Opening Ceremony Program

 

08:30 – 10:00

Check-in

10:00 – 10:35

Welcome speeches

  Moderator: Ms Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
  Mr Antonio Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations (video)
  Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director General, UNESCO
  H.E Iris Xiomara Castro Sarmiento, President of the Republic of Honduras (tbc)
  H.E. Csaba Kőrösi, President-elect, 77th United Nations General Assembly
  Dr Michel Spiro, Chair, Steering Committee of IYBSSD2022; President, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics
  Dr Merieme Chadid, Chair, Scientific Board of the UNESCO International Basic Sciences Program

10:35 – 10:55

Coffee Break

10:55 – 12:20

The role of basic sciences in decision making

 

Ministers of science and high-level scientists discuss the importance of basic sciences in policy decision making, especially regarding the sustainable development challenges that we face.

  Moderator: Dr Rolf-Dieter Heuer, President, SESAME council; Professor Emeritus, University of Hamburg, Germany; former Director General, CERN
  H.E. Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, Minister of Science, Technology and the Environment, Republic of Cuba (online)
  H.E. Luther Castillo Harry, Secretary of Science, Technology, and Scientific Innovation, Republic of Honduras
  H.E. Wang Zhigang, Minister and Secretary of Ministry of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of China (online)
  H.E. Dr Bonginkosi Emmanuel Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science & Innovation, Republic of South Africa
  H.E. Huynh Thanh Dat, Minister of Science and Technology, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  Dr Low Teck Seng, Chief Executive Officer, National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Republic of Singapore (online)
  Ms Monilola Udoh, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Federal Republic Nigeria
  Dr Serge Haroche, Honorary Professor, Collège de France, France, Physics Nobel Laureate (2012)
  Dr Giorgio Parisi, Emeritus Professor, Rome University La Sapienza, Italy, Physics Nobel Laureate (2021)

12:30 – 14:30

Lunch

14:30 – 14:55

Keynote Lecture: Strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Africa to achieve SDG 4 (Quality education)

  H.E. Mohamed Belhocine, African Union Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation

14:55 – 15:45

The Role of Basic Sciences in developping societies

 

How do scientists contribute to the progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, with their results, and also in the way they are working and interacting with society?

  Moderator: Ms Dominique Leglu, Editorial Director, Science&Avenir La Recherche
  Dr Rui Bai, Associate Research Fellow, Westlake University, Hangzhou, China
  Dr Karen Hallberg, Research Director, Bariloche Atomic Centre, Argentina
  Dr Hany Helal, President of Senghor University in Alexandria, Egypt; Professor, Cairo University, Faculty of Engineering; Former Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Arab Republic of Egypt
  Dr Barry Barish, Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology, USA, Physics Nobel Laureate (2017)
  Dr Francine Ntoumi, Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases-Christophe Mérieux, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo; Professor of Molecular Epidemiology of infectious Diseases, University of Tübingen, Germany (online)
   
  Remarks: Dr Emil Bjerrum-Bohr, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Niels Bohr International Academy, Denmark, Great-grandson of Niels Bohr

15:45 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00

Perspectives on Basic Sciences and the Sustainable Development Goals

 

What are the challenges of Sustainable Development that basic sciences can help to address?

  Moderator: Ms Mamphela Ramphele, co-chair, Club of Rome
  Dr Tandong Yao, Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Co-chair of Third Pole Environment Program, chief scientist of the Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition and Research program, China
  Dr Pierre Léna, Honorary President, Office for Climate Education, France
  Dr Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, Ordinarius Professor for Physical Chemistry; Founding Director of the Linz Institute for Organic Solarcells (LIOS), Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria (video)
  Dr Mercedes Bustamante, Full Professor, University of Brasília, Brazil
  Dr Mu-ming Pu, Scientific Director, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Chair of Organizing Committee, China Brain Project
  Dr Mansurah Abdulazeez, Professor, Head of the Health Research Group, Centre for Biotechnology Research, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
  Dr Luca Marchetti, Assistant Professor, University of Trento; Supervisor of the Computational Biology Group at The Microsoft Research – University of Trento COSBI
  Dr Luc Aguilar, Research & Development Director, L’Oréal
 

Musical interlude 

Mr Denis Teste, sitar and tabla

17:00 – 17:25

Basic Sciences from around the Globe

 

How international collaborations already contribute to address the SGDs?

  Dr Andreas Hoecker, Research physicist, CERN, Switzerland
  Dr Khaled Toukan, Director, SESAME, Jordan
  Dr Atish Dabholkar, Director, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
  Dr Mohammed Hassan, President, The World Academy of Sciences
  Dr Mike Stratton, Director, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK (video)
   
  Remarks: Ms Charlotte Warakaulle, Director for International Relations, CERN

17:25 – 17:35

Concluding remarks

  Ms Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
  Dr Michel Spiro, Chair, Steering Committee of IYBSSD; President, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics
   

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