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:
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.
A meeting on the Social Dimensions of Science organized in November 1998 in Paris by the French National Commission for UNESCO, in cooperation
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
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.
Æ See also:
Conference on Science by UNESCO's Natural Sciences Sector
Address on the Management of Social Transformations Programme by Prof. Kenneth Wiltshire, World Conference on Science, Budapest, 30 June 1999
L'inscription sociale de la science Colloque européen organisé par la Commission nationale française pour l'UNESCO, Paris, 5-6 novembre 1998 (French)
World Social Science Report
This report contains several chapters relating to the interfaces between the social, natural and life sciences, and was launched at the World Conference on Science by the Director-General of UNESCO.
MOST Discussion Papers:
Science, Economics and Democracy: Selected Issues Dominique Foray and Ali Kazancigil, 1999
Scientific Diasporas: A New Approach to the Brain Drain Jean-Baptiste Meyer and Mercy Brown, 1999
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Ali Kazancigil and Dr. David Makinson
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