Science, Ethics and Human Development

IYBSSD Flagship Continental Event for Asia

September 13 - 15, 2022, ICISE, Quy Nhon, Vietnam


Preliminary Programme

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
13:00 - 14:15 Opening session :
13:00 – 13:10 Jean Tran Thanh Van : Welcome
13:10 – 13:17 Message from Csaba Korosi, President of the United Nation General Assembly
13:17 – 13:37 Nguyễn Xuân Thắng, Director of the National Academy of Political Administration,
Member of the Political Committee of the VNCP, Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council, President of Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics.
13:37 – 13:44 Message from Martin Chugong, General Secretary of the Inter-Parliamentary
13 :44 - 13 :50 Message from Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director General of UNESCO
13 :50 – 13 :56 Trần Tuấn Anh, Vice President of the Vietnam Academy of Science (TBC)
13 :56 - 14 :05 Michel Spiro, President of the International Year of Basic Science for Sustainable Development
14 :05 – 14 :15 Photo
14 :15 – 15 :45 Science and Policy making
Round Table on relationships between scientists, parliamentarians, government officials, politicians and other policymakers
Moderator and Keynote Mokhtar Omar, Senior Advisor to the General Secretary of IPU
Panelists Sahar Sattia, Vice Director of the IPU Working Group on Science and Technology
Dennis Naughten, expert, member of the IPU Working Group on Science and Technology
Nguyen Thuc Quyen, Director of the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids, University of Calitornia at Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Karen Hallberg, Research Director, Atomic Centre of Bariloche, Argentina
Phan Thanh Binh, Former President of the Commission of Education at the Parliament of Vietnam
15 :45 – 16 :15 Coffee break and informal discussion
16:15 -17:30 Covid 19 : Dialogue on Science and Policy making, related to the pandemic.
Moderator and key note Dominique Le Guludec, President of the « Haute Autorité de Santé » of France
Panelists Dominique Le Guludec, President of the « Haute Autorité de Santé » of France
Michèle de Guise, President of the INESSS, Canada
Nguyen Thu Anh, Director, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research - Vietnam, University of Sydney
18:00-21:00 Conference dinner
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
8:30 - 10:00 Environment and Biodiversity
Moderator Michel Spiro, President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)
Keynote Michel Jarraud, General Secretary of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Panelists Dominique Leglu, Editorial director of the monthly magazines La Recherche and Sciences et Avenir
Zulfigar Yasin, Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies, Malaysia
Eric Guilyardi, Oceanographer and Climatologist, Director of Research at CNRS and President Office of Climate Education, Paris, France
Tham Hoang, Auburn University, USA
10:00 - 10: 30 Coffee break and informal discussion
10 :30 -12 :00 Sustainability and Ressources
Moderator Alexis Drogoul, French Institute of Research for Development, Vietnam
Keynote Yvonne Bonzi-Coulibaly, University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Panelists Edmond Dounias, Director of IRD Vietnam
Nguyen Hieu Trung, Professor, Can Tho University, Vietnam
Abdou Sène, Professor at Virtual University of Senegal
12:00 -13:30 Lunch and Informal discussion
Working lunch and Discussion of the IPU Charter on Science and Ethics
13 :30-15:00 Science Peace and Disarmament
Moderator Mokhtar Omar, Senior Advisor to the General Secretary for the IPU, Geneva
Sergio Duarte, President of the Pugwash organization (Peace Nobel 1995)
Karen Hallberg, Research Director, Atomic Centre of Bariloche, Argentina
Luận Thùy Dương, Former Ambassador of Vietnam in Myanmar
Dennis Naughten, Former member of the Irish North-South Ministerial Council and Former Minister for the environment and Natural Resources
Teenah Jutton, Member of the Board of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians
15:00 -15:30 Coffee break and informal discussion
15:30 -17 :30 Science and Ethics
Chair Michel Spiro, President of the International Year of Basic Science for Sustainable Development
Michel Larive , Past President of the Working Group of the Ethics Charter of IPU
Sergio Duarte, President of the Pugwash organization (Peace Nobel 1995)
Mohan Munasinghe, Past vice-president of IPCC (Peace Nobel 2007)
Robert Sebbag, Pandemics: yesterday, today, tomorrow
17:30 - 18:30 Visit of the ExploraScience
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner
Thursday, September 15, 2022
8 :30 - 10 :00 Science education : challenges, opportunities and ethics
Moderator Sonia Bahri, Senior Advisor for Science and Sustainable Development at the French National Commission for UNESCO, Former Chief Science Policy Section, UNESCO, Paris
Keynote Eric Guilyardi, Oceanographer and Climatologist, Director of Research at CNRS and President Office of Climate Education, Paris, France/td>
Panelists Norbert Hounkonou, President of the International Chair of the Mathematical Physics and Applications Institute (ICMPA-UNESCO), Benin,
Ngo Bao Chau, Field Medal, Vietnam Institute for Advanced Studies in Mathematics, Collège de France, Paris, University of Chicago, USA
Ana Belen Elgoyhen, National Committee on Ethics in Science and Technology, Professor University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
David Wilgenbus, Executive Director, Office of Climate Education, Paris, France
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break and informal discussion
10:30 - 12:00 Artificial Intelligence and augmented mankind
Moderator Gabriela Tejada, Vice-President of the Swiss Commission for UNESCO and Deputy Director of the College of Humanities, EPFL.
Panelists Bui Hai Hung, CEO, VinAI, Vingroup, Hanoi, Vietnam
Dev Lewis - Digital Asia Hub, Singapore
Pham Minh Tuan, CEO FPT Software
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch and Informal discussion
13:30 -15:00 Emergent Technologies, nanotech, biotech
Moderator Patrick Maestro, Scientific Director, International Solvay Institutes, Belgium
Panelists Nguyen Thuc Quyen, Director of the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Nicola Marzari, Directeur de l’Institut PRN-Marvel, EPFL, Switzerland
Dominique Leglu, Editorial director of the monthly magazines La Recherche and Sciences et Avenir
15:00 -15:15 Coffee break and informal discussion
15:15 -16:45 Health and manipulating living organisms
Moderator Robert Sebbag, Infectiologist at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, Patis, France
Keynote Ana Belen Elgoyhen, National Committee on Ethics in Science and Technology, Argentina
Robert Sebbag, Infectiologist at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, Patis, France
Trần Thị Thanh Hương, Head of the National Cancer Institute, Head of the Department of Medicine, Ethics and Psychology, Hanoi Medical University
16:45 -17:15 Summary and Conclusions
Michel Spiro, President of IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics), President of the International Year of Basics Sciences 2022-2023
End of the conference
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner


Roundtables description

1. Environment and biodiversity

Environment and biodiversity are global public goods and, as such, their protection is a global challenge that requires common strategies based on coherent local actions applied everywhere. Thanks to its apolitical and neutral approach to problem solving, science can help define the strategy and develop technological solutions for its implementation. Many questions remain open: How to share a common ethics on these matters? Which kind of governance for such global public goods? What role for UN and other international organizations, for NGOs, for countries, for the academic world, for industry, for citizens? This roundtable will provide some answers.

2. Sustainability and resources

The interactions between natural and social systems and how those interactions affect the challenge of meeting the needs of future generations while substantially reducing poverty and conserving the planet's life, is at the heart of an emerging scientific field named Sustainability Science. Researchers specialising in these matters aim at answering complex questions such as: What determines the adaptability, vulnerability, and resilience of human and natural systems? What are the principal tradeoffs between human well-being and the natural environment? Panelists will discuss these questions and will try to identify common approaches to finding sustainable and ethically aware solutions.

3. Health and manipulating living organisms

The manipulation of living organisms is becoming more and more a routinary approach for research in chemistry, biology and medicine. However, changing the nature of cells has deep ethical implications that trigger fundamental questions. The study of the ethical issues emerging from advances in biology and medicine (bioethics) should concern not only researchers but the whole society. From the manipulation of living organisms to transhumanism, this roundtable will address questions and possible solutions about human health but, more generally, the ethical guiding principles which should govern scientific research and the development of impacting medical technologies.

4. Science education: challenges, opportunities and ethics

An appropriate and ethically sound science education may have a huge impact on scientific and human development, thus contributing to implement the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The debate will focus on best practices in terms of relevant pedagogy and teaching/learning methods. It will address questions such as: Why is Science education key to human and ethically sustainable development? What should be the goals and the pedagogical methods for a proper science education at all levels? What is the role of scientists in improving science education? How can science teachers train students to an ethical approach in Science?

5. Artificial Intelligence and augmented mankind

Leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is key for advancing some of the major challenges humanity is facing. An appropriate and ethical implementation of AI technologies can lead to benefits that can reach even the neediest communities without creating risks. This panel will focus on opportunities and risks linked to AI. What are the main issues to consider when developing AI technologies and what are the strategies that can contribute to positive and inclusive changes? Are AI solutions and the equitable access to their benefits scalable? How can policymakers encourage the progress of safe and trustful AI systems? How can other key actors contribute to this?

6. Emergent technologies, nanotech, biotech

Emergent technologies and science breakthroughs are absolutely key for the future, but also more and more evaluated also in terms of their impact on and risk for the human health and the environment. Researchers are increasingly aware of the intrinsic value of the precautionary principle but, since its implementation could slow down the innovation process, they should find the right balance. Considering that the world is eager for more and more innovation, which are the technical, economical, environmental considerations that researchers and developers should take into account in order to make the most ethical decision? Can the sustainability principle reconcile innovation and precaution? Panelist will give their opinion on these open questions.

7. Science, peace and disarmament

Increasing amounts of resources are devoted worldwide to develop new weapon systems, based on high technological advances. However, international scientific collaborations show that science can foster the intercultural dialogue and be conducive to peaceful development. If the scientific progress is used correctly, discoveries and technological applications can have a significant role for disarmament, rather than for making new weapons. Panelists will discuss how science and technology can influence the development (or limitation) of armaments, and the strategies to ensure that science and technologies are correctly understood, and adequately implemented, by policy makers who decide on peace and war.

                            


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