8 July 2022

Opening Ceremony Program

08:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:30

Welcome speeches

Moderator: Ms Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
Mr Xing Qu, Deputy Director-General, UNESCO
H.E. Dr Luther Castillo Harry, Secretary of Science,
Technology, and Scientific Innovation, Republic of Honduras, on behalf of
H.E Iris Xiomara Castro Sarmiento
, President of the Republic of Honduras
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, President, Scientific Board of the UNESCO International Basic Sciences Program

10:30 – 10:45

UNESCO’s role in basic science: the beating heart of substainable development

Ms Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

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)
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


14:30 – 14:40

Strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics for the SDGs

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

14:40 – 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 (online)
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 (online)
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 (onine)
Dr Mu-ming Pu, Scientific Director, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Chair of Organizing Committee, China Brain Project (online)
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 Director, Skin Microbiome and Exposome, 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 Ursula Bassler, Research Director, IN2P3, CNRS, France; former president, CERN Council
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 (online)
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

3 comentarios

  1. As Society of Applied Sciences of Chile @sodecadechile

    We celebrate this 2022 The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development.

    We recognize that the basic sciences are not only important but fundamental to achieving sustainable development, as science improves the quality of life of people around the world.

    Chemistry teacher Juan Pablo Cid (Chile).

  2. In my opinion Basic Sciences give the possibility or they are necessary conditions
    a) To let humanity to prosper, progress in a positive way an in all the special fields of the human existence and so to live in peace
    b) To avoid the source of Human made problems already in the concept phase of knew undertakes or at least to reduce collateral effects and risks at a controllable minimum
    c) To solve Human made Problems resulting from erroneous planning in the Design phase or because not all things were completely clear at that stage or during operation

    Therefor we all, decision makers and normal World’s people, are requested (1) to give basic sciences more financial and political independence from Market and from Political Lobbies, (2) to give more trust and show more respect

    But Basic Science is only one Column in the complex structures we human have constructed and live in. Basic Sciences show ways, develop methods.
    The industries also play a special role in making products and realized projects, let life running.
    But the most important roles play the political structures of every single country. They all have the big and most important task to manage the resources and canalize them through
    The right channel
    All these three Entities: Science, Industry and Politics are equally asked and are also important in managing the great global challenges we are confronted with at time, and in the near future will be.

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