After helping the US develop the atomic bomb, Niels Bohr* worked tirelessly to promote a world where knowledge was freely accessible. His thoughts remain highly relevant in a world where internet surveillance and the increasing role of drones and space weapons in warfare raise questions about not just openness but also the opportunities and consequences of technology.
As part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Bohr's atomic model, the University of Copenhagen is gathering international researchers and decision-makers to participate in a conference and debate about how open access to information can help us manage global problems.
4-6 December 2013, the Ceremonial Hall, the University of Copenhagen.
The conference will focus on modern problems in bioethics, economics, politics, the climate and information sciences. We ask:
In an open letter to the UN in 1950, Bohr wrote: "The efforts of all supporters of international co-operation, individuals as well as nations, will be needed to create in all countries an opinion to voice, with ever increasing clarity and strength, the demand for an open world."
This conference will take Bohr at his word, and will conclude by writing a new open letter to the UN.
The attendees include:
To learn more about the speakers, please read the complete programme: http://bohr-conference2013.ku.dk/programme/Programme.pdf_copy0/
For more information about the conference, please visit our website: http://bohr-conference2013.ku.dk/
Journalists interested in registering or booking interviews with speakers are requested to contact head of communications Mads Christoffersen
Phone: +45 2221 4849
* Niels Bohr, 1885-1962
Danish physicist and Nobel Prize winner (1922), who, through his work at the University of Copenhagen, made a vital contribution to the development of quantum mechanics and our understanding of the structure of atoms (Bohr's atomic model, 1913).
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