The solar revolution, modern explorers and tomorrows’ jobs: is the planet turning around the sun (again)?

Tuesday, 10.10.2017 – Tuesday, 10.10.2017

Cultural event; Public event; Speech

Swiss Solar Stratos
© Solar Stratos

In the last century, the human activity has increasingly challenged the balance of the ecosystem and many argue that humanity is increasingly moving toward an environmental catastrophe. Meanwhile, scientific progress and new inventions have been the source of hope and spread the idea that new technologies could well participate to ensure the protection of the environment worldwide. 

In 2016, the two Swiss explorers, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, succeeded in achieving the impossible:  flying around the world without using a single drop of fuel. Today, pushing the limits even further, the Swiss project Solar Stratos will attempt to take a human-being to the edge of space and back using the Sun as only carburant.  The two Swiss projects inspired by Icarus have something in common: they send a strong message about the potential of clean technology. 

In the framework of World Skills, the biggest international vocational education competition held every two years, the Swiss Embassy is organizing a panel discussion around the question of clean technologies and their impact on the world of tomorrow. Organized in collaboration with the Cinema-space in Manarat Saadiyat, the talk will bring together the (co)pilot of Solar Stratos, Thierry Plojoux, as well as Solar Impulse crew member, Hassan Al Rhedani. 

Prior to the discussion, will be projected the documentary: “Point of No Return: The Story of Solar Impulse”, retracing the exploit of Solar Impulse. 

Date: 10.10.2017 

Place: Manarat Saadiyat, the Cinema Space 

Panelists: 
Thierry Plojoux: (co)pilot of Solar Stratos
Hassan Al Redaini: former Solar Impulse Crew Member 

Facilitator:
Alan Marzo: Advisor for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Arab Emirates 

Registration: 
Register for the event starting at 7 pm on here

Location: Manarat Saadiyat, the Cinema Space