4-day Summit Schedule

Please note that the Programme Schedule may be subject to change.

*an exclusive forum for current CEOs (Directors, Presidents, and/or the most senior leader) of a Science Centre/Museum, as well as CEOs of regional/national/international science centre/museum network organisations.


Speakers’ information will be updated as the speakers are officially confirmed.
Please note that the contents of the programme may be subject to change.

Invited Speakers

Mr. Tadao Ando
Architect, Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Mr. Ando was born in Osaka, Japan in 1941. He was self-educated in architecture and established Tadao Ando Architect & Associates in 1969. His representative works include “Church of the Light”, Ibaraki, Osaka, “Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth”, U.S.A. and “Punta della Dogana Contemporary Art Centre”, Venice, Italy. He has been awarded many prizes; Annual prize, Architectural Institute of Japan for “Row House, Sumiyoshi” in 1979, The Pritzker Architecture Prize, U.S.A. in 1995, the Gold Medal of Union International des Architectes in 2005, and The Order of Culture, Japan in 2010. He has been a professor of The University of TOKYO since 1997 and a professor emeritus since 2003. He is also a founder of the Setouchi Olive Foundation dedicated to restoring the environment of the Seto Island Sea. He has been serving as the Committee Chairman of Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund Great East Japan Earthquake since 2011.
*Photo by Keitaku Hayashi
Professor Gordon McBean
President, The International Council for Science (ICSU)
Prof. Gordon McBean is President of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Co-Chair of the Governing Council for Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability, and Professor Emeritus of Geography at Western University, London, Canada. He has been very active in international scientific programs: Chair (1988-94), World Climate Research Programme; Chair (2005-11) Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Program; President (2009-15), START International; and President (2000-2011) Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences. He is a member of the Orders of Canada and of Ontario; shares the Nobel Peace Prize (2007) as a major contributor to IPCC. He was awarded, in 2015: University of British Columbia Alumni Award of Distinction; American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award; and American Meteorological Society Cleveland Abbe Prize.
Professor Johan Rockström
Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre/Professor of Water Systems and Global Sustainability at Stockholm University
Johan Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues. In 2009, Johan and colleagues proposed the concept of nine “planetary boundaries”, including climate change, ozone and biodiversity loss. They argued that if humanity crosses any of these boundaries we risk our long-term sustainability. This concept is now being explored and used by international organizations including the United Nations, WWF, Oxfam, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. In 2009, Johan was named “Swede of the Year”. In 2012 and 2013 he was voted Sweden’s most influential person on environmental issues. In 2015, Johan and colleagues published an update on the Planetary Boundaries research and presented the research in an unprecedented seven sessions at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan
President, The Royal Scientific Society, Jordan
HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan is a leading advocate for science as a catalyst for change in the Arab World. The Princess has dedicated herself to engaging with scientists and policy makers, and to fostering an environment in which home-grown solutions can be found for pressing issues faced by Jordan and the region. The Princess is Chair of World Science Forum 2017, which will be held in Jordan.
Lord Krebs Kt, MA, DPhil, FRS, FMedSci, Hon DSc
Honorary Fellow and Former Principal, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Sir John Krebs completed the undergraduate degree in Zoology (1966) and DPhil (1970) at Pembroke College Oxford. He has been Fellow of the Royal Society since 1984. Between 2000 and 2005, he reconstructed the food-safety administration after BSE crisis as the first Chairman of the UK Food Standards Agency and recovered its trust of the public. He was created a life peer in 2007 and sits in the House of Lords. He was Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee(2010-2014), Chairman of the UK Science and Technology Honours Committee(2008-2014). Between 2009 and 2017, he sat on the UK Climate Change Committee and chairs its Adaptation Sub-Committee.He was also President of the British Science Association (2012-2013).