World Social Science Forum 2018


The 4th World Social Science Forum will be dedicated to the theme of “Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures” in Fukuoka, Japan, from 25 to 28 September 2018. The Forum is organized by the International Science Council (ISC), under the patronage of UNESCO.

Over the course of four days, participants will look into various dimensions of security, interrogating how the demand for security relates to societies’ quest for equality and sustainability.

The Forum will allow identifying critical research priorities on security, as well as data and knowledge gaps, globally and in specific regions.

It will gather researchers, funders, policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss important societal challenges, take stock of social science contributions and capacities, and make recommendations for future research, practice and policy.

The ISSC’s World Social Science Forum 2018 is hosted by Kyushu University, and supported by the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

The series of World Social Science Fora is one of ISSC’s flagship activities in the context of the Framework Agreement between UNESCO and the International Social Science Council.

The ISSC is an independent non-governmental organization established by UNESCO in 1952. It is the primary body representing the social, economic and behavioral sciences at an international level. Its mission is to strengthen social science to help solve global priority problems.


Type of Event Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Start 25.09.2018 09:00 local time
End 28.09.2018 18:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Crowley, John
Organizer International Science Council
Contact Cecilie Golden,
Country Japan
City Fukuoka
Venue Fukuoka International Congress Center
Street 2-1 Sekijomachi, Hakata Ward
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event
Estimated number of participants 1000
Official Website More information on WSSF 2018
Link 1 International Social Science Council (ISSC)
Link 2 World Social Science Report 2016. Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World
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