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Solving Future Challenges of Population Growth

In just 100 years,the increase in the world’s population was three times greater than during the entire previous history of humanity. As a result, unprecedented demands are being placed on infrastructure, with mounting risks to public health, safety and livelihood. 

Are you concerned about how the world’s population is changing and where we’ll be in the next three decades? If so, you’re not alone.

Fortunately with this increase in population size comes a larger community of global residents who can collectivelyPRESS ONto discover new technologies, innovations and ideas capable of solving this massive challenge to the human race.

Join us next Wednesday as we think through solutions to the world’s population growth and outline what our world will look like in 2050.


Rusty Rodriguez

Rusty Rodriguez

Speaker Website: Symbiogenics

Rusty Rodriguez of Symbiogenics has expertise in microbiology, genetics and plant biology, and has researched plant-fungal symbiosis for more than 20 years. His program involves laboratory, field and greenhouse research encompassing symbiosis, molecular biology, field ecology, soil ecology, genetics and biochemistry. Symbiogenics brings symbiosis science to the public and work to develop a sustainable future.

Sara Curran

Sara Curran

Speaker Website: University of Washington

Sara Curran of University of Washington researches internal migration in developing countries, globalization, family demography, environment and population, and gender. She is writing a book, Shifting Boundaries, Transforming Lives: Globalization, Gender and Family Dynamics in Thailand, which analyzes how migration and education transformed Thai society between 1984-2000.

Jamaica Corker

Jamaica Corker, PhD

Speaker Association: Family Planning Team, Gates Foundation

Jamaica Corker is a Program Officer for Data & Evaluation in the Family Planning Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A demographer with broad experience in international population dynamics research, her research has focused on fertility and family planning in sub-Saharan Africa, migration and urbanization, and linking demography and geographic information systems (GIS). She has since worked extensively in health and family planning program implementation in sub-Saharan Africa, including several years in the Democratic Republic of Congo with Population Services International (PSI) and as part of the West African Ebola response in 2014-15. She holds a Master’s degree in Population and Development from the London School of Economics and PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tanya Parish PhD

Tanya Parish PhD

Speaker Association: Senior Vice President of Drug Discovery, Infectious Disease Research Institute, Seattle

Prof Parish focuses on the discovery and developing of novel antibiotics. Her major focus is on tuberculosis, where her works aims to find new drugs that are effective at curing drug sensitive and drug resistant bacteria with the added goal of shortening the time it takes to cure disease.

Tanya is a microbiologist by training, with a background in mycobacteriology. She received her PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research investigating gene regulation in mycobacteria followed by postdoctoral research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine studying the biology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. She previously held an academic post as Professor of Mycobacteriology at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and she is currently an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington.

Her current research is directed at early stage drug discovery and encompasses target identification and validation, assay development and high throughput screening, and synthetic and medicinal chemistry. Her work also focusses on understanding the pathogenic mechanisms and basic biology of the global pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis and using this information to inform drug discovery.

Heather Lewis

Speaker Website: Social Venture Partners

Heather will be moderating this event, as she has successfully done for MIT Enterprise Forum in the past. Heather has her hand in many programs, holding a position on UW Bothell’s Pacific Northwest Cybersecurity Business Leadership Council, the Thriving Communities Network, and the chair for the city of Seattle’s Community Technology Advisory Board. In short, if you need someone knowledgeable on policy, confidently leading the push for smarter infrastructure, look no further.