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GS1 KEYNOTE: Science Literacy and the Future of Work

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 29

Interest in STEM education—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—is on the rise. This interest is driven by the knowledge that most 21st-century innovations in the world economy will be driven by STEM fields. In this fascinating opening keynote, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of the television show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, will explore how and why STEM is critical not just in the education of young people, but also in impacting the landscape of today’s workplace. You will learn how strong foundations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can be leveraged in organizational training, and how that foundation can be expanded upon to empower workers to solve business-related problems—even problems they have never before seen. You will explore the role of ever-advancing technology and the challenges and opportunities these advancements represent. You will leave this keynote with a greater understanding of the key roles that learning plays in the uncharted territory that is the future of work.

Neil deGrasse Tyson


Hayden Planetarium

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the world’s preeminent astrophysicists. The director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium and host of the popular television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Dr. Tyson is the recipient of 18 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. He has twice served on presidential commissions on aerospace; is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times bestseller Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries; and hosts StarTalk, a radio show and podcast combining celebrity guests with appealing scientific subjects, whose target audience is people who had no idea they could ever find science interesting. Dr. Tyson holds a PhD degree in astrophysics from Columbia.

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