Mon, 14 June 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Martin Rees Meets Ian Goldin

From Global Crisis to a Better World

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Join Astronomer Royal and futurist Martin Rees and Oxford Martin School founder Ian Goldin for a vision of the post-COVID world that goes far beyond recovery.

We are at a crossroads. The wrecking-ball of Covid-19 has destroyed global norms. Many think that after the devastation there will be a bounce back.

For Oxford’s Professor Ian Goldin, a recovery is simply not good enough. Drawing on his experience as President Mandela’s economic advisor and as a former Vice President of the World Bank, the founder of the Oxford Martin School will show us how a crisis creates opportunities for profound change.

In this conversation with Astronomer Royal, futurist and former President of the Royal Society Martin Rees, Professor Goldin will explore the challenges and opportunities posed by the pandemic, ranging from globalisation to the future of jobs, income inequality and geopolitics, the climate crisis and the modern city. Don’t miss this bold call for an optimistic future and one we all have the power to create.

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Ian Goldin

Professor of Development and Globalisation, University of Oxford

Ian Goldin is Professor of Development and Globalisation at the University of Oxford. He was economic advisor to President Mandela, Vice President of the World Bank and the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, which brings together over 300 Oxford faculty members to address global challenges. He is a regular keynote speaker on Ted, Google, Zeitgeist and at Davos.

Martin Rees

Astronomer Royal

Martin Rees is Astronomer Royal, and has been Master of Trinity College and Director of the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University. As a member of the UK’s House of Lords and former President of the Royal Society, he is much involved in international science and issues of technological risk. His books include Our Cosmic Habitat (Princeton), Just Six Numbers, and Our Final Hour (published in the UK as Our Final Century). He lives in Cambridge, UK. Twitter @lordmartinrees