Rosling Rönnlund, co-author of the bestselling book Factfulness, dismantled the mega-misconceptions shaping our worldview and showed what the world really looks like, in ways everyone can understand.

Bio & full talk video

Bracken Darrell , Logitech  Mehmood Khan , Life Biosciences   Stefan von Holtzbrinck , Holtzbrinck Publishing Group  Henry Markram , EPFL

Bracken Darrell, Logitech
Mehmood Khan, Life Biosciences
Stefan von Holtzbrinck, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
Henry Markram, EPFL

Amplifying the impact of scientific innovations

Bracken Darrell, Mehmood Khan, Stefan von Holtzbrinck and Henry Markram discussed innovation and how to successfully get cutting-edge science out of the lab to make the greatest possible impact on the world.

Bios & full talk video

Stephan Mergenthaler  World Economic Forum

Stephan Mergenthaler
World Economic Forum

Our world maps need a system reboot

Stephan Mergenthaler outlined new maps that allow us to more easily see links between, and the latest research on, complex global issues and developments like migration, climate change and social media.

Bio & full talk video

Future humans

Spencer Wells   Insitome

Spencer Wells
Insitome

The past, present and future of personal genomics

Spencer Wells, a pioneer of the consumer genomics industry, discussed the complex issues surrounding a new era in which more and more people have their DNA sequence, or that of a relative, online.

Bio & full talk video

David Sinclair  Harvard Medical School

David Sinclair
Harvard Medical School

Cracking – and reversing – the aging clock

Listed as TIME magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world,” David Sinclair explained his revolutionary findings on why we age – and how we can reverse the process to extend our health- and lifespan.

Bio & full talk video

Christopher E. Mason  Weill Cornell Medicine

Christopher E. Mason
Weill Cornell Medicine

Homo galaxias: Preparing our species for space

Christopher E. Mason has a 500-year vision for human survival– and not just on Earth. He presented the latest data from NASA’s astronaut twin study on the effects of space travel and how we may survive on other planets.

Bio & full talk video

Healthy planet

Claire Kremen  University of British Columbia

Claire Kremen
University of British Columbia

Designing landscapes that work for people and nature

Claire Kremen believes protected areas are not enough to preserve our planet’s species and habitats. She showed a complementary approach that helps save biodiversity in the spaces people share with nature.

Bio & full talk video

Matthew McCabe  King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Matthew McCabe
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Eyes in the sky for precision food and water security

Matthew McCabe collects high-resolution data from drones and shoe-box satellites. He demonstrated how this advanced aerial imaging, combined with machine learning, is fueling a digital transformation in agriculture.

Bio & full talk video

Anne Bowser  The Wilson Center

Anne Bowser
The Wilson Center

Using citizen science to modernize the environmental movement

Anne Bowser is helping to launch the world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign. She described how millions of people will collect and share data on air and water quality, biodiversity, climate change and health.

Bio & full talk video

Healthy lives

Jayasree K. Iyer  Access to Medicine Foundation

Jayasree K. Iyer
Access to Medicine Foundation

Bringing healthcare to all people

Jayasree K. Iyer celebrated the incredible advances in medicine and global healthcare over the past decade, and efforts to improve access in low- and middle-income countries.

Bio & full talk video

Grégoire Courtine  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Grégoire Courtine
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

From wheelchair to walking after spinal cord injury

Several paraplegics can now walk again thanks to wireless implants and intensive rehabilitation. Grégoire Courtine illustrated the technology behind this breakthrough, plus the next steps to develop commonly available treatments.

Bio & full talk video

Mavi Sánchez-Vives  Institute of Biomedical Research Augusto Pi y Suñer

Mavi Sánchez-Vives
Institute of Biomedical Research Augusto Pi y Suñer

Transforming lives with virtual reality

Mavi Sánchez-Vives demonstrated how our brains can accept virtual bodies as our "own" – and how immersive virtual reality tools can help change people's perspectives and behaviors.

Bio & full talk video