The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) has added business magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founder of Microsoft, as a keynote speaker for the forthcoming digital edition of Congress ’20.
Slated to take place in Strasbourg, France in early December, WCSFP was in July forced to move its physical event online due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The digital conference will now take place from December 8 to 10.
Gates (pictured), the co-founder of multinational technology company Microsoft alongside the late Paul Allen, will take to the virtual stage at Congress ’20 to discuss the funding his foundation has provided to help improve detection, isolation and treatment efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
In a keynote interview moderated by medical journalist Dr. Mercy Korir, he will also spotlight the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s attempts to protect at-risk populations in Africa and South Asia, the importance of accelerating the development of vaccines, drugs and diagnostics, and the societal and economic impacts of the novel coronavirus.
“Bill Gates has been a vital and trustworthy voice during the most difficult and challenging periods of our lifetime,” said Paul Lewis, conference director for WCSFP, in a statement. “He’s been an unwavering champion of science and science communication and we’re privileged to have him speak to Congress members during this year’s virtual event. With the lives of millions at stake, I can’t imagine a more important talk or a more relevant speaker for our international delegates whose work is critical to the public’s understanding of science and science literacy.”
Each year, the Congress brings together leading international creators of science, history and natural history content with top broadcasters, OTT platforms and digital publishers.
Gates joins a growing list of notable Congress ’20 presenters, after Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top medical advisor to the White House, was added to the line-up of speakers earlier this month.
As previously announced, Canadian geneticist and environmental activist Dr. David Suzuki and British-Nigerian historian, producer and television presenter David Olusoga will also be appearing.
The full schedule of programming and events will be made available later this month. For more information, click here.