The annual World Economic Forum Open Forum Davos, themed „From Life to Lab: Science in Action,“ will feature sessions on pivotal scientific topics. The public event will take place from January 15th to 19th, 2024, at the Swiss Alpine School in Davos. It aims to encourage dialogue among thought leaders on current geopolitical concerns, environmental issues, and the role of the arts in society.
The program will explore topics such as the potential of openness and trust in science, addressing global challenges like air pollution, loss of biodiversity, and climate change, as well as disruptive innovations in development research, the science of aging, gender research in medicine, and the imperative need for cybersecurity preparedness, among other pressing issues.
Noteworthy sessions will include a conversation with UN Peace Ambassador Jane Goodall about addressing global crises and discussions on the collaboration between science and biodiversity. There will also be a focus on the rapid growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and the urgent need for integrated, ethical, and well-coordinated solutions.
Additionally, the event will feature a screening of a new short film about the 1999 earthquake in Turkey by the French-Turkish artist Yaman Okur, exploring the role of art in promoting resilience in the face of adversity.
In collaboration with Gail Whiteman from the Arctic Basecamp, a session titled „On Thin Ice“ will address the irreversible collapse of summer sea ice in the Arctic and its implications for accelerated global warming and extreme weather events in the Northern Hemisphere.
The panels at the Open Forum Davos will encompass diverse age groups, genders, and backgrounds, ensuring an inclusive and comprehensive dialogue with inspiring voices from around the world, including both traditional academic and indigenous perspectives.
Open Forum Program
Monday, January 15
18:30 – 19:30 Liberating Science
Tuesday, January 16
09:30 – 10:30 Innovations in Technology
12:30 – 13:30 Medicine and Women
18:30 – 19:30 R&D Disruption
Wednesday, January 17
09:30 – 10:30 Speaking Truth to Power
12:30 – 13:30 Sustaining Life on Earth
18:30 – 19:30 An Introduction to AI
Thursday, January 18
09:30 – 10:30 Cracking the Code
12:30 – 13:30 On Thin Ice
18:30 – 19:30 Resilience in Motion
Friday, January 19
09:30 – 10:30 Turning Back the Clock
About Open Forum Davos
Founded in 2003, the Open Forum Davos is a vital platform for society to exchange thoughts and experiences on urgent and controversial topics. It was established through collaboration between the World Economic Forum and civil society groups, including churches, fair-trade organizations, and the Swiss Red Cross.