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First International Forum for Refection on the Future
Keys for the future of a changing society



Coinciding with the OPTI Foundation's tenth anniversary, on the 15th November 2007, the first edition of the International Forum for Refection on the Future was held.



Through this conference, the OPTI Foundation highlighted the important work carried out over the previous decade, aimed at providing intelligent information on the technology trends of the future through the development of foresight studies.



The forum benefitted from the participation of figures of international importance from economic, scientific and healthcare backgrounds.



Below are details of the event's programme:



Opening act
Presided by Mr. Joan Trullén i Thomàs, General Secretary of Industry from the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade and President of the OPTI Foundation.



Ten years of the OPTI Foundation.
Mr. Jesús Rodríguez Cortezo. Managing Director of the OPTI Foundation.



Thinking of the future in order to build the present.
Mrs. Ana Morato Murillo. General Director of the OPTI Foundation.



Conference



New business models of the future
How to apply human talent for the generation of new ideas and enterprises that enable us to compete in the future. Technology, information and internationalisation are keys to success.



Mr. Jonas Ridderstråle, Expert in management and co-author of the international best seller on management and talent entitled 'Funky Business: Talent Makes Capital Dance', is considered to be a guru in the new business world and occupies the 9th position in the global ranking of experts in management, '2005 Thinkers 50'. Provides consultancy services for numerous international corporations.



The challenges of an ageing Europe
Scientific and technological advances will increase our life expectancy and will enable us to be less dependant during our 'golden years'. Crucial changes in social, economic and work situations in view of an ageing population.



Mr. José Guimón Ugartechea. Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of the Basque Country and the New York University. Was a member of the commission for the National Plan for the Reform of Psychiatry and President of the Spanish Commission for the Speciality of Psychiatry. Author of over 200 research projects and more than 30 books.



Energy for life and global development
If, as experts predict, petroleum, gas and uranium reserves run out in the not-too-distant future, which new alternative energy sources will be able to satisfy the energy needs of the global population, whilst guaranteeing sustainable development?

Mr. Carlo Rubbia. 1984 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and distinguished researcher, has been a professor in the world's most prestigious universities. Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Ex-director of the CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), the world's largest particle physics laboratory.




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