Terry Virts, one of only four astronauts to pilot the Space Shuttle; Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist who is working to slow down - and eventually halt - our ageing process; David Rosenberg, the CEO of a cutting-edge tech firm who is changing how food gets from the farm to your family; Tal Danino, who is working on using bacteria to bead cancer, and bestselling author Martin Jacques who offers a peek into how the world will look in 20-30 years are some of the high profile public figures who will be speaking during the Abu Dhabi Ideas Weekend on March 2 and 3 at NYU Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.

The edutaining event will be held between 3pm and 10pm.

There will be more than talks at the second edition of the fest. Suitable for the whole family and packed with workshops, activities, interactive experiences, games, movies, music, art and food, the event offers opportunities to explore the challenges facing the world and learn about what some of the world’s greatest minds are doing about them.

The campus’ plazas and walkways will be transformed into a street festival making the event a perfect day out for families.

Rouba Zeidan will be there telling her story of what it is to stand and sing in front of 50,000 people. Mohammad Amine Belarbi, Arabian Business ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ award winner, will offer budding young entrepreneurs tips on how to go from start-up to a market leader before they turn 30.

To add some music and fun, Miami Band, Sal Houdini and Saudi Arabian magician Badr Hazza will be there.

Hosted by Tamkeen, it is held in partnership with the Aspen Institute, a US-based educational and policy studies organisation.

Tickets: Adults Dh30, students Dh20. Under-12s: Free

Tickets include access to all talks, workshops and performances, and will be available at the venue.

More details at www.ideasweekend.ae