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Stephen Emmott
director of the European Science Initiative at Microsoft Corporation, and visiting professor of computer science at University College London
Scientists from a wide range of disciplines - computer science, biology, earth science, ecosystem science, climatology to name but a few - must work together to build powerful, robust, predictive computational models of Earth's life support systems and changes to these systems that will occur under given global conditions.
Dylan Evans
senior lecturer in intelligent autonomous systems at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of the West of England
It is too late to do anything to stop or reverse global warming and all we can do now is to prepare to deal with the consequences.
Mary Evans
professor of women's studies at the University of Kent, and author
The question of how to live in a consumer society, in which a lot of what is produced is widely recognised as junk, is my question.
Professor Richard Feachem
executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and founding director of the Institute for Global Health
The greatest challenge for the 21st century in my field, and a major challenge for all of us on the planet, is preparing for and responding to the great viral pandemics.
Ian Fells
emeritus professor of energy conversion at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, principal consultant at Fells Associates, and sometime energy adviser to the European Commission and the European Parliament
The key challenge for the twenty-first century is the provision of reliable, affordable energy and clean water to the world
Professor Brian J Ford
biologist, microscopist and science writer/broadcaster
Decision-making within single cells is what matters and understanding this is our great challenge
Claire Fox new
director of the Institute of Ideas
Instead of consigning the young to the limits of their narrow experience and pandering to youth culture to endear us to them, the challenge is to hold our nerve and earn their respect as adults
Dr Emma French
author, visiting lecturer in theatre studies at London Metropolitan University, and freelance City headhunter

The greatest challenge facing us in the next two decades will be to bridge the divide between commerce, the arts and the media
Frank Furedi
professor of sociology at the University of Kent
Having an ideal of where we want to go can at least stimulate a debate about what can be done to influence developments in the future in a positive direction.
Dr Chris Goodier
senior researcher at the Big Ideas project at Loughborough University
The aim of any future studies type work should not be to predict what will happen in the future, but should be to develop (for consequent debate) a range of possible future scenarios
Dr Helene Guldberg
managing editor of spiked, and associate lecturer in child development at the Open University
Children need to learn to deal with risks and develop the capacity to assess challenges
Dr Robert Harland and Dr Gareth Owen
specialist registrars at the Maudsley Hospital in London, clinical researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, and members of the Maudsley Philosophy Group
A huge challenge to psychiatry is to not only use concepts from other sciences, but to regain confidence in its own philosophical and phenomenological heritage.
Dr Dennis Hayes
joint president of the University and College Union, head of the Centre for Professional Learning at Canterbury Christ Church University College, and columnist at the Times Educational Supplement
What we need for 2024 is a new generation of assenting intellectuals who, unlike anti-humanists, confidently stand up for science, reason and progress.
Dr Kerry Hempenstall
educational psychologist and senior lecturer at RMIT University in Melbourne
A recognition of the proper role of science in informing policy is a major challenge for the new generation.
William Higham new
Next Big Thing
Being able to think or do 'anything you like' can be hugely liberating, but it can also be disorientating. In response, we are starting to see some young people actively seeking rules and a traditional moral framework.
Dr Sharon Ann Holgate
science writer and broadcaster
Having been on the receiving end of both negative and positive discrimination – and finding the latter even more annoying than the former - I would like to see society moving towards a world containing neither
Dr Nick Hubble
Centre for Suburban Studies at Kingston University in London
The specific challenge for government and governed alike is not to lose nerve and pursue illusory notions of security, but to welcome social change and work to build new forms of participatory democracy.
Alan Hudson
director of leadership programmes for China at the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, and fellow of Kellogg College
The common element of science and democracy is that both presume, and relish, the fact that it is conflict and clarification not consensus and obfuscation that produce the best results.
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