Thursday, October 20, 2005

Ministerial Round Table on the basic sciences

Check out the UNESCO website for the Round Table.

Some 50 science ministers and high-ranking officials in charge of science policy participated in a debate about the challenges facing the basic sciences. The debate, held at UNESCO Headquarters on October 13 and 14, was part of the the Organization’s General Conference. The Round Table sought to ensure that the sciences play their part fully as the “lever for development.” Many countries lack scientific infrastructures and resources and the young are losing interest in scientific careers, despite the fact, highlighted at the World Conference on Science (Budapest, Hungary, 1999), that science is a key factor for both economic and social development. The UNESCO website provides a link to the Communiqué published after the Round Table, as well as a webcast done of the meeting.

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