High-level representatives of the governmental, academic, and business sectors have gathered in Budapest to discuss perspectives of research, innovation, and future technologies at the “think.BDPST” strategic conference that is taking place in the “Bálna” (Whale) centre between 29 and 31 March.
The main objective of think.BDPST is to provide to initiate dialogue about the different approaches to innovation and new technologies, including the security, economic, and social dimensions. With initiating such dialogues, the conference aims to boost cooperation, promote the implementation of joint activities, as well as facilitate the formation of strategic partnerships in the Central European region, with special regard to the V4 countries. The conference, that aims to contribute to the establishment of a common regional development framework, also offers an opportunity for policymakers to discuss possibilities of fostering smart growth solutions, exchanging experience and best practices, as well as drafting joint action plans.
During the five panels and many side events of the three-day think.BDPST conference, the following topics will be discussed in greater detail: the role of new industries in creating a sustainable world economy, the challenges of social innovation, the future of professions and the labour market, as well as the connected issue about the future of education. This year, special attention is given to life science, biotechnology, as well as the way innovation and technology change our perception of medicine and healthcare. Accordingly, two distinct panels focus on innovation in healthcare services and the role of new technologies in cancer research.
Keynote speakers of the conference include – among many others prominent figures – Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijártó, Budapest Mayor István Tarlós, President of National Research, Development and Innovation Office János Pálinkás, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, geopolitical forecaster and strategist George Friedman, Chief Operating Officer of Gedeon Richter Plc. Gábor Orbán and András J Pellionisz, founder and chief scientist of HolGenTech, Inc., a member of the Friends of Hungary Foundation.