The Objectives of the present Symposium
Science and Technology are momentous forces that have shaped the world and promoted the progress of
Humankind. They have fostered the transition to an industrial society and to the information age, and have
played a dominant role in economic and social development, transforming our daily-life.
The aim of this event is to discuss the challenges of the future of Science and Technology where citizens will
increasingly play a key role in defining the roads that scientists should follow, while ensuring comfort and
welfare for all. This will impact on our lives and how science will have to be considered in years to come.
In the modern era, Science and Technology are fundamental to address global challenges, such as food,
resources and energy shortage, pollution, climate change, overpopulation, poverty, disease and economic
crisis. They will be decisive in assisting the change from the traditional model of development, grounded on the
consumption of colossal amounts of resources, to the sustainable management of our planet.
International cooperation and openness will be key ingredients in enabling Science and Technology to promote
a less unbalanced world and a better future for Humankind.