LOU KOBOJIS HEALTH STARTUP IN SOUTH SUDAN – RESTART AFTER CATASTROPHE
At the beginning of 2016, the science magazine WUNDERDING wrote about Lou Koboji and his health start-up in South Sudan for the first time. Lou had built a training institute for nurses and health workers called the Kajo Keji Health Training Institute. Back then, the situation in Kajo Keji was stable and safe, as shown in a follow-up report in autumn that year. However, in September 2016 the violence raging in South Sudan also reached the institute. Armed men attacked the institute and killed two of the students. With a heavy heart, Lou decided to leave everything behind and to relocate to Uganda, as he is not able to continue his work in South Sudan in such an unstable and potentially dangerous environment. Now, he has started afresh in Uganda with a crowdfunding campaign so that his students can complete their medical training at the new institute in Uganda.
THE TENTATIVE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CLIMATE SCIENTISTS AND POLICY-MAKERS
One of the hallmarks of the Falling Walls Conference is the chance to foster discussion between scientists and political leaders, bridging the gap between those making discoveries and those who have the clout and financial backing to transform research into action. In light of the now reemphasized importance of climate science communication, we take the opportunity to revisit two Falling Walls Conference talks from climate scientists: Nathan Lewis of the California Institute of Technology in 2014 and Katherine Richardson of the University of Copenhagen in 2016.
THE ECONOMIC COSTS OF EQUALITY
As experts in their fields, our conference speakers have the insight to understand and analyse problems on a large scale and break them down into their essence in 15-minute talks suitable for an interdisciplinary audience. The talks we are revisiting in this piece both tackle the relationship between equality, human rights and economic growth, and explain how systemic injustices lead to high costs for societies.
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