Rio World Science Forum tackles science's role in global sustainable development

November 18, 2013

Budapest/Rio, November 19, 2013: On the eve of the 6th World Science Forum in Rio de Janeiro, November 24-27, the President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and founding partner, Professor József Pálinkás has called on participants to find ways that science can help meet the challenges of global sustainability. The Forum is being held for the first time in a partner country, with the Brazilian Academy of Sciences acting as host and their President, Jacob Palis serving as chairman.

According to Professor Pálinkás science must proactively seek to play a central role rather than waiting in the wings: "In a world of constant and pressing need for change, economic considerations appear to have become the determining factor, especially in the sustainability debate. However, the World Science Forum believes science and the results of scientific research can and must play a vital role through delivering intelligent and responsible solutions. The 2013 WSF aims to explore global sustainability and the responsibility of scientists by debating the agenda presented at the 2012-es Rio+20 UN summit including topics such as inequalities, science policy and governance, scientific integrity, sustainable use of natural resources, science and engineering education, science in innovation. It is my hope that the sessions and debates in Rio will result in a clear final declaration on how science can take up this challenge."

Held every 2 years, WSF is world-wide event with participants from over a hundred countries including eminent scientists, Nobel Laureates, key policy makers and high-level guests. Hosted in 2013 by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, WSF's co-organisers include UNESCO, ICSU (International Council for Science) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Key partner associations are the European Academies Scientific Advisory Council (EASAC) and The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). Such backing has ensured that, in addition to being the only forum of regular discussions between scientists, society and policy-makers about the role of science, and the ethical, environmental, economic, social and cultural consequences of scientific discoveries, the outputs of WSF have been well received and highly influential.

Richard Hayhurst Associates

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