Programme

Day

All

  • All
  • DAY 0 / Monday / 05 Dec
  • DAY 1 / Tuesday / 06 Dec
  • DAY 2 / Wednesday / 07 Dec
  • DAY 3 / Thursday / 08 Dec
  • DAY 4 / Friday / 09 Dec

Type of event

All

  • All
  • Plenary session
  • Thematic session
  • Social event
  • Break
  • Side event
  • Keynote lecture

Venue

All

  • All
  • Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42
  • Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44
  • Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43
  • Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46
  • Exhibition Hall 3
  • Ballroom
  • Meeting Rooms 1.61-1.62
  • Meeting Rooms 1.63-1.64
  • Exhibition Hall 1 & 2
05 DEC / Day 0 / programme

9:00 - 11:00

Side event

SA-Germany Roundtable Discussion on Public Engagement

Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

9:00 - 11:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42
Abstract:  This round table is a meeting of experts and senior stakeholders in Public Engagement in South Africa and Germany, bringing together persons operating at a senior level in Research Institution Management, Research Funding, Research Policy, and Public Engagement Support and Delivery. The task at hand will be to discuss the status and potential of Public Engagement with research to inform future agendas for cooperation and funding between South Africa and Germany. Participants will identify… (more)

9:00 - 11:00

Side event

Science for Inclusivity, Innovation, Food Security, Nutrition and Social Justice

Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

9:00 - 11:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44
Abstract:  Background & Context: An integrated approach to addressing climate change (Goal 13: Climate Action - United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs 2030), and triple-burden of malnutrition (SDG Goal 2: Zero Hunger) were exacerbated further by the Covid-19 pandemic. As echoed by the OECD, food security is not about availability of food, but it includes better accessibility, stability, agency and sustainability. That is, when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to… (more)

9:00 - 11:00

Side event

The Ethics of Intervening in the Lives of Others, the Example of Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco use in Africa.

Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

9:00 - 11:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43
Abstract:  This session unites leading medical, policy and civil society experts to examine the late Kofi Annan’s statement that “drugs have harmed many people, but bad government policies have harmed many more”. Its focus is to weigh-up the ethics of intervening in the lives of addicted and non-addicted users of licit and illicit drugs, brought sharply into focus during Covid19.   … (more)

9:00 - 11:00

Side event

Spanning the Boundaries between Policymakers and Researchers: A Transformative Innovation Policy Approach

Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

9:00 - 11:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46
Abstract:  This session brings together policymakers, project implementers and practitioners and academics to grapple jointly on the value and use of a new way of thinking about and supporting innovation in the South African context over the past four years - Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP).  TIP proposes an approach to support innovation that addresses our complex societal and environmental challenges. It presents possible policy solutions that are guided by experimentation, and more… (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Side event

Promoting social justice through accessibility of language in science

Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42
Abstract:  The COVID-19 pandemic is a quintessential example of the need for science to be accessible to all – irrespective of occupation (non-scientists, policymakers, the public), geographical location or resources. … (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Side event

Achieving Social Equity Through Encouraging and Supporting Girls with Emerging Technology Education

Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Side event:
Organised by:  Quantum Learning Girls
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44
Abstract:  Only 17 women have won a Nobel Prize in physics, chemistry or medicine since 1903, compared to 572 men. A mere 28% of all of the world’s researchers are women. Such stark disparities and inequalities, do not happen by chance. Young girls are held back by discrimination and bias that influence the quality of education they receive and the subjects they study. The under-representation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers puts a detrimental brake on progress… (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Side event

Burning issues for science journalism in Africa

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Side event:
Abstract:  We face a critical juncture in journalism in general and in science and technology journalism specifically, the latter having been largely neglected in Africa over decades in journalism newsrooms. With specialist beats diminishing around the world, the space for journalists to do their jobs is closing rapidly – and yet, seldom has the human race faced such a huge need for voices that can explain, demystify, analyse and critique. Fake news abounds – from politics and celebrities to… (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Side event

Science Policy Advice to Tackle Societal Challenges

Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43
Abstract:  From the beginning of civilization, politics and science have shaped each other. But throughout history, scientific research has been impacted by policy decisions. If we look at past policy decision examples, a political win or loss dictated whether stem cell research would move forward or not. Certain topics of interest were never approved based on populism or suddenly stopped. On the other hand, Politics decided that there should be woman-friendly initiatives, anti-discrimination rules,… (more)

14:30 - 16:00

Side event

Scientific freedom and the RRING Community working with UNESCO on the Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers

Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

14:30 - 16:00

14:30 - 16:00

Side event

The Political Economy of Innovation in Africa: Implications for Capacity Building

Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

14:30 - 16:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44
Abstract:  STI policy frameworks across Africa largely leave unquestioned the underlying theoretical framework of the national system of innovation (NSI) and their related canonical policies as developed to depict advanced industrial/post-industrial economies.  In case of developed economies, the institutional underpinning of systems of innovation, both formal and informal, can generally be assumed as well established and reasonably effective.  In the case of developing economies, the institutional… (more)

14:30 - 16:00

Side event

Science, Technology and Innovation Measurement in Africa and SDG 9.5

Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

14:30 - 16:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43
Abstract:  The launch of the African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (ASTII) Programme in 2007 enhanced the measurement of R&D and Innovation based on key concepts that were already discussed before year 2000 with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in tracking the level of R&D spending. The process being institutionalized and sustained with the establishment of national focal points, both R&D and Innovation data collection and analysis are endorsed by national statistics… (more)

14:30 - 16:00

Side event

Decarbonizing Transportation in Europe and Africa: Priorities for addressing social justice issues and lessons learned

Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

14:30 - 16:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46
Abstract:  This side-event will explore social justice issues related to decarbonization of transportation in Europe and Africa. In Europe, electric vehicles are relatively low-cost to operate but require up front investments in infrastructure and the vehicles themselves can often be afforded only by middle- and high-income households. Low-income households often operate old and inefficient internal combustion engine vehicles that are high-cost to run and may be excluded from circulation in urban areas… (more)

17:00 - 19:30

Side event

Metaverse; an Immersive Web Demanding an Immersive Experience for everyone

Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

17:00 - 19:30

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42
Abstract:  The cyberspace has kept revolutionizing itself right from the advent of the Internet. The technologies of industry 4.0 helped us evolve various computer-mediated virtual environments for social networking, video conferencing, VR Chatbots, and gaming platforms. Such virtual environments have created various degrees of digital transformation and virtual interactions, albeit non-perpetual and unconnected. However, the foresighted METAVERSE is supposed to be a realistic society in virtual form,… (more)

17:00 - 19:30

Side event

Ethical Engineering for Social Justice

Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

17:00 - 19:30

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44
Abstract:  This session will address current concerns of Social Justice and ethical challenges arising from the rapid advances in technology.  Reporting on major initiatives taken by the IEEE, leading engineers from the IEEE will share their views on fostering Social Justice and seeking answers to current issues related to ethical assurance and problems ranging from the rise of artificial intelligence to emerging issues in the development of standards supporting Ethical Design. These will be augmented by… (more)

17:00 - 19:30

Side event

Interfacing Scientific and Indigenous Knowledge systems to deepen Social Justice in the SADC region

Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

17:00 - 19:30

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43
Abstract:  Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) has been considered as a complex set of knowledge and skills including practices, innovations and technologies existing and developed around specific conditions of populations and communities indigenous to a particular geographic area, and plays an important role in many sectors of life including health, education, agriculture, music, poetry among others. The UN states, through its SDGs indicates that “the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of… (more)

17:00 - 19:30

Side event

South-South Research Collaboration: Justice in Research Interaction

Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46

Day 0

Monday / 5 DEC

17:00 - 19:30

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46
Abstract:  Research collaboration is essential to the advancement of science. While there is a strong scientific interaction between researchers in the Global North and the Global South, less attention has been devoted in studies and analysis to the collaborations among countries in the Global South. This session will do a deep-dive into South-South research collaboration, aiming at increasing our knowledge on its intensity, topics of choice, and benefits. The discussion will also consider the linkages… (more)
06 DEC / Day 1 side events / programme

9:00 - 11:00

Side event

Youth at the WSF - Youth, Social Transformation and Science

Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

9:00 - 11:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42
Abstract:  Youth from UNESCO World Heritage and Biosphere sites are inviting the WSF participants to join them and discuss their topics in a fast rotating format. … (more)

9:00 - 11:00

Side event

Basic Science for Sustainable Development: From a perspective of Leveraging Global Large Research Infrastructure

Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

9:00 - 11:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44
Abstract:  Major revolutionary innovation in science and technology often brings huge changes and upgrades to human lives, which is always rooted in breakthroughs in basic sciences, such as mathematics, theoretical physics, chemistry and life sciences. The importance of basic science research cannot be over-stated, which creats urgent need for advanced research facilities. Large research infrastructures offer faster, farther-reaching solutions to extremely challenging problems. Many believe that the next… (more)

9:00 - 11:00

Side event

Renewed Hope in a Shared Future for the Planet – Mapping Western Science With an Indigenous Knowledge System

Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

9:00 - 11:00

Side event:
Organised by:  ReImagine Science
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43
Abstract:  This interactive session emerges from a two year learning journey with individuals from the United States and Canada, exploring new ways of training scientists.  This work led us to recognize a gap between paradigms of Western Scientific approaches and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.  We will first share key insights from the learning journey itself. Then participants will embark with us on an experiential exploration of the systems of science and their focus on logic and ‘doing,’ missing… (more)

9:00 - 11:00

Side event

A Global Approach to Ending Sexual Harassment in STEM

Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

9:00 - 11:00

11:30 - 13:00

Side event

Advancing Africa’s Astronomy Agenda

Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42
Abstract:  The African continent has always suffered the effects of a negative global perception – so-called “Afro-pessimism” – not only economically and politically but especially in science and technology. The rapid growth of astronomy in Africa over the past two decades, led by world-class initiatives such as the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), the MeerKAT Radio Telescope, MeerLICHT, the Oukaïmeden observatory, the Entoto observatory, and High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S) have… (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Side event

Mainstreaming African Indigenous crop for sustainable food system

Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44
Abstract:  The introduction of major commercial crops saw South Africa slowly tilting away from its own ancient food wealth and embracing the newly found crops. Research shows that there are between 300,000 to 500,000 existing plant species, about 30,000 are thought to be edible while only 7, 000 have been cultivated or collected as food and yet only 20 species provide 90% of the world’s food requirements with wheat, maize and rice contributing 60% of man’s diet. South Africa boasts a rich tapestry… (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Side event

Social Innovation for Sustainable Development: Exchange of Good Practices from the Local level

Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43
Abstract:  The government of the state of Guanajuato, in Mexico, has a public policy of "mentefactura" (mindfacture), which consists of promoting innovation by applying knowledge derivated from science and experience to improve value-added products and services. … (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Side event

Integrity and Security in the Global Research Ecosystem

Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46
Abstract:  Responsibilities for research integrity and security are distributed across multiple actors in the international research ecosystem. These include, national governments, research funding agencies, research institutions, universities, academic associations, and intergovernmental organisations. The OECD project on “Integrity and security in the Global Research Ecosystem” describes policy initiatives and actions from these different actors to safeguard national and economic security whilst… (more)

14:00 - 16:00

Side event

EU-Africa PerMed Consortium: Building links between Europe and Africa in personalised medicine.

Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

14:00 - 16:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42
Abstract:  Personalised medicine (PM) addresses the challenges of i) common medicines not being effective in treating large numbers of patients and ii) rising healthcare costs due to more prevalent chronic diseases and an ageing population, through dedicated diagnostics, tailor-made prevention and treatment strategies for individuals or groups, so patients receive the specific therapies that work best for them, and no money is lost on trial-and-error treatments. African countries are undergoing a… (more)

14:30 - 16:00

Side event

Biosphere reserves: shining gems of natural ecosystems

Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

14:30 - 16:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44
Abstract:  Many of the risks threatening humankind, apart from anthropogenic factors (e.g. global war, rogue artificial intelligence, cyberterrorism and pandemics) are in the domain of earth system governance. One example is the degradation of natural ecosystems and the associated decline in biodiversity. UNESCO, with the aim of improving the relationship between people and their environment, launched its Man and the Biosphere Programme. Today, 51 years later, more than 700 biosphere reserves exist in ca.… (more)

14:30 - 16:00

Side event

Artistic research and humanities for conflict transformation and social justice, a case study: UNESCO’s Art-Lab for Human Rights and Dialogue

Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

14:30 - 16:00

14:30 - 16:00

Side event

Inspiring a Nation through Space Weather

Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

14:30 - 16:00

Side event:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46
Abstract:  The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) recently launched a 24/7 operational Space Weather capability that was built on a strong research and development legacy, provides a domestic capability to enable risk mitigation and empowered decision-making, and contributes towards the development of a national capability in critical skills that improves domestic and regional know-how while enabling mitigation against a natural risk. The capability has positioned SANSA to participate in the… (more)
06 DEC / Day 1 / programme

17:00 - 18:30

Social event

Opening Ceremony

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

Social event:

18:30 - 20:00

Keynote lecture

Keynote lecture

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

18:30 - 20:00

Keynote lecture:

20:00 - 22:00

Social event

Opening reception

Exhibition Hall 3

Day 1

Tuesday / 6 DEC

20:00 - 22:00

Social event:
Venue: Exhibition Hall 3
07 DEC / Day 2 / programme

9:00 - 9:30

Keynote lecture

Keynote lecture I. - Science for human dignity - What role for science in fighting poverty, unemployment, inequality and exclusion?

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

9:00 - 9:30

11:00 - 11:30 / Coffee Break

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

11:00 - 11:30

Break:

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session I./c Building bridges for early career scientists: global experiences on impactful leadership training and networking

Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42
Abstract:  Science for Social Change worldwide requires a strong focus on developing science capacity not only to do science but to lead this change. The Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) serves to skill in- and provide tools for creative problem solving and personal development as a science leader on the African continent. At the same time, it embodies a deep underlying philosophy of collective leadership, as well as a personal Identity and growth mindset. … (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session I./d Climate justice: seeking equitable solutions to adverse effects of climate change on health

Ballroom

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session I./e Establishing an African knowledge democracy for increased social justice and development

Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session I./f Protecting Freshwater through Inclusive Collaboration to Achieve Social Justice

Meeting Rooms 1.61-1.62

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session I./g GeoScience for Sustainable Human Progress

Meeting Rooms 1.63-1.64

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.63-1.64
Abstract:  Geoscience – the science of understanding planet Earth – has been a key driver for the economic development and wealth creation over the last century, not least by finding and exploiting the planet’ the fossil fuel energy sources and the metal and mineral deposits that have built our modern world. This consumption of the planet’s ‘natural capital’, however, has brought our society to the brink of a social and ecological crisis. … (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session I./a Grassroots Communities, Science and Social Justice: Science for more effective and humane drug policies

Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43
Abstract:  This panel assesses how the goal of a ‘drug-free world’ backed by a ‘war on drugs’ anchored in ‘science’ and enshrined in international drug control treaties is naïve and dangerous. Naïve, in that prohibition has little impact on drug use, up 45% in twenty years. Dangerous, in that prohibition fuels coerced drug treatments, incarcerations, extrajudicial killings, the death penalty, drives human rights abusers for profit, and contributes to record drug-related deaths. Strict drug… (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session I./b Responding to Pandemics: Science and Human Rights

Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

13:00 - 14:30 / Lunch Break

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

13:00 - 14:30

Break:

14:30 - 15:00

Keynote lecture

Keynote lecture II. - Science for climate justice - How can science working with civil society lead the way in correcting the failure of climate policy?

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

14:30 - 15:00

15:00 - 16:30

Plenary session

Plenary session II. - Science for climate justice - How can science working with civil society lead the way in correcting the failure of climate policy?

Ballroom

16:30 - 17:00 / Coffee Break

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

16:30 - 17:00

Break:

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session II./c Fostering STI systems in Africa and equitable international partnerships for environmental sustainability and social inclusion

Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42
Abstract:  The session will bring together experts and policymakers from across Africa and from international organizations that are working using different approaches and modalities to strengthen capacity as well as strategic international partnerships in national science, technology and innovation (STI) systems. These systems continue to play a key role in national development priorities and in countries’ ability to contribute to addressing sustainable development goals (SDGs). More generally, there is… (more)

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session II./d At‐Risk, Displaced, and Refugee Scholars: Global Dynamics and Best Practices

Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44
Abstract:  Authoritarian regimes as well as military and ethnic/religious conflicts across the world render scholars particularly vulnerable to persecution as well as diverse forms of violence. This panel, organized through the collaboration of the At-Risk Scholars Initiative of the Global Young Academy and the Science in Exile initiative led by The World Academy of Sciences (UNESCO-TWAS), in collaboration with the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the International Science Council (ISC), brings… (more)

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session II./e No justice without knowledge – levelling the playing field for science journalism

Ballroom

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session:
Venue: Ballroom
Abstract:  Covid revealed gaps in the science pipeline in vivid technicolour. Over the course of the pandemic, it became clear that how science is communicated makes an enormous difference to outcomes. As a result, alongside the COVID-19 pandemic was an infodemic of disinformation and misinformation, with dangerous myths impacting on behaviour and ultimately costing lives. … (more)

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session II./f Health, Climate and Social Justice in African Cities

Meeting Rooms 1.61-1.62

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.61-1.62
Abstract:  The 90-minute session will discuss how cities can contribute to social justice and the development of healthy urban environments that respond to concerns for climate action. It will focus on ways the changing climate is affecting food and built environments while considering measures for climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resilience-building. The session will include a brief introduction to the Global Diet and Activity Research (GDAR) Network including the GDAR Spaces project at the… (more)

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session II./g Global Scientific Research as a Tool to Unlock Talent and Expand the Geographical Confines of Knowledge Creation

Meeting Rooms 1.63-1.64

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.63-1.64
Abstract:  ‘Science for social justice’ may only be achieved when politicians, decision-makers and science-policymakers set a considered and thoughtful agenda to utilize science, in reasoned and innovative ways, as a driving force for positive societal change to promote equity through innovation. However, to date, tangible results in many contexts have been mixed at best, especially in delivering a reliable mechanism for, or a path to, sustainable social equity and justice for all. As global inequality… (more)

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session II./a Biotechnology for Social Justice: Discovery, Innovation and Impact

Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43
Abstract:  Biotechnology is an invaluable means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Humankind is confronted with unprecedented challenges: food security, security of energy supply, a growing burden of disease, and climate change, to name a few.Modern biotechnology and scientific developments provide breakthrough products and methodologies to address those challenges: to combat non-communicable diseases and neurodegeneration, to stop the outbreak of infectious diseases, to reduce… (more)

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session II./b The paths to fully open access science across the Global South

Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46

Day 2

Wednesday / 7 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session:
Organised by:  Frontiers Policy Labs
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46
Abstract:  We face global, existential threats. From health emergencies to climate change, we see and feel them now. Managing and reversing these threats will require political will, global collaboration, and scientific breakthrough at a scale not yet seen. … (more)
08 DEC / Day 3 / programme

9:00 - 9:30

Keynote lecture

Keynote lecture III. - Science for Africa and the world - How to unleash the potential of African science in global cooperation?

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

9:00 - 9:30

9:30 - 11:00

Plenary session

Plenary session III. - Science for Africa and the world - How to unleash the potential of African science in global cooperation?

Ballroom

11:00 - 11:30 / Coffee Break

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

11:00 - 11:30

Break:

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session III/a Ecosystem to enhance global public good with science: distributive justice and well-being as key concepts

Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46
Abstract:  In the 2019 World Science Forum’s Declaration called for concerted action on ‘science for global well-being’. In the context of longstanding social inequalities tackled by the Sustainable Development Goals, addressing challenges to humankind’s basic existence under COP26, or the world-shattering impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, few in 2019 could have foreseen how meaningful their call to arms has now become. Under the current situation, “well-being” has been an essential perspective… (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session III/b Equity and diversity in scientific policy advice – enhancing the social value of research and the impact of evidence‐based policymaking

Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Organised by:  Frontiers Policy Labs
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42
Abstract:  For science to inform policymaking a culture of engagement between researchers and decision-makers as well as recognition needs to be established. In order for a meaningful dialogue between science and policy, the work dedicated by researchers need to be recognized, incentivized, and rewarded. … (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session III/c Localized Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa

Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44
Abstract:  Africa’s great potential for growth and development risks to be undermined by long-standing development challenges in many sectors, including education, energy, agriculture, and healthcare. While Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) are recognized as catalyzers for sustainable development, harnessing their potential implies having sound and well-established STI systems. STI for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) roadmaps are found to be valuable instruments to mobilize national STI… (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session III/d Physics and Accelerators for Science and Social Justice

Meeting Rooms 1.61-1.62

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.61-1.62
Abstract:  This panel will address how networks of researchers and multi-disciplinary scientific facilities can bring together global scientific communities, where the mission of advancing science intermixes finely with a firm societal commitment. These facilities must be accessible to all nations in order for them to benefit from the vast social and economic impacts, the local knowledge and technology transfer, and finally address challenges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).In… (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session III/e A global strategy to combat predatory academic journals and conferences

Meeting Rooms 1.63-1.64

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.63-1.64
Abstract:  In March 2022, IAP published a major report - "Combatting predatory academic journals and conferences". It is the culmination of a two-year study of the same name, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which has explored these practices more comprehensively and inclusively than any previous study. … (more)

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session III/f Getting Women into Academies and Scientific Leadership: Mentoring Works

Ballroom

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

Thematic session III/g What if? Is curiosity still the main driving force behind revolutionary ideas in science?

Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43
Abstract:  It is a well-known fact that many of the major scientific discoveries started out as experiments driven by sheer scientific interest and without any concern over their usefulness, societal or economic impact or practical application. Yet, that is exactly what they have achieved. How do we cherish this potential? How do we make sure that among the growing expectations over the accountability and societal benefits of science funding, we retain the driving force of curiosity and perseverance as a… (more)
13:00 - 14:30 / Lunch break

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

13:00 - 14:30

Break:

14:30 - 15:00

Keynote lecture

Keynote lecture IV. - Science for diplomacy - How can science reboot multilateralism and global solidarity?

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

14:30 - 15:00

15:00 - 16:30

Plenary session

Plenary session IV. - Science for diplomacy - How can science reboot multilateralism and global solidarity?

Ballroom

16:30 - 17:00 / Coffee break

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

16:30 - 17:00

Break:

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session IV/a Repatriation of unethically obtained human remains: Can policy and science converge to ensure community justice?

Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.41-1.42
Abstract:  The historical unethical use and procurement of human skeletal remains haunts the discipline of bioarchaeology globally. In South Africa, as a result of its colonial and apartheid past, illegal procurement of human remains of indigenous communities, in particular of the Khoe and San was rife in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. … (more)

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session IV/b Different lens, better outcomes? Intersectionality as a critical component of gender transformative research

Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.43-1.44
Abstract:  This moderated panel unpacks intersectionality as an essential conceptual tool in gender transformative research, while providing practical examples of how researchers and grantmakers have adopted this framework to advance science in the service of social justice. Intersectionality deepens understanding of the interplay between people’s diverse identities and experiences, to explore how this interplay shapes and mutually reinforces oppression and exclusion. It expands the focus on gender to… (more)

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session IV/c Intersections between social justice and the free and responsible conduct of science

Meeting Rooms 1.61-1.62

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.61-1.62
Abstract:  This thematic session will explore how the principles of scientific freedom and responsibility both compel and enable scientists to combat social justice issues facing the scientific community and contemporary society at-large. … (more)

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session IV/d Making the most of quantum computers, inclusively and openly, to reach the SDGs

Meeting Rooms 1.63-1.64

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1.63-1.64
Abstract:  Quantum technologies have the potential to create profound changes to society, changing entire industries. The last decade has seen major breakthroughs, leading to an increase in investment from the private sector. The quantum pursuit is considerably fractured. Scattered technology and policy approaches tend to lead to a focus on a few technologies, in a few countries, in the hands of a few incumbents, all this among geopolitical tensions. … (more)

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session IV/e Open Science and a Just, Equitable Scientific Enterprise: Promises and Pitfalls

Meeting Rooms 2.41-2.43

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session IV/f Science Diplomacy for Social Justice

Ballroom

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session

Thematic session IV/g Challenges of Urbanization: Food Security in Africa

Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

17:00 - 18:30

Thematic session:
Venue: Meeting Rooms 2.44-2.46
Abstract:  African cities have some of the greatest rates of population growth worldwide. According to the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects, the 1.1 billion people in Africa will double in number by 2050, with metropolitan areas seeing 80% of this development, with many living in informal settlements.  Numerous issues will arise as a result of this degree of expansion, including urban overcrowding, growing poverty and decaying infrastructure. Most importantly the decline in rural population… (more)

20:00 - 22:00

Social event

Gala dinner

Exhibition Hall 3

Day 3

Thursday / 8 DEC

20:00 - 22:00

Social event:
Venue: Exhibition Hall 3
09 DEC / Day 4 / programme

9:00 - 9:30

Keynote lecture

Keynote lecture V. - Justice in science - How to ensure science reflects the society we want?

Day 4

Friday / 9 DEC

9:00 - 9:30

9:30 - 11:00

Plenary session

Plenary session V. - Justice in science - How to ensure science reflects the society we want?

Ballroom

11:30 - 14:30

Social event

Closing Ceremony

Day 4

Friday / 9 DEC

11:30 - 14:30

Social event:

14:30 - 16:00

Social event

Farewell reception

Exhibition Hall 1 & 2

Day 4

Friday / 9 DEC

14:30 - 16:00

Social event:
Venue: Exhibition Hall 1 & 2