World Science Forum

Inspired by the success of the World Conference on Science organized by UNESCO and the International Council for Science in 1999, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences offered to host a series of follow-up conferences under the name of the World Science Forum in 2003. From 2003 to 2011, the event was held in the capital of Hungary. As of 2013, every second session will be hosted by a country other than Hungary. In 2013, the World Science Forum was hosted by Brazil, In 2017, it is being hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Every two years, UNESCO and its partners provide a global forum for more than 400 leading scientists, policy-makers, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and research bodies, leaders of culture and industry to discuss the challenges facing science in the 21st century. Ultimately, the World Science Forum aspires to become to science what the Davos Forum is to economics. (Read Tomorrow’s Davos of Science? )

The World Science Forum was established after the 1999 World Conference on Science, organized by UNESCO and ICSU in Budapest. It is no coïncidence that  the forum falls on more or less the same dates each time. It is deliberately convened on or around 10 November, to mark World Science Day for Peace and Development, established by UNESCO after the World Conference on Science.

The fourth World Science Forum took place on 5-7 November 2009. Dubbed “Budapest + 10”, it marked the 10th anniversary of the World Conference on Science. Within its Science Agenda-Framework for Action, the World Conference on Science made a series of recommendations for instigating a new ‘social contract’ for science in the twenty-first century. More than a decade after its adoption, the Science Agenda continues to guide policy-makers around the world. In 2009, UNESCO decided to take stock of policy changes in Member States over the 10 years since the conference, via a questionnaire, The answers were subsequently analysed and presented to two UNESCO events, the World Conference on Higher Education: the New Dynamics of Higher Education (UNESCO Paris, 6-8 July 2009) and the World Science Forum (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, 5-7 November 2009).

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