Research into the future, heading for 2074! imagine the future with CNRS

Published by Communiqué Sponsorisé · Published on May 31th, 2024 at 04:17 p.m.
CNRS offers a weekend of encounters with scientists to explore the future. Through immersive conferences, round tables and virtual reality, decipher the societal issues of the future: territories of the future, the environment, the world of work, health and space exploration. The future will hold no secrets for you... or almost! The CNRS invites you to its Gif-sur-Yvette campus (91) on Saturday June 29 and Sunday June 30, 2024, for this exceptional edition of the Échappées Inattendues du CNRS.

The world is changing. Sometimes in completely new directions. " Research into the future, set course for 2074" is aimed at those who want to know what the world will be like in 50 years' time. Alongside CNRS scientists, you'll be invited to imagine the future and ask yourself what levers can be used today to shape a desirable and sustainable future.

For the occasion, the CNRS has mobilized over thirty scientists who are experts in their fields to feed your curiosity and help you explore the future. Over the course of two days, researchers will decipher the societal issues of the future: man and his health, ecological challenges, the territories of the future, the world of work, and space exploration.

The various formats of interaction between researchers and the public will be as many journeys towards the future of the human being, society, the Earth and space.

This event is brought to you by the CNRS with the support of the Agence nationale pour la recherche.

Regards croisés
"Regards croisés" are multi-voice roundtables designed to bring you complementary perspectives on the same theme.

  • In 2074, would life be elsewhere? Saturday, June 29, 2024, from 5pm to 6pm. To register

Space exploration is in full swing, with the number of space missions constantly multiplying. But how come we still haven't discovered any extraterrestrials, when there are several hundred billion planets in our galaxy? What if humanity decided to live elsewhere? What would be the necessary conditions? And how did life on Earth come about in the first place? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed in this "Regards croisés".

  • Alzheimer's and Parkinson's: treatment options for the future, Sunday June 30, 2024, from 2pm to 3pm. To register

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's remain without a cure today. Parkinson's disease is caused by the death of neurons in the brain stem. Currently, only the symptoms of the disease are treated. Alzheimer's disease, on the other hand, is linked to the accumulation in the brain of proteins that weaken neurons, leading to memory loss. To date, there is no cure for this disease. During this discussion, specialists will present current research aimed at opening the way to a better understanding of these diseases and new therapeutic avenues.

  • What climate in 2074, Saturday June 29, 2024, from 2pm to 3pm. To register

During this exchange, you'll discover how researchers study the climate in order to anticipate its evolution in the future, and the impacts of climate change on the living world. Thanks to these exchanges, you'll gain a better understanding of the Earth's climate. It will also be an opportunity to find out more about the climate scenarios currently envisaged for the 2070s, and to learn more about how the living world will have to adapt to new constraints.

  • Water under stress: challenges and solutions for the future, Saturday June 29, 2024, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Register now

The scarcity of water resources is now a reality, but the question is how humanity will cope in the years to come. CNRS scientists will show you how we can best adapt to this diminishing resource. You'll discover how urbanization impacts water quality, the economic mechanisms at play and the choices on which they are based, and the levers that can be used to implement equitable, sustainable community management.

  • Generative AI and robotics: towards the 4th industrial revolution, Sunday June 30, 2024, from 5pm to 6pm. Register now

How will the world of work evolve in the 21st century? The relationship to work is changing with each generation, and new technologies are changing needs. During this discussion, you'll discover how IT, economics and sociology can help us anticipate the employment world of the future and the jobs of 2074.

  • Will the human of the future be augmented, transhuman or overtaken by AI, Sunday June 30, 2024, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Register [SOLD OUT]

With the meteoric development of new technologies, what was once the stuff of science fiction is now a reality. At this rate, will we all be connected one day? Will AI systems one day overtake humans? How will human and artificial intelligence coexist? Experts in computer science, neuroscience and philosophy will discuss these questions on the borderline between science and science fiction.

Demo lectures
Demo lectures, based on interaction with the public, approach science through a combination of manipulations, demonstrations and explanations.

  • Understanding past climates to anticipate the future, Saturday June 29 and Sunday June 30, 2024, several slots on offer. To register

A thousand and one treasures are preciously preserved in the core samples of marine sediments from all over the world. Studying them enables us to reconstruct the evolution of past climates, and learn more about the processes behind climate change. At this conference-demo, you'll become an apprentice researcher by observing a sediment core. Experiments will also help you understand ocean acidification, a phenomenon that has a major impact on marine ecosystems.

Virtual reality workshops

  • Virtual reality: a journey through the solar system, Saturday June 29 and Sunday June 30, 2024, several slots available. Register now

Guided by astrophysicists and equipped with virtual reality headsets, you'll experience an extraordinary journey of discovery through our solar system. The special feature of these animations is that they are based on real images collected during space missions.

Immersive conferences
Immersive conferences will take you deep into the world of research, thanks to a space featuring three walls of giant screens. Immersion guaranteed.

  • Invasive species: a growing threat to biodiversity, Sunday June 30, 2024, from 2pm to 3pm. Register now

Biological invasions are one of the major causes of species extinction. In this talk, a biologist specializing in ecology will explain what an invasive species is, how climate change is contributing to their proliferation, the devastating consequences on ecosystems, and possible solutions.

  • 2074: research to combat antibiotic resistance, Sunday June 30, 2024, from 5pm to 6pm. To register

The discovery and subsequent use of antibiotics has made it possible to extend the lifespan of the population. Sometimes misused, they have led to the development of defense mechanisms in bacteria, on which antibiotics have become ineffective. This is known as antibiotic resistance. In a few decades' time, antibiotic resistance could even be more deadly than cancer, and become a real public health problem. This immersive conference will decipher the causes and consequences of antibiotic resistance, and present current research into new antibacterial strategies for the future.

  • Set course for Mars, Saturday June 29, 2024, from 2pm to 3pm. Register [SOLD OUT]

Mars, a small planet with a thin atmosphere, has much in common with Earth. In this immersive lecture, we'll take you on a journey of discovery. You'll discover which features of the red planet could enable humans to live there one day, and which ones make this project so far away.

  • Welcome to the apartment of the future, Saturday June 29, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Register [SOLD OUT]

Human at home projecT is an interdisciplinary research project designed to study connected housing in order to understand the new uses of connected objects and better design the housing of tomorrow. For four years, 13 research laboratories and six companies have been studying the effects of new technologies and connected objects on human behavior and well-being within a connected home. This immersive conference will show how this project has highlighted the major challenges of intelligent housing, such as well-being and overall health, ecological transition and sustainable development, and data protection and management.

  • Solar storms: what impact on society, Saturday June 29, 2024, from 5pm to 6pm. Register [SOLD OUT]

Our human activity is increasingly dependent on phenomena that originate 150 million kilometers from our planet, on the Sun. They reach our space and terrestrial environment, disrupting it with numerous societal impacts. Understanding and describing solar flares is essential to predicting them and limiting their impact.

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Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From June 29th, 2024 to June 30th, 2024

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    Avenue de la Terrasse
    91190 Gif sur Yvette


    Recommended age
    From 14 years old

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