Call for papers for Southeast European Conference on Science for Peace and Development

2 August 2001 The deadline of 20 August 2001 has been fixed for the submission of proposals for papers to an international conference on Science for Peace and Development being held in Maribor (Slovenia) on 4-6 October 2001.

Within the framework of follow-up to Budapest, the Conference will aim to foster understanding of the role played by regional scientific cooperation in Southeast Europe in creating the conditions for socio-economic and political stability in a sub-region rocked by conflict in recent years.

The Conference will examine the development of formal and informal networks of scientists and intellectual communities in the sub-region, with special focus on the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe concerning Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the FR Yugoslavia and Macedonia.

The Conference is organized jointly by the Austrian Institute of East and Southeast European Studies (Vienna, Ljubljana), University of Maribor, International League of Humanists (Sarajevo), Slovenian Science Foundation (Ljubljana) and Danube Rector’s Conference.

The organizers expect the Conference to ‘contribute to the further development of major ideas and recommendations of the World Conference on Science’ ....and ‘to important initiatives and programmes of the European Union in the field of regional and sub-regional intellectual cooperation aimed at European integration of the South East European states.’

Experts interested in proposing a paper should submit an abstract to Miroslav Polzer, Director of the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office in Ljubljana by 20 August 2001.

A programme committee will select papers on the basis of the scientific quality of proposals, the relevance of the topic for the Conference aims and with slight positive discrimination in favour of women and young researchers.

The October Conference is placed under the auspices of UNESCO’s regional office in Venice (Italy) and the Slovene National Commission for UNESCO, which are also providing financial support.

For further information – or to submit papers – contact miro.polzer@uni-lj.si