50 Ideas to Change the World

The inventions that underpin the modern world came from unexpected places and accidents. The Financial Time is looking to find the new ideas that will shape the world in the future, however odd they may seem today.

The Financial Times is looking for 50 ideas with the power to solve the challenges facing the world in five important areas: population; energy and resources; skills and education; health; nature and the universe. The FT invites its readers to help it devise a list of these ideas.


FT journalists and external experts will help identify the most promising innovations. Amongst the external experts: Alice Gast, president of Imperial College London. Before her appointment in 2014, she was president of Lehigh University, Pennsylvania. Alice’s academic interest is in surface and interfacial phenomena, in particular the behaviour of complex fluids. She has co-authored numerous scientific publications and a classic textbook on colloid and surface phenomena.

Alice is a member of a number of international advisory committees and boards. She has served as US science envoy to the Caucasus and Central Asia and is on the board of directors for Chevron.

Alice is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, fellow of the Académie des Technologies, France, and was a board member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 2006 to 2010.

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