15.11.2011 - UNESCOPRESS

Budapest World Science Forum to examine the changing landscape of science

The fifth World Science Forum will take place in Budapest, Hungary, from 17 to 19 November. Dedicated to the changing landscape of science, the conference is to serve as a forum for reflection about the challenges facing science today.

The Forum is organized by Hungary’s Academy of Science, in partnership with UNESCO, the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Every two years, it brings together scientists, decision-makers, and representatives of nongovernmental organizations, alongside educational and research institutions.           

Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary, will open the Forum with Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO; József Pálinkás, President of the Hungarian Academy of Science; Yuan Tseh Lee, President of ICSU ; Alain I. Leshner, Chief Executive Officer of AAAS and Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, will deliver a message to participants during the opening.

Participants will focus on changes in science due to global efforts in research and development and to the growing importance of emerging economies. Themes to be addressed include: new forces at play in science and technology; trends in higher education and the new generation of researchers.

The Nigerian Institute for Forest Research, laureate of the 2011 Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation, will be awarded the Prize at a ceremony during the Forum on 17 November.

Funded by Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of Oman, the prize recognizes outstanding initiatives concerning the management and preservation of the environment. It is awarded every two years.

The World Science Forum follows in the footsteps of the World Science Conference organized in Budapest in 1999 by UNESCO and ICSU. Unlike the previous sessions that were held in the Hungarian capital in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2008, the next Forum will take place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). 




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