Conference ''The Future Is Now''
 
 
The second Conference of the International Scientific Council (ISC) of the University of Rijeka, entitled The Future Is Now – Science For a Better Future, was held on Monday, July 23, 2018, at the Rijeka City Hall, and gathered prestigious Croatian scientists currently working at universities around the world.
 
Professor Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., University of Rijeka Rector, and Mr. Vojko Obersnel, M.Sc., City of Rijeka Mayor, addressed the audience with their welcoming speeches.
 
The members of the International Scientific Council (ISC), Croatian scientists currently working at universities around the world, presented their work and research in a form of Ted Talks conferences. Professor Ivan Đikić, M.D., Ph.D., Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, gave a lecture on the topic of ''What we know about tumors and how to treat them more successfully in the future''. Professor Danica Kragić Jensfelt, Ph.D., KTH Royal Institute for Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, linked the Conference's topic to the field of her interest and gave a lecture on ''Artifical Intelligence and Robotics – Today and in the Future''. Professor Vedran Mimica, M.Arch., Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, US, presented his work through a lecture entitled ''Architecture of Transition", while Prof. Željko Ivezić, Ph.D., University of Washington, US, joined the discussion via Skype.
 
The Conference was moderated by Mr. Željko Ivanković, editor incumbent of academic website Ideje.hr.
 
Upon opening this interesting Conference, Madam Rector pointed out how important it is to be self-critical and emphasized that serious consideration should be given to the way in which science and education in Croatia can catch up with the world trends. Madam Rector also touched upon the relatively weak rapport between scientists and the social community and the economy and concluded by saying that public discussions with top speakers could answer the question of what should be done at the University of Rijeka and at the national level, i.e. the society as a whole, in terms of advanced reform in science.
 
In his brief lecture on tumors, Prof. Đikić, M.D., Ph.D., tried to clarify what and how should be done in order to help treat the tumors effectively. Professor Mimica, M.Arch., shared his experience of reflecting on urban transitions with an emphasis on the independent development of cities that directly affect their citizens' lives through their performance. Professor Kragić Jensfelt, Ph.D., presented her research and work in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence, pulling parallels with the development of the human body where science is still seeking answers about its functioning, as is takes time and resources to study systems that could be applicable to everyone and everything. 
 
After the presentations, the participants engaged in a roundtable (panel) discussion. They discussed possible disputes that (may) arise, such as the preservation of privacy, changes in professional relationships, interpersonal relationships, and the ratio of elderly citizens.
 
Considering the fact that science has never been more available, the ISC members agreed that the future lies in continuous education and lifelong learning. They perceive the educational system as a means of identifying the path to finding the sort of knowledge which would allow one to educate himself. Another important backbone is the cooperation of scientific institutions and industry in terms of long-term connection.
 


   
 
 
 

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