First plenary speakers announced for 2018 World Social Science Forum

We are delighted to announce a number of plenary speakers for the 2018 World Social Science Forum, which takes place in Fukuoka, Japan, from 25-28 September 2018. The theme of the Forum is ‘Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures’.

The plenary speakers already confirmed are:

Craig Calhoun
President of Berggruen Institute and Former Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science

Sir Partha Dasgupta
Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge

Urs Gasser
Executive Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Jiro Kokuryo
Vice President, Keio University and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Program Supervisor

Andrew Feinstein
Executive Director of Corruption Watch, Investigative Writer, Broadcaster and Campaigner

Barbara M. Fraumeni
Research Associate, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), USA

Martin Rees
Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge

Nur Hassan Wirajuda
Professor at the School of Government and Public Policy; Editor-in chief of Strategic Review — The Indonesian Journal of Leadership, Policy and World Affairs

Biographies for all the above plenary speakers are available on the Forum website.

Additional plenary speakers are being approached and will be announced in the coming weeks.

In recent years, the World Social Science Forum has become a flagship activity of the ISSC, with previous fora taking place in Bergen, Norway; Montreal, Canada, and Durban, South Africa. The 2018 event will be a historic event for many reasons, not least that it will be the first Forum to take place in Asia, but also because it takes place at an important moment in the ISSC’s history, and in the landscape for global science. In October 2017, members of the ISSC and International Council for Science (ICSU) voted to merge to form the International Science Council (ISC), a single voice to advance global science. Under the auspices of the International Science Council (ISC), the 2018 Forum will provide an international platform for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research to contribute to transformations to a more sustainable world.

Over the course of four days, participants will look into various dimensions of security, interrogating how the demand for security relates to societies’ quest for equality and sustainability. Presenters will look into approaches, trends, and responses from different sectors. The WSS Forum 2018 will allow identifying critical research priorities on security, as well as data and knowledge gaps, globally and in specific regions.

A call for individual abstract submissions is now open – submit by 17 March. Registration for the Forum will open on 1 March 2018.