Global Science and National Policies: the Role of Academies. Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. 4-5 May 2007
A tow-day conference of the Academies of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, devoted to a set of major issues requiring international science co-operation and to the role – actual or potential – of ESEE Academies in relation to national policy making and development
The Conference of the Academies of Sciences of Eastern and South Eastern Europe on the theme “Global Science and National Policies: the Role of Academies”, organized by the UNESCO Office in Venice (BRESCE), the UNESCO Office in Moscow and the International Council for Science (ICSU) will be hosted by The Academy of Sciences of Moldova in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova from 4 to 5 May 2007.
As a follow-up to the World Conference on Science (Budapest, 1999), UNESCO and ICSU decided in 2005 to take action to strengthen the interactions between the Academies of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (ESEE) countries and their involvement in international science cooperation. As a first step, a questionnaire was sent out in early 2006 to the concerned Academies to collect information on their activities and organizations, as well as on their aspirations and needs. As a second step, UNESCO and ICSU have organized this Conference designed to bring all ESEE Academies together with a view to: review a set of strategic science issues relevant to regional and international cooperation, and the role that the Academies can play thereon; assess the role of the ESEE Academies in the national and regional contexts; enhance the role of science in society and the building of knowledge societies in ESEE countries.
The first day of the Conference is devoted to a set of major issues requiring international science cooperation (Science for knowledge and sustainable development, Mitigation of natural and human-induced environmental disasters, Science education, Gender issues in science) and the second day to the role – actual or potential – of ESEE Academies in relation to national policy making and development (Science and national development, Role of Academies in the ESEE countries). Each ESEE Academy has been invited to be represented at the conference at the highest level, and to participate actively in the programme. A background paper entitled ‘Academies of Sciences in Today’s World: Roles and Organization’, has been jointly commissioned by UNESCO and ICSU, partly on the basis of the replies to the questionnaires sent out earlier. In line with the overall theme of the Conference, the paper focuses on the role of Academies of Science, both in relation to science and the science community and in relation to society and (governmental) decision-makers.
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