Celebration of the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2014

Many partners around the world will be joining UNESCO in order to make the day a truly worldwide celebration. This list of events organized worldwide is not exhaustive. We invite you to join us in celebrating the day and to share information with us on the activities you organize.

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Official celebration at UNESCO Headquarters

10 November 2014, 10:30 - 18:00, Room IV
World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated each year on 10 November. This year's theme is “Quality Science Education; ensuring a sustainable future for all."

 


Bangladesh

Organization of a round-table discussion on science education in Bangladesh. Academicians, Policy makers, Science and Technology Entrepreneurs, Science and Tech Reporters, Popular Science Book Writers and Publishers, Science Club Moderators will join in the discussion.

Contact:

Abdullah Al Mahmud
Editor, Zero to Infinity
Phone: +880 1917 338590
Email: mahmud(at)zero2inf.com

 

Shahjalal University of Science & Technology

The SUST Science Arena, a pioneer science organization of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology is going to arrange a popular science lecture by eminent physicist and drone technology expert Syed Razwanul Haque Nabil, lecturer, Dept. of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Metropolitan University Sylhet, Team leader of SUST Drone Team on the topic “Science for Peace and Development”, on Monday, 10th November, 2014 at 5.00 PM (BST), at Gallery of academic building "A". After the lecture an open discussion will follow on the topic “Quality Science Education: For Securing Sustainable Future that is the theme for the World Science Day for Peace and Development this year.

Contact:

Shuvanon Razik
Organization: SUST Science Arena
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology
Kumargaon
3114 Sylhet
Bangladesh
E-mail: razik666(at)gmail.com
Tel: 08801942769481

 


Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

European Scientific Institute

The European Scientific Institute will organize the Global Multidisciplinary Conference2014 an online conference for scientist around the world.

Contact:
Dr. Dejan Marolov
Organization: European Scientific Institute
Address: International Relation Office
St. 203, No.1, 2300 Kocani,
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
E-mail: marolov.dejan(at)yahoo.com
Tel: 0038978362299

 


Greece

Serres for Unesco & Central Public Library of Serres

Activity / event planned:

The Unesco department of Serres, Greece in co-operation with the Central Public Library of Serres celebrate “World Teachers’ Day 2014”, “World Science Day” and “World Philosophy Day” with a series of events that will take place twice a week during October, November and December. The title of the project is “Aristotle's Route”, because apart from being one of the greatest Philosophers of all times, Aristotle was also a great teacher and at the same time a scientist of all fields.

In the Library will be hosted schoolchildren of Serres.

The series of events will include:

  • Audiovisual Presentations
  • Topic-related activities and games
  • Creative activities
  • Development of the project in the classroom
  • Online presentation of the students’ projects

We hope to give the students the opportunity to learn and appreciate the significance of teachers’ role in society and to understand the usefulness of science in everyday life and its contribution to the solution of contemporary environmental problems.

Contact:

Mrs Vassiliki Papathanasiou
Postal Address: Ioustinianou 10, Serres 62124, Greece & Nikou Nikolaou 20, Serres 62124, Greece
Area Code: 62124
State/Province: Central Macedonia Periphery
Country: Greece
Tel:+306944323991
E-mail: pvassiliki(at)hotmail.com & pvassiliki(at)serresforunesco.org

 


India

Institute of Medical Education and Research

At the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, RML Hospital Delhi, an event exploring science and its relation to peace in conjunction with the UN Week of Science and Peace.

The event will include the Medical Superintendent and Director of the Institute Dr. Prof. H.K. Kar, MC Dr. Harish Gupta and peace ambassador Prem Rawat speaking on the subjects. Themes will include:

  • The relationship between the medical profession and its role in bringing peace.
  • The medical implications of the lack of peace for human beings and its impact on disease and ill-health.
  • The importance of peace for medical staff and their wellbeing- caring for the carers.
  • Peace education for the medical profession to help bring better and more sustainable medical care for patients.

There will be an audience of post-graduate doctors and medical faculty of 400 + with a Q & A session to explore the above-mentioned themes. The event will be filmed for television and broadcast internationally

Contact:
Dr. Harish Kumar Gupta, Consultant and Associate Professor in Medicine
Dr A S N Rao, Consultant and Professor of Surgery
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, New Delhi
and
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi
Baba Kharag Singh Marg,
New Delhi
Delhi
India
E-mail: g_harish1957(at)yahoo.com.in
Tel: 9818144645, 9810724841

 

Gujarat Science City and Gujarat Council on Science & Technology

10th November is being celebrated as the World Science Day for Peace and Development. Established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001, World Science Day is being celebrated worldwide to offer an opportunity to demonstrate why science is relevant to the daily lives and to engage one and all in debate on related issues.

“Today, in a world changing quickly, we need more science, we need more scientists. Science is a force that brings people together, to join hands in the pursuit of knowledge. Science is our best ally to tackle the consequences of climate change, to foster the innovation all societies need today. Quality science education is a pillar for a more sustainable future – we must invest in it, to empower every woman and man, to catalyze the innovation and creativity we need for the century ahead - this is UNESCO’s message on World Science Day, and it guides all our work to harness the power of the sciences for lasting peace and sustainable development.

For all these reasons, the celebration of World Science Day serves to remind us what science is for, namely peace and development. This annual occasion is a regular opportunity to reflect on how science can best serve this purpose.

By throwing bridges between science and society, the aim is to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science, while underscoring the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

Every year the Gujarat Science City and Gujarat Council on Science & Technology (GUJCOST), both working under the aegis of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat, are celebrating the World Science Day in an innovative way on the focal theme promoting quality science education for a sustainable future.

Creating interest and excitement in science and nurturing a new generation of scientists is essential to improving the quality of life and enhancing the national competitiveness. Teaching science is great. Science is a subject that is always changing. Advancing and discovering new insights and understanding of how our world works. There is a personal excitement about keeping in touch with such progress. When students are wondered with such innovations, the teacher may see that excitement reflected in the eyes of their students.

On the World Science Day, Gujarat Science City and GUJCOST have organized a special session on Science Education for Sustainable Future to discuss how S&T can be explored for the societal development with peace and prosperity on 10th November 2014. Distinguished Scientists and science educators are being invited to interact with students and the other participants and the celebration will continue up to 13th November 2014.

School students are also invited to take part in painting competition on reflecting the images of science in society, quizzing themselves on recent S&T advancements and puzzling with the futuristic mission to make the world better. Gujarat Science City offers a wonderful platform in linking science with everyday lives. Students and visitors can explore its Hall of Science, Hall of Space, Planet Earth, Energy Park, Life Science Park, Motion Simulators, IMAX 3D Theatre and Children Activity Centre and inspire their curiosity for life-long learning.

The celebration is also going to held in 33 Community Science Centers in different districts across the State with State Level Science Drama Competition, Children Science Congress, Popular Science Lectures, exhibition and students competitions.

Science, peace and development are interlinked. The greatest safeguard for peace lies in ensuring that the benefits of science are made available to all people on an equitable basis.

We take this opportunity to invite one and all to attend the programme and encourage the students and teachers in linking science classes to the everyday world. We look forward to working with the rest of the world to build a new and sustainable future!

Contact:
Narottam Sahoo
Advisor & Member Secretary
Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat
Gujarat Council on Science & Technology
E-mail: narottam.sahoo(at)gmail.com

 


Islamic Republic of Iran

World Science Day for peace and development was celebrated by the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office in cooperation with the Iranian Association for the Popularization of Sciences and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO

The event was attended by many diplomats, scientists, academics and UNESCO partners.

Please see the news link of the event: UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office celebrates World Science Day for Peace and Development/

An academic seminar also held on 10 November 2014. UNESCO Tehran Director attended the seminar. Closing ceremony of the science week be will held on 14 November 2014.

Contact:
Mahta Mohegh (Ms.)
Programme Assistant
UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office
Tel: +98 21 22751315-17 (Ext 115)
Fax: +98 21 22751318
UTCO, Sa'adabad Historical Complex, Darband Sq., Tajrish
Tehran- Islamic Republic of Iran
Postal Code: 19896-43936
http://www.unesco.org/new/tehra

 


Pakistan

International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi and National Academy of Young Scientists

The International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi and National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), Pakistan are going to arrange an online lecture by Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS, NI, HI, SI, TI, Distinguished National Professor and President Pakistan Academy of Sciences on the topic “The thrilling world of discovery”, on Monday, 10th November, 2014 at 10:00 a.m (PST), at Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium, H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, ICCBS, University of Karachi, Pakistan.

This lecture will be live-stream through Virtual Education Project Pakistan (VEPP) to around 70 universities in different cities of Pakistan at the same time via Video conferencing facility.

On account of World Science Day for Peace and Development, being a top educationist in Pakistan, Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman will also talk about this year’s theme regarding Quality Science Education!

Contact: Tabinda Salman

Organization: National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), Pakistan
Address: Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi.
75270 Karachi
Pakistan
Email: ceap@nays.com.pk
Website: www.nays.com.pk

 

TECHNOLOGY TIMES

A rich and varied programme of activities to celebrate the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2014 will be organized by TECHNOLOGY TIMES, a Pakistan first ever newspaper on STI

Contact: S. A. Mustafa Z. Paras

Organization: TECHNOLOGY TIMES
Postal Address: TECH House, 81-Service Road West, 7th Avenue, Sector G-6/1-1
City: Islamabad
Area Code: 44000
State/Province: Federal
Country: Pakistan
Fax: +92512603142
E-mail: paras(at)technologytimes.pk
Tel: +923335755926

 

Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), and ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) in collaboration with UNESCO, Islamabad organized a Seminar on Quality Science Education

In order to commemorate this year's World Science Day, Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) along with ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), in collaboration with UNESCO office Islamabad, organized a half-day seminar in Islamabad, on November 12, 2014. Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, the renowned physicist and former Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Science & Technology, graced the occasion with his presence as the Chief Guest. The event had a mixed gathering of over one hundred participants, including science students, representatives of scientific institutions, academicians, as well as policy makers and members of the diplomatic community in Islamabad.

The inaugural session included an opening address by the President ECOSF, Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro; remarks by incumbent Director of UNESCO Office Islamabad, Ms. Vibeke Jensen; remarks by Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi and address by the Chief Guest, Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad. During the technical session of the seminar, talks were given by Dr. Tariq Mahmood, Advisor, Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan; Dr. Faisal F. Khan, Director, Institute of Integrative Biology, CECOS University, Peshawar; Dr. Fayyaz A. Faize, Assistant Professor CIIT, Islamabad; and Mr. Salman Naveed Khan, Campaign Manager (Political Advocacy) of Alif Ailaan. These talks, in general, deliberated upon the role of HEC in improving the standard of education and research in the country; new trends in life sciences; interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial nature of modern science education; ensuring ethical disposition; quality teaching; as well as, challenges of providing quality science education in schools of Pakistan.

Speakers expressed their concern for a high number of ‘out-of-school’ children and pressed the government and the civil society to play a greater role in this regard. One of the highlights of the event was the poster exhibition and competition. Over 40 posters, prepared by science students and researchers were presented, explicating the role of science for a progressive society in themes of agriculture, health, biosciences, nanotechnology and computational sciences. These students and researchers belonged to eleven science departments of universities and colleges. At the end of the seminar, five awards for the ‘Best Posters’ along with cash prize were given to students of CIIT, NUST, Forman Christian College, and the University of Lahore (Islamabad campus).

Link:

Contact:

  1. Mr. Abdul Majid Qureshi, Research Scholar, COMSATS Headquarters, 4th Floor, Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
    Email: abdul.majid(at)comsats.net.pk ,Tel: +92-51-9214515
  2. Mr. Ghulam Abbas Rahar, Assistant Director, ECOSF
    Email: abbas.ecosf(at)eco4science.org, Tel:+92-51-92154960
  3. Mr. Raza Shah, Programme Officer, UNESCO
    Email: r.shah(at)unesco.org, Tel: +92-51-2600242

Organizations: Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), ECO-Science Foundation (ECOSF) and UNESCO Office Islamabad
Postal Address: COMSATS Headquarters, 4th Floor, Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2, Islamabad
City: Islamabad
Area Code: 44000
State/Province: Islamabad
Country: Pakistan
Fax: +92-51-9216539
E-mail: abdul.majid(at)comsats.net.pk
Tel: +92-51-9214515/7

 

COMSATS, Pakistan Science Foundation and UNESCO Islamabad office

COMSATS, Pakistan Science Foundation and UNESCO Islamabad office will jointly celebrate the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2014.

Activities includes:

  • Student poster competition
  • Student science projects and artwork display
  • Technical session with speeches from experts
  • Student tablos highlighting science and sustainability
  • PSF Gold Medal for P.Is, Students Competitions, Award Prize to winners, Convention of Scientists/Presentations on Quality Science Educations

Link:

Contact:

  1. Dr. Hassan Abbas, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Wah Campus, hassan.abbas(at)ciitwah.edu.pk
  2. Dr. Naushaba Nadeem, Pakistan Science Foundation, de.naushaba(at)yahoo.com
  3. Syed Muhammad Raza Shah, UNESCO Islamabad, r.shah(at)unesco.org

Postal Address: G.T. Road
City: Wah Cantt.
Area Code: 47010
State/Province: Punjab
Country: Pakistan
Fax: +92 51 4546850
Tel: +92 51 4534200-2

 

Pakistan Science Club

Pakistan Science Club in Karachi will arrange his year on account of World Science day a series of awareness from 10 to 16 November Programs which include:

  1. Science Photo Contest.
  2. Ornithopter Workshop
  3. Fun Science day
  4. Poster competition

Programme delatils are available at : www.paksc.org

Contact:

Abdul Rauf
Founder and CEO
Pakistan Science Club
Tel: 03453002870, +92 0213 5052989
Web: www.paksc.org
f: www.facebook.com/pakscienceclub
t: www.twitter.com/pakscienceclub
g+ www.plus.google.com/+PakscOrg

 


Philippines

Partnership of Agham

Forum tackling the importance of science in the Philippine society and Exhibit of science researches of students and other organizations will be organized by the Partnership of Agham (Advocates of Science and Technology for the People) and Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Institute for Science and Technology Research and Development

Contact:
Noel Jalmasco and JM Ayuste
Partnership of Agham (Advocates of Science and Technology for the People) and Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Institute for Science and Technology Research and Development
127B Sct. Fuentebella Street, Brgy. Sacred Heart
Quezon City
Philippines
E-mail: secretariat(at)agham.org
Tel: (+632) 998 42 26

 


Russian Federation

Research institution of Complex problem

Open Day in Research institution of Complex problem of Adyghe State University (Maykop, Russia)

The event day aims to showcase the achievements of all laboratories. It is focused on demonstrations for students of the scientific foundations of physiology, biomechanics, nutritiology. An exhibition of geological-mineralogical at the zoological museums will be also organized

Contact:
Elena Kukva
E-mail: niikpagu(at)rambler.ru

 


Saudi Arabia

Hawazin Secondary School

The Science Club at the Hawazin Secondary School in Taif will carry out interesting science experiments, particularly on water chemistry.

Contact:
Khalid Alsherbi
Hawazin Secondary School
Taif
Saudi Arabia
Phone: 00966505359174
Fax: 00966127370098
E-mail: casia160(at)gmail.com

 


Turkey

Lessons dedicated to theme of the Day, Group work and a small conference will mark the celebration of the Celebration of the World Science day for Peace and development at Nesibe Aydın Schools

Contact:
David Rmouch
Organization: Nesibe Aydın Schools
Postal Address: Haymana Yolu 5. Km. Karşıyaka Mahallesi 577. Sokak No:1, Gölbaşı Ankara
Ankara
Turkey
Fax: 0312 498 24 46
Email: davidhangs(at)gmail.com
Tel: +905065763638

 


Uzbekistan

Proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference (Resolution 31C/ 20) in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development is an annual event celebrated all over the world to recall the commitment made at the UNESCO-ICSU World Conference on Science (Budapest 1999).

The purpose of the World Science Day for Peace and Development is to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. The World Science Day for Peace and Development also aims at raising public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies.

The World Science Day for Peace and Development was marked in Uzbekistan in the framework of an event of Café Scientifique organized by the UNESCO Office in Tashkent in cooperation with UNDP/UNV Project “Social Innovation and Volunteerism project in Tashkent.

Introducing the topic of the 2014 science day - “Quality Science Education: securing a sustainable future for all”, Ms. Krista Pikkat, UNESCO Representative in Uzbekistan, stressed that more than ever, in this new age of limited resources, we need to nurture the boundless energy and creativity of young women and men to tackle complex new challenges. Quality science education is vital for this, to lay the foundations for a more sustainable future for all. She has also mentioned the need for concerted action to halt the decline of enrolment of young people in science, starting at an early age. The importance of traditional and indigenous knowledge, inter-disciplinary approaches and new information and communication technologies for innovation and creativity have to be recognized in this regard.

In the second part Prof. Ergashev sci-speaker talked about the importance of science and education for sustainable development, especially in the regions that have suffered from ecological disasters.

Sustainable development is the overarching paradigm of the United Nations. The concept of sustainable development was described by the 1987 Bruntland Commission Report as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

There are four dimensions to sustainable development – society, environment, culture and economy – which are intertwined, not separate. Sustainability is a paradigm for thinking about the future in which environmental, societal and economic considerations are balanced in the pursuit of an improved quality of life. A prosperous society relies on a healthy environment to provide food and resources, safe drinking water and clean air for its citizens.

In its capacity as lead agency for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), UNESCO works with Member States in raising public awareness and reorienting education systems and programmes to meet the growing challenges of sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development requires far-reaching changes in the way education is often practiced.

Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning for mind change; such as protecting the environment, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption and skills for global citizenship. It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way. Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.

In Uzbekistan, in the framework of the DESD, UNESCO initiated discussions on education for sustainable development in partnership with the Uzbek National Commission for UNESCO and the National University of Uzbekistan. A Coordination Council for Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development was established, comprising various Ministries and NGOs.

In 2011, a UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development was established at the Urgench University. The Chair draws heavily on the experiences and findings of UNESCO’s “German-Uzbek Ecological and Economic Restructuring of Land and Water Use in the Khorezm region, Uzbekistan. A project in development research” (2002-2012). Established at the faculty of biological sciences of the Urgench University, the Chair aims to refocus education at the University towards the acquisition of knowledge, skills and values related to sustainability to the benefit of the people in the region. This will not only improve the quality of life, but also, rethinking and reforming education so as to generate knowledge which, together with the existing norms and values, is needed to build a sustainable world and develop enlightened, active and responsible citizens.

Finally it was open discussion and questions related to the subject of the day opinions exchanged mostly between the audience and speaker. The participants asked many questions concerning Aral Sea disaster, Climate change, biodiversity and genetics, how science can improve people’s life and contribute to sustainable development of the country, they also shared their comments thought about applied science and modern education practices.

Contact:
M. Osipov, Alexandr
Organization: UNESCO office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Postal Address: 9, Ergashev Str.,
City: Tashkent
Area Code: 100084
State/Province: Tashkent,
Country: Republic of Uzbekistan
Fax: 998 (71) 120 71 59
E-mail: a.osipov(at)unesco.org
Tel: 998 (71) 120 71 16

 


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