Beyond the horizon

What will the world of research look like 10 years from now?

Thursday 2nd May 2019, 14:00-17:30, Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK


Short description of the event

Disruption is all around us, and the research ecosystem, too, is undergoing rapid and profound change. This transformation is being fuelled by a wide range of factors, from advances in technology and funding pressures to political uncertainty and population shifts. This event will explore how these trends might shape the research landscape and environment, both generally and for health research in particular, in the forthcoming decade.

Elsevier joined forces with Ipsos MORI, one of the world’s largest research agencies, to conduct a large-scale, future-scoping and scenario-planning study focussing on how research will be created and exchanged in 10 years from now. This research adds to the body of recent European foresight studies including the European Health Forum Gastein Health Futures project considering scenarios for health in 2037 and the FRESHER Foresight considering key societal trends likely to influence the health of Europeans between today and 2050 and alternative policies to manage these trends, as well as foresight work focused more specifically on European health systems by organisations such as the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.

Our participatory afternoon event discussed this global research futures work in more detail in order to consider the implications for health from a number of different perspectives.

Event agenda


Adrian Mulligan, Research Director, Elsevier

Clemens Martin Auer, Special Envoy for Health, Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection

Duane Schulthess, Managing Director, Vital Transformation

Gail Cardew, Vice President, Euroscience and Professor of Science, Culture and Society and Director of Science and Education at the Royal Institution, London

Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust

Liisa Maria Voipio-Pulkki, Director General of Strategic Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland


Martin McKee, Research Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Professor of European Public Health, LSHTM

Speaker biographies


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