25.06.2010 -

Celebrating Science

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From 2 to 7 July 2010, the city of Turin, Italy (the Lingotto Conference and Exhibition Centre) will host the biennial multi-disciplinary, pan-European ESOF2010 (EuroScience Open Forum).


UNESCO Venice Media Advisory N°2010-04 (25/06/2010) : From 2 to 7 July 2010, the city of Turin, Italy (the Lingotto Conference and Exhibition Centre) will host the biennial multi-disciplinary, pan-European ESOF2010 (EuroScience Open Forum). It is a celebration of science, scientific research and innovation and its impact on society.  International scientific experts, policy makers, business people, media and the general public will have an opportunity to share opinions and debate on new breakthroughs occurring in the continuously evolving world of science. By contributing as a partner and supporter of this major European rendezvous between science and society, UNESCO demonstrates its commitment towards the re-strengthening of international cooperation for the advancement of science, establishment of science for development and peace, promotion of sustainable development and intercultural dialogue.

Throughout the South Eastern European (SEE) Region, the UNESCO Venice Office actively encourages, the mobilising of scientific knowledge and expertise; supports national policies concerning research and innovation and higher education; establishes cross disciplinary management plans fundamental for cultural and natural heritage conservation (i.e., MAB Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage sites); encourages women in science and promotes the popularization of science for youth.

UNESCO’s contribution to the ESOF2010 ‘Career of Scientists’ and ‘Women in Science’ Sessions, demonstrates the Organization’s pledge towards the advancement of science by enabling the younger generations and women to carry out fundamental roles.

The UNESCO Venice Office selected 28 young emeritus scientists coming from South Eastern Europe and Mediterranean countries and has designated them as the UNESCO travel grants recipients. Through these grants, UNESCO is offering opportunities for young scientists to participate in ESOF 2010 and later share their experiences with their peers in their country of origin. It is also another interesting method of “communicating” science.

On 5 July 2010, an expert panel will address issues related to gender equality in science in a dedicated session entitled “The world needs science…Science needs women”. Invited speakers such as a Prof Ada Yonath, FWIS Laureate for Europe 2008 and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2009, Ms Jennifer Campbell, Secretary General of the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation, will provide interested media and public with a firsthand opportunity to learn more about nowadays challenges in reaching gender equality in the field of science and technology.

As part of the Venice Office’s outreach activities, UNESCO reports on science and other printed information will be showcased and distributed to visitors during the Research & Innovation Exhibition located at pavilion no. 5 of the Lingotto Exhibition Centre, directly annexed to the Lingotto Conference Centre (UNESCO Stand no. 125).

Mr Engelbert Ruoss, Director of the UNESCO Venice Office will be representing the Organization’s Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova and the newly appointed Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, Ms Gretchen Kalonji at the ESOF opening ceremonies in Turin on 2 and 3 July 2010.

For further information and requests for interviews with the Director, Engelbert Ruoss, please contact the UNESCO Venice Office:

Iulia Nechifor  Email: i.nechifor(at)unesco.org

Rosanna Santesso  tel. +39-041-260-1513  Email:  r.santesso(at)unesco.org

Visit ESOF2010 website at : http://www.esof2010.org/


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