Sciences in Knowledge Societies

11 December 2003, 2 p.m.-4.30 p.m - Palexpo, Room C

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has the capacity to increase accessibility to scientific knowledge internationally. ICT is central to scientific research. It helps scientists perform basic and applied research, build partnerships and scientific international consortia, collect data, conduct experiments, manage laboratories and communicate their findings to their peers and the public.

The digital world is not only a product of science but a fundamental force for shaping the scientific research agenda and determining how scientific knowledge will unfold, be utilized and above all, be shared, in the future. Increasing inequalities in access to ICT reduce opportunities for individuals and institutions to use scientific knowledge that could help foster innovation, facilitate efficient decision making, and support education and training.

This Round Table is set up to highlight the important role of Science in the Information Society. It will address how sustainable development is dependent on open and equitable access to scientific knowledge and the role that ICT plays in this context. A major focus will be put on bridging the Digital Divide. The following themes will be highlighted: universal access to scientific knowledge, improving education and training and some policy issues in scientific information.

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