The 2020 BIST Conference will take place online on October 29, 2020. The programme will focus on the latest developments in energy and environmental sustainability and will include keynote speakers, round-table discussions, and satellite sessions. A face-to-face closing session will also be planned, conditions permitting.
Under the title Building a sustainable world together, the 2020 BIST Conference will focus on an area of priority for BIST research: energy and environmental sustainability.
Our current patterns of production and consumption are depleting the planet’s resources including biomass, water, minerals, and fossil fuels, while generating exponential growth in waste, as well as air and soil pollution. This has resulted in the serious climate crisis we are experiencing, which threatens the future of humanity.
As scientists working in some of the most advanced research institutions in our country, BIST researchers know the science behind climate change and recognise the urgency to take actions to address the issue and its catastrophic effects.
To that end, the 2020 BIST Annual Conference will feature two roundtables with BIST researchers working on nano-bioengineering for pollution remediation and on clean energy, and a debate with representatives from all BIST centres on how to turn research institutes into more sustainable organisations themselves.
Two internationally-renowned experts will also give keynote talks, one about research in sustainability, and another about the role of researchers in raising society’s awareness of environmental challenges. In addition, a number of ‘satellite’ sessions will be organised on such topics as the future of science communication.
Finally, should conditions due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic permit, a face-to-face closing session will be held following the online conference to allow networking among members of the BIST Community and our collaborators.
Please save the date October 29, 2020 in your calendars. More information and registration will be available soon.