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World Science Forum on Science, Ethics and Responsibility invites session proposals

Twenty years since the first UNESCO World Conference on Science was held in Budapest, the World Science Forum will bring together leaders from the world of science and policy to discuss the roles, responsibility and challenges of science. A call for thematic sessions is now open.

Under the main theme of “Science, Ethics and Responsibility” the 2019 World Science Forum will revisit one of the topics that was fundamental to the creation of the series of fora and has only gained relevance since then.

The transformative technological developments of the last twenty years, growing demands for the accountability of research expenditures and the spread of opinions challenging scientific evidence have only reinforced the need for the responsible and ethical use of scientific knowledge.

The 2019 World Science Forum, which takes place in Budapest, Hungary, between the 20 and 23 of November, will provide an opportunity for the considerations of scientists, policy-makers, society, industry and science communicators to be challenged from an ethical standpoint in the plenary sessions, and will also allow for more technical debates over issues of science in thematic sessions.

For the first time in 2019, any scientific organization is invited to apply for the thematic sessions to be included in the main programme of the Forum. The deadline for submission of session proposals is 10 April 2019.For more information and to propose a session, please see the link at the foot of this text.

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences offers accommodation for all plenary and thematic session speakers and moderators (max 6 persons/per session) as well as catering during the time of the event. No registration fees will be charged.

About the World Science Forum

The first UNESCO World Conference on Science was held in 1999 in Budapest. Following the initiative of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 2003 the World Science Forum series has played a prominent role in bringing leaders of the world of science and policy together. The biennial World Science Forum series aims to discuss the roles, responsibilities and challenges of science and present issues of common interest to the scientific community and the general public.

The partner organizations of the World Science Forum are:

  • the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
  • the International Science Council (ISC)
  • the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)
  • TWAS, the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
  • the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
  • and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as the initiator of the WSF series and the host of the 2019 Forum.

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