The Second edition of the “Líderes de Futuro” Program hosted on Friday, March 22, the master class of Pedro Miguel Etxenike, physicist and intellectual, defended during his exposition “leadership not having recipes” and explained to the audience how experience have taught him “the only way to lead is by setting a good example”.

The four- hour meeting was held in UPV-EHU faculty of Sarriko were the second edition of the cycle of talks and training program brought together the participants to listen to an internationally renowned Basque scholar and scientist. Today, he is Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of the Basque Country and President of Donostia International Physics Center Foundation (DIPC).

Among the public, also attended the presentation Juan Jose Ibarretxe, Director of ALC, who debated and defended “the past has experts while the future has leaders” in juxtaposition to Etxenike´s “the past has experts and the future prophets”.

During the course of the afternoon, Etxenike stated, “There are no recipes for leadership and that there is only one way to lead and is by example”. Then, as “the culture of 21st century is scientific – technological” he encouraged the youngsters know about the general principles of science. Then he addressed “science is much more than its practical applications, it is an essential part of modern culture, it is a human adventure. An intellectual adventure that in recent years has revolutionized the conception of the world in which we live. In my opinion and without neglecting other contributions, the conceptual building of modern science is the most important collective cultural work of humanity; it is the greatest collective humanity work” as he held.

Etxenike also stressed the fact that advancement and triumph of science “has not been accompanied by an equivalent ethical achievement” and affirmed how today, “the great problem is inequality”. Also he called the participants for reflection on issues such as  “the reason to invest in science or property of the research results” provoked the reflection of participants.

The speaker also defended throughout the lecture “a science free of utilitarianism” and pointed bureaucracy as an obstacle for creativity and talent, as he stressed how “the future must have flexible people, who have critical thinking and strategic vision”.