Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web addressed a forum in London on 15 November designed to encourage future leaders in science, applied technology and other disciplines.Space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and the five Rolex Young Laureates of 2014 also took the stage. The event was live-streamed and highlights will be available this week.

The Every Second Counts Forum, with the theme “Shaping the future, when the future is already here”, was supported by the Rolex Awards and hosted by the Guardian and Observer newspapers, two of Britain’s most respected publications.

The half-day forum was created to celebrate the work of pioneering individuals who have helped to change the world. The gathering was aimed at aspiring future leaders in the fields of science and health, applied technology, exploration, the environment, and cultural heritage – the five categories of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise.

The Guardian invited people aged between 20–30 who could demonstrate a working interest in one or more of these areas to attend. The event  was streamed live on the Guardian website.

Chaired by BBC journalist Samira Ahmed, the Every Second Counts Forum  included:

·        A keynote address by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Towards the end of the afternoon Sir Tim will be interviewed by John Mulholland, editor of the Observer.

·        15-minute presentations by each of the five Young Laureates (Neeti Kailas, India, Olivier Nsengimana, Rwanda, Arthur Zang, Cameroon, Francesco Sauro, Italy, and Hosam Zowawi, Saudi Arabia).

·        A mid-afternoon keynote session led by Dr Aderin-Pocock, research fellow at the UCL Department of Science & Technology Studies and presenter of BBC’s Sky at Night.

The forum closed with a cocktail and networking reception, including a performance by musician and beatbox legend Beardyman.

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