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Equinox Summit: Learning 2030 Seeks Young Leaders to Innovate and Shape the Future of Education

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

WATERLOO, Ontario, Canada (June 18, 2013)- Equinox Summit: Learning 2030 will bring visionaries and innovators in education related fields from across the globe together in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from September 29 - October 3, 2013 to draft a blueprint for the School of the 21st Century.  

The Summit is presented by Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI), a partnership between Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo. Applications are open now to join Equinox Summit Learning 2030’s Forum of young leaders.

“It's absolutely vital that we have the voice of the younger generation in this conversation - they are the ones with the recent experience of how the system is working, and where it is falling short,” says Equinox Summit: Learning 2030 curator Dr. Michael Brooks, quantum physicist, journalist and, author of 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense and Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science. “That's why we want a global group of young people who have big, positive, creative ideas about education. We want the innovators, the disruptors, those who are able to ask difficult questions. Most of all we are looking for those with a passion for and an appreciation of just how empowering and fulfilling learning can be.”

Through three days of workshops and discussions, participants will develop new education strategies based on the most promising learning models, communities, technologies, and emerging resources from around the world.  “This Summit is about making sure that, by the time the children born this year graduate high school in 2030, things are different,” says Dr. Brooks. “We want to give them the tools they'll need to thrive in a world that may be very different from ours. We want to foster their creativity and ingenuity, and allow them to put it to use in any sphere they choose.”

For more information about Equinox Summit: Learning 2030 visit


Are you aged 18 to 30 with a demonstrated interest in education issues, technology, civil society, and politics? Apply by July 12, 2013 for the exciting and strategic opportunity to shape the future of education. WGSI will provide travel, accommodations and meals for successful applicants.

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WGSI, a partnership between Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo, aims to catalyze positive global change using science and technology. More information at


In June of 2011, the inaugural Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 brought visionaries and experts together to create a technological roadmap for a low-carbon, electrified future. Read their recommendations in the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 Blueprint at

Hayley Rutherford
Communications Coordinator
Waterloo Global Science Initiative
T +1 (519) 569-7600 ext. 7613
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