The ISC at the World Science Forum 2019

This page highlights how you can engage with representatives from the ISC during the World Science Forum, see our programmes in action in thematic sessions and plenaries, and download our special edition World Science Forum newsletter.
The ISC at the World Science Forum 2019

Engage online with the ISC using the hashtags #WSFBP19 and #KnowledgeTogether

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Updates! 21 November 2019

See Daya Reddy’s speech from the opening ceremony here.

See Heide Hackmann’s SDG presentation here.

The ISC will have a strong presence at the World Science Forum and our team is keen to engage with the international community around our Action Plan, and of course, the theme of the Forum, Ethics and Responsibility of Science. You can read our essay on defending the freedom and responsibility of science in the 21st century here.

We’ve also made a special newsletter for the World Science Forum. Click here to download, or pick up a printed copy at the registration desk.


Meet and greet, see and hear from ISC representatives at the following sessions:

Wednesday 20 November

09:00 – 11:00

ISC Members are invited to meet with ISC representatives to talk about member engagement and the ISC’s Action Plan at the  Bolyai Room in the Scientists’ Café.  Contact to make your appointment. If you prefer a time later in the afternoon this can be accommodated.

18:00 – 18:45


Venue: Müpa Budapest, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

Daya Reddy. Click here for full information

Thursday 21 November

11:30 – 13:00

The Urgent Responsibility of Science to Support the SDGs

Organised by: UNESCO, InterAcademy Partnership, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), International Science Council (ISC), Global Young Academy

Venue: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Small Lecture Hall

Speaker: Heide HackmannClick here for full information.

11.30 – 13:00


Centenary of Organized International Science and Science Diplomacy

Organised by: International Science Council (ISC)
Venue: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ceremonial Hall

Elisa Reis
Alik Ismail-Zadeh

Speaker: Daya ReddyClick here for full information.

11:30 – 13:30


Science for Peace: Successes and Future Responsibilities

Organised by: InterAcademy Partnership, Royal Scientific Society, Jordan (RSS)
Venue: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Reading Room

Speaker: Flavia SchlegelClick here for full information.

17:00 – 18:30


Open Science: The Future of Science and Science for the Future

Organised by: UNESCO, International Science Council (ISC), European Research Infrastructure for Translational Medicine (EATRIS)
Venue: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ceremonial Hall

Speaker: Heide HackmannClick here for full information.

17:00 – 18:30


Ethics of Artificial Intelligence – Global Considerations and Potential for Africa

Organised by: UNESCO
Venue: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Library Conference Hall

Speaker: Lucilla SpiniClick here for full information.

Friday 22 November

11.30 – 13:00


Basic Sciences Infrastructures for Ethical and Responsible Collaborative Development

Organised by: International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), International Union of Crystallography, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Royal Scientific Society, Jordan (RSS), CERN, International Science Council (ISC), ICISE, Dhofar University
Venue: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ceremonial Hall

Speaker: Sekazi Mtingwa. Click here for full information.

17:00 – 18:30 


Beyond SDGs: Science for Well-Being

Organised by: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), International Science Council (ISC)
Venue: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ceremonial Hall

Moderator: Lucilla SpiniClick here for full information.

Saturday 23 November

11.30 – 13:00


20 Years of Science Diplomacy

Venue: Parliament House (Please note you must register separately for this event. Click here)

Speaker: Elisa Reis.Click here for full information.

Meet your ISC team

Daya Reddy, President, ISC

Elisa Reis, Vice President, ISC

Alik Ismail-Zadeh, Secretary ISC

Heide Hackmann, CEO, ISC

Flavia Schlegel, Special Envoy for Science in Global Policy

Lucilla Spini, Senior Science and Policy Officer

Alison Meston, Senior Communications Officer

Also joining us are members of ISC committees and sponsored programmes:

Roger Ridley, ISC Executive Secretary Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in Science

Francine Harland, ISC Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in Science

Pekka Aula, Member, ISC Committee for Outreach and Engagement

Sekazi Mtingwa, Chair of Executive Committee, LAAMP. The ISC is a joint sponsor of LAAMP with IUPAP and IUCr .

Want to stay in touch beyond the World Science Forum? To register for our monthly ISC newsletter, click here.

Photo by Keszthelyi Timi on Unsplash

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