The Sharing Knowledge Foundation is holding its annual conference at CERN in Geneva June 7th to 8th 2019. This major international event will bring together over top scientists, innovators, business and policy leaders, as well as young STEM leaders from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Please note that registrations are mandatory.
Learn more about the different start-ups invited to our conference in our Think Tank section.
For the Pdf version of the program PLS2019PROGRAMME
Welcome Address by Fabiola Gianotti, DG of CERN
Welcome Address by John Ellis, Clerk Maxwell Professor of Theoretical Physics at King's College London, Member of SKF Council
Keynote Address by Lionel Zinsou, economist, former Prime Minister of Benin, 2019’s awardee of the SKF Award
Session 1: Contextualizing Migrations: the European migrant crisis, brain-drain and brain-gain
Moderator: Pierre Ruetschi (Independent Journalist and Columnist)
- Vincent Chetail, Professor of International Law and Director of the Global Migration Centre (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)
- Hanadi Ibrahim, Professor in Biochemistry, University Simon Fraser in Canada, member of the Refugee Scholars Network (Syria)
- Oula Abu-Amsha, Chief Academic Officer, Jesuit Worldwide Learning (Switzerland)
- David Robert, General Manager, Singa (France)
Session 2: Harnessing Science and Innovation for Development in the MENA and Africa
Keynote Address Klaus Schönenberger, Director, EPFL EssentialTech Centre, Technology Innovation for Development and Humanitarian Action
Startup Pitching and Networking
Presented by Jonas Moses
Startups from Europe, Africa, and the MENA (final list TBC) will pitch their innovations and ways they aim to address great societal challenges in the field of Energy, Agriculture, Health and Education.
- Chysmelle Adanmenou, ENERGY BIO FOODS recovers organic waste to produce biogas with cogeneration equipment that ensures the simultaneous production of heat for cooking and electricity for lighting providing isolated communities with autonomous energy solutions.
- Abiola Ajala, SUNBOX provides clean and affordable electricity to off-grid, low income consumers in Africa combining flexible, affordable and innovative asset based financing business model enabling lease-2-own of mobile solar solutions.
- Prince Essel, ECONEXUS provides innovative clean energy solutions in Africa with the focus on energy recovery from waste using environmentally compatible technologies.
- Victor Masumba, FARM CONNECT provides small scale farmers with wind turbine and solar pumps to ensure continuous farming activities even in the dry season, also increasing market access for farmers.
- Maher Maymoun, SOLAR PIEZOCLEAN tackles the significant energy output loss of solar panels due to dust and airborne particules with a waterless self-cleaning technology.
- Camila Rios, UNIR supports refugees and asylum seekers in the resumption of their studies and French language learning.
- Adil Daoumer, KONEXIO, Empowerment and connection through digital learning. Bridging the digital divide through innovation and community collaboration.
- Fadi Alshalabi, NIUVERSITY, educational system that caters for the differences of learners and their speed of learning and that can reach anyone wherever s/he is.
- Soulemane Hayibo, EnergyGeneration Incubator
- Olivier de Fresnoye, ECHOPEN, Low cost echostethoscope
- Mejdi Nciri, Multispectral imaging by LEDs
- Tianheng Zhao, Open flexure Microscope, 3D printed microscope with a webcam
- Hiba Al Halaby, Fiber optics sensor systems for irrigation (FOSS4I) is a research project to develop a system for optimized irrigation and use of pesticides, based on Fiber optics technologies.
Welcome Diner Cocktail at Globe
Session 3 : Achieving Gender Equality in STEM
Keynote address by Rajaa Cherkaoui, Physicist, laureate of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award For Women in Science (Morocco) TBC
Moderator: Astria Fataki
- Geneviève Guinot, Gender and Equality, CERN
- Regina Honu, Founder and CEO of the software development company Soronko Solutions (Ghana)
- Colette Lewiner, Physicist, Member of the Académie des Technologies, former vice-president of EDF and CEO of SGN Eurisys, former President of the European Nuclear Society (France)
- Ingrid Wünning Tschol, Biologist, Senior Vice-President and Head of Health and Research at the Robert Bosch Foundation (Germany)
Session 4: Defending an Open Access to Technology
Moderator: Guy Mettan (Journalist, Club de la Presse)
- Markus Norberg, From Open Science to Open Innovation – case: Ideasquare@CERN, Development and Innovation Unit, CERN
- Francois Piuzzi, Open Access by examples :Focus on medical applications. President of the Commission Physique sans frontières (France)
- Olivier de Fresnoye : Echopen, Low cost echostethoscope
- Mejdi Nciri : Multispectral imaging by LEDs
- Tianheng Zhao : Open flexure Microscope, 3D printed microscope with a webcam
Session 5: CERN is an innovation hub: knowledge sharing for the benefits of society
Keynote address by Frederick Bordry, Director of Accelerators and Technology, CERN
Moderator: Frederick Bordry
- Giovanni Anelli, Introduction to CERN Knowledge transfer, CERN
- Charlotte Jamieson, Affordable medical linear accelerators for challenging environments, STFC
- Amalia Ballarino, Superconducting cables for Energy Transportation, CERN
- Becky Parker, CERN@School project (Medipix based), CERN
- Einar Bjorgo, UNOSAT: 15 years of humanitarian mapping, UNITAR