Meet and engage with a unique constellation of Nobel Laureates, world-leading scientists and thought leaders in a dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of an ageing world.
In the year 2000, for the first time in history, there were more people in the world aged 60 and over than there were children below the age of 5. Recent predictions on how this demographic shift will continue vary widely, but all agree on one fact: Our world is ageing.
The overall trend is obvious – we are all living longer. In less than 15 years (since 1990), the average global life expectancy for humans has increased by six years. While increasing average life expectancies is undoubtedly one of humanity's greatest achievements, a steadily ageing global population brings with it a range of new challenges and opportunities.
The science of ageing
For how long can we live?
Extending health span
How can technology support us when dealing with age?
Work, work, work
For how long should we work, and how will welfare systems adapt as longevity increases and birth rates decline?
The economics of ageing
What implications does the change in demographics have for economic growth in different parts of the world?
The future of disease
Can biomedical research adapt to the changing burden of disease?
Elizabeth Blackburn ( Medicine 2009)
The connection between stress and ageing
Aaron Ciechanover (Chemistry 2004)
On proteasome – the cell's waste disposer
Eric Kandel (Medicine 2000)
The formation of short and long-term memory
Eric Maskin (Economic Sciences 2007)
Mechanism design theory
Daniel McFadden (Economic Sciences 2000)
Consumer choice in healthcare services
Craig Mello (Medicine 2006)
Gene silencing by double-stranded RNR