James Burke, the science historian, will present his ideas on technology and innovation at Thermo Informatics World (TIW) 2006, a user group meeting and informatics conference
Burke will present as keynote speaker during the general session of the three-day conference, being held 7-9 November at the Hotel InterContinental in Prague.
Burke's presentation, 'Staying ahead: innovating for the day after tomorrow', focuses on the origins of technological innovation, the historical effects it has on society, and why, as a result, he recommends a change in thinking.
Burke's presentation kicks off TIW, which explores how users can take advantage of continually evolving technologies to drive improvement in their labs and business.
Described by the Washington Post as "one of the most intriguing minds in the Western world," Burke is a sought-after speaker by businesses, associations and governments worldwide.
He has brought his unique approach to the connections between science, technology, innovation and society into the conferences of such major corporations as Microsoft and IBM.
Educated at Oxford, Burke has spent 40 years producing, directing, writing and presenting award-winning television series for the BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel.
He is also a best-selling author, and his latest book, Twin tracks: the unexpected origins of the modern world, describes surprising connections that have shaped the world.