Congress theme: “Open access to knowledge - promoting sustainable progress”

Hans Rosling to speak at tomorrow morning's Plenary Session

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Hans Rosling, Plenary Speaker

A fact based world view

13 August 08:30 - 09:15 | Room: Hall B

Introduction by IFLA President Ellen Tise

Hans Rosling is professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet, the medical university in Stockholm, Sweden. When working as a young doctor in Mozambique he discovered a formerly unrecognized paralytic disease that his research team named konzo. His 20 years of research on global health concerned the character of the links between economy and health in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

He has been an adviser to the WHO and UNICEF, co-founded M├ędecines sans Frontiers in Sweden and started new courses and published a textbook on Global Health. He is member of the International Group of the Swedish Academy of Science and of the Global Agenda Network of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

He co-founded the Gapminder Foundation with son and daughter-in-law.  Gapminder promotes a fact based world view by converting the international statistics into moving, interactive, understandable and enjoyable graphics. This was first done by developing the Trendalyzer software that Google acquired in 2007. Using animations of global trends Hans Rosling lectures about past and contemporary economic, social and environmental changes in the world and he produces thematic videos using the same technique. His award-winning lectures on global trends have been labeled "humorous, yet deadly serious" and many in the audience find their own world view to be some decades too old.

More information is available from the Gapminder Foundation website.