Fritjof Capra – Keynote Speaker

Author of "The Tao of Physics" and expert on sustainability

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Specialist Subjects

  • Science
  • Philosophy
  • Sustainability
  • Ecoliteracy


  • English


Fritjof Capra is the author of six international bestsellers and a founding director of the Centre for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, which advances schooling for sustainability. The main focus of Capra’s environmental education and activism has been to help build and nurture sustainable communities. He believes that to do so, we can learn valuable lessons from the study of ecosystems, which are sustainable communities of plants, animals, and microorganisms.

His internationally acclaimed books include: “The Tao of Physics” (1975), “The Turning Point” (1982), “Uncommon Wisdom” (1988), “The Web of Life” (1996) and “The Science of Leonardo” (2007). He co-authored “Green Politics”, “Belonging to the Universe” and “EcoManagement” and co-edited “Steering Business towards Sustainability”. His most recent book “The Systems View of Life” (2014) offers radical solutions to 21st century problems.

After receiving his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Vienna, Fritjof did research in particle physics at the University of Paris, the University of California, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre, Imperial College, University of London, and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California. He also taught at U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Berkeley, and San Francisco State University.

In addition to his research in physics and systems theory, Fritjof has been engaged in a systematic examination of the philosophical and social implications of contemporary science for the past 30 years. His books on this subject have been acclaimed internationally, and he has lectured widely to lay and professional audiences in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Fritjof has been the focus of over 60 television interviews, documentaries, and talk shows around the world, and has been regularly featured in major newspapers and magazines internationally. He was the first subject of the BBC’s documentary series “Beautiful Minds”.

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