The Academy as a member in InterAcademy Partnership IAP, participated in the World Science Forum WSF organized jointly by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the most influential international scientific organizations, UNESCO, the International Science Council, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the InterAcademy Partnership, TWAS, the World Academy of Sciences, and the European Academies Science Advisory Council, the Forum was hosted by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Also the Academy participated in a special capacity building workshop for Early-Career Scientists and Scholars on creative science leadership and communication skills hosted by IAP and Global Young Academy GYA, in conjunction with the WSF, between the 19th and the 21st of November 2019, in Budapest, Hungary.
Dr. Mohammad Radi, head of computer and information sciences department and Dr. Hazem Al Baz, assistant vice president for scientific research and graduate studies at Al-Aqsa University were nominated to participate in this Forum representing the Academy.
The capacity building workshop on creative leadership and communication skills focused thematically on the WSF 2019 meeting theme of Ethics and Responsibility in Science, aimed to identify the challenges that the topic presents from an early-career scientist perspective, and then explore possible ways to address these challenges from the diverse disciplinary and cultural viewpoints, with the ultimate aim of enabling participants to identify the opportunities that these challenges present to take a leading role at individual, institutional and/or global levels.
The group of GYA identified and addressed urgent issues of ethics and responsibility in science, including: the ethics of science funding, the relationship between science and society, inclusivity – of women in science, and of diverse perspectives through collective leadership – on the ethical conduct of science, and the research environment.
WSF is A Forum on the social and economic relevance, influence and responsibilities of science, and to find authentic responses to global challenges. The speakers of WSF discussed the opportunities and risks of the new technological revolution in biological engineering, artificial intelligence, and other highly debated fields of scientific research that have the potential to radically transform human life.
The essential messages during President László Lovász's, President of Hungary Academy of Sciences, welcome speech; this year's Forum focuses on the ethical problems scientists face and on the responsibility of researchers for the consequences of their scientific results. The organizers wish to consider these important issues in a broad perspective. "When talking about freedom of research we must address questions like:
- How to share resources between basic research and innovation?
- How can science funding be made more transparent and just?
- Why is it so crucial for scientists to take part in the policy making process?
The Forum was attended by over 1100 scientists, science policy-makers, representatives of international and national science institutions, governments and science communicators from 120 countries this year, and gathered to present and answer pressing ethical issues of scientific research, and discussed the future role, funding mechanisms, the conduct and the dissemination of science in over fifty sessions presented by 150 speakers during four days.
DECLARATION ON SCIENCE, ETHICS AND RESPONSIBILITY
Participants in the WSF recognized the responsibilities of scientists to conduct and apply science with integrity, in the interest of humanity, for well-being and with respect to human rights, and called for harmonization and enforcement of standards of conduct of scientific research across borders and across public and private research, and called on the international scientific community to develop new standards for the fulfillment of academic freedom, and to create tools to describe, monitor and measure its integral conditions.
Also they recognized the imperatives for evidence-informed decision-making and a stronger science-policy-practice interface and, therefore, the need for scientists to be trained to communicate their work to decision-makers and the general public.
These were just a few of the important recommendation of the 2019 Declaration of the World Science Forum reflecting on the revolution of multiple fields of scientific research coupled with the deep and ongoing change in societies. The document was endorsed at a ceremonial plenary session of the Budapest conference in the House of Parliament.
After the Budapest Forum, WSF participants will meet again in December 2021, in Cape Town South Africa.
- Declaration on the Guiding Principles of Young Academies
- News Release for GYA Workshop
- Detailed information on GYA Webpge