Friday, February 16, 2007

Science, Technology and Innovation Global Forum

Go to the STI Global Forum website.

While the meeting focused on the hosts -- the World Bank -- UNESCO was a co-sponsor, and UNESCO staff were prominent in attendance. Walter Erdelen, UNESCO's Asst Director General for Science, spoke at the opening meeting.

The Global Forum was, in my opinion a great success. Hundreds of people attended, including people from many countries. The program was interesting, and well received. (The website linked above is to provide streaming video and copies of presentations shortly.) Perhaps most important, there was an opportunity for extensive networking. I especially valued meeting with several members of the UNESCO staff, and chatting at coffee breaks about the science program. Americans for UNESCO was well represented.

Unfortunately, there was an ice storm in Washington D.C., and attendance seemed to be down on Wednesday the 14th. Your reporter was one of those affected, and I didn't get to the meeting until the afternoon.

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