Nobel Week Dialogue
The City of the Future
13:00-17:30 CET, 9 December 2021
Svenska Mässan, Gothenburg and online
Take a second to picture your future home: what do you want it to be like? For well over half of humanity, that home will be part of a city. Despite all the pressures of urban life and the new and unprecedented challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the global trend towards urbanisation looks certain to continue, with the UN predicting that two thirds of us will be city-dwellers by 2050. If we fail to make the most of our metropolitan environments, the majority of humanity will suffer.
So how do we make cities better? From gleaming towers to sprawling slums, from excessive wealth to unimaginable poverty, from green oases to lawless danger zones, cities bring together multiple, interconnected challenges. Mobility, health, water, energy, housing, employment, food, recreation, culture, democracy, climate: everything is interdependent. None of these things can be individually perfected within the complex urban environment, but all can be improved. The 2021 Nobel Week Dialogue will explore the nature of the city, and possible visions of a hoped-for future.
This year’s Nobel Week Dialogue will be a hybrid event with a global digital audience online, as well as a limited audience present in Gothenburg. There will be a mix of speakers participating digitally and physically on stage.
Join us and speakers that include the following Nobel Prize laureates: Frances Arnold, chemistry 2018; Serge Haroche, physics 2012; Paul Romer, economic sciences 2018 and Brian Schmidt, physics 2011.
As a participant at the Nobel Week Dialogue you are offered an exclusive treat on the event platform: A special screening of the internationally praised VR-experience Container, in which award-winning directors Meghna Singh and Simon Wood explores the darker sides of cities and human infrastructure today and historically.
If you are planning to attend the event in person in Gothenburg, you will need to present a valid COVID vaccination certificate together with ID to be able to enter the venue. Please note we will only be able to accept a valid vaccination certificate upon entry. Certificates of infection or negative testing will not apply. For more information see the event’s FAQs.