About the opening ceremony

Ministers in charge of Scientific Research, Higher Education and Innovation will debate with scientists about the importance of basic sciences in addressing the challenges set up by the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Scientists from different parts of the world will explain what they are already doing, and discuss what they could do better, so that their work, and the way they conduct it, build a more sustainable future.

This opening ceremony is an important step in the journey that scientists, citizens and policy makers will take together throughout this International Year to ensure that basic science plays a full role in efforts to achieve more sustainable development around the world.

Speakers

What is the IYBSSD

What is the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development

Main topics

  • Enhancing inclusive participation in science
  • Strengthening education and scientific training
  • Financing basic sciences
  • Generalize open science

Main themes

  • Strengthening the presence and the visibility of women
  • Basic sciences as sources of international dialogue and peace
  • Science as a global public good
  • Innovation and economic development
  • Education and human development
  • Meeting global challenges

Schedule

  • 8 July 2022 – Opening ceremony – Paris, France
  • 13-15 September 2022 – Science and ethics for sustainable development – Quy Nhon, Viet Nam
  • 20-22 September 2022 – World conference on basic sciences and sustainable development –  Belgrade, Serbia

Main topics

  • Enhancing inclusive participation in science
  • Strengthening education and scientific training
  • Financing basic sciences
  • Generalize open science

Main themes

  • Strengthening the presence and the visibility of women
  • Basic sciences as sources of international dialogue and peace
  • Science as a global public good
  • Innovation and economic development
  • Education and human development
  • Meeting global challenges

Schedule

  • 8 July 2022 – Opening ceremony – Paris, France
  • 13-15 September 2022 – Science and ethics for sustainable development – Quy Nhon, Viet Nam
  • 20-22 September 2022 – World conference on basic sciences and sustainable development –  Belgrade, Serbia

Basic sciences and sustainable development

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is going on for over two years now, has costed too many lives, and disrupted even more.

Without the results produced for decades, and even centuries, by basic, curiosity-driven scientific research, however, the global situation would have been much worse.

Without basic sciences, how would we know that infection is caused by a virus, what does that virus look like, what are its genetic sequence and variations? In short, everything that helps us fight the pandemic and its consequences – are all rooted in basic sciences.

Even the World Wide Web, that you are using right now to read this, was invented at CERN from the need for global collaboration for experiments in fundamental physics and it has been developed thanks to powerful algorithms.

The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022 will be a key moment of mobilization to convince economic and political leaders, as well as every citizen, of our dependence on basic science to ensure a balanced, sustainable, and inclusive development of the planet.

The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022 Steering Committee promotes open channels for scientific cooperation at large across all political and other divides, in the hope and expectation that enhanced scientific collaborations is an important way to develop improved understandings between different peoples thus contributing to world peace.

Basic sciences and sustainable development

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is going on for over two years now, has costed too many lives, and disrupted even more.

Without the results produced for decades, and even centuries, by basic, curiosity-driven scientific research, however, the global situation would have been much worse.

Without basic sciences, how would we know that infection is caused by a virus, what does that virus look like, what are its genetic sequence and variations? In short, everything that helps us fight the pandemic and its consequences – are all rooted in basic sciences.

Even the World Wide Web, that you are using right now to read this, was invented at CERN from the need for global collaboration for experiments in fundamental physics and it has been developed thanks to powerful algorithms.

The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022 will be a key moment of mobilization to convince economic and political leaders, as well as every citizen, of our dependence on basic science to ensure a balanced, sustainable, and inclusive development of the planet.

The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022 Steering Committee promotes open channels for scientific cooperation at large across all political and other divides, in the hope and expectation that enhanced scientific collaborations is an important way to develop improved understandings between different peoples thus contributing to world peace.

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