Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator

The second Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipation Summit is taking shape nicely. After the success of the inaugural event last year – 900 attendees both online and on site –, expectations are high and the GESDA organizing team is dedicating much time and energy in preparing a second occasion to the level of the first one.

From 12-14 October, at Campus Biotech in Geneva, Switzerland, the 2022 GESDA Summit will convene again leading minds and influential figures in the academic, diplomatic, impact, and citizen communities and invite new voices to actively engage in GESDA’s growing set of activities.

The rich programme includes sessions on organoids, human-machine intelligence, polar research and digitalization of conflicts, amongst others, in the formats of panels, debates and plenaries. Other features of the Foundation’s annual gathering will be:

  1. The yearly update of the GESDA’s Science Breakthrough Radar® – produced in partnership with the Foundation pour Genève and with 1000 scientists worldwide presenting about 40 scientific emerging trends likely to become operational in 5, 10, 25 years;
  2. GESDA’s Solution Pathways – first prototypes of possible avenues of actions to accelerate the use of some of those emerging trends such as quantum computing for sustainable development, neurotechnology, decarbonization and science diplomacy;
  3. A preliminary assessment by political authorities present at the Summit on whether and how these trends and actions could be politically endorsed and furthered at global diplomatic level.


A first list of speakers from these communities is already unveiled on the Summit’s website. While a majority are enthusiastic returning speakers, such as President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis; CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation Anousheh Ansari; Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Matthias Troyer; UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet; Director of the Wellcome Trust and GESDA Board member Jeremy Farrar; Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization Soumya Swaminathan; President of the International Science Council Peter Gluckman; Director-General of CERN and GESDA Board member Fabiola Gianotti; newly appointed UN Special Envoy on Technology Amandeep Singh Gill; Chairman of Siemens AG Jim Hagemann Snabe; and President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina Gerald Haug, amongst new ones are President of the Paris Peace Forum Pascal Lamy; Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University Eileen Donahoe; Secretary General of the Compagnia di San Paolo Alberto Anfossi; CEO of AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative Lydie Hakizimana; President of Humane Genomics Andrew Hessel; Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science at New York University David Chalmers; President of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Yeadong Kim; Executive Director of the Center for Shared Prosperity Illah Nourbaksh; CEO of the Institut Pasteur de Dakar Amadou Sall, and Roman Catholic priest and founder of OPTIC Technology Eric Salobir, to name a few in a list of 86 and growing.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

– Exchange views with the political authorities in charge of multilateralism in Switzerland and abroad;

– Exchange views in cross-cutting conversation with peers on essential domains of future diplomacy action;

– Convene and hear from the world’s leading experts in other fields of interest;

– Share experiences onsite with robotics, neurotech, VR/AR, and interactive displays and sessions.

And much more.

Join us for this milestone event and request your invitation here!