Ian Chubb: The Future We Want
The future we want must be for a world that is healthy and safe, socially, culturally and economically prosperous, for all its citizens. It will be a world where diversity is respected, tolerance of differences reigns and mutually supportive systems are developed. In all matters we will aim high, and start with values rather than costs.
With a world population of around 8 billion in twenty years, we will need to be working smarter not just harder - not simply doing more of what we do now, because only some of what we do now is working.
Our future will therefore depend largely on education – widespread, equitable and accessible - because it will be our talents, our skills and our application that will help secure that future.
In this world, we will accept that the richer countries and their own futures will depend on securing benefits for the less fortunate.
We will accept that few of the big challenges that we will face will respect national boundaries: climate change, pandemics, water supplies, food security, migration of peoples just to name a few.
And we will accept that it will be science and technology that will be at the core of our understanding and at the heart of our capacity to respond to most of these issues.
It will be ethical science and it will be contextualised science, so that communities will understand why we do what we do and be able to make reasonably informed decisions about what to accept. It will mean that the humanities and the social sciences are vital elements in our future.
In this future, Australia is a great global citizen, committed to working with others to help secure the outcomes for all the people on the planet.
Professor Ian Chubb AC commenced the role of Australia’s Chief Scientist in May 2011. Prior to this Professor Chubb had been Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University, a position he held from 2001 to 2011. Professor Chubb has published widely in his chosen field of neuroscience, and has been the recipient of a number of academic awards and named fellowships in Australia and abroad.