In the new online format “VORAUS: schau live” from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in cooperation with Heise, experts from science and business will look at the world of tomorrow from a future-oriented, sustainable and solution-oriented perspective over the next twelve months .
The central questions of the series of events: Which future trends are already visible today and how will they develop in the future? What future scenarios are conceivable and how can we help shape them now? Different areas of our everyday life are taken up: from the future of living to our health and aging processes to the topics of education and work.
The start will be made today, Thursday, by Dr. Björn Theis and Michael Astor. They are dedicated to the topic of water: Rising temperatures, dry summers, rapid weather changes – these effects of climate change can be felt directly in our everyday lives.
However, the issue of water scarcity is still under the radar. This is confirmed by a current representative opinion poll by the opinion research institute Civey on behalf of the BMBF: Only 24 percent of German citizens state that they feel personally affected by the increasing water scarcity. However, when asked about their assessment of the future, almost half of those surveyed (48 percent) are of the opinion that increasing water scarcity will affect their everyday lives in 20 years’ time.
Is this problem really that far away? How will water scarcity change our lives and what challenges will it present us with? These and other pressing questions about the future are at the center of the premiere sequence.
Dr. Jo Schilling from the innovation magazine Technology Review will moderate the event. Schilling studied chemistry and decided against research and journalism after completing her doctorate. She worked as a freelance science journalist for many years before joining Heise Medien.
Spectators are invited your personal questions live to the experts and to enter into a direct exchange with leading figures from science and business. Participation is free of charge and virtually possible for everyone. The livestream starts at 7 p.m. on the BMBF website. Users can also ask direct questions there. Heise online is also showing the broadcast here; you can find the live video under this post.