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World Science Forum

In partnership with UNESCO and ICSU,the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, , has established the World Science Forum - Budapest: a world conference series on science, knowledge and society, inspired by the 1999 World Conference on Science organised by UNESCO and ICSU in Budapest to promote the quality of dialogue concerning the new roles and challenges of scientific knowledge within today's global society.

The first World Science Forum was organized in Budapest 8-10 November 2003. The Forum at that time focused on Knowledge and Society. The second World Science Forum - Budapest was held 10-12 November, 2005 and focused on Knowledge, Ethics and Responsibility. Again in  partnership with UNECSO and ICSU, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is to organise the next World Science Forum in Budapest 8-10 November, 2007.

The principal theme of WSF 2007 - Budapest is Investing in Knowledge: Investing in the Future. Starting on 8 November 2007 and ending on World Science Day, 10 November 2007 WSF 2007 will proceed in HAS headquarters and Hungary's Parliament building. Along with six thematic sessions, plenary lectures, round-tables, satellite functions and other events will take place. Each plenary lecture and thematic session is to illuminate the principal theme from another angle. Taking part in setting the thematic sessions in motion will be such major international scientific organizations as UNESCO, ICSU, National Science Foundation, and InterAcademy Panel. The last session in Parliament will see the UNESCO prizes awarded to outstanding scholars and scientists. More than 2 000 letters of invitation are to be sent our to Academies world-wide, organizations funding science, leading scientist, science policy-makers, opinion-makers, major figures of the corporate sphere, political organizations, and the media. Young researchers will be especially welcome. Like on the two previous World Science Fora, presiding over WSF 2007 - Budapest will be the President of HAS, while its Organizing Committee will be headed by HAS's General Secretary.

The official web site of the Forum: www.sciforum.hu

Full video archives of WSF 2003, WSF 2005, WSF 2007 and WSF 2009 are available on-line.