Time to ReThink is the motto of the 9th Edition of the Estoril Conferences 2024

October 24th and 25th 2024, at Nova SBE’s Carcavelos Campus




Carcavelos, March 26, 2024 – ‘Time to ReThink’ is the motto of the 9th Edition of the Estoril Conferences, which returns to the Nova SBE’s Carcavelos Campus on October 24th and 25th, 2024, proposing dialogue towards collective action to overcome the most pressing global challenges. Peace, Policies, Planet, Artificial Intelligence & Technology, and Longevity are the five pillars that will guide the reflection of the numerous national and international leaders invited to attend.
Organized by Nova School of Business & Economics, and NOVA Medical School, the Estoril Conferences count this year, for the first time, with the partnership of Digital Data Design Institute de Harvard (D^3), a prestigious Harvard Institute dedicated to the study of the impact of new technologies on the world, which joins the event’s co-organization with the Municipality of Cascais and Turismo de Portugal.

2024 is a year of profound transformation – since World War II, there have been no such armed conflicts or devastating wars (United Nations, 2023). This year will see more elections and consequent geopolitical changes (The Economist, 2023), and the demographic transition intersects all changes and transitions because, from this year onwards, the population over 65 begins to outnumber the population under 18 (WHO, 2023). Technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) continue to develop exponentially, while environmental degradation reaches alarming levels, with six of the nine planetary boundaries already exceeded (Science, 2023).
In this context, the Estoril Conferences 2024 propose an incisive and comprehensive debate on the most pressing challenges with the greatest impact on the future, knowing that it is imperative to reassess our thinking and actions to drive collective progress.
“In this edition of the Estoril Conferences, we renew our commitment to inspire society to promote a better world. We want to reaffirm our role and contribute once again to action that improves people’s lives in all its aspects”, said Laurinda Alves, Executive Director of the Estoril Conferences.
Presenting itself as a local initiative with global impact, the Estoril Conferences once again convene civil society, politicians, world leaders, and especially the new generations for an inspiring debate that values science, embraces the potential of Technology and AI as allies for progress, respects nature, and privileges solutions based on living systems, while emphasizing holistic approaches to well-being, empowering people to become agents of change and combating polarization, reinforcing the importance of multilateralism.

About Estoril Conferences
The Estoril Conferences are an international platform that, since 2009, has brought some of the most prestigious world and national leaders to Portugal to discuss global issues. With over 13,000 participants from 105 different nationalities and more than 415 world-renowned speakers, it has brought together several Nobel Prize winners and more than 30 current and former Heads of State, such as Tony Blair, Yulia Tymoshenko, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Roberta Metsola, Francis Fukuyama, Joseph Stiglitz, Mary Robinson, Mohamed Elbaradei, Fareeda Khalaf, Sir Richard Roberts, Professor Aaron Ciechanover, among many others.
It is an open, intergenerational, and impactful dialogue platform that involves high-profile international leaders in inspiring new generations to find possible solutions to global challenges, through action coalitions and innovative partnerships committed to creating effective changes towards sustainable and inclusive development, and a liberal future for all. Social media channels: Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

About Nova School of Business & Economics
Nova SBE is the most prestigious business school in Portugal and one of the leading business schools in Europe. It is the faculty of economics, finance, and management of NOVA University of Lisbon. The current Director is Prof. Pedro Oliveira (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Nova SBE has been a member of CEMS since December 2007 and holds Triple Crown accreditation worldwide, which implies accreditation by EQUIS, AMBA, and AACSB. It was the first Portuguese business school to acquire international accreditations and worldwide recognition in higher education. Nova SBE’s international vision is also reflected in the adoption of English as the main language of instruction. Most undergraduate courses and all master’s, MBA, and PhD programs are taught in English.

About NOVA Medical School,
NOVA Medical School is one of the leading medical schools in Portugal, with over 45 years of history. It currently has 1,770 students in the Integrated Master’s Degree in Medicine, 102 students in the Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Sciences, 455 students in postgraduate training, and a total of 747 teachers and researchers. In 2023, NMS maintained the 1st position in the rankings of entry into Higher Education in Medicine in Lisbon.

About Digital Data Design Institute de Harvard (D^3)
Harvard’s Digital Data Design Institute (D^3) seeks to be the leading center of knowledge on the benefits of digital technology in society and business. The Institute produces and shares knowledge based on academic research on the interaction of society and businesses with artificial intelligence (AI) and digital technologies. D^3 prioritizes a human-centered model and seeks to ensure that these technologies are contributing to change and positive impacts in the world. The Institute’s work focuses on 14 integrated laboratories around six areas, including artificial intelligence and the future of business technology; human centered technology; data, privacy, security, and regulation; new operational and business models; the future of work; and performance and metrics.

About Municipality of Cascais
With a privileged location on the Atlantic Coast of Portugal, Cascais has been highlighted as one of the main tourist destinations in Portugal and Europe, for its exclusive location, but also for hosting various international conferences and events. Historically, Cascais was a refuge for European aristocracy and elite where kings’ diplomats, filmmakers, movie stars, writers, entrepreneurs, and bankers, were attracted by the region’s safety (supported by Portugal’s neutrality in conflict situations), but also by the climate, luxury hotels, and the famous Estoril Casino – where Ian Fleming’s was inspired to film the first James Bond novel ‘Casino Royale’. Times have changed, but the charm, glamour, and essence remain. Cascais received the “2014 Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100” award, “Climate Star Award,” and “Vistas – VISION Innovation for Sustainable Tourism Awards,” thanks to various decarbonization and environmental sustainability policies and initiatives in the municipality.

This initiative contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals
The SDGs represent an unprecedented political and international consensus on what the world’s greatest challenges are and the level of progress and collaboration desired on a global scale, as explicit in SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals. The Estoril Conferences offer invaluable insights into this urgent coalition, as it not only brings together academics and professionals, experts in a variety of fields related to the SDGs – such as climate action, purposeful economics, artificial intelligence, corruption, racism, and social inequalities.