World Conference on Physics and Sustainable Development website
October 31 to November 2, 2005 in Durban, South Africa.
The Conference is to bring representatives of the international physics community together to formulate a plan for tackling some of the large problems facing the world. Contributions of physicists are ongoing and should be celebrated during 2005 -- the World Year of Physics. However, many of these contributions have benefited people in the developed world more than those in the developing world. The World Conference will give the physics community the chance to focus on how it can bring more benefits to the world's poor.
In part, the Conference will be a follow up to the UNESCO-ICSU World Conference on Science, which was held in June 1999 and sought to strengthen the ties between science and society, as well as to the broader United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development that was held in Johannesburg in the summer of 2002.