Earth continues to experience consistent stressors and our daily lives mirror the many effects of on-going climate change, food and water scarcity, cyber security, as well as the spread of pandemics and multiple diseases.
Gregory Washington, PhD (Dean Samuel School of Engineering, University of California, Irvine) spells out the many global societal challenges facing the 21st century:
- Climate Change
- Water Scarcity
- Energy Security
- Global Financial Structure
- Biodiversity and Ecosystems Losses
- Fisheries Depletion
- Infectious Diseases
- Digital Divide
- Intellectual Property
- International Labor and Migration
- ECommerce Rules
- Bio-Technology Rules
- Maritime Safety and Pollution
The solution to most of the global challenges listed above rests in science and STEM education. Effective and relevant STEM education lies at the core of future innovations that can address the current and emerging challenges facing the U.S. and the world.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, we welcomed our new program “S2S: The Salon” because we believe that discovery and innovation in science encourage us to have educated discussions about our health, energy, investments, and perhaps even how we envision a world where good community partners share and prioritize limited resources. Leadership and speakers at the salon included innovators and visionaries from academia, non-profit, public policy, grassroots membership and corporations.
Speakers and topics included:
- Evo Popoff, Chief Innovation Officer, NJ Department of Education
“STEM Education, Is it a priority for all?”
- Debbie Hart, President and CEO, BioNJ
- Dean Paranicas, President and CEO, HealthCare Institute of New Jersey
“Science and Innovation: Why Does It Matter to You and to New Jersey”
These events were moderated by Hans Dekker, President, Community Foundation of New Jersey, and attended by over 100 community leaders.
If you are interested in sponsoring a S2S Salon, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debbie Hart, President and CEO, BioNJ
Evo Popoff, Chief Innovation Officer, NJ Department of Education (left) and Hans Dekker, President, Community Foundation of New Jersey (right)
Hans Dekker, President, Community Foundation of New Jersey (left) and Dean Paranicus, President and CEO, The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (right)