Nobel Prize Dialogue

Pretoria, 18 May 2021

The Future of Work

The Future of Work

18 May 2021, 10:00-14:00 SAST/CET
Online event

What is the ‘new normal’ for working life? What benefits does diversity bring to the workplace? How does an ageing global population change the labour market? And how is the COVID-19 pandemic changing the nature of work?

As millions around the world try to cope with the disruptions caused by the pandemic, the questions and challenges facing present and future generations of workers are thrown into starker relief.

The Nobel Prize Dialogue centred on three broad themes: the role of education and training, and how it is adapting to suit changing needs and patterns of work; our relationship with industry and employers and how the nature of employment will change; and the social and environmental impact of work. A fourth topic, the impact of technology, is now central to almost every aspect of our lives and will naturally form a cross-cutting theme, influencing all the discussions throughout the day.

The Nobel Prize Dialogue aims to bring science and society closer and stimulate creative thinking by gathering together a unique constellation of Nobel Laureates, key opinion leaders, policy makers, students, researchers and the general public.

Watch the event

All sessions of Nobel Prize Dialogue Pretoria are available on YouTube, you can find a playlist there. Make sure not to miss all event sessions. 

Besides the event, we also recorded an exclusive interview with Juleen Zierath, member of the Nobel Committee at Karolinska lnstitutet. Watch the interview below.

Dialogue interview

We speak to the CEO for Nobel Prize Outreach, Laura Sprechmann, about her first working experiences and the upcoming Nobel Prize Dialogue in Pretoria that will focus on the future of work.

Laura Sprechmann, CEO for Nobel Prize Outreach.

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