UNESCO Social and Human Sciences
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World Conference on Science, Budapest, Hungary, 26 June - 1 July 1999

This conference analysed where the natural and social sciences stand today and where they are heading, what their social impact has been and what society expects from them. Finally, it established what efforts need to be made to make science advance in response to these expectations and to the challenges posed by social development.

A number of meetings were held in the latter part of 1998 and early 1999 to prepare input for the World Conference on Science. Of these, four focused particularly on the social sciences:

  1. A meeting on Science Technology and Development organized in November 1998 at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Banglaore, India, by the office of UNESCO in Delhi and the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India.
  2. A meeting on the Social Dimensions of Science organized in November 1998 in Paris by the French National Commission for UNESCO, in cooperation with MOST.
  3. The Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting for the World Conference on Science, organized in December 1998 in Sydney, Australia, by the Australian National Commission for UNESCO. This meeting included a strong social science component.
  4. The Engelbergh Forum on the Social and Economic Aspects of Science and Technology organized in April 1999 in Paris, held a special session on Science and the Economy, prepared in cooperation with MOST.

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For more information, please contact:
    Dr. Ali Kazancigil and Dr. David Makinson
    Fax: + 33 45 68 57 24
    Email: ssmost@unesco.org

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