Congreso de Futuro
English Version
International Congress
The Future: Science, Technology, Humanities and Citizenship

"Horizons in the Bicentennial of the National Congress of the Republic of Chile”

Santiago, Chile, 30 November, 1,2, 3 December 2011-
National Congress Building Santiago


We would like to give an exceptional magnitude to the celebration of the Bicentennial of our National Congress. To this end, we have designed a high-level meeting that unites the very best representatives of advanced studies from the sciences and the humanities. This event is destined for members of the parliament, civil authorities and citizens, so that they might suspend their regular activities in order to reflect upon the future. Every day the Parliament passes legislation that affects the life of the constituency; it is therefore our duty to think in a considered manner and debate about the roads leading into the future.

The need to anticipate is all the more pressing given the speed and scope of change we are witnessing  in this young century. Science and technology are the key factors for development, while the humanities and social sciences are its nervous system and agency for reflection.

Yet there is a deep gap between politics, the sciences and the academy. In order to bridge this gap, it is clearly imperative that we think and interact together, as did the founders of this country 200 years ago, when they were able to anticipate and establish a permanent institutional basis for the Republic.

This is an invitation to stop our routine activities and to listen, learn and exchange with the people who are in the vanguard of profound changes in our perception of what we are and our understanding of how we can shape the future.

The invitation is to discuss the influence and impact that biotechnology, nanotechnology and astrophysics will have in our society; to consider ethics and principles that should frame our decision-making processes; to think about what relevant facts and milestones will be the inputs for historians and what subjects will be questioned by philosophers.

In summary, next December, Chilean society is invited to dynamically deliberate on the challenges of the future.


ICSU Strategic Plan II, 2012-2017
(including a summary of progress made in implementing the Strategic Plan I, 2006-2011)


Morning of Thursday the 1st
Macro topic 1: Extending the limits of life

1. Ancient life and life beyond Earth, Michel Brunet, Paul Davies. Moderator: María Teresa Ruíz.

2. Technology that will enhance civilization, Avner Friedman, Carlo Rubbia. Moderator: Jaime San Martín

Afternoon of Thursday the 1st
Macro topic 2: Will planet Earth survive?

3. Equilibria in the midst of disaster (CO2, global warming), Leena Srivastava, Yuan Tseh Lee. Moderator: Juan Asenjo

4. The Energy challenges facing our civilization, Catherine Cesarsky, José Cordeiro. Moderator: Alvaro Fischer.

Morning of Friday the 2nd
Macro topic 3: Co-evolution between man and machine?

5. Man and machines, towards a co-evolution? (Neuroscience and artificial intelligence), Shimon Ullman, Pedro Maldonado. Moderator: Adrián Palacios.

6. Digital Society, facing new models of interaction, César Hidalgo, Yuji Inoue. Moderator: Mauricio Sarrazín.

Afternoon of Friday the 2nd
Macro topic 4: With what ideas will the government approach science, technology and human coexistence?

7. Paradigms of future global governance: Who, what and how?, René Passet, Humberto Giannini. Moderator: José Luis Cea

8. Knowledge-based society: a techno-scientific government?, Ivar Ekeland, Jerome Glenn. Moderator: with the participation of Presidents of both Chambers, Patricio Melero and Guido Girardi.


Personalities invited to the Congress:

Michel Brunet
Yuan Tseh Lee,
Nobel Prize
Catherine Cesarski
René Passet
José Cordeiro
. Humberto Giannini
Paul Davies
. Leena Srivastava
Ivar Ekeland
. Carlo Rubbia,
Nobel Prize
Avner Friedman
. Shimon Ullman
Jerome C. Glenn
. Yuji Inoue
Cesar Hidalgo
Pedro Maldonado Pedro Maldonado



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