“Innovate for the better. But what is “the better”? Who decides? We need to radically rethink our behaviours, globally.”
- Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
At and&, we are building an interdisciplinary space where bright minds bow their heads over 21 questions for the 21st century.
We have this human instinct to 'better' the world through innovation; leading to exciting -or should we say terrifying- scientific experiments. Synthetic biology is one of those mindblowing fields, shaping and restoring living organisms to solve problems in medicine, manufacturing or agriculture.
The British artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg investigates the disrupted relationship between nature and the man-made. In her work she brings the smell of extinct flowers back to life with genetic engineering, so that humans may again experience something we have destroyed.
Together with three other -to be confirmed- top international speakers, Ginsberg completes the line-up of our opening night, evolving around the question: if we innovate for the better, what is better?
We welcome you to Leuven (Belgium), the EU City of Innovation, together with Mohamed Ridouani - the mayor, Luc Sels - the rector of KU Leuven; and the President of tech spin-off IMEC, Luc Van den hove.
How do these experts look beyond the big issues of our times, interdisciplinary? What does innovating for the better mean for their lives and work?
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