Brazil hosting World Science Forum
For the first time, the World Science Forum is taking place outside Europe this year. The sixth edition of this biennial event is being hosted by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) on 24−27 November 2013.
Science for Global Sustainable Development, the theme of this year’s World Science Forum, has been inspired by the recommendations of Rio+20 in 2012, the 20th anniversary of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
Over the past year, seven preparatory meetings for the forum in Rio de Janeiro have been held in different Brazilian cities. Each has been attended by scientists, researchers, other specialists and public representatives. The first was held in São Paulo in August 2012, followed by meetings in Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Manaus, Recife, Porto Alegre and Brasilia, in August 2013.
It is the national executive committee, comprised of the 12 entities which make up the Brazilian National Science, Technology and Innovation Network, which decided to hold this series of meetings, in order to debate major scientific challenges of the 21st century.
In addition to the four themes common to all seven meetings – science education; dissemination and access to knowledge and the interests of the community; ethics in science; and science for sustainable and inclusive development – each meeting is focusing on a specific theme. The preparatory meeting in Manaus on 28−30 November 2012 focused on tropical diversity and science for development, for instance; that in Recife on 15−16 April 2013 on oceans, climate and development. The theme of the last of the preparatory meeting, that in Brasilia on 20-22 August, was science for the environment and social justice.
The World Science Forum aspires to become the scientific equivalent of the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland). It was launched by UNESCO and the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 2003, further to a recommendation by governments attending the World Conference on Science in 1999.
The first five editions of the World Science Forum were hosted by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest and involved UNESCO, ICSU and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This year, the partners are joined by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the European Academies Science Advisory Council.
Press release (20 November 2013)