Futurists discussed the future of technology, science and business – technologies

The conference was opened by Dr. Piotr Turek, Dean of the Nicolaus Copernicus Key School.


The Futures Conference 2024 is a project we have prepared by bringing together contacts with leading future scientists. They helped us build the program of the largest scientific conference on the future of education, banking and modern technology – said Piotr Turek, who during his speech also reported on the initiative to equip the university with a high-speed computer, and at the same time launch an initial public consultation on this topic.

The conference began with a discussion on the future of technology. The opening lecture, entitled “The Exoplanet Revolution in the Footsteps of Copernicus,” was delivered by Prof. Dr. Didier Queloz, world-renowned astronomer, Nobel Prize winner and Professor of Physics at the Cambridge Cavendish Laboratory and at ETH Zurich. He gained worldwide recognition for his discoveries and for the development of new astronomical instruments and experimental techniques allowing the first observations of planets outside the solar system.

During this three-day science festival, many discussions, lectures and panel discussions took place. Whether AI will change the world was discussed, and issues of AI regulation, AI ethics and its democratic nature, digital money, the future of commercial banking offerings, and the impact of AI on education, work and society were discussed. discussion. However, the conference was not only an opportunity to meet and exchange views, but also an opportunity to select and reward future leaders. in The awards were distributed during the “Future 2024” referendum that accompanied the conference.

Future Congress of 2024.


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Winners of the 2024 Future Year referendum

The My Future General statue is a ring astrolabe, the most sophisticated observation instrument ever used by Nicolaus Copernicus, and symbolizes humanity's efforts to explore every region of the universe. This year, prominent figures participated in the poll, and the winners were honored for their significant contribution to a particular discipline in nine categories. The awards were presented by Dr. Piotr Turek.

The winners of the first referendum in each category are:

Astronomy: Dr. Love. Maciej Mikołajowski; Banking: Prof. Paul Krugman; Cybersecurity: Jaroslaw Krolewski; Host: Thomas Biernacki; Medicine: Beata Dzaszja; Technology: Michal Świerczewski; Philosophy/Psychology: Dr. Jordan Peterson Power: Wojciech Dabrowski; Charity: Rafael Brzoska and Umina Mensah.

Future Congress of 2024.

Future Congress of 2024.


Photo: Nicolaus Copernicus Home School

The referendum jury also decided to award the Special Futurist Prize for the year 2024, and the list of winners included: Professor. Didier Queloz, Jonathan Brill – Futurist, Professor. John Tasiolas – scholar, professor of ethics and philosophy of law, Dr. michael l. Brody – Visiting Professor at DASlab, Dr. Dorothea Burr – Founder and President of Bauer Consulting, Prof. Dr. Mark Kockelberg – Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Vienna, Dr. Osmin Jacques Manding – Founder and Director of Economic Consulting, Thomas Frey – Famous Futurist, Founder of the Da Vinci Institute and Professor. Peter C. Bishop – professional futurist.

The competition’s jury included exceptional figures from the world of science, scientists and specialists, including: Prof. Dr. Marius Lucas, Professor. peter c. Bishop, Prof. Sascha Horvat, Zofia Bojaina-Kasdybke, Msgr. Eng. Nikola Bukovica, Agnieszka Kipińska-Sadowska, Grzegorz Pionecki, Karol Sadaj, Luja Wonica, Anna Ševiolek, Philipp Eichholzer.

Future Congress of 2024.

Future Congress of 2024.


Photo: Nicolaus Copernicus Home School

The House of Copernicus supports young creative leaders

This year's Future Conference is linked to the Copernicus House project, implemented by the Copernicus University in cooperation with the Nicolaus Copernicus University and other partners. It is aimed at young entrepreneurs and future leaders who want to develop their expertise in modern science and technology, business and education. The creators of the “House of Copernicus” see it as a space for the integration of the academic, business and technological communities, which will offer an innovative approach to education and science in the era of the digital revolution.

— Copernicus House is a program that fills gaps in support for active, enterprising young people in Poland. The Nicolaus Copernicus Home School undertakes international, interdisciplinary education, keeping the highest levels of quality at the forefront. In the spirit of the Copernican Revolution, we have created a project that will add future science, artificial intelligence and modern technology to the university's activities. The initiative will receive a positive response from future leaders, entrepreneurs and people with tremendous passion and imagination, who will go beyond the borders of our country, similar to Nicolaus Copernicus – sums up Piotr Turek.

On these days, special lectures for SGMK students and doctoral students were also held, led by, among others, Dr. Michael L. Brody (Harvard University and MIT), Professor. John Tasioulas (University of Oxford), A. Mark Kockelberg (University of Vienna), Jonathan Brill (Futurologist), Ph.D. Osmin Jacques Manding (expert at Accenture and Harvard Review), Gerd Leonard (futurist, one of the best speakers in the world), Thomas Frey (futurist, ranked by Google as the best futurist in the world), and Prof. Peter C. Bishop (University of Houston).

After the conference, the lecture series will continue at the university. The lecture was given by another Nobel laureate: Prof. Nobel Prize laureate Joachim Frank is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the US National Academy of Sciences. Lecture entitled “Cryo-EM of Biomolecules – A cold look at the building blocks of life”, regarding scanning electron microscopy.

Meanwhile, SGMK University announced its postgraduate offer, as well as plans to purchase a supercomputer to meet its artificial intelligence needs.


The material was created as a result of Forbes' sponsorship of the 2024 Futures Conference organized by Nicolaus Copernicus University.

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