16.08.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Brasília to host the final preparatory meeting for the Global Science Forum

The event will take place on 21 and 22 August, in the Finatec auditorium on the UNB campus. Registration can be made via the website: fmc.cgee.org.br.

On the 21st and 22nd of this month, the federal capital will host the seventh and final Preparatory Meeting for the Global Science Forum, which will take place at the University of Brasilia (UNB). Registration can be made via the website: fmc.cgee.org.br.  

With the theme "Science for the environment and social justice," the meeting brings experts together to discuss issues such as urban violence; science, quality of life and social justice; challenges coming from new patterns of production and consumption; and science and the metropolis.

The meeting has been organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), with the participation of institutions like UNB, the Centre for Management and Strategic Studies (CGEE), the Catholic University of Brasilia (UCB), the Foundation for Research Support of the Federal District (FAP-DF), the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq / MCTI).

Since last year, there have been six preparatory meetings in different cities: São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Manaus, Salvador, Recife and Porto Alegre. Each addressed four transversal subjects, but with a common specific theme - in Recife, for example, it was oceans, climate and development, while in Manaus it was tropical diversity.

Each event also covered general topics such as education in science, dissemination and access to knowledge and social interest, ethics in science, and science for sustainable and inclusive development.

GSF 2013

The meeting to be held in the federal capital precedes the Global Science Forum (GSF) 2013 which will take place in Rio de Janeiro from 24 to 27 November with the theme "Science for sustainable global development."

The GSF was established in 1999 and has been held every two years in Budapest, Hungary. This will be the first time the event has taken place outside Europe. In 2009, it was requested that the event be held in other cities of the world with Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) credentials.  Brazil was chosen, with the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), for the work of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences over recent years.


In 2009 the MCTI, in collaboration with the principal Brazilian scientific and technological institutions and other Latin America and Caribbean governments, began taking action aimed at developing a regional strategy for the ST&I sector for future decades.

The principal outcome was the formalization of a Regional Declaration on the subject, the thrusts of which were the establishment of a regional strategic plan geared to solving common problems affecting these countries and the need to introduce social inclusion into national ST&I policies.

This initiative resulted in the recommendation that Rio de Janeiro should host the 2013 Global Science Forum, with the central theme of "Science for Global Development."

By the end of 2011, through participating agents of the national ST&I system, the National Executive Committee of the Global Science Forum in 2013 was created, comprised of representatives from 12 entities in the sector.  The committee’s mission is the preparation, programming and institutional coordination of the Global Forum to be held in November 2013. The 12 entities are: MCTI, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), the Ministry of Education - Coordination of Graduate Advancement (MEC/Capes), the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq / MCTI), the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC), Studies and Projects  Sponsor (FINEP/MCTI), the Center for Management and Strategic Studies (CGEE/MCTI), the National Association of Directors of Federal Institutions of Higher Education (Andifes), the National Council of State Secretaries for ST&I (Consecti), the National Council of Research Support Foundations (Confap), the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC) and Office of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Brazil.

Due to the importance of the Global Science Forum, it was decided to hold seven meetings in preparation for the international event in different cities. During these events, topics related to the main challenges of science in the 21st century are debated in a national and international context.

Source: Imprensa FMC2013

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