The Altius Society: Committed to Improving the Future of Humanity

The Origins: the importance of a multidisciplinary debate

The Altius Society was founded in 2012 with the aim of becoming the global forum where young and senior practitioners, academics, and political leaders gather to discuss the most relevant strategic trends of the 21st century and their impact on the future of our societies and our economies. Its members share a desire and collective ability to understand trends of change in the world, and to contribute to a more effective global governance.

Photo: Sheldon Glashow, 1979 Nobel Laureate in Physics, key contributor to the Standard Model of Physics, delivering his keynote address during the 2017 Altius Conference: “The Future of Science and Humanism in Democratic Societies: Recovering Intellectual Authority in the 21st Century”

The Annual Theme

As a catalyzer of this multidisciplinary debate, every year Altius selects a major Theme, brought by Altius Members as well as prominent leaders in the field, which is discussed from five diverse perpectives:


The Future of Communication

 ‘The Future of Communication: An Opportunity for Humankind and a Challenge to Democratic Societies’  was the Theme of our IV Annual Conference at Oxford, which took place at the Debating Chamber of the Oxford Union.

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The Rise of Intelligent Machines

The 2024 Altius Conference, ‘The Rise of Intelligent Machines: The Survival of Human Society and the Modern State in the Age of New Global AI Superpowers’, will take place at Oxford, 4 – 6 October 2024.

Applications to participate in the 2024 Altius Conference at Oxford will open 1 June 2024 via this website.