The next World Science Forum will take place in Rio de Janeiro in November 2013. It is noteworthy that for the first time the event will take place outside of Hungary. This important scientific event is organized by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in partnership with the “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization” (UNESCO), the “International Council for Science” (ICSU), the “American Association for the Advancement of Science” (AAAS), the “Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), the “European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and the “Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC).
The “Brazilian Association for the Advancement of Science” (SBPC) is part of the steering committee for the 2013 meeting whose central theme is “Science for Global Sustainable Development”.
The SBPC and ABC together with different partners (ANDIFES, CAPES, CNPq, CGEE, CONFAP, Consecti, UNESCO, MCTI) are organizing thematic meetings to be held in São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Recife, Manaus, Porto Alegre and Brasilia, in order to promote a broad national discussion on the theme.
The first meeting will take place in São Paulo from August 29th to 31st, 2012 at the headquarters of FAPESP. The theme of the meeting in Sao Paulo is "Science for Global Development: from education to innovation - building the foundations for citizenship and sustainable development."
It is a focal meeting where participants were selected based on their experience in the subject to be addressed. The selection of topics to be discussed led to the choice of the participants.
The program was organized by the following public universities in São Paulo: Air Force Institute of Technology (ITA), University of São Paulo (USP), State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Paulista State University (UNESP), Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCAR), Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and Federal University of ABC (UFABC), besides members from the directory board of the São Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP), the committee of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation dedicated to support the preparative for the World Science Forum and members of the board of directors of the SBPC. The opening lecture will be delivery by Prof. Dr. Michael Clegg, president of IANAS.
Despite the exponential scientific and technological progress observed on a global scale in recent decades, the overall improvement of quality of life of people and societies, including aggregate reduction in poverty and misery, and advances in levels of formal education and schooling, these advances occur very unevenly in the contemporary world, marked by clear inequalities and vast disparities. The consumption levels and wealth are much higher in industrialized economies in relation to the relatively less developed countries, there is greater mobility for skilled labor, and low or no international mobility for unskilled workers; the cities in developing countries show imbalances and sustainability problems that have been equated or greatly mitigated in industrialized countries and economies in services; levels of social welfare and especially access to health are unacceptably unequal societies, regions and countries.
In this respect, science and technology can provide answers to these challenges and imbalances, with important ethical implications. However, it is essential in order to reduce disparities and inequalities, that the potentiation of the benefits and fruits of scientific activity are disseminated via high-level education without distinction to all segments of society. Only the universalization of quality education will enable companies to absorb, in all its extension, the goods of culture, science and civilization still inaccessible to many.
Education was selected as the main theme for this preparatory meeting of the World Science Forum, in order to contribute to the debate and to propose actions to overcome these challenges.
Topics to be discussed at the meeting in São Paulo are current and fundamental to the management of science, technology and innovation in the country, in the era of globalization and knowledge based economy. We intend to produce a document from the topics discussed at the meeting.