Call for WSF Thematic Session Proposals

Main theme of the WSF2019:    Science, Ethics and Responsibility

Subtheme:                                    20 years in science diplomacy

Date:                                              20-23 November 2019



1.          The World Science Forum Series

The first UNESCO World Conference on Science was held in 1999 in Budapest. As a series of follow-up events of this initial gathering following the initiative of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 2003 the World Science Forum series has played a prominent role in bringing leaders of the world of science and policy together. The biennial WSF series aims to discuss about the roles, responsibilities and challenges of science and presents our issues of common interest to the scientific community and the general public.

In 2019 we will celebrate 20 years of this history together in Budapest with a conference co-organised by the partner organisations of World Science Forum:

2.          WSF2019: Science Ethics and Responsibility

Under the main theme “Science, Ethics and Responsibility” WSF revisits one of the topics that was already fundamental in the creation of the series and has only gained relevance since then. The transformative technological developments of the last twenty years, the growing demands for the accountability of research expenditures and the spread of opinions challenging scientific evidence have only reinforced the need for the responsible and ethical use of scientific knowledge.

The 2019 programme of WSF will provide an opportunity for the considerations of scientists, policy-makers, society, industry and science communicators to be challenged from an ethical standpoint in the plenary sessions, and also allow for more technical debates over issues of science in thematic sessions.


3.          Call for Open Thematic Sessions

In 2019 as a new addition to the programme of WSF we would like to offer an opportunity for any scientific organisation to apply for the thematic sessions to be included into the main programme of WSF. Speakers and moderators of thematic sessions are invited to participate at the full programme of WSF free of charge and are offered free accommodation between 20-23 November.


Thematic Sessions format

Application process

Guidelines for Session Proposals:


Criteria in the selection process

Organisational Aspects

Science-oriented organisations are welcome to arrange meetings during the Forum. These meetings can be open to the public or can be arranged for a selected World Science Forum audience only. It is the Steering Committee’s responsibility to qualify events as side event of World Science Forum. Side events may be held on 19 and 20 November 2019.


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For more information, please contact:

Ms Katalin Borvölgyi

World Science Forum Secretariat

Secretariat of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

International Relations Department

Phone: +36 1 411 6242

E-mail: wsf@office.mta.hu

Website: worldscienceforum.org

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