03.11.2010 -

Celebrating World Science Day 2010 : Science is … UNESCO!

©UNESCOWorld Science Day 2010 Poster

The UNESCO World Science Day for Peace and Development celebrated annually on 10 November is an occasion to celebrate SCIENCE. It is also an opportunity to reflect upon the impact of science on society and its role in fostering international cooperation, encouraging peace, intercultural dialogue and the achievement of important Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) such as, universal education, gender equality, poverty eradication and sustainable development.


The UNESCO Venice Office will celebrate Science on 10 November 2010 in its facilities at Palazzo Zorzi (4930 Castello, Venice) in the presence of university rectors (Prof Carlo Carraro, Cà Foscari-Venice) professors (Michele Morgante, University of Udine; Pier Luigi Nimis, University of Trieste  and experts from the European Commission (Robert Burmanjer, Head of Unit D-3: Specific International Cooperation Actions, European Commission) and Italian scientific community (Antonio Paruzzolo, General Manager, Thetis, Venice, Maurizio Martellini, Secretary General, Landau Network-Centro Volta, Como). As well, the authors of 2 recently published reports by Observa Editori, “Women in Science/Donne in Scienza” and “Science and future generations/Scienze e nuove generazioni- the ROSE Project” (Dr Alessandra Allegrini - Observa Science in Society; Prof Federico Neresini, Prof Giuseppe Pellegrini - University of Padua) will present interesting facts and figures relevant to these reports. 

As Mr Engelbert Ruoss, Director of the UNESCO Venice Office will briefly outline in his presentation on 10 November 2010, “…Science is an integral part of the Organization’s mission. The future role of UNESCO within science is oriented towards sustaining and promoting a worldwide “green economy”; preventing natural hazards and reducing disaster-risks by encouraging the education and science for sustainable development.”

This year’s “celebration” of science will also recall the current International Year of Biodiversity (Biodiversity is Life - Biodiversity is our Life) and the launching of the 2010 UNESCO Science Report at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris. This Report is produced by a team of international experts every five years. It provides a global overview of science and provides the latest developments in scientific research, innovation and higher education. It describes major trends from a regional perspective. According the 2010 Report, “…while North America, Europe and Japan are still the leaders when it comes to research and development, emerging countries are catching up rapidly, particularly China. This trend became evident several years ago and has been accentuated by the 2008 financial crisis.”

The WSD 2010 posters have been published in different languages: Albanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Italian, local languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Slovenian, Serbian and Turkish. The posters for high quality print (PDF - 33MB) are available on request to: r.santesso(at)unesco.org

Author(s): UNESCO Venice Media Advisory N°2010-08
Source: UNESCOVENICE PRESS 26-10-2010

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WSD 2010 Venice programme
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