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

Katsumi Emura
Vice-President, Chief Technology Officer, Member of the Board and Head of the Intellectual Property Management Division, NEC Corporation

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

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

Jo L. Husbands
Senior Project Director, U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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

Pushpam Kumar
Senior Economic Advisor, the United Nations Environment Programme

Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
Professor and Chair of the Department of International History, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva

Emiko Okuyama
Former mayor of the city of Sendai, Japan, 2009-2017

Úrsula Oswald Spring
Regional Centre for Multidisciplinary Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Kate Raworth
Senior Visiting Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford; Senior Associate, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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.

This announcement was originally posted on 29 January 2018 and updated on 6, 12, 29 March and 30 April 2018 to include new speakers.