UNESCO Science Report
The UNESCO Science Report was launched in 1993 under the name of World Science Report. Since then, five reports have provided a periodic review of the state of science around the world through the eyes of an independent team of experts. A series of informative and thought-provoking essays identifies and discusses emerging trends in scientific research and higher education, by country or by region.
The series was interrupted in 2000 by the decision of UNESCO’s Executive Board to re-examine UNESCO’s policy for world reports. The Board subsequently decided to launch a series of world reports on cross-cutting themes related to UNESCO’s work. This gave rise to two reports, the UNESCO World Report : Towards Knowledge Societies (2005) and the UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue (2009).
In order to avoid a gap in the data series, the editor of the World Science Report invited the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and consultant Peter Tindemans to prepare a statistical report in 2003, entitled Global Investment in R&D Today.
The World Science Report series was revived in 2004. In order to avoid confusion with the new series of world reports, the monitoring report on trends in science, technology and innovation worldwide was renamed the UNESCO Science Report.
All the reports in the series may be consulted online (see below).
UNESCO Science Report 2010
This fifth report in the series is freely accessible online in English and Chinese and may be purchased from UNESCO Publishing in both languages. The executive summary is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.