Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf, director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, provided a keynote speech during March 4 event for East Coast-based alumni of a large group of Dutch universities. The event was attended by nearly 300 enthusiastic participants and sparked new connections across the whole US East Coast.

In his address “The Future of Science,” Dr. Dijkgraaf highlighted the pivotal role of science in tackling the grand challenges our society faces, ranging from the pandemic to the climate crisis. He also elaborates on the convergence of science and technological development in every aspect of our daily lives, and how essential it is to continue communicating this to all.

The latter is crucial to building trust in science, so that science may continue to combat the challenges we face.

Watch his address: