Science Confectionery: World convulsed by crisis – what to expect in the future?

26. 11. 2014

Lecture topic

The world is in the geological period of Anthropocene. It is characterized by exponential growth in the number of people as well as the exponential growth in their consumption of energy and other resources. We have created the most complex and the most interconnected globalized culture in the history of our planet. At the same time, we are witnessing an increasing depletion of some fossil resources and it remains uneasy to find sufficient compensation for them.

The use of fossil fuels is also connected with a serious problem of climate change, which creates distortions of stable characteristics of the global atmosphere. Thirdly, these two phenomena are closely related to the current functioning of our economic and financial system, whose unspoken premise consists of continuing exponential growth in consumption and easy resource substitutability. We also rely on the unlimited capacity of human creativity and technological solutions to environmental problems, which were created by previous technologies. However, this only postpones real solutions into the future. Overlapping of environmental, energy and economic crisis creates a situation in which it will be necessary to prepare for a different future than the one we were used to up to now.

The event Bratislava Science Confectionery will take place on 16 December 2014 at 9AM in the building of the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information. The lecturer is going to be Mgr. Alexander Ač, Ph.D.

Mgr. Alexander Ač, Ph.D.

He received his PhD. at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice in the field of Applied Ecology. At the present time, he works in the Global Change Research Centre, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Brno, where he is engaged in basic research in the area of the use of chlorophyll fluorescence and its links to the carbon cycle and the possibility of its application for satellite reconnaissance of the Earth. Another area of his interest is the use of fast-growing ground woods for the use in energy industry and reducing the fossil fuels dependence. The author attended several international internships including at universities in Wageningen, Antwerp and Freiburg. In addition to scientific publications in these areas, he is the co-author of university textbooks in area of environmental education and the author of a chapter in a book about global education. He is also the main translator of the book titled “Renewable energy sources with cool head”, published by the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency.

Mgr. Alexander Ač,Ph.D.

The author is also engaged in the popularization of science on the causes and consequences of anthropogenic climate change and depletion of fossil resources. He publishes his observations on current events on regular basis in Hospodárske noviny, Pravda, SME and contributes to the weekly journal Žurnál. He also participated in several television and radio debates and interviews. He currently lives on a rota basis in Brno and in Bratislava with his parents.  

Bratislava Science Confectionery is a joint project of the National Centre for the Popularization of Science and Technology in Society, SCSTI and the civic association Young Scientists of Slovakia.
Organizers conduct a meeting of pupils and students with a practitioner/expert once a month in the morning in the congress hall of the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information on the 2nd floor.

Compiled by: MI

Source: Invitation

SCSTI, Popularization of Science and Technology