Budapest, November 4 (MTI) – The president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) opened the World Science Forum conference in Budapest on Wednesday evening.

In his address Laszlo Lovasz said that the conference’s title “The Enabling Power of Science” reflects the ever-increasing role played by science in opening up new avenues for human and economic development, confronting hunger and diseases, tackling the ever growing demand for energy and providing the economic foundations for an improved quality of life for all.

The goal of the WSF, organised for the seventh time, is to give a deeper insight into some of the most pressing issues around climate change, renewable energy, disaster risk reduction, global health policies or the practices and pitfalls in the governance of science on all continents, Lovasz said.

“Today, the World Science Forum is recognised as a very open platform, helping stimulate conversations about science and society in all its complexities, and about the role of science and our shared responsibilities,” he said.

He noted that participants representing science, business, innovation, research, policymaking, media and society are attending this week’s conference.

The four-day event is hosted by MTA in partnership with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Council for Science (ICSU), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), he said.

Lovasz announced that the next WSF will be held under the motto “Peace Through Science” in Jordan in 2017.


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