28.06.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

World Science Forum committee finalizes programme

© Zoltán Bese,The Hungarian Parliament Hemicycle

27 June 2011 - The Steering Committee for the Fifth World Science Forum met on 3 June, at the invitation of forum President Professor József Pálinkás, to finalize the programme for the event, which is taking place from 17 to 19 November in Budapest, Hungary. The theme of this year’s forum is The Changing Landscape of Science.

The Forum is being organized by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in partnership with UNESCO, the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

To date, a number of speakers have been confirmed, including HRH Princess Sumaya bint el Hassan, President of the El Hassan Science City and the Royal Scientific Society, Sergio Machado Rezende, Former Minister of Science, Brazil, and Gebisa Ejeta, 2009 World Food Prize Laureate and Science Envoy of President Barack Obama.

The World Science Forum takes place biennially. It was inspired by the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledege issued by the World Conference on Science organized by UNESCO and ICSU in 1999. Another outcome of the conference was the instigation of World Science Day for Peace and development by the United Nations, celebrated each year on 10 November. Both the World Science Forum and World Science Day promote science and the interface between science and policy and science and society for sustainable development.

The themes of the previous World Science Fora were Knowledge and Society (2003), Knowledge, Ethics and Responsibility (2005), Investing in Knowledge: Investing in the Future (2007) and Knowledge and the Future (2009).

For more details about this year’s World Science Forum, click here

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