2038: Tech ForesightJun142018
Event: 14 June 2018 10:00

2038: Tech Foresight

TF2038 - Shifting Realities

Enter 2038; a world of shifting realities, where things are not always what they seem to be, and where technological breakthroughs could change the very fundamentals of how we engage with and see the world.

Powered by Imperial Business Partners, curated by Imperial Tech Foresight


Discover how complex nanophotonics might enable molecular machines to increase our processing power. Invent new opportunities in 4D-printing with our leading academics. Debate what the future might hold for artificial scientific discovery and how it could trickle down into society. Listen to our expert in data-driven engineering and his vision of a responsive world. Develop future food opportunities by leveraging theories in rituals and technical advances. Discuss with our world-leading experts what’s next for privacy and our joint data futures.

TF2038 will explore the future from a range of technological enablers, exploring what might be beyond the news-hype. Join us to consider how companies can adapt to these new technology-enabled futures through academic visionary perspectives, interactive workshops, provocative panel debates, and engaging student work. 

Join us on 14 June and help us unravel the shifting realities of 2038.

View the TF2038 agenda

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Registration is free for IBP members using the code provided. Please email ibp@imperial.ac.uk if you have any questions


Academic visions

Optimisation of our world

We all talk about data, but what does data really mean? And how do you unlock the value of the data? 

Professor Mark Girolami works on how to revolutionising engineering practices through the management of large complex data-sets by using probability theory. He has worked across industries to identify and harness value in often complex, uncertain and data-rich areas. His work is extensive: resilience of infrastructure (defining new models to plan for potential disruption), monitoring of complex systems (creating a world that operates predictive maintenance), and data for future design (developing models for future design systems, such as the first 3D-printed bridge in Amsterdam).

Harnessing the power of light

What if we could harness and control the power of light?

Dr Riccardo Sapienza works on how to use control light on the nano-scale by using hyper-uniform disorder material. Trapping light can have many benefits and applications, his group is currently working on photonic circuits (for faster information processing), development of biocompatible lasers (sensing devices in the nano-scale), and nano-antennas (could change the way we see the world).


Invent and explore streams

Fireside conversations

Provocative conversations designed to challenge assumptions

  • Data Disrupted - A Conversation on the Future of Data Ownership
    Today, data is deemed necessary to power many of our online experiences. Over the years internet companies have easily exchanged personal information in order to power their services and experiences. However, a shift in the market due to regulatory changes and consumer demands are disrupting this previously readily-accessed information. What will this mean for businesses? How might the landscape evolve towards 2038? And what might individual privacy mean in 2038?  Join our foresighter Dr Yves-Alexandre de Montejoye and an industry expert in a fireside conversation on the future of data ownership and its impact on privacy and business.
  • Artificial Discovery - A Conversation on the Future of Scientific Discovery
    AI and its application is being hyped and discussed across a range of industries. These new technologies are helping researchers explore fundamental processes in chemistry and biology – from photosynthesis to the development of new molecules. Could we and should we be outsourcing our discovery to AI, and what does this mean for scientific discovery and creativity? And how might discovery look like in 2038? Join Professor Mimi Hii, who launched the ROAR which offers state-of-the-art facilities to enable data-centric research in synthesis, in exploring the future of artificial discovery and what it could mean for science.

Future workshops

Interactive workshops to activate findings and new technologies

  • Future of Design: Life in 4D
    By building in new responsive qualities into objects using 4D Printing, we turn them into shapeshifters. We control their function and morph their form by using external stimulus such as light, temperature, or magnetism. As our physical realities turn responsive, what might be future applications? Join Dr Connor Myant and the Tech Foresight team in an interactive workshop exploring how 4D-printing may herald new opportunities for industries and consumers. 
  • Future of Nutrition
    As food becomes smarter, more precise and more adapted to our bodies, we look to 2038 to consider how future food experiences might change. Will our dinners and experiences look completely different?
    More information coming soon


Why attend?

  • Engage with world-class Imperial academics to hear what is next on the technology horizon
  • Network with experts from industry, academia, start-ups, and beyond, to learn how other sectors and domains are grasping the opportunities of radical technological change
  • Explore through academic presentations how these technological advances might disrupt and influence sectors and domains in the long-term 
  • Activate your learnings in interactive workshops
  • Extract useful insights to drive your technology directions and inform your business


Tech Foresight 2038 brings together academics, industry leaders and members of the public to engage in the topic of the future. Imperial’s first and only foresight conference has been connecting curious minds to the future since 2012. Showcasing early-stage scientific breakthroughs that could disrupt our world.

Information for delegates


The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2DB