Science and business can now make many things possible. In today’s fast-moving world, however, we need dialogue more than ever before – between executives and researchers, and among policy-makers and ordinary citizens.
The aim of Future Dialogue is to create a forum for that conversation. In 2010 it was held in Beijing, hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Max Planck Society and Siemens, in co-operation with Economist Conferences.
Founded in 1949, the Chinese Academy of Sciences is the country's highest academic institution in natural sciences studies, its supreme science and technology advisory body, and a comprehensive national research and development center for natural sciences and advanced technologies. It has 97 research institutes, one research-oriented university and one graduate school, which are located in 13 major cities across the country: Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hefei, Changchun, Shenyang, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Xi'an, Lanzhou and Ururnqi (Xinjiang). The CAS has more than 53,000 researchers and professionals and 44,978 graduate students. The CAS consists of six academic divisions, with 714 CAS Members and 56 foreign Members. The CAS always takes the responsibility and duty for generating scientific knowledge and technical support, helping drive social and economic development and national security, and improving welfare of the Chinese people. Since its founding, the CAS has made significant contributions to strategic high technologies, improvements of social and economic sustainability, and advancement of basic research. Its accomplishments include the artificial synthesis of insulin, the development of the whole application system and necessary accessories for China’s manned space missions, the sequencing of genomes and relevant research, etc. All those have contributed significantly to not only modernisation and advancement of science and technology in China, but also progress of human civilization. Especially, enormous changes have taken place in the CAS since the implementation of the Project of the Knowledge Innovation Program in 1998.cas.cn
The Max Planck Society (MPS) is Germany’s most significant organisation for basic research. It was established in 1948, as the successor of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society which was founded in 1911. Today, the MPS maintains 80 institutes and 54 International Max Planck Research Schools, with around 13,350 staff members, including 4,900 scientists and researchers. In addition, during the year there are roughly 12,100 junior and guest researchers. Its institutes conduct basic research at the cutting-edge, in those areas where our current knowledge of the world ends – at the threshold of the unknown. Max Planck institutes rank among the world’s leading research institutions thanks to the internationally outstanding research results they generate and the excellence of their staff. At the same time, the organisation ensures the efficient utilization of resources. The Max Planck Society boasts a cost-benefit ratio that matches the world’s best research sites. Furthermore, Max Planck institutes educate thousands of highly qualified junior researchers each year, thereby ensuring the most rapid transfer of new methods and knowledge into practice.mpg.de
A global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, Siemens AG has stood for technical achievements, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 160 years. With approximately 405,000 employees in about 190 countries, the company is active in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. Siemens is a leader in energy efficiency and environmental technologies. Generating revenue of €23 billion, the company’s Environmental Portfolio is the world’s largest. The comprehensive portfolio includes solutions for virtually all relevant fields of power generation, transmission and consumption – whether in buildings, lighting, transportation or industry – as well as other environmental technologies like water treatment and air pollution control systems. Wide-ranging research activities, university partnerships and scientific studies are all part of an intensive exchange of ideas between the company and the scientific community. And the effort has paid off: innovative products and solutions for climate protection as well as new insights in the area of urban sustainability are making a major contribution to the battle against climate change.siemens.com
The ERI of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) was established in 1980. It is a national research organization conducting comprehensive studies on China’s energy issues. Since its establishment, it has been affiliated with the former State Commission and the former State Economy Commission. Throughout, it was guided by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in many aspects of its research work. In 1988, ERI was put under the administration of the now former State Planning Commission. Further reforms in 2003 made ERI part of the National Development and Reform Commission.eri.org.cn
Economist Conferences is the event arm of The Economist Group. We organise frank and thought-provoking events, translating the best qualities of our unique editorial coverage into lively and relevant debates for senior executives seeking new insights into strategic issues.economistconferences.com