Programme

Day

  • All
  • DAY 1 / Tuesday / 7 nov
  • DAY 2 / Wednesday / 8 nov
  • DAY 3 / Thursday / 9 nov
  • DAY 4 / Friday / 10 nov
  • DAY 5 / Saturday / 11 nov

Type of event

  • All
  • Plenary session
  • Thematic session
  • Social event
  • Break
  • Trips
  • Special session
  • Special plenary session

Venue

  • All
  • King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre
  • The Village, Movenpick Resort, Dead Sea
  • Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa
07 NOV / Day 1 / programme

9:30 - 13:00

Plenary session

Opening Programme: Welcoming Ceremony, Opening Plenary 'Science for Peace', Inauguration

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor

Day 1

Tuesday / 7 nov

9:30 - 13:00

Plenary session:
Organised by:  World Science Forum
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor
Abstract:  Our universal right to peace is so much more than a claim to live free from conflict. Peace encompasses the reconciliation and prevention of conflict, but it further embraces the holistic promotion of universal access to natural resources (including food, water and energy), to inclusive and equitable education and health provision, and to the opportunities created by a growing global economy, increasing innovation, and the digital transformation of our world. Building and sustaining peace, in… (more)
13:00 - 14:30 / Meet-n-Eat / Lunch

Day 1

Tuesday / 7 nov

13:00 - 14:30

Break:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Upper Terrace - Ground Floor

14:30 - 16:00

Plenary session

Promoting Inclusion through Science Education, Outreach and Engagement

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor

Day 1

Tuesday / 7 nov

14:30 - 16:00

Plenary session:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor
Abstract:  “Leaving no-one behind” is at the core of Agenda 2030. Education is the key tool in combating poverty and promoting peace, social justice, human rights, democracy, intercultural understanding and environmental awareness. In this context, it is imperative for scientists and educators to promote and shape science education and to facilitate global science literacy, to support equal opportunity and to empower and inform global citizens. Good science education can help to give all people a voice… (more)

Video: 

Event video

16:00 - 16:30 / Afternoon Break at the RSS Lounge

Day 1

Tuesday / 7 nov

16:00 - 16:30

Break:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Royal Scientific Society Lounge - Ground Floor & Sea Floor

16:30 - 18:00

Thematic session

I. A - Connecting Scientists with Policy and Diplomacy for Peace and Sustainable Development

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Mount Nebo 1&2 - Sea Floor

Day 1

Tuesday / 7 nov

16:30 - 18:00

16:30 - 18:00

Thematic session

I. C - The Future of the Universality of Science

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 1- Sea Floor

Day 1

Tuesday / 7 nov

16:30 - 18:00

Thematic session:
Organised by:  ICSU - CFRS
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 1- Sea Floor
Abstract:  The universality of science in its broadest sense is about developing a truly global scientific community based on equity and non-discrimination. It is also about ensuring that science is trusted and valued by societies across the world. As such, it incorporates issues related to the conduct of science; capacity building; science education and literacy; access to data and information and the relationship between science and society.  … (more)

Video: 

Event video

16:30 - 18:00

Special session

Inspiring the Future – Role of Women Engineers

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor

Day 1

Tuesday / 7 nov

16:30 - 18:00

Special session:
Organised by:  IEEE
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  This Workshop will address current issues and challenges being faced by women engineers. Through personal experiences and case studies, leading female engineers from the IEEE will share their views and seek answers to current problems ranging from reluctance of females to take up STEM  subjects at school, to barriers to joining engineering and continuing in the profession. … (more)

Video: 

Event video

16:30 - 18:00

Special session

SESAME – A Source of Light in the Middle East

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 2 - Sea

Day 1

Tuesday / 7 nov

16:30 - 18:00

Special session:
Organised by:  SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East)
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 2 - Sea
Abstract:  SESAME – Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East – is a new third generation light source situated near Amman, Jordan, with a research program beginning this year. It is an international organization that promotes scientific excellence and collaboration in the region. Administratively modelled on CERN, SESAME’s Members are Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey. This session will give a brief introduction… (more)

Video: 

Event video

16:30 - 18:00

Special session

Science Diplomacy: Lessons learnt and future prospects for management of shared/transboundary water resources in the Arab region

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 2 - Sea Floor

Day 1

Tuesday / 7 nov

16:30 - 18:00

Special session:
Organised by:  UNESCO
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 2 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  This special session will examine UNESCO regional initiatives to promote science diplomacy in shared Arab region/Africa water resources.  Building on that, a second objective is to explore potential future action towards effective use of the power of science to link different communities and societies towards addressing mutually shared developmental goals and concerns in the major basins and aquifers of the Arab region including the Nile, Jordan, and Euphrates-Tigris river basins. … (more)

Video: 

Event video

19:30 - 22:00

Social event

Lowest Point on Earth WSF Welcome Reception - UNESCO Awards & Presentation of the INGSA/WSF Manifesto for Scientific Advice & the Global Goals

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Sea Floor Lower Terrace

Day 1

Tuesday / 7 nov

19:30 - 22:00

Social event:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Sea Floor Lower Terrace
Abstract:  Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation Kalinga Prize … (more)
08 NOV / Day 2 / programme

9:30 - 11:00

Plenary session

Science and Food Security: How to Feed the World Sustainably and Equitably

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

9:30 - 11:00

Plenary session:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor
Abstract:  The relationship between peace, conflict and food security is historic and well documented. The threat of hunger is a powerful driver of instability, anger and violence, while actions to promote food security can help prevent crisis, mitigate its impacts, and promote recovery, healing and growth. But sustainable and equitable access to food for all is becoming increasingly challenging as consumption patterns and dietary expectations change rapidly. Further, the relationship between global food… (more)

Video: 

Event video

11:00 - 11:30 / Morning Break at the RSS Lounge

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

11:00 - 11:30

Break:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, RSS Lounge - Ground Floor & Sea Floor

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

II. A Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Mount Nebo 1&2 - Sea Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Organised by:  IAP - EASAC
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Mount Nebo 1&2 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  Global and national food systems present increasing challenges for the science community in tackling issues of health, nutrition, agriculture, climate change, ecology and human behaviour. The Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in 2015 provide a critically important framework for meeting these challenges but require fresh engagement by the science community to address the complexities of evidence-based policies and programmes. … (more)

Video: 

Event video

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

II. B Women as Leaders for Diversity and Development

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Wadi Rum 1&2 - Ground Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Organised by:  AAAS - MTA
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Wadi Rum 1&2 - Ground Floor
Abstract:  If the powers of science, technology and innovation (STI) to grow the economy, quicken the pace of development, and contribute to evidence-based policy are to be fully realized, then the community of science leaders must be diverse. Consider scientist innovators: diversity among innovators increases the likelihood that the products and services created will address the needs and support development goals for all groups within a society, thus supporting sustainable peace and prosperity. … (more)

Video: 

Event video

11:30 - 13:30

Thematic session

II. C Disaster Risk Reduction at Heritage Sites

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 1- Sea Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

11:30 - 13:30

Thematic session:
Organised by:  UNESCO - Amman Office
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 1- Sea Floor
Abstract:  Heritage sites are often exposed to a number of natural hazards (landslides, flash floods and earthquakes) that represent a threat to the monuments and the visitors. Synergies need then to be created between the protection of cultural assets and the management of natural hazards for the enhanced preservation of the sites and the joint benefit of the visitors and the local communities. In the past years, the Amman Office has been engaging with the Petra Archaeological Park, the Department of… (more)

Video: 

Event video

11:30 - 13:00

Special session

Scientific Cooperation and Regional Integration for the 2030 Agenda in LAC

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Special session:
Organised by:  UNESCO
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  In line with this year’s overarching theme ‘Science for Peace’ this session will offer ideas and solutions on how to foster scientific cooperation in the region and present CILAC as an integral space to forge and strengthen regional cooperation. CILAC is the Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean, spearheaded by the UNESCO Regional Office for Sciences in Montevideo and supported by a number of regional partners; that set out to influence science policies and the… (more)

Video: 

Event video

11:30 - 13:00

Special session

21st Century interdisciplinary science & technologies’

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 2- Sea Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

11:30 - 13:00

11:30 - 13:00

Special session

The Role of Artificial & Human Intelligence In Solving Global Challenges & Supporting Science In The Arab World

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 2 - Sea Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Special session:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 2 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  How does artificial and human intelligence combine to help fight extremism content on Utube where 83% of worrisome videos are now being flagged in real-time and what should we think when Google’s AlphaGoZero teaches itself to be the world’s best Go player and dispenses with human wisdom? Is it already the present for some of us and the future for all to have Android receptionists in our shopping malls, robot workers in our factories or to have our newspaper articles written by search engines… (more)

Video: 

Event video

13:00 - 14:30 / Meet-n-Eat / Lunch

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

13:00 - 14:30

Break:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Upper Terrace - Ground Floor

14:30 - 16:00

Plenary session

The Energy/Water Nexus - Intelligent Management for Sustainability and Fairness

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

14:30 - 16:00

Plenary session:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor
Abstract:  Future global security, prosperity and equality will depend in large part on how the world responds to pressures on natural resources. The global demand for food, water and energy is increasing at an unsustainable rate, due to a rapidly growing global population, inefficient resource management, and the impacts of climate change. Agenda 2030 accounts for these challenges across several Sustainable Development Goals but their interdependencies (both synergies and trade-offs) are not yet… (more)

Video: 

Event video

14:30 - 16:00

Special session

Promotion of Arab Women in Science

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Aqaba - Sea Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

14:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 16:30 / Afternoon Break at the RSS Lounge

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

16:00 - 16:30

Break:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, RSS Lounge - Ground Floor & Sea Floor

16:30 - 18:00

Thematic session

III. A Science-based Advice to Policy-Makers in an Era of Alternative Facts

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Mount Nebo 1- Sea Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

16:30 - 18:00

16:30 - 18:00

Thematic session

III. C - Fighting Resistant Bacteria and Global Pandemics

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 1 - Sea Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

16:30 - 18:00

Thematic session:
Organised by:  MTA/ERC/ABC
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 1 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  Since the introduction of penicillin in the 1940’s antibiotics have become one of the main pillars of modern medicine, saving millions of lives and billions of dollars. However, their extensive use has also resulted in the emergence of new, resistant bacteria indicating that the era of traditional antimicrobial treatment may soon be over. A panel of outstanding scientists and policy experts will share their breakthrough scientific ideas and their in-depth experience to forecast how scientists,… (more)

Video: 

Event video

16:30 - 18:00

Special session

Science and Archaeology: Time Travel, Technology and Change

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 2- Sea Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

16:30 - 18:00

Special session:
Organised by:  CBRL
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 2- Sea Floor
Abstract:  Archaeology is the study of the material remains of human resilience, adaptation, and innovation. As a discipline, archaeology sits at the nexus between the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, integrating elements of each to reconstruct the human past in all its facets. This special session considers how human beings have responded to perennial challenges, including maintaining a food supply, and climate change. … (more)

Video: 

Event video

16:30 - 18:00

Thematic session

III. B - Knowledge and Technology in Developing Countries: Issues of Brain Drain and Transfer

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Wadi Rum 1 - Ground Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

16:30 - 18:00

16:30 - 18:00

Special session

International Funding for STI in Africa: Help Or Hindrance?

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

16:30 - 18:00

16:30 - 18:00

Special session

PERFORM - Promoting Science Education through the Arts

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 2 - Sea Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

16:30 - 18:00

Special session:
Organised by:  UNESCO
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 2 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  UNESCO as part of the PERFORM consortium is in charge of the sustainability of this European Commission extra budgetary project. We are committed to promoting PERFORM at World Science Forum, which is an appropriate venue to discuss the programme. PERFORM aims to investigate the effects of the use of innovative science education methods based on performing arts in fostering young peoples’ motivations and engagement with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in secondary… (more)

Video: 

Event video

16:30 - 18:00

Special session

Spaces for scientists - thinking, research, and collaboration An architecture for science for peace Talk by Ian Taylor

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Mount Nebo 2 - Sea Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

16:30 - 18:00

Special session:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Mount Nebo 2 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  The functional and experiential characteristics of the working environment impact on the success of scientific experimentation and collaboration.   … (more)

Video: 

Event video

16:30 - 18:00

Special session

Can Science Save the Dead Sea

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Wadi Rum 2 - Ground Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

16:30 - 18:00

Special session:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Wadi Rum 2 - Ground Floor
Abstract:  The Dead Sea represents a unique environment of a hyper saline terminal lake located in a pull-apart basin, which is one of the main components of the Jordan Dead Sea Transform Fault System, the active Plate boundary between the Arabian and African plates. The lake is the lowest place on Earth with an elevation of about 432 m bMSL in November 2017. Most of the valuable Dead Sea coastal areas are over complex faulted zones related to the lake’s pull-apart basin, an area prone to rather… (more)

Video: 

Event video

18:00 - 19:45

Special plenary session

Al Gore’s Film Premiere: An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia Hall - Ground Floor

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

18:00 - 19:45

Special plenary session:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia Hall - Ground Floor
Abstract:  A 2017 American documentary film directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk about former United States Vice President Al Gore's continuing mission to battle climate change. The sequel to An Inconvenient Truth (2006), the film addresses the progress made to tackle the problem and Gore's global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016's Paris Agreement. The film was released on July 28, 2017, by Paramount Pictures. … (more)

20:00 - 22:30

Social event

Blue Heart Dinner

The Village, Movenpick Resort, Dead Sea

Day 2

Wednesday / 8 nov

20:00 - 22:30

Social event:
Venue: The Village, Movenpick Resort, Dead Sea
Abstract:  Held under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor, Partner of The Ocean Elders   You are cordially invited to join us in support of the world’s most important asset: The Blue Heart of our Planet.   With a focus on protecting, valuing and celebrating the oceans, the seas and their wildlife, this special aquatic-themed dinner will feature an all vegetarian menu, accentuating our necessity to preserve this vital ecosystem for a sustainable future.   Attire: Formal / Cocktail (more)
09 NOV / Day 3 / programme

9:30 - 11:00

Plenary session

The Opportunities and Challenges of Digital Transformation

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

9:30 - 11:00

Plenary session:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor
Abstract:  Technological and digital advances are bringing disruptive and transformative change to our world that will impact on every aspect of the lives of all its citizens. Government, industry, civil society and academia are striving to anticipate how the pace and scale of these advances will change the way our world works, and to identify and leverage the opportunities and tackle the challenges they will bring. … (more)

Video: 

Event video

11:00 - 11:30 / Morning Break at the RSS Lounge

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

11:00 - 11:30

Break:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, RSS Lounge - Ground Floor & Sea Floor

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

IV. A The Journey of Refugee Scientists

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Mount Nebo 1&2 - Sea Floor

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Organised by:  The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), UNESCO
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Mount Nebo 1&2 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  We are living in an historic period of global dislocation and migration. In the Middle East/North Africa alone, war and civil conflict in recent years have forced millions of people to leave their homes. Most have arrived in adjoining countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Some 1.5 million have arrived in Europe. Others have travelled as far as South Africa, Malaysia, Canada and Brazil. … (more)

Video: 

Event video

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

IV. B Security Risks Reduction through CBRNE Science, Education and Human Factors

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Wadi Rum 1- Ground Floor

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Organised by:  MESIS, OCSTO and JRC
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Wadi Rum 1- Ground Floor
Abstract:  In a globalised world where people and goods are constantly circulating, the risk of global threats in the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) areas is increasing, in tandem with the risk of intensification of terrorist threats and the number of tense political situations worldwide. In order to fulfil public health and security requirements, countries must not only continually improve the legal framework and its implementation, but also develop the capacity to… (more)

Video: 

Event video

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

IV. C Empowering scientists and society to support the SDGs: a MENA perspective

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 1- Sea Floor

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Organised by:  IAP, GYA and UNESCO
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 1- Sea Floor
Abstract:  At the heart of Agenda 2030 is inclusion and leaving no-one behind.  The SDGs were shaped following the largest consultation programme in UN history, drawing on a series of “global conversations”: the goals are owned by citizens of the world.   Their implementation will require the best minds, resources, business models and innovations from all sectors and with all parts of society embracing them.  … (more)

Video: 

Event video

11:30 - 13:00

Special session

Public Engagement: Talking Science to non-Scientists

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 2 - Sea Floor

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Special session:
Organised by:  GTF/Royal Scientific Society, Jordan
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 2 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  There are several challenges of communicating science, which include engaging formally with the public about science, the special complexities of communicating science when it is part of a public controversy (science-related controversy) and today’s complex, dynamic and competitive communication media environment. … (more)

Video: 

Event video

11:30 - 13:00

Special session

Engaging Jordan's Diaspora: Mechanisms for Creative Capacity Building

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Special session:
Organised by:  JoSTA - HCST/ RSS
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  The Jordanian diaspora and relevant international networks could be helpful in the process of building knowledge bridges generating opportunities and bi-lateral relations in joint Research and Development programmes, funding venues and other knowledge transfer avenues to pursue.   In turn, research collaboration in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is increasingly becoming the main driver for socioeconomic development and sustainability. At the same time, governments and policy makers… (more)

Video: 

Event video

11:30 - 13:00

Special session

An Arab Charter of Ethics for Human-Centered Science and Technology in the Arab Region

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Wadi Rum 2 - Ground Floor

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Special session:
Organised by:  UNESCO - Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States / LAS / ASRT / RSS / CNRS-L / IPT
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Wadi Rum 2 - Ground Floor
Abstract:  The Arab region can achieve better development outcomes if it invests in research and development and develops its research capacities. As clearly articulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, science and technology are important “means of implementation”. The power of science should/can be leveraged to accelerate the achievement of development goals in the region. Unfortunately, the Arab region continues to lag behind developed - and even several developing - countries in… (more)

Video: 

Event video

11:30 - 13:00

Special session

Scientific Cooperation and Regional Integration for the 2030 Agenda in MENA

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 2- Sea Floor

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Special session:
Organised by:  ESCWA
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 2- Sea Floor
Abstract:  Empirical evidence shows that scientific discoveries and technological innovations led most efficiently to economic prosperity, yielding social stability and hence peaceful dignified living. However, this has not always been the case in many Arab countries. After decades of investments in education, and infrastructure for labs and research centers, the dividends did not significantly lower unemployment, curtailed the brain drain, or circumvent wars. Scientific research resulted in more… (more)

Video: 

Event video

11:30 - 13:00

Special session

Women in Science to Achieve SDGs

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Aqaba - Sea Floor

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Special session:
Organised by:  UNESCO
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Aqaba - Sea Floor
Abstract:  Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs). Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science. Although the development of STEM fields is widely regarded as beneficial for the expansion of national economies, the underrepresentation of women in STEM represents the loss… (more)

Video: 

Event video

13:00 - 14:30 / Meet-n-Eat / Lunch

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

13:00 - 14:30

Break:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Upper Terrace - Ground Floor

14:30 - 16:00

Plenary session

Building Resilience in an Interconnected World

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

14:30 - 16:00

Plenary session:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor
Abstract:  The appalling and relentless conflict in Syria has tested regional and global resilience to an unforeseen level and has shown trans-border resilience mechanisms to be severely lacking. The Syrian catastrophe has highlighted how borders matter little when entire populations are made desperate by the breakdown of social and political order. How can the science and policy communities work together to build mechanisms to cope with threats to communities and societies in conflict situations or in… (more)

Video: 

Event video

16:00 - 16:30 / Afternoon Break at the RSS Lounge

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

16:00 - 16:30

Break:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, RSS Lounge - Ground Floor & Sea Floor

16:30 - 18:00

Special plenary session

Young Researchers Identify Skills of the Future to Advance Science Diplomacy and Society

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

16:30 - 18:00

Special plenary session:
Organised by:  IAP, GYA, WAYS, UNESCO, ICORSA
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor
Abstract:  Young researchers and the communities to which they belong have an important role to play in science diplomacy, promoting peace through the establishment of shared communities and research collaborations. While young researchers across the world are embracing this role, there is an evolution of skills required by researchers to engage in our increasingly complex world. This session will highlight the essential skills of the future that researchers have to develop to advance science diplomacy… (more)

Video: 

Event video

18:00 - 19:45

Special plenary session

Al Gore’s Film Premiere: An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia Hall - Ground Floor

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

18:00 - 19:45

Special plenary session:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia Hall - Ground Floor
Abstract:  A 2017 American documentary film directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk about former United States Vice President Al Gore's continuing mission to battle climate change. The sequel to An Inconvenient Truth (2006), the film addresses the progress made to tackle the problem and Gore's global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016's Paris Agreement. The film was released on July 28, 2017, by Paramount Pictures. … (more)

20:00 - 22:30

Social event

A Jordanian Night

Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa

Day 3

Thursday / 9 nov

20:00 - 22:30

Social event:
Venue: Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa
Abstract:  Join us for a night full of Jordanian culture and hospitality, and experience the authentic essence of Jordan through our music, food and warm welcome.   A special Jordanian Bazaar will be open for this one night only where all manner of authentic and beautiful items made by local community-based projects will be available to purchase.   Attire: Informal (more)
10 NOV / Day 4 / programme

9:30 - 11:00

Plenary session

Rebuilding broken societies through reconstruction and recovery

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

9:30 - 11:00

9:30 - 13:00

Special session

Gender Summit Platform for the Arab World

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Aqaba - Sea Floor

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

9:30 - 13:00

Special session:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Aqaba - Sea Floor
Abstract:  The aim of this event is to explore establishing a Gender Summit platform for the Arab World, which would join similar platforms already active in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, Africa, and Latin America.  The Gender Summit was created in 2011 with the aim to enable dialogue and consensus between scientists, gender scholars, policy makers and stakeholders in science endeavours on the improvements needed where scientific evidence shows unequal quality of research outcomes for women and… (more)

Panelists:

Moderators:

Conclusions and Reccomendations:

Video: 

Event video

11:00 - 11:30 / Morning Break at the RSS Lounge

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

11:00 - 11:30

Break:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, RSS Lounge - Ground Floor & Sea Floor

11:30 - 13:15

Thematic session

V. C Science for Cultural Relations – Past, Present and Future

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 1 - Sea Floor

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

11:30 - 13:15

Thematic session:
Organised by:  British Council
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 1 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  Science for Cultural Relations is currently a ‘hot topic’ but by no means a new phenomenon. Ever since scientists started to examine the world around them, they have worked with counterparts in other countries to share observations, and discuss and refine their ideas. This leads them to build relationships with people from different backgrounds and cultures where the uniting thread is the science itself, rather than political views or cultural norms. … (more)

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11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

V. A Nexus and Security of Natural Resources Towards a Peaceful Future

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Mount Nebo 1&2 - Sea Floor

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Organised by:  UNESCO, ICSU, UNEP, IRP, SCJ and OCSTO
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Mount Nebo 1&2 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  The way in which society manages and uses natural resources fundamentally shapes the wellbeing of people, the environment, and the economy. With current systems of production and consumption, the ambitious level of social, ecological and economic well-being articulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development cannot be achieved. Inequality of access to resources, and the unequal distribution of the negative impacts to people and planet of their use, are at the heart of many conflicts both… (more)

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11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session

V. B Light Sources and Crystallographic Sciences for Sustainable Development

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Wadi Rum 1- Ground Floor

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Thematic session:
Organised by:  UNESCO-IUPAP-IUCr
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Wadi Rum 1- Ground Floor
Abstract:  Because of their high costs and multidisciplinary use, large-scale synchrotron light sources facilities provide strong opportunities for integration through networking and cost-sharing, and promote multi-disciplinary collaboration with the wider global community, while promoting science diplomacy and peace at large. Following the SESAME example– the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East –, the thematic session will use as its basis, the… (more)

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11:30 - 13:00

Special session

The Malta Conferences – Using Science for Peace in the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Special session:
Organised by:  Malta Conferences Foundation (MCF)
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  While political struggles have failed to bring stability to the Middle East, the Malta Conferences Foundation (MCF) has developed an approach that leverages a common science heritage to define regional challenges, develop potential mitigation strategies, and motivate appropriate multinational responses. In 2001, the idea was born to bring Middle East scientists together to share their research and ideas and form multinational collaborations to solve common regional problems including… (more)

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11:30 - 13:00

Special session

Emerging Concerns in Managing Radicalisation among Youth

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Wadi Rum 2 - Ground Floor

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Special session:
Organised by:  GTF/Royal Scientific Society, Jordan
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Wadi Rum 2 - Ground Floor
Abstract:  Current geo-political challenges in the Middle East impact how researchers and policy makers can manage radicalisation among youth. New forms of extremism are likely to re-emerge despite the military defeat of Daesh, particularly that the political and socio-economic structures and ideologies that contributed to the phenomenon remain intact in the region. Recent developments in Europe also point to an increase in radical lone wolves compared to earlier threats of organised armed groups. These… (more)

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11:30 - 13:00

Special session

Emerging Scholars: Establishing the Cycle of Innovation

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 2 - Sea Floor

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Special session:
Organised by:  University of California, Berkeley Global Science Institute (BGSI) / International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea 2 - Sea Floor
Abstract:  The ability to perform science and innovation is distributed unequally; only scientists from few countries have the means to address problems affecting the world. This is often perpetuated by the absence of strong scientific leadership and sustainable mentoring traditions, lack of an idea generation system, or underdeveloped institutional foundations. To the best scientists in the world, the highest calling is to elevate the minds of the most promising emerging scholars, equipping them with the… (more)

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11:30 - 13:00

Special session

Sustainable Development Goals: The Future We Want But Can We Have?

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 2, Sea Floor

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

11:30 - 13:00

Special session:
Organised by:  JST Japan - JHU
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Petra 2, Sea Floor
Abstract:  Adopted by the UN just a year before Donald Trump’s election and the rise of ‘America First’, the subsequent collapse of the planned US-Asia trade bloc, the UK Brexit Referendum and the call for reform of NAFTA, NATO and the UN system, this session examines whether the 17 Sustainable Development Goals underpinned by 169 targets were always based on ideology and unrealistic promises or might, in fact, deliver action and results. Concrete case-studies spotlighting future health-care and how… (more)

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13:15 - 14:30 / Meet-n-Eat / Lunch

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

13:15 - 14:30

Break:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Upper Terrace - Ground Floor

14:30 - 16:00

Plenary session

Science Diplomacy to Strengthen Governance and Build Enduring Relationships

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

14:30 - 16:00

Plenary session:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor
Abstract:  While international science cooperation has long served the interests of science, there is increasing interest and focus on the role of science to promote diplomatic interests. These may serve a country’s own direct interests which will depend on a country’s size, geopolitics and state of development – for example, in projecting a country’s reputation and influence, for promoting trade, for attracting scientific expertise and knowhow, and for technology access. Science diplomacy may also… (more)

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16:30 - 17:30

Plenary session

Closing Ceremony, Endorsement of the Declaration

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

16:30 - 17:30

Plenary session:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Philadelphia - Ground Floor

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20:00 - 22:30

Social event

Science for Peace Dinner

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre

Day 4

Friday / 10 nov

20:00 - 22:30

Social event:
Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre
Abstract:  As the 8th World Science Forum draws to a close, and to celebrate the UNESCO Science Day for Peace and Development, you are invited to synchronise with UNESCO field offices across the World.   Together we bridge the gap between science and societies across the globe and shine a light for our future.   Attire: Formal (more)
11 NOV / Day 5 / programme

9:30 - 18:00

Trips

Full-day & Half-day Trips

Day 5

Saturday / 11 nov

9:30 - 18:00

Trips:
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