June 4, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod
About the forum
Forum "The World in Half a Century" will become an expert scientific discussion platform dedicated to the issues of the future of humanity. Within the framework ofthe program, scientists and futurists will discuss the main trends in the development of technologies on the horizon of 50-100 years, as well as their impact on changing the social and economic structure ofthe planet.
The business program ofthe Forum will be held online with the broadcast in real time on the Internet. Speakers will participate both through the 200M platform. The plenary session of the forum will be held in a hybrid format live at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, at the stand of the Nizhny Novgorod region, where Academician Sakharov worked on thermonuclear weapons, and also spentyears of exile.
We have invited the best futurists in the world. They will talk about the image of the future in half a century, the most important areas of scientific and technological breakthroughs, the prospects for introducing the most advanced technological solutions.
Programme Architecture
09:45 – 09:50
09:45 – 09:50
Official Opening
Gleb Nikitin, Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, Chairman of the Government
Kirill Ignatyev, Futurologist, economist, technology investor
09:50 – 10:15
09:50 – 10:15
The World in Half a Century. Best Version of the Future
Kirill Ignatyev, Futurologist, economist, technology investor

Gleb Nikitin, Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, Chairman of the Government
Half a century has passed since Academician Andrei Sakharov presented his version of a technology-based future to the world in an article for Saturday Review. It's amazing how accurate those predictions were. The Internet, mobile communications, robotic manufacturing, composite materials and digital twins, which are actively used in the 21st century, were predicted already in 1974.

What will the post-Sakharov world be like? It's time to make predictions! In the next 50 years, it is necessary once again to find a reasonable solution to the complex task of implementing the grandiose, necessary and inevitable progress with the preservation of the human in man and the natural in nature.

  • Where to look for pivot points for predicting future development?
  • How to maintain a delicate balance of life on Earth?
Humans and Machines. The Next 10 Years
Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, humanist, keynote speaker, author, film-maker, CEO, The Futures Agency
Gerd is convinced that in the next 10 years our world will change more than in the last 100 years. According to him, we live in an era of mega-shifts that affect all areas without exception. He identifies several key trends, including cognition as the process of gaining intelligence by things, virtualization, robotization, augmentation and automation. However, he cautions, saying that artificial intelligence should not be dominant – it is, in the first place, a tool that should remain so. Man and machines. What will happen in 10 years? Well, let's try to find out with Gerd Leonhard.
10:55 – 11:25
10:55 – 11:25
Case study
Future of the World System
Sohail Inayatullah, UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies, Sejahtera Centre for Sustainability and Humanity, IIUM, Professor, Tamkang University, Futurist-in-residence, Government of Abu Dhabi, Culture and Tourism
Will the current world system – capitalist in economy, nation-state in polity, tribal in culture – continue over the next 100 years?

Our main argument is that the crisis within the system ensure that it is highly unlikely to continue and that dramatic changes are likely to occur.
11:25 – 11:38
11:25 – 11:38
Will Aging Still Exist in Half a Century?
Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer, SENS Research Foundation
People are living longer – no longer because of reduced child mortality, but because we are postponing the ill-health of old age. But we've seen nothing yet: regenerative medicine and other new medicines will eventually be so comprehensive that people will stay truly youthful however long they live, which means they may mostly live very long indeed. I will discuss both the biology and the sociology of what will be the most momentous advance in the history of civilisation.
11:38 – 12:20
11:38 – 12:20
Digital Depth in Augmented Reality
Mark Pesce, Futurist, speaker, inventor, author and broadcaster, educator and entrepreneur
We have invested a generation in building out a rich, intensely human Web of knowledge. But this resource barely connects to the real world, and so fails to reach its potential as a tool that can help us make the most of nearly any situation. Augmented reality marries the physical and the virtual through the new technology of 'locative metadata' - information that is stored not by URL, but by spatial coordinates. This new 'digital depth' peels back the surface of the world, to reveal its inner workings. The world will speak for itself, and guide our passage through it. This is the project of the next generation, and we must now think carefully about how best to augment our world to serve our ends – and its own.
12:20 – 12:52
12:20 – 12:52
Artificial Intelligence Discovers New Substances, Phenomena and Materials
Artem Oganov, Professor, Skoltech and MISiS, Head of the Laboratory, GEOKHI RAS, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences
In 1869, based on the Periodic Law, Mendeleev predicted the existence of several chemical elements and their properties. Thanks to powerful computational methods, it became possible to predict new chemical compounds, as well as materials with the required properties. I will talk about how new phenomena and new classes of chemical compounds were discovered with the help of these methods, as well as a breakthrough was made in high-temperature superconductivity.
12:53 – 13:20
12:53 – 13:20
Retailing in the Metaverse
Doug Stephens, Founder & CEO, Retail Prophet
Join renowned retail futurist and Founder Retail Prophet Doug Stephens as he breaks down the concept of the Metaverse, and its inevitably profound impact on every aspect of life, including how we shop. In this fast-paced and entertaining talk, Stephens unpacks the essential building blocks of the Metaverse, who's investing in building it today, who will profit from it in the future, and what it ultimately means for the relationship between retailers, brands and consumers.
13:20 – 13:45
13:20 – 13:45
Consumer Behavior in 50 Years or The Decline of the Consumption Economy. How Technology Will Change Consumer Behavior
Boris Agatov, Expert on innovations in retail, founder, New Retail and Project Line
How will the choice of goods occur in the future, which technologies will have the greatest impact on consumer behavior, whether the consumer goods will be able to remain the same, how will the real world be replaced by the digital one, and whether businesses, driven by new consumer habits, will be able to follow the path of building quasi-courts.

1. The future belongs to the new consumer or distribution economy.
2. The consumer economy and the foundations of the state where the rift will occur.
3. How will the choice of goods take place and what kind of participation a person will have in this choice.
4. The consumer product loses its usual properties under the pressure of new technologies.
5. Critical technologies that will have a significant impact on changing shopping behavior.
6. Personalization of choice and the flourishing of digital goods.
13:45 – 14:115
13:45 – 14:115
Futurist forecast for half a century
Kirill Ignatyev, Futurologist, economist, technology investor
Academician Sakharov wrote the famous article "The World in Half a Century" in the 1970s. Together with the futurologist Kirill Ignatiev, we will make a chronological forecast of the future and see how the world will change, starting from our current 20s, and up to the 70s of our century.
14:15 – 14:50
14:15 – 14:50
Academician Sakharov. Ahead of time
Alexander Sergeev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences, RAS Academician
We are used to talking about three hypostases of Academician Sakharov: a scientist, a human rights activist and a thinker who was much ahead of his time in comprehending reality. Such people are usually called prophets, visionaries. Unlike many other futurists and science fiction writers, the basis of his predictions was deeply scientific and many of the predictions made in his thoughts were essentially a continuation of his scientific activities. President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev will speak about scientific and technological progress as the basis of our future, the correct understanding and organization of strategic security, and the importance of the social and moral factor.
Gerd Leonhard
Futurist, humanist, keynote speaker, author, film-maker, CEO, The Futures Agency
"People, Planet, Purpose and Prosperity." That is Gerd Leonhard's motto. And as one of the leading futurists worldwide, having presented at hundreds of leading conferences and events over the past 20 years and worked with the likes of Microsoft, NBC, Visa, Google, the European Commission, Audi and IBM, just to name a few, Gerd's had the opportunity to influence and inspire Millions to "imagine and create a better tomorrow." Which led to him being named to Wired UK's 100 Most Influential Europeans in 2015.
As an early voice on the dangers of unregulated 'big tech' and exponential growth and the bestselling author of Technology vs Humanity: The Coming Clash Between Man, Gerd's built a storied reputation as the go-to keynote speaker and thought leader when it comes to digital ethics, human-centric technology, and the need for a new form of capitalism.

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In addition to being the number one virtual keynote presenter worldwide, Gerd is also an ex-professional musician, a filmmaker, a former almost-made-it dotcom millionaire, a Forbes column contributor, a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (London), and a Visiting Professor at the Fundacao Dom Cabral in Brazil.
As a highly sought after futurist, Gerd is no stranger to media, frequently sharing his often controversial but always prescient views with pieces in The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Wired UK, and interviews with the likes of BBC, CNN, Arirang TV, Swiss SRF, ZDF / ARD, ARTE, and inclusion as special guest in over a dozen documentaries. He resides in Zürich, Switzerland.
Sohail Inayatullah
UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies, Sejahtera Centre for Sustainability and Humanity, IIUM, Professor, Tamkang University, Futurist-in-residence, Government of Abu Dhabi, Culture and Tourism
Professor Sohail Inayatullah is the inaugural UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies. He is a political scientist/futurist at Tamkang University, Taipei; and an Associate at Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne. From 2001-2020, he was an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast and from 2011-2014, an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Policing, Counter-terrorism and Intelligence, Macquarie University, Sydney. In 1999, he was the UNESCO Chair in European Studies at the University of Trier, Germany.
Inayatullah has authored and co-edited twenty-five books/cdroms, including: Futures Thinking in Asia and the Pacific (2020); Asia 2038: Ten Disruptions that Change Everything (2018); Transformation 2050: the Alternative Futures of Malaysian Universities (2018); What Works: Case Studies in the Practice of Foresight (winner of the most significant work for 2016, the Association of Professional Futurists); and, CLA 2.0; Transformative Research in Theory and Practice (2015). Inayatullah has written more than 350 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries and magazine editorials.

Aubrey de Grey
Chief Science Officer, SENS Research Foundation
Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a California-based biomedical research charity that performs and funds laboratory research dedicated to combating aging. In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world's highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA in computer science and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Cambridge. His research interests encompass the characterisation of all the types of self-inflicted cellular and molecular damage that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organisations. He is a highly sought-after speaker who gives 40-50 invited talks per year at scientific conferences, universities, companies in areas ranging from pharma to life insurance, and to the public.
Boris Agatov
Expert on innovations in retail, founder, New Retail and Project Line
Creator of the concept "Store 4.0 - retail of the future" with 15 years of experience as top manager of Project Line, Boris Agatov also holds several patents in innovative products in retail and is the creator of the most popular edition NEW RETAIL. In addition, he cooperates with market leaders from the luxury segment to the mass market and has extensive experience in implementing of more than 300 retail projects.

Boris graduated from Moscow State University of Civil Engineering and also holds a Master's degree from the Higher School of Finance and Management of the RANEPA with a degree as Financial Director.

In recent years, Boris Agatov has been providing personal consultations to the heads of international and retail stores, manufacturers and retail chains.

Kirill Ignatyev
Russian futurologist, economist, technology investor.
Graduated from the Faculty of International Economic Relations of MGIMO and the Academy of the Deputy Corps. He began his career at the USSR Foreign Ministry. He worked as First Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Television and Radio Company Ostankino, First Deputy General Director, Director for Economics and Finance of CJSC ORT. Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the first convocation. Since 1999 is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Russian Investments group of companies. Collector, philanthropist and bidder for the acquisition of A. Tarkovsky's archive at the Sothebys auction. From May 2019 is a member of the ASI Expert Council. Investor in IT projects, production of composite products, industrial design and urban environment design. Annually publishes a chronological forecast of the future until the end of the XXI century. The popular lecturer is a visionary.
Mark Pesce
Futurist, speaker, inventor, author and broadcaster, educator and entrepreneur
Mark Pesce co-invented the technology for 3D on the Web, has written eight books, including Augmented Reality: Unboxing Tech's Next Big Thing, was for seven years a judge on the ABC's The New Inventors, founded postgraduate programs at the University of Southern California and the Australian Film Television and Radio School, holds an honorary appointment at Sydney University, is a multiple-award-winning columnist for The Register, pens another column for IEEE Spectrum, and is professional futurist and public speaker. Pesce hosts both the award-winning 'The Next Billion Seconds' and 'This Week in Startups Australia' podcasts.
Doug Stephens
Founder & CEO, Retail Prophet
Doug Stephens is one of the world's foremost retail industry futurists. His intellectual work and thinking has influenced many of the most widely known international retailers, agencies and brands including Walmart, Google, Estee Lauder, BMW and LVMH. Prior to founding the consultancy Retail Prophet, Doug spent over 20 years in the retail industry, holding senior international leadership roles. Doug is the author of three internationally bestselling books. His latest is titled Resurrecting Retail: The Future of Business in a Post-Pandemic World (2021). He is also the author of Reengineering Retail: The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World and The Retail Revival: Re-Imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism. Doug is the nationally syndicated retail columnist for CBC Radio and sits on multiple corporate and academic advisory boards. His unique perspectives on retailing, business and consumer behavior have been featured in many of the world's leading publications and media outlets including The New York Times, The BBC, TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company.
Gleb Nikitin
Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, Chairman of the Government

Was born on August 24th, 1977 in Leningrad


1999 — graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance with a degree in «Finance and credit»

2004 — graduated from St. Petersburg State University with a degree in «Jurisprudence»

2008 — graduated from the Russian Presidential Academy of Public Administration specializing in «State and municipal administration». At the same time, in 2007 defended his thesis in the Financial University functioning under the Government of the Russian Federation

2012 — ended the MBA programme with honors

2016 — certified by the Russian Association of Project Management SOVNET, certified director of the IPMA projects, level A

Ph.D. in Economics (2007)

Has a class rank — 1st Class Counsellor of the Russian Federation

Fluent in some foreign languages

Married, has a son and a daughter

Professional experience

1999−2004 — held positions of the leading expert, head of department and the director of the State Property Disposal Department of the City Property Management Committee of St. Petersburg

2004 — head of Department of Commercial Sector Organizations Property of the Federal Agency of Federal Property Administration

2007 — deputy head of the Federal Agency of Federal Property Administration

2008 — deputy head of the Federal Agency of State Property Administration

2011 — acting head of the Federal Agency of State Property Administration

2012 — deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation

2013 — first deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation

On September 26th, 2017 was appointed as the Acting Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region.

On September 26th, 2018 came to the office of the Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region.

State and departmental awards

2005 — Certificate of honor of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation

2009 — second-degree medal of the «Order of Merit for the Fatherland»

2014 — honorary title «Honorary metrologist»

2014 — Medal «Federation Council. 20 years»

2015 — Award pin «For Merits in the Field of Standardization and Quality» n.a.V.Boytsov

2016 — Order of Honor

Artem Oganov
Professor, Skoltech and MISiS, Head of the Laboratory, GEOKHI RAS, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Born in 1975, graduated from Moscow State University in 1997 with a degree in crystallography and crystal chemistry. In 2002 he received the PhD at the University College London, in 2007 he defended his habilitation (equivalent to a doctorate) at the Zurich Federal Polytechnic School. In 2008 he became an assistant professor, and in 2010 a professor at the State University of New York (USA). In 2012, he became a laureate of the 1000 talent program of the PRC, and in 2013 - the mega-grants program of the Russian Federation. In 2014 he returned to Russia.
Author of 275 publications with a total citation of more than 17,000 and a Hirsch index of 63 (according to Web of Science). The most important works are related to the creation of methods for the computer design of new materials, the prediction of new superhard and superconducting materials, the discovery of new unusual chemical compounds under pressure and in low-dimensional states, the discovery of new planet-forming phases. He brought up 17 candidates and 1 doctor of sciences.
In 2017 he was elected to the European Academy. In 2020 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, in 2013 - of the Mineralogical Society of America and in 2020 - of the American Physical Society. Laureate of the Friendship Award of the Government of the PRC. In 2017-2020 he was a member of the Council for Science and Education under the President of the Russian Federation.
Graeme Codrington
Expert on the future of work, researcher, author, futurist, presenter, board advisor, speaker, co-founder and international director, TomorrowToday
Graeme Codrington is an expert on the future of work. He is a researcher, author, futurist, presenter and board advisor working across multiple industries and sectors. He has a particular interest in disruptive forces changing how people live, work, interact and connect with each other.

Speaking internationally to over 100,000 people in more than 20 different countries every year, his client list includes some of the world's top companies, and CEOs invite him back time after time to share his latest insights and help them and their teams gain a clear understanding of how to successfully prepare for the future.

Graeme is the co-founder and international director of TomorrowToday, a global firm of futurists and business strategists. He is also a guest lecturer at five top business schools, including the London Business School, Duke Corporate Education and the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He has five degrees, including a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), a Masters in Sociology, and other professional degrees in Accounting, Arts and Theology, and Youth Work.

Graeme is the only speaker in the world to have been admitted to two different speakers halls of fame, in both South Africa and the UK (where he was awarded the Professional Speaking Association's Award of Excellence). He is one of only a handful of professional speakers in the world to have earned the Global Certified Speaking Professional status from the Global Speakers Federation.

He has written five books, including the award-winning, "Mind the Gap" and "Future-Proof Your Child", published by Penguin. His latest book is "Leading in a Changing World", published in July 2015. Graeme writes regularly for numerous blogs, magazines and journals, and is regularly called upon for comment by the media around the world.

Graeme's breadth of knowledge and expertise make him highly relevant in today's rapidly evolving business world. Along with his formal qualifications and research credentials, he has a wide range of business experience. He did Chartered Accountancy articles at KPMG, was involved in an IT startup, worked in the Charity sector, has been a professional musician, a strategy consultant and is now a full-time speaker, facilitator and author.
Alexander Sergeev
President, Russian Academy of Sciences, RAS Academician
From 2015 to 2017 director of the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. At present, he is the chief researcher at the laboratory of pulsed solid-state lasers, which is part of the department of ultrafast processes of the department of nonlinear dynamics and optics of the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Concurrently - Professor of the Department of General Physics, Faculty of Radiophysics, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN).
Since 2017 - President of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Since November 2017 - Chairman of the RAS Council on Space.
Alexander Sergeev leads a group of Russian scientists in the LIGO gravitational wave detection project in the United States. In 2016, the project participants were awarded the prestigious Gruber Prize in Cosmology, as well as the Prize in Fundamental Physics.
He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals "Advances in Physical Sciences" and "Higher Education News - Radiophysics".
Alexander Sergeev is a scientist in the field of laser physics, femtosecond optics (optics of ultrashort laser pulses), the theory of nonlinear wave phenomena, plasma physics and biophotonics (studies the interaction of light with biological tissue). Under his leadership, the most powerful petawatt laser complex in Russia was created at the IAP RAS, and new ways of using femtosecond radiation in the field of medicine and ultra-precise processing of materials were developed.
He is a member of the Presidential Council for Strategic Development and National Projects (since July 2018), the Presidential Council for Science and Education.
He was awarded the Orders of Honor (2006), "For Services to the Fatherland" IV degree (2020).
Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology (1999), the prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology (2012).
Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2019).
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