Workshop programme 5-7 March 2003

IAP Programmes

Workshop programme 5-7 March 2003

Workshop: Capacity Building for Academies & Symposium: Science, Religion and Values
5-7 March 2003
Trieste, Italy


co-sponsored by: US National Academy of Sciences (US NAS); Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); Organization of Islamic Conference Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH)

venue: Adriatico Guesthouse, Grignano - Trieste
(Giambiagi Lecture Theatre)

Tentative Programme

WEDNESDAY 5 March 2003

8.30 - 10.30 Session 1: Opening and Overview
Chairperson: E. KRIEGER Rapporteur: M. SHAMSHER ALI

8.00 - 8.30 REGISTRATION

8.30 - 8.45 Welcome by:
InterAcademy Panel - Prof. Y. Quéré (IAP Cochair)
Third World Academy of Sciences - Prof. M.H.A. Hassan (TWAS Executive Director)
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics - Prof. K.R. Sreenivasan (ICTP Director)

8.45 - 9.15 Addresses by:
US NAS - Dr. J. Boright (Executive Director, International Affairs)
COMSTECH - Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman (Coordinator General)
ISESCO - Prof. M. Falougi (Deputy Director General)
UNESCO Mr. H. Moore (Director, UNESCO-ROSTE)

9.15 - 9.45 Academies of the World: their distribution and function (Prof. M.H.A. Hassan)
9.45 - 10.30 Science and Technology Development in the Islamic World: a new role for science academies in the region (Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman)

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 - 13.00 Session 2: Experiences of Academies in Central Asia
Chairperson: A.H. ZAKRI Rapporteur: A. NASIM

11.00 - 12.30 Presentation by Representatives of Academies:

The Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan Prof. Mahmud Kerimov, President
National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan Prof. Serikbek Zh. Daukeev, President
National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrghyz Republic Prof. Beishen Imanakunov, Secretary Gen.
Tajikistan Academy of Sciences Prof. Mirsaidov Ulmas, President

12.30 - 13.00 General Discussion

13.00 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 16.30 Session 3: Experiences of Academies in Other Asian Countries
Chairperson: Prof. R. MANSOURI Rapporteur: Prof. N. NAJIM

14.30 - 16.00 Presentation by Representatives of Academies:

Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan Prof. Abdul R. Rashed, President (to be confirmed)
Bangladesh Academy of Sciences Prof. A.K.M. Shamsher Ali, President
Indonesian Academy of Sciences Prof. Bambang Hidayat, President
Academy of Sciences Malaysia Prof. Ahmad Zaharudin Idrus, President
Pakistan Academy of Sciences Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, President

16.00 - 16.30 General Discussion

16.30 - 17.00 Coffee Break

17.00 - 19.00 Session 4: Experiences of Academies in the Middle East
Chairperson: Prof. S.A. AL-ATHEL Rapporteur: Eng. M.R. ZOUBI

17.00 - 18.30 Presentation by Representatives of Academies:

Academy of Sciences of I.R. Iran Prof. R. Mansouri (Representative)
Turkish Academy of Sciences Prof. Çigdem Kagitçibaçi (Representative)
Islamic Academy of Sciences Prof. Abdel Salam A. Majali (President)
Arab Academy of Sciences Prof. Adnan Badran (President)

18.30 - 19.00 General Discussion

THURSDAY 6 March 2003

8.30 - 11.00 Session 5: Experiences of other Academies
Chairperson: T. ROSSWALL Rapporteur: S. TUGIMAN

8.30 - 9.00 Role of Academies in Providing Authoritative Independent Credible Advice to Governments - Prof. B. Alberts (President, US NAS)

9.00 - 10.30 Presentations by Representatives of Academies:

Academia Brasileira de Ciencias, Brazil Prof. E. Krieger, President
Académie des Sciences, France Prof. Y. Quéré, Foreign Secretary
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei Prof. E. Vesentini, President
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Prof. E. Norrby, Secretary General
National Academy of Sciences, USA Dr. M. Clegg, Foreign Secretary
Pontifical Academy of Sciences Mons. M. Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor

10.30 - 11.00 General Discussion

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 - 13.00 Session 6: Panel Discussion: Government Support to Independent Merit-Based National/Regional Science Academies
Chairperson: M.H. FALOUGI Rapporteur: Ç. KAGITCIBASI


S.A. Al-Athel Saudi Arabia
Atta-Ur Rahman Pakistan
M. Kerimov Azerbaijan
A.S. Majali Jordan
R. Mansouri Iran
M.M. Matoug Libya
U. Mirsaidov Tajikistan
D. Serikbek Kazakhstan

13.00 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 16.30 Session 7: Strategies to Strengthen National/Regional Science Academies: Chairperson: Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman Rapporteur: J. BORIGHT

14.30 - 15.30 General discussion on strategies

15.30 - 16.30 Conclusions, recommendations and follow-up action

FRIDAY 7 March 2003

Symposium: Science, Religion and Values

Among the specific issues that the symposium will address are the following:

1) What factors affect the relationship between religion and science? What factors are rooted in the specific cultures themselves and what factors appear universal in this relationship?
2) What can various cultures and religious faiths learn from one another in exploring this topic?
3) What is the impact of modern science and technology on traditional cultural values and religious beliefs?
4) What can be the role of academies of science in promoting a culture of excellence in science as an integral part of the cultural values of societies? How can the academies in the Islamic world be strengthened to play this important role?
5) How can academies of science contribute to promoting scientific literacy and science education as important instruments for achieving knowledge societies and socially sustainable development?

Chairperson: A. BADRAN Convener: E. MASOOD Rapporteur: J. WEBB

Session I
8.30 - 8.35 Introduction by Chairperson

8.35 - 8.40 General Remarks by Convener

8.40 - 9.20 Science, Religion and Values: an overview - Prof. Fraser N. Watts (University of Cambridge, UK)

9.20 - 10.20 Presentations by participants (5 minutes each)

10.20 - 10.40 Discussion

10.40 - 11.00 Coffee break

Session II
11.00 - 12.30 Presentations by participants (5 minutes each)

12.30 - 13.00 Discussion

13.00 - 14.30 Lunch

Session III
14.30 - 16.00 Summary, General Discussion and Conclusions

16.00 Coffee break

17.00: Visit to the AREA Science Park, with presentations by AREA, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) and International Centre for Science and High Technology (ICS) - see separate programme