World Science Forum 2013: November 25th to 27th, in Rio

For the first time out of it’s birth country, Hungary, the sixth edition of the World Science Forum was held in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro. It was a world-wide event with participants from over a hundred countries including eminent scientists, Nobel Laureates, key policy makers and high-level guests that will discuss the role of science, and the ethical, environmental, economic, social and cultural consequences of scientific discoveries.

In a world of constant and pressing need for change, economic considerations appear to have become the determining factor. However, the World Science Forum believes science and the results of scientific research can play a highly desirable and vital role in planning our future through delivering intelligent and responsible solutions.

Recognising that in a global world, challenges facing humankind can only be met through joint, science-based efforts, the founders of the World Science Forum have created a global platform for the various stakeholders from research to promote utilization and dissemination of scientific knowledge. It is a prominent, highly regarded event in the world of science, the forum of science fora, an opportunity to discuss and define the social relevance, influence and future of science. It is a powerful public event dealing with science diplomacy concerned with framing global and national policies to integrate scientific achievements, social demands and policy-making aims. It is a key point of reference for policy makers from science, society and politics.

Its main goals are:

- * to emphasize the significance, social and economic relevance, influence and responsibilities of science,
- * to foster and maintain a dialogue between the scientific community, society and policy-makers,
- * to provide a foundation for finding real responses to the global challenges facing mankind,
- * to facilitate understanding between nations, cultures and people through the common language of science and to encourage shared responsibility for our future.

WSF 2013 in Rio de Janeiro

On the initiative of the President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences József Pálinkás and in response to the increasing globalisation of sciences, it was decided in 2011 to hold WSF every four years in a partner country, returning in between to original host city Budapest. In 2013 WSF was hosted by Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. In 2015 WSF returns to Budapest, followed in 2017 by Jordany, in Asia.

The main organizer in 2013 was the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, with the support of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The co-organizers/founding partners were UNESCO, ICSU (International Council for Science), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC). The European Academies Scientific Advisory Council (EASAC) and The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) were partner associations.

WSF represents a global dialogue on leading, responsible and sustainable science, which for four days placed Rio de Janeiro at the centre of the scientific world, while maintaining its traditional connections to its home town of Budapest.


WSF 2013: "Science for Global Sustainable Development"

The objectives of the 2013 Forum were:

- * to demonstrate how science can contribute to the environmental, economic and social sustainability of global development;
- * to highlight the responsibility of science in making the principle of sustainability unquestionable in decision-making and to inspire public action by a meaningful dialogue with society;
- * to emphasize the need for science-based policy-making;
- * to follow-up on scientific initiatives that serve the common good - from the promotion of ideas through knowledge-sharing to the formulation of recommendations for decision-making;
- * as the forum of science fora to institutionalize its aims through its Statutes and ensure widespread recognition of results through its Declaration.

The 2013 WSF aimed to explore the following dimensions of global sustainability by debating the environmental, economic and social agenda presented at the 2012-es Rio+20 UN summit:

- * inequalities,
- * science policy and governance,
- * scientific integrity,
- * sustainable use of natural resources,
- * science and engineering education,
- * science in innovation.

WSF 2013: see the programme and the speakers profiles.

The presence in the Forum was allowed just for invitation, but it was broadcasted on line in www.scjforum.hu.



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