Working towards a sustainable future with ABB and Nobel
In 2018, ABB, as one of only six companies, joined the select group of Nobel International Partners, with the aim to share knowledge broadly, inspire people across borders and generations to engage in science and shed light on our time's greatest challenges. The partners program operates in collaboration with Stockholm-based Nobel Media, the global outreach arm of the Nobel Foundation, whose annual prizes in physics, chemistry, mathematics and other fields recognize the world's most transformative breakthroughs.
As a Nobel International Partner, ABB brings its deep experience in science, innovation and research, and its commitment to innovation to Nobel Media’s global programs – activities that extend the reach of the Nobel Prize to millions of students, decision makers and intellectually curious members of the public around the world.
The partnership outreach programs include inspirational events, digital media and special exhibitions and activities related to the hundreds of Nobel Laureates since the year 1901, and the legacy of Alfred Nobel, the 19th century Swedish chemist, engineer and inventor on whose inspiration and fortune the Nobel prizes were established. The activities, in which ABB has participated, include the Nobel Prize Dialogues – annual events in world capitals that bring Nobel Laureates, scholars, inventors and other great thinkers together with the public to discuss solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.
The future of learning will be a significant factor in shaping the future of humanity and our planet. As our awareness of the enormity of global challenges increases, it is vital to take time to consider how best to equip ourselves, and future generations, to tackle these difficulties and build a better world. What do we need to know, and how should we learn it? This Nobel Prize Dialogue will seek answers to those questions and more.
What constitutes an ‘education’? This question lies at the heart of the Dialogue and will be considered from various angles: what do we need to know, is there an optimal balance between fundamental and applied knowledge, how does education differ around the world today and should we be adapting learning to meet future needs?
Technology is changing both the practice and focus of education. What does the rapidly developing relationship between technology and learning mean for the way we will learn in the future, and do the demands placed on us by the technologies that surround us threaten to undermine our ability to learn?
Access to education is a basic human right but how can we ensure a more equitable provision of resources, both between and within nations? And on International Women’s Day, we ask what part gender plays in determining educational status and, given that this is a Science and Society meeting, what can be done to increase the participation of women in STEM subjects?