GESDA: a radar to map emerging scientific breakthroughs

Local news, 12.10.2021

The Geneva Science & Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) unveiled a system that allows to identify forthcoming scientific breakthrough in the next quarter-century, called the "GESDA Science Breakthrough Radar".

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The GESDA Science Breakthrough Radar was shown to the public at the occasion of the GESDA Summit. This system identifies, based on the collective work of more than 500 leading experts in Swiss and global scientific communities, 216 major science breakthrough expected over the next 5, 10, or 25 years to come.

Each breakthrough falls within four themes: future applications of advanced AI and quantum computing; frontiers and limits of human resilience; ecosystem regeneration and geoengineering; and new uses of science diplomacy itself.

Geneva is a major hub of global governance, multilateralism and science diplomacy; the latter is "a language of hope" in a world largely "paralysed because of short-term thinking", Pr A. Berkman said. Pr Berkman is an associate fellow at UNITAR, one of the Summit's partners.