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Arno Wielders

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Arno Wielders (MSc Physics) is the co-founder and CTO of Mars One which is a private initiative with the aim to establish a human settlement on the surface of Mars in 2025. ( He has worked in many spaceflight projects for Space Horizon, TNO, Dutch Space and ESA.

Border Sessions 2014 - Thu, 13 Nov 2014

What will we find when we scratch the surface of technology buzz.
It’s not easy these days to be a Renaissance man or woman. Technology and society as a whole are changing at quite a speed. There’s a tremendous amount of research, new business development and social change to follow. We invited 4 forward thinking professionals to form a team on stage and deliberate on what they think is worth studying more closely, what trends really affect our day to day lives and what the future will bring. Is it a lightened pavement? Or 3D printed jewellery? Or can we find even more fascinating things when we scratch the technology buzz’s surface.

Border Sessions 2014 - Thu, 13 Nov 2014

Geoffrey Landis, renowned NASA scientist and best-selling science fiction author, will be interviewed about his vision on space exploration by Arno Wielders.

Mankind is on the verge of breaking the bonds with Mother Earth. Commercial companies will soon have the capabilities to send humans into space, an endeavor previously only accomplished by large governmental organisations like NASA, ESA and Roscosmos. Other initiatives are seriously proposing Mars settlements, asteroid mining and even the building of a starship within 100 years. Earth has always been an integrated part of the Solar system and it still shows the scars of large asteroid impacts. The benefits of settling the solar system starting from Mars and Moon up to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn will not only greatly enhance the economical influence sphere of Earth, but it will also ensure het long term survival of humanity by becoming a multiplanet species.