Symposium for a Sustainable Human Future

Can technology end our reliance on unsustainable fossil fuels? How can we ensure a stable global economy for food production and supply? How will our ageing population affect society? What impacts, good or bad, will robots and AI have on our future lifestyles?

CISMA would like to present S2HF: Symposium for a Sustainable Human Future. In this event, we aim to bring some of the most pressing societal and environmental challenges to light, and to discuss potential solutions to those challenges. We will be addressing four topics:Long-term Models for Global Food Security, Sustainable Energy Harvesting, Future Demands of an Ageing Society, and the Impact of AI and Robots on our Lifestyle.

With our speakers’ bright minds leading us towards new solutions, the future of humanity is not entirely uncertain. What is certain, however, is CISMA’s excitement to be present for the inception of these ideas, and that you will be there to witness them with us. The symposium will consist of open panel discussions between the speakers, followed by Q&A sessions. 

The full-day symposium will be held on Tuesday 28th September 2021, at the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) and it will be also available online for those who want to attend virtual - both options free of cost! 


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Symposium agenda

Date: Tuesday 28th September 2021, 09:00-17:00

Venue: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh - see venue here

                Also available online for those who want to attend virtual


09:45 – Welcome

10:00 – Long-term Models for Global Food Security

      Prof Marian Scott, Univeristy of Glasgow

      Prof Geoff Simm, University of Edinburgh

11:10 – Coffee break

11:40 – Sustainable Energy Harvesting

      Mr Greg Jackson, CEO & founder of Octopus Energy

      2nd Speaker TBC

12:50 – Lunch break

14:00 – Future Demands of an Ageing Society

      Prof Sarah Harper, Univeristy of Oxford

      2nd Speaker TBC

15:10 – Coffee break

15:40 – Impact of AI and Robots on our Lifestyle

      Dr Adam Stokes, Univeristy of Edinburgh

      Mr Sherin Mathew, CEO and Founder of AI Tech North

16:50 – Farewell 

17:00 – Close 

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This event has been funded by NPIF-EPSRC, CDT-ISM and SUPA


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