IIASA Deputy Director General for Science Leena Srivastava will take part in the Academic Science Section in the first Nobel Prize Summit, which will draw upon lessons learned in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic to mobilize action on fighting climate change and biodiversity loss, reducing inequality, and advancing technologies with the power to transform the way we live and work.

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Inspired by Alfred Nobel’s belief in celebrating achievements that contribute “the greatest benefit to humankind,” the Nobel Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research/Stockholm Resilience Centre host the first Nobel Prize Summit, “Our Planet, Our Future”.

From Al Gore and Xiye Bastida to the Dalai Lama and Jennifer Doudna – the summit brings together Nobel Prize laureates, scientists, policy makers, business leaders, and youth leaders to explore the question: What can be achieved in this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all of humanity? Informed by lessons learned during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that solving these challenges must be guided by an inclusive vision for our shared future – one that is grounded in science and that safeguards our global commons.

Leena Srivastava will be moderating the panel discussion "Breakthroughs in Technologies and Social Innovations for Resilient Societies and Global Sustainability" as part of the "The Academic Science Sessions – Our Future" on 28 April. The Academic Science Sessions are designed as a scientific discussion on global sustainability challenges in the context of a global pandemic. The sessions will explore the leadership role of science as we enter a critical ‘decade of action’. “If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the world one thing, it is the high price we pay – in lost lives, damaged economies, and wasted human potential – when we undervalue resilience. By applying this lesson, we can bolster our ability to weather future shocks.” – Carl Folke, the organizer of the Academic Science Sessions.

28 April 2021 - 14:00-14:45 EDT

Moderated Panel Dialogue: Breakthroughs in Technologies and Social Innovations for Resilient Societies and Global Sustainability


  • Dr. Richard J. Roberts, Chief Scientific Officer at New England Biolabs, Beverly, Massachusetts. 1993 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
  • Dr. Jennifer Doudna, Biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley. 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Emmanuelle Charpentier.
  • Prof. Karen Seto, the Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science at the Yale School of the Environment.
  • Prof. Frank Geels , Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability at the University of Manchester.

Moderator: Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General for Science at IIASA

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