The five recommendations from the science academies are also part of IYBSSD 2022 programme.
We continue to read the statement by G-Science about Basic Research published in May 2020.
We come today to the last part “Recommendations”. There are five of them.
We are not surprised to read that the first recommendation is about funding. It will also be an important theme of IYBSSD 2022.
Most importantly, restore and sustain long-term public funding of basic research
Governments have proven to be the most natural and reliable funder of basic research. Investment in basic research, including in engineering and social science, provides the knowledge basis on which applied research can build to address major current and long-term challenges.
The second one is about education. Is it a coïncidence that it is also among major themes for IYBSSD 2022?
Build capacity via STEM education
It is vital to cultivate student creativity, imagination, and a scientific approach from the earliest stages of education, through robust investment in STEM education, integrated with humanistic, social, and artistic perspectives. Funding of scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate studies is also essential. Special effort and support for education and basic research in less-developed countries and regions is of particular urgency to harness intellectual potential and address urgent needs while improving access to the benefits of science.
The third one is a call for open collaborations all over the world. The international scientific unions, especially the founding unions of IYBSSD 2022, as well as many science academies, are already working of this (some of them, even since theur creation). An International Year, with a worldwide coverage, will also be an opportunity ro promote this scientific circulation.
Open cooperation is key to the pursuit of new knowledge on the fundamental laws of nature. It is essential for governments to support scholarly exchange and visa programs. Basic research, when pursued with integrity in open cooperation among a global community, additionally serves to enhance international relations and mutual trust. Ensuring that basic research data, opportunities to present and partake in cutting-edge research, and scholarly publications are globally accessible is essential to scientific advancement and an equitable world.
The forth one is about interdisciplinarity, and not forgeting social sciences among basic sciences. What could we add to this?
Collaborate across disciplines
Investment in basic science must take into account all research disciplines, including engineering, social sciences, and humanities. All should be pursued to engage in understanding the social, cultural, and ethical implications of advancing technologies.
The fifth (and last) recommendation is about open science. Another theme the IYBSSD 2022 steering committee already selected as a major one.
Openly publish research results
Results of research funded by the public should be made available and accessible to the public at no further cost. This requires innovative science communication and publishing models.
With all these recommendations, we do not doubt that IYBSSD 2022 will be an important step in a general movement to promote basic sciences in order to reach the SDGs.