Codex - Leonardo at 500: Nature's Magic Ingredient - Water

Fri 26 July 2019 6-30pm

Sophia Alimperti, 07956101101

British Library, 96 Euston Road , London , London , NW1 2DB


"Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see."

In the five hundred years since his death, few polymaths have matched the intellect, ingenuity and artistry of Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519).Although more famous for iconic paintings such as The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, it is in his Codices, where one can really appreciate his expansive vision and unparalleled skills in bridging art, science and technology.

To celebrate Leonardo at 500, selected sheets from three remarkable notebooks, the Codex Leicester (owned by Bill Gates), Codex Forster and Codex Arundel, are displayed for the first time at the British Library in London. These reveal Leonardo as an extraordinarily dynamic thinker who made connections between multiple disciplines.

Inspired by Leonardo's detailed studies and intricate drawings of water, this event will examine the latest technologies to save the oceans and preserve nature's magic ingredient - water.

The oceans are in trouble. Recent research has revealed that around 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year. That is equivalent to the weight of the combined populations of Spain and the United Kingdom.

What can we do - right now - to solve this problem? The good news is that innovators have dedicated themselves to developing powerful technologies that could reverse mankind's mistakes.

The hallmark of Codex events are Codex Talks which are concise presentations, lasting 15 minutes (or less), in which the speaker addresses a challenging question faced by their technology or industry today and ends with a bold prediction for the future.

Codex Talks are engaging, entertaining and elucidating. They give the audience something they can walk away with: valuable insights, actionable information, fresh perspectives, and renewed optimism.

Speakers will include:

Stephen Parkin, Leonardo Curator, British Library;

Why was Leonardo interested in water?

Adrian Griffiths, CEO, Recycling Technologies

Plastic Fantastic?

Felix Schill, CTO, Hydromea

How will robotics shape the future of Ocean Exploration?

Will Bateman, CEO, Zyba

How can we save the beaches?

Full event schedule and Registration from Codex website:

Come and join CEOs, hi-tech entrepreneurs, investors, and media, from across the world, for a fascinating evening of Codex Talks at the British Library, and learn about the latest technologies to save the oceans.

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Codex's membership is a global network of business leaders moving across continents to transact business. Codex events are designed to facilitate an exchange of ideas, encourage entrepreneurship and promote business links by building strong relationships between business leaders in a wide range of sectors.

Over the past 11 years, Codex has consistently attracted the most high profile speakers from the worlds of business, politics, media and sport. Information about Codex, its objectives, media articles, BBC interviews and past events is available from the website:

Previous speakers have included:

Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke CH QC MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1993-1997); Tom Purves, CEO, Rolls-Royce; Willie Walsh, CEO, British Airways; Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer, Microsoft; Michael Wood, BBC Broadcaster; Mihir Bose, BBC Broadcaster; Ashish Chauhan, CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange; Marek Reichman, Director of Design, Aston Martin; Dr Hamid Mughal, Director of Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce; Patrik Schumacher, Senior Director, Zaha Hadid Architects; Clark MacFarlane, Managing Director, Siemens;

Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin; Mr Babulal Sethia, President, The Royal Society of Medicine; Baroness Susan Greenfield, Neuroscientist and Broadcaster; Jaideep Prabhu, Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise, Cambridge University; Aram Shishmanian, CEO, World Gold Council; Jeremy Webb, Editor-in-Chief, New Scientist; Stephen Murphy, CEO, Virgin Group; Andrew Neil, BBC Broadcaster; Dr Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature; amongst many others.

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