SciDev.Net’s special link to the World Science Forum

World Science Forum in 2009

The forum will take place at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian Parliament (Credit: World Science Forum)

I will be blogging from the World Science Forum in Budapest, Hungary, later this week (17­–19 November). It’s the fifth such forum and this year’s focus will be on the ‘changing landscape of science’.

The forum has a special link to SciDev.Net. It dates back to 1999, when the World Conference on Science was held in Budapest. SciDev.Net originated from a project set up by news staff at the journal Nature (with financial assistance from the Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom) to report on that conference. This was well received, leading to the creation of a permanent website devoted to reporting on, and analysing the role of, science and technology in development in 2001.

And voilà, here we are, ten years later, still going strong and witnessing a change in the global science landscape, with more international collaboration, and emerging new scientific powerhouses, such as Brazil, China and India.

The 5th staging of the forum, taking place this week, will look at the changes in science’s geography, with an emphasis on the emerging powerhouses and science in Africa and the Arabic states. It will also consider changes in scientific topics, and emerging issues, including nanotechnology, genetic engineering, food security, energy consumption, and emerging diseases. It hopes to put a special emphasis on bringing together scientists and politicians and encouraging the dialogue between the two communities.

The forum is organised by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in co-operation with UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the International Council for Science (ICSU), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Mićo Tatalović, deputy news editor, SciDev.Net

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