About the Young Leaders’ Forum
Innovation is the most important engine of development. Innovation is an idea that is successful in practice and brings social and economic benefits. Creativity, the ability to generate novel and useful ideas, is the seed of innovation, but, until you implement it, it is still just an idea. To successfully realise the transfer of innovative ideas, one has to go through a long process full of different obstacles to make his/her innovation acceptable for others, too. It is crucially important to explore how we can adapt and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of modern societies. The aim of the think.BDPST Young Leaders’ Forum (YLF) is to invite and give opportunity to young and talented innovators both from social and natural sciences to share their ideas and discuss the most important regional challenges, while also initiating a dialogue with each other.
The think.BDPST Young Leaders’ Forum features outstanding young professionals (aged 24-38) soon to become important actors and decision-makers in the field of innovation, technology, informatics, water science, water management, environmental sciences, and the connected social sciences, natural sciences, and legal studies. YLF is the only forum in Central Europe that gathers young professionals from the region who are active in the field of innovation, and provides them a platform where new innovative initiatives and ideas can be shared to implement new, innovative systems, solutions, and inventions. YLF connects experts from the fields of social sciences, legal studies, and natural sciences to create a bridge between these fields and help young decision makers to make their innovations more effective and  better understand different aspects of current issues. In the meantime, YLF makes it possible for these young professionals to improve their leadership potential and learn new skills that will make them more competitive in their fields of expertise.
The main purpose of YLF is to foster a lively dialogue among young innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, PhD researchers, policy experts active in public administration, and young professionals working at companies that are investing in innovative projects. During the four-day event, participants have the opportunity to exchange best practices, experience, ideas, and knowledge, and improve their skills through panel discussions, seminars, and workshops.

Key Features of think.BDPST Young Leaders’ Forum 2020
The programme of YLF 2020 is focusing on issues connected to the nexus of innovation, technology, and environment. There are two main topics to be discussed in different formats during the forum: the responsibility of social media and the internet in influencing public perceptions of environmental issues, and the role of science, technology, and innovation in shaping the future of water as a key global resource.
The first part of the programme is focusing on the impact of social media and smart applications on public awareness about environmental issues and the question of fake news. How social media can affect our way of thinking about environmental questions? How smart applications can shape our lifestyle and consumer behaviour? Who is responsible for the enormous amount of environment-related fake news and disinformation, and how we can tackle this challenge?
The second part of the conference will bring together experts to discuss the future of water as a key global resource. What are the main challenges and possibilities in the water sector? How technology and innovation can contribute to solve water-related challenges? Do we have enough knowledge and resources, and if not, what is the missing element?
As YLF is about embracing the inner leadership potential of our selected participants, the programme also includes panels, workshops, and face-to-face/small group consultations with an expert to make it possible for participants to develop their leadership skills and gain more practical knowledge.
Interconnection with the think.BDPST 2020 Conference
The programme of YLF is designed to allow young leaders to attend selected panels of the concurrently held think.BDPST conference. This kind of interconnection gives the opportunity for YLF participants to meet prominent lecturers, decision-makers from the public policy and business sectors and NGO, as well as high profile politicians and diplomats, take part actively in discussions with them, and engage in the Questions and Answers sessions of the debates.

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