Maria Gramatiuk

“Will global climate change alter fundamental immune reactivity and child health?”

Tamás Landesz

“Future of the WORLD 50.0”

Global climate change affects the function of proper adaptation of the immune system. It is an interface through which climate-sensitive impacts will affect health in the future. This is particularly important in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the assessment of the immune system's response to viral, bacterial agents, as well as vaccination in general. Understanding the scope and depth of the impact of climate change on the immune system is of paramount importance, especially for children's health, but so far this direction has received minimal attention from scientists around the world. Although today there is a direction of climatology - unfortunately synergy between medicine and this direction has not occurred. In our work, we have tried to uncover some mechanisms of the immune system's response to climate change and analyze the results. We believe that research in this area is a prerequisite for predicting the health risks of the world's population.

WORLD 50.0 is a crowdsourced project (initiated in association with Harvard University and the World Economic Forum) to collect human intelligence about our common future 50 years from now. In the next 50 years, we will most likely be facing a crucible moment in human history in which true leadership will define whether we turn paradigm shifting discoveries awaiting us to immeasurably improve the human condition, or let the opportunity pass paving the way to an uncertain and bleaker future. The vast majority of our interviewees were cautiously optimistic about a rapidly changing future, foreseeing an emerging era of humanity and empathy, as we transition towards a more digital existence where the role of global institutions will be significantly redesigned: “using technology and science to connect us with nature, instead of thinking that we can control it.” So, what advice can we give to our next generation(s)?

Christine Moissl-Eichinger

“No climate change without microbes – no climate protection without microbes?”

Microorganisms are the most abundant life form on earth. They are the metabolic motors of Earths ecosystems and are thus of global importance for all complex life, including us, the humans.

In a janus-faced manner, microorganisms have the capability to promote or to slow climate change, as they are able to produce and consume important greenhouse gases.

The extent and the speed of the climate change will heavily depend on the behavior of Earth’s microbial community, which is probably the core aspect for our sustainable future.

Jens Habermann

“Biobanking for a Healthier World”

Karine Sargsyan

“Why love and respect could stop climate change”

Stefan Verra

"Presidential Body Language"

Winning elections without having much of a clue

Rebekka Aigner & Robert Reish

"Is predictive technology your next unwelcome house guest?"

Claudia Kemfert

“How to solve the climate crisis on a normal Monday”

On Friday there were demonstrations, on Saturday the strength of the movement was celebrated, on Sunday beautiful speeches were made. Now the next week begins. Now comes the team that starts the work. And that is so much easier than everyone thinks - if we know what to do. Claudia Kemfert has been working as a researcher and political consultant for more than 20 years. She knows theory and she knows practice. In her presentation she explains the three most important tasks that everyone, whether grandmother or grandchild, student or chancellor, can tackle right now. Because also you, too, can contribute to change.

Tristan Horx

“How the corona crisis helped us find new intergenerational discourse and thus accelerated climate solutions”

Against the assumption that after the corona crisis we will not have time for sustainability, we now truly entered the era of ecology. Together we have changed our ways of behavior and tackled the corona crisis with social intelligence. A certain disillusionment with technological solutions also resulted in the fact that we realized how much is possible when we work together on a joint objective. Crises are not abstract anymore and it is quite obvious that new technologies and careful behavior will lead to a better future.


15 October 2020

Medical University of Graz

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