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|Michael Wadleigh (left) and Fabienne Meyers.
One of the more compelling events at the 2011 IUPAC Congress was a special presentation of the Homo Sapiens Report: The Future of Humanity on 31 July. This highly visual lecture by Oscar-winning film director Michael Wadleigh takes a broad look at the complex issues mankind will be facing over the next century.
Michael Wadleigh is an Oscar winning film director and co-founder of The Homo Sapiens Foundation, which is part of an official project of UNESCO’s education for sustainable development.
Chemistry International Managing Editor Fabienne Meyers had the chance to sit down with Wadleigh before his lecture and talk about why he was interested in speaking at the IUPAC Congress.
“Ever single millenium goal is failing,” said Wadleigh. “Political and business systems aren’t able to solve the problems facing humanity. Therefore, science has to play a leading role.” The question he wants IUPAC members to consider, he said, is “What should science academies and societies do?” According to Wadleigh, one of the most important things scientists could do is to become a stronger voice in the decisionmaking
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