Making Connections at the WEF

24 January 2012


Hyperconnectivity is the theme of Oxford’s contribution to the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos this week.

Oxford University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, and the Director of the Oxford Martin School, Professor Ian Goldin, are part of a delegation of Oxford academics who are participating in an ‘IdeasLab’ asking, “In today's hyperconnected world, what collaborative models are emerging to solve global issues?”

The ideas under discussion at this year’s IdeasLab are:

  • Hyperconnectivity, creativity and collapse, led by Professor Ian Goldin
  • Pandemics - more connection, more risk?, led by Professor Angela McLean, Co-Director, Institute for Emerging Infections
  • Supply Chain - building resilience, mitigating risk, led by Felix Reed-Tsochas, Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Complexity
  • Data deluge and citizen science, led by Chris Lintott, Co-Director, Programme on Computational Cosmology
  • Governance for a complex world, led by Ngaire Woods, Dean, Blavatnik School of Government

Capitalising on the interdisciplinary expertise of the members of Oxford Martin School, the IdeasLab provides an interactive environment to support brainstorming of collaborative ideas on new trends, technologies and discoveries.

Oxford academics will also be taking part in the University of Oxford Nightcap Reception in Davos on Thursday 26 January. For the first time, the reception is a joint event between the University of Oxford and the Rhodes Trust and as such is being co-hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and Mr Donald Gogel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Llc, a Rhodes Scholar.

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.