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Events: 30th Anniversary Program

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Program of Events

Thursday, 13 May 2004

1:30PM  Welcoming Remarks
2:00PM  Science, Technology and the Human Condition

This session explored the possible advances in science and technology over the next 30 years and the impact that these advances may have on the human condition. The panel reflected on issues such as health, genomics, bioethics, and information technology in order to help ensure that the impact of science and technology is considered in advance of scientific discovery. The discussion examined the potential problems and benefits of future scientific discovery, as well as ways to identify and minimize the problems and maximize the benefits of advances in science and technology. The session explored the juncture of science, technology and human kind from both domestic and international perspectives.


  • Dee Perry, National Public Radio, WCPN Cleveland
  • R. Alta Charo, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law and Medical Ethics, University of Wisconsin
  • Kenneth F. Schaffner, University Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, The George Washington UniversityIrving Wladawsky-Berger, VP, Technology & Strategy, IBM
  • Patrick Hines, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Bruce Sterling, Author, Distraction (1998), Zeitgeist (2000) and Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years (2002)

5:30PM  30th Anniversary Reception, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Friday, 14 May 2004

8:45AM  Opening Remarks
9:00AM  Keynote Address

Ismail Serageldin, Director, The Library of Alexandria, Egypt
Ismail Serageldin is Director of the Library of Alexandria in his native Egypt and Distinguished University Professor at Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Prof. Serageldin has served in a number of capacities at the World Bank, latterly as a vice president with briefs on environmentally and socially sustainable development, and special programmes. He is also a member of advisory committees for several academic and scientific institutions, including the Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He served as chairman of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) from 1994-2000. Prof. Serageldin has written more than 45 books and monographs and over 200 papers on a variety of topics including biotechnology, rural development, sustainability, and the value of science to society.

10:00AM  Science, Technology and Global Security

This session explored how advances in science and technology will impact global security in the coming decades, and how our evolving expectations of – and definitions for – individual security will drive the application of these new discoveries and technologies. The panel addressed three topics: the future context of international relations, technology, cooperation and the future of global security, and the global threat of infectious diseases.


  • Joel Primack, Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Frank N. von Hippel, Professor of Public and International Affairs, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University
  • Victor Utgoff, Deputy Director, Strategy, Forces and Resources Division, Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Julie Fischer, Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center
  • Maureen I. McCarthy, Director, Office of Research and Development, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • George Fidas, The Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University

1:00PM  Lunch in the Carnegie Rotunda

2:00PM  Energy, the Environment and Global Change

Over the coming 30 years, we can expect significant advances in science and technology that will affect our daily lives in the environmental and energy arenas. These trends will be coupled with changing demands on resources. What are the implications for people, other living systems, and public and private sector policies? Increasingly, development of effective energy and environmental policies will require greater consideration and integrated analysis of cross sectoral and global concerns. This session explored how science and public policy will evolve over the next 30 years to reflect emerging energy technologies, environment impacts, and global change.


  • Neal Lane, University Professor and Senior Fellow, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
  • Donald F. Boesch, President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • Mohamed T. El-Ashry, Former CEO and Chairman, The Global Environment Facility
  • David Rejeski, Director, Foresight and Governance Project, Wilson Center
  • Theodore J. Gordon, Futurist and Management Consultant
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker, Professor, Department of Religion, Bucknell University

5:00PM  Concluding Remarks

The Honorable Rush Holt
U.S. House of Representatives. New Jersey District 12
1982-83 APS Congressional Fellow