Gemma Milne is a UK-based Science & Technology writer, with bylines in titles such as The Guardian, WIRED, Forbes, The Times, and BBC. She is the author of Smoke & Mirrors: How Hype Obscures the Future and How to See Past It. Gemma is a Ph.D. Researcher at University College London in Science & Technology Studies, focused on the ethics of corporate futurism - what companies are saying about the future. She is also Co-Host of the Radical Science podcast, which hosts interviews and discussions on the role of science and technology in society. Gemma is an Expert Advisor for the European Commission and Innovate UK, a Scout for Backed Venture Capital, an Innovation Jury Member for SXSW, and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Gemma is an experienced keynote speaker on all things science and technology - from biotechnology, health, agriculture, and energy, to quantum computing, AI, immersive technologies (VR, AR, metaverse), and space. She can explain the latest advances, uncover the links between science, technology, and society, discuss how businesses and organizations can make the most of the latest innovations, and dive deep into the ethics and responsibility surrounding the future of science and tech.
She is also a very keen moderator and MC - hosting panels, fireside chats, and journalistic interviews, and being that informed and warm link between sessions and across conference themes. She is comfortable in front of an auditorium or sitting in an intimate table setting. Gemma's speaking clients and appearances include Microsoft, Pfizer, HSBC, KPMG, the NHS, Google, Siemens, SXSW, TEDx, Financial Times, World Economic Forum, Wunderman Thompson, Cannes Lions, and many others.