André Hoffmann Fellowships for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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The Programme

The André Hoffmann Fellowship for the Fourth Industrial Revolution offers early-career academics the opportunity to work at the intersection of society, science and technology through a joint appointment between the World Economic Forum and leading academic institutions.

The Forum tackles societal, industry and economic challenges from all angles. Together with our Partners, Members and communities of experts, we develop policy frameworks, industry agendas and innovative solutions that push the boundaries of how we think about and respond to global challenges.

The Fellowship Programme develops a crucial link between primary research undertaken in higher education institutions and the Forum’s public-private collaborations on emerging technologies. This two-year fellowship programme is designed to draw on and enhance the academic and professional skills of an early career researcher by creating a unique opportunity to work across a broad range of disciplines to forge enduring solutions to the greatest challenges. Hoffmann Fellows are embedded within the Forum’s key “platform” initiatives, working in close collaboration with platform teams while benefiting from the Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Global Network.

Fellows will be working in a partnership between the Forum, Centres for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the academic institution. The Hoffmann Fellowship and its model of residency at two different institutions over two years will facilitate the development of strong links between the Forum linked initiatives and the centre of excellence and/or researcher at the university. University leadership commits to enabling the academic supervisor and the Hoffmann Fellow to leverage the resources of the university in support of the Forum’s expertise and network related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Fellowships

Since the launch of the programme in 2018, the San Francisco Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution has hosted 2 Fellows contributing to the work on Ocean and 4IR solutions from the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions. Their work has been supporting a major pillar of the Forum’s high-level Friends of Ocean Action initiative focused on illegal fishing.

For the year of 2020/2021, André Hoffmann Fellowships are offered focusing on both environment and health.

Currently confirmed fellowships will contribute to the following Forum and Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution projects:

1. Breaking barriers to health data – Overcoming barriers to health data collection, access, utilization and sharing across borders can unlock the insight needed for improving diagnosis, disease treatment decisions, clinical trials, regulatory decisions and scientific research powering precision medicine.

2. Leapfrogging with precision medicine – There is now an opportunity to re-envision precision medicine for low-resource settings that can “leapfrog” developed-country capacity and infrastructure expectations. The right policy frameworks can enable these innovative approaches to be integrated into health systems to tackle public health challenges such as the rising rates of cancer in developing countries.

3. Ocean innovations for sustainable fisheries – Better management of fisheries and combating illegal fishing can be accomplished through technology solutions, such as access to and integration of diverse data sources for monitoring the status and use of fish, as well as other ocean resources.

Fellowships under exploration will touch on issues including accelerating 4IR technology for green urbanization in China; Shaping Ocean data platforms; scaling food system innovation in India through to how 4IR technology can help fast-track the Sustainable Development Goals.

Fellows success stories

Dr. Annie Brett was the lead author on the Forum white paper ”Ending Illegal Fishing: Data Policy and the Port State Measures Agreement” released in May 2019.

Dr. Annie Brett served as a co-author of a blue paper commissioned by the high level panel on the Sustainable Ocean Economy entitled “Technology, Data and New Models for Sustainably Managing Ocean Resources” and contributor sot the blue paper “Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Associated Drivers”.

Meet the Hoffmann Fellows

Annie Brett - Hoffmann Fellow, 4IR for the Earth, World Economic Forum
Dr. Annie Brett
Emily Kelly -  Hoffmann Fellow, 4IR for the Earth, World Economic Forum
Dr. Emily Kelly