Future Forums brings back critical thinking in 2023

Sphenopteris warragulensis (fern) specimen from the Cretaceous period. Found in Koonwarra, Victoria.

After an inspiring first year in 2022, Future Forums returns to Museums Victoria in 2023 to delve into humanity’s unfolding path of technological discovery and remarkable change.

A series of monthly conversations with luminary thought leaders from Australia and overseas, Future Forums brings together the world’s brightest innovators and creative thinkers to reflect on the big ideas and important questions that are shaping our future.

“It is wonderful to welcome back Future Forums and its thought-provoking subject matter,” said Museums Victoria CEO & director Lynley Crosswell. 

“As well as holding space for the past, it’s vital as a museum that we hold space for the future with intelligent and diverse discussions that probe how we can create a better world through STEM.” 

 Tying in with the opening of the new Gandel Gondwana Garden at Melbourne Museum, the first edition of Future Forums looks at how new understandings of geological deep time can transform the future of the earth.  Deep Time Paradigm on Thursday 16 March, 6.30pm will discuss our deep past and the longest living culture on earth, offering a vision for a more sustainable future. Chaired by multi-award-winning ABC presenter and science journalist Natasha Mitchell, the expert panel will consist of Aboriginal cultural leader and storyteller Uncle Larry Walsh and US anthropologist Vincent Ialenti.

In the last 60 years alone, humanity’s impact on the planet has rapidly and fundamentally altered the physical, chemical and biological systems that all life depends on. What can we learn from the geologic processes that shaped the natural world to help us build sustainable and resilient ecosystems in the present and future? How can embracing our place in the grand scheme of deep time better inform our shaping of the future human experience?  

Future Forums events to follow include:

  • AI the Next Generation, Thursday 27 April - presented on International Day of Women and Girls in Information and Communications Technology. Can the rapid innovations in Artificial Intelligence (AI) change our world for the better?
  • Design Beyond Earth, Saturday 20 May - how is design shaping the future of space innovation?
  • Future Human Health, Monday 22 May - how is design innovation within the MedTech industry shaping the future of human health and wellbeing?

Future Forum Event Details  

Deep Time Paradigm

When: Thursday 16 March, 6.30-7.30pm

WhereIn person at Melbourne Museum, and online via livestream (with 14-day streaming access)  
Tickets: Adult $25 | $15 online, Concession/Member $20 | $12 online  

For more information and to book tickets visit: Future Forums - Museums Victoria  

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 About  Future Forums Conversation Series  

Offering Museum audiences thought-provoking talks, Future Forums features luminary thought leaders from Australia and overseas sharing their ground-breaking discoveries and pioneering research in their respective fields and exploring areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the humanities and climate and sustainability, and how these new ideas and innovations will shape our future world.  

About Museum Victoria Research Institute

Museums Victoria’s research and collections have inspired inquiry and discovery for more than 165 years, creating knowledge that changes the way we see the world and how we act to shape our future. Museums Victoria Research Institute’s programs and world-class researchers strive to tackle the big issues including environmental crises, climate emergencies, species decimation, migration, diverse identities, inequality, conflict, and a new focus on healing country, health and wellbeing.

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