Fostering the recruitment of talent for science

22 February 2002

Convinced that science education underlies progress in science and its service to society, two senior figures from the World Conference on Science - Professors Leon Lederman (Nobel Laureate in Physics, Illinois Math Science Academy, USA) and Péter Csermely (Semmelweis University, Hungary) are organizing a WCS follow-up workshop entitled Science Education: Talent Recruitment and Public Understanding. The Workshop, to be held in Budapest on 18-20 April 2002, represents an important initiative to seek innovative approaches at an international level for involving the talent of new generations in scientific research, and for enabling talented young scientists to do their best in the service to society. (More)

The Science Agenda - Framework for Action, approved by the WCS, urged governments of developing countries and countries in transition to enhance the status of scientific, educational and technical careers, and to make determined efforts to improve working conditions, increase national capacity to retain trained scientists and promote new careers in S&T. In this context, the Workshop will address issues relating to the training of talented high-school students for scientific research. It aims at promoting co-operation between existing scientific research training projects by raising opportunities for intensive student-exchanges, improving these projects by exchanging experiences, and initiating new projects in countries where needed. The Workshop will review existing highly-successful examples of scientific research training in Europe, the USA, Canada and Israel and will focus on the introduction of experiences gained into national projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Long-term, the workshop seeks to establish a network of scientific research training projects world-wide.

Participation of key European and global organizations which promote science education and talent, such as the European Council of High Ability, MENSA International, NATO Scientific Committee, UNESCO, will help ensure an international impact and the participation of key figures of Central and Eastern European countries to promote existing successful practices in the region.

For further information write to: csermely@ puskin.sote.hu