Dr Adriana Marais is an enigma. Unquestionably bright, she is nonetheless posturing on the world’s stages about living the rest of her life on Mars. Is she barking mad – or just delusional?
According to SAP Africa head of innovation Dr. Adriana Marais, mankind currently lives in a very unique era, with innovations stemming from quantum mechanics powering smartphones and computers.
Dr Adriana Marais believes that we are living at a unique point in the history of life on Earth. Developments in science and technology are taking place at an unprecedented rate, and the expansion of our society beyond this planet is within reach. In her presentation she talks about her research in quantum biology and the origins of life, the technology required to sustain terrestrial life on Mars and the various projects aiming to send crewed missions there. She describes how the establishment, and potential discovery of evidence of, life on Mars, would be one of the most profound possible contributions of science to humanity.
Africa remains one of the greatest potential markets for air transport on the globe and this year’s annual Aviation Africa summit and exhibition will explore even further afield with the show organisers promising speakers that are both down to earth and out of this world. The event takes place in Kigali, Rwanda (27-28 Feb 2019). Stepping into the unknown will be key to the presentation by Dr Marais – a quantum biologist, a theoretical physicist, the director of the South Africa Space Foundation and head of innovation for SAP Africa.
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