Cambridge hosting international summit for the leaders of tomorrow

Cambridge University is to host Shaping Horizons international summit at the University’s Sidgwick Site  on 9-13 of September. This event will offer 150 young leaders from academia, policy and industry with an opportunity to engage with senior world leaders.

Young leaders represent UK and Latin America countries. This summit is organised by more than 50 young people (PhD students, postdocs and alumni) from University of Cambridge, including Department of Engineering. Future Leaders teams will discuss, develop and deliver local scale solutions for challenges from variety of industries with experts from Cambridge. The problems include:

  •  Forth Industrial Revolution – AI, big Data and automation. Cybersecurity and privacy. Emerging technologies and smart cities.
  • Social challenges – Diversity and inclusion. Future of education. innovation and STEM. Future of labour.
  • Humans and nature – Migration and adaptation for climate change. Biodiversity. Biomedical innovation. Future of healthcare.
  • Shared future – Migration. Internationalisation of education. Enterpreneurship and leadership.

Engineering PhD candidate Elisabeth Gill, who is part of the organising committee, said: “The Summit will discuss solutions to the most pressing bilateral challenges while breaking geographical, disciplinary and generational barriers. The Summit is designed to incubate youth-led initiatives to drive long-term bottom-up change. Our participants will implement these initiatives locally upon their return, guided by mentors primarily from the Cambridge academic community. Additionally, the Summit discussions shall be captured in the form of evidence-based reports that will be presented to government. We have a high profile line-up of speakers confirmed including entrepreneurs, ambassadors, Members of Parliament and world-leading academics.”

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