2017 Symposium - Dates TBD

Trajectories: Exploring the impacts of paradigm shifts across time

Since the Industrial Revolution, the profound, accelerating nature of science and technology has become increasingly apparent. Over the past century, the spectrum of advancements ranged from the successful eradication of diseases to the rise of social platforms that made the planet feel like a much a smaller place. We live in a special moment. Tracing this trajectory, we can see the potential for human sufferings to be so few and far between they almost become a distant memory. All the while, the scientific method remains shrouded in controversy and polarization. Today, as climate change threatens all life on Earth, bridging the gap between academia and the public has never been a more dire hurdle. If global sustainability is to be achieved, we must actively work towards the creation of a holistic and ethical framework by which to do so.

At this symposium, we seek to facilitate a forum on the trajectory of, not only science, but the human species. We plan to do so in the following contexts:

  • Analyze the past to comprehend how society has facilitated and adapted to past paradigm shifts.
  • Examine the present to understand how to confront challenges currently facing scientific progress and ecological resilience.
  • Speculate on the future so that we may prepare ethical guidelines for the habitation of an increasingly complex technological landscape.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public thanks to our sponsors. This event date is TBD and organized by Purdue University’s Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program. To get involved, please contact ese@purdue.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!


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