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.
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 more than 4,600 grantees and visiting scientists, as well as over 16,800 employees in scinece technology and services. 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 the world's largest provider of environmental technologies, generating €28 billion – over one-third of its total revenue – from green products and solutions. The company's offerings for the processing industry, mass transit, buildings, energy conversion, power distribution and hospitals are creating energy-efficient, sustainable infrastructures that enhance the quality of urban life, foster competitiveness, conserve resources and minimize environmental impact. 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
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
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-HABITAT helps the poor by bridging the urban divides and transforming cities to cleaner, greener, safer, smarter and more equitable places with better opportunities where everyone can live with dignity. UN-HABITAT works with organizations at every level, including al spheres of government, civil society and the private sector to help build, manage, plan and finance sustainable urban development.unhabitat.org
The World Urban Campaign is a global coalition of public, private and civil society partners united by the common desire to advocate on the positive role of cities around the World, and to promote sustainable urbanization policies, strategies and practices. Launched in Rio de Janeiro at the fifth Session of the World Urban Forum in March 2010, the Campaign is coordinated by UN-HABITAT and governed by a Steering Committee of partners. The World Urban Campaign seeks to ensure that the world stays alert to the problems of rapid urbanisation and its ramifications. The campaign is also intended to promote learning from one another and emphasize how we have and will encourage sustainable development in urban places.www.unhabitat.org/categories