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Gen-A: 2020 Heralds Changes in the Sciences in Our Unpredictable World

September always reminds of new beginnings, like every 1st of the year. Maybe because of the re-opening of schools, maybe because of the end of summer, there is a subconscious feeling of change in our daily lives. 2020 was a tough year from the beginning, but this pandemic did not mean the end of everything, but our current situation be a wake-up call, telling us we are doing some things wrong.

Our understanding of the planet is not explained only by the hard sciences. We are collective social beings, living in an organized society with multiple interconnections and interactions. In a ‘natural organized’ world, we are groups of packs organized together in multiple nations and countries – but our social lifestyle is also interrelated with nature. Social sciences are a mandatory complement to the natural sciences when trying to understand a “humans’ world”.

The scenarios confronting ‘Generation Alpha’, newborns of 2020 and after, tell the story of the rise of the social and the fall of the natural sciences. This does not mean that natural sciences will stop developing. Science and technology will lead Gen-A. But the basis of Gen-A education will be social sciences, even though they follow a high-tech professional path.

The Common Good will be everything, and soft skills and “good character” will mean everything to future CEO candidates. On an unpredictable planet, with natural disasters, the impact of climate change, economic crises, social crises, and more, skills like problem-solving, negotiation, empathy, and communication will be more important than a Master’s degree.

We are following the steps of evolution where “it is not the strongest of the species that survives, it is the one that is the most adaptable to change” (Charles Darwin). It truly sounds like science fiction, but we are part of nature (deal with it!). Knowledge (the list of degrees) will appear below descriptions of attitudes and behavior on a CV! In the future world, knowledge will be “the thing” of computers and imagination will be “the unique ability” of humans. Humans will offer humanitarian solutions to difficult situations and computers will “do the math.”

*The above is not medical advice but mere suggestions for improving your diet. Before reach herbal use you should consult your doctor, especially those who have health issues, are pregnant or are under the age of 6.

Evropi-Sofia Dalampira is an Agriculturist-MSc Botany-Biology and PhD Candidate in Agricultural-Environmental Education and Science Communication.

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