20 November 2019 - 23 November 2019
Budapest, Hungary

IIASA at the World Science Forum 2019

IIASA researchers will participate at the World Science Forum 2019, which brings together scientists, policymakers, society, industry, and science communicators for 4 days of intense discussions.

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Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 1999 World Conference of Science, the World Science Forum (WSF) will return to Budapest to be hosted again by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences under the main theme “Science, Ethics and Responsibility”.

In the 21st century, ways of separating scientific method from values, beliefs, and opinions are no longer self-evident, and the complex realities of science call for a greater consensus on the ethical principles of scientific research. High expectations for direct economic and social return also bring new responsibilities regarding the evaluation of scientific performance and the value of scientific research.

IIASA is organizing three sessions, and IIASA National Member Organization (NMO) Committee members are speakers in three sessions. For additional information on IIASA research, please contact the IIASA Press Office.

How Science Reinforces Democracy through a More Realistic Picture of Human Nature

Thursday, 21 November 11:30-13:00, Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Library Conference Hall 


  • Eeva Hellström, Senior Lead on Strategy & Foresight, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra & IIASA Finnish NMO Committee Member
  • Shoji Komai, Associate Professor, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
  • Connie Nshemereirwe, Co-Chair 2018/2020, Global Young Academy  

Moderator: David Mair, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Organized by: Joint Research Center (JRC)

Responsible Research & Innovation & Research Integrity: Across the Globe and Across Society

Thursday, 21 November 17:00-18:30, Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Small Lecture Hall 

This session is divided into two parts. The first focuses on the definition of responsible research and research integrity, elucidating key aspects, and the dimensions of full global and social reach. The second will be a round table discussion on the pillars of responsible research integrity.


  • April Tash, Programme Specialist - Lead for the Recommendation on Science, UNESCO
  • Iain Stewart, Head of External Relations, Communications, and Library Department, IIASA
  • Maral Dadvar, Executive Committee Member, Global Young Academy
  • Simge Davulcu Menket, Junior Co-Chair, International Consortium of Research Staff Associations
  • Steffen Fritz, Earth Observation and Citizen Science Center Head and Ecosystems Services and Management Acting Program Director, IIASA
  • Faten Attig-Bahar, Member of the Executive Board, Young Earth System Scientists Community
  • Ola El Zein, Board Member and Head of Medical Library, Arab World Association of Young Scientists and American University of Beirut
  • Rocky Skeef, Executive Director, Reviews and Evaluation/Project Office, National Research Foundation, South Africa

Moderator: John Crowley, Chief of Section for Research, Policy and Foresight in the UNESCO Sector for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO 

Organized by: International Consortium of Research Staff Associations, Global Young Academy, Future Earth, Young Earth System Scientists Community, IIASA, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa (DST), UNESCO

Gender Equality in STI: An Ethical Issue

Thursday, 21 November 17:00-18:30, Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Large Lecture Hall 


  • Roseanne Diab, Director, GenderInSITE (Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering), TWAS
  • Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director Strategic Partnerships, National Research Foundation & IIASA NMO Secretary for South Africa
  • Mucktarr Darboe, Director of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, the Gambia
  • Tonya Blowers, Coordinator, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World

Moderator: Ana Persic, Senior Programme Specialist, Division of Science Policy and Capacity-Building, Natural Sciences Sector, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Climate Justice for Managing Climate Change Risks on Health

Friday 22 November 11:30 - 13:00, Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Reading Room            

Tackling climate change will play an important role in countries’ efforts to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals. This session will highlight recent research on climate risk responsibility and governance, the interplay of justice and transformation, and social insurance mechanisms that explicitly integrate justice aspects, relevant to the loss and damage debate. 


  • Robin Fears, Biosciences Programme Director, European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
  • Thomas Schinko, Research Scholar, Risk and Resilience Program, IIASA
  • Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer, Risk and Resilience Acting Program Director, IIASA
  • Maria Nilsson, Associate Professor and Researcher, Umeå University, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå Centre for Global Health Research

Moderator: Volker ter Meulen, President, IAP

Organized by: IIASA, EASAC 

The Widespread Manifestations & Important Consequences of Gender Bias in Science

Friday 22 November 11:30 - 13:00, Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Small Lecture Hall 

In this session each speaker will explain their interests in advancing more gender sensitive and more socially responsive science, followed by a conversation-style discussion and questions from the audience. 


  • Astrid Linder, Research Director of Traffic Safety, The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director Strategic Partnerships, National Research Foundation & IIASA NMO Secretary for South Africa
  • Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature
  • Miyoko Watanabe, Executive Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) 

Moderator: Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia

Unearthing – The Responsibility of Science in Creating a Coherent Vision for a Sustainable World

Friday 22 November 19:30 – 20:15, Museum of Fine Arts 

An interactive performance by artists and scientists that investigates the relationship between humans and nature and aims to reveal robust measures for a sustainable existence. UnEarthing will take the audience on a journey through human history to discover what values and resulting worldviews have brought us to the present.  


Organized by: IIASA

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