Launch event: International Science Day

The founding of the International Science Council will be celebrated with an official launch on 5th July 2018, featuring leading scientists showcasing the range of issues the new organization will be working on.

The programme will include addresses by high-level representatives of the French government and the United Nations, as well as by the first President of the International Science Council.


9:00–10:45: Opening

Sébastien Candel, Président de l’Académie des sciences

President of the International Science Council (to be elected on 4 July)

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO

Thierry Coulhon, Advisor to the President of France – Education, Higher Education, Research and Innovation

10:45–11:15 Break

11:15–12:30 A voice for science in the contemporary world

Moderator: Craig Calhoun, Berggruen Institute

Cédric Villani, French Academy of Sciences and member of the French National Assembly

12:30–14:00 Lunch

14:00–16:15 Advancing science as a global public good

Moderator: Nick Ishmael-Perkins, journalist and communications consultant

Esther Duflo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

Panel discussion: Carolina Adler, Mountain Research Initiative; Grégoire Borst, Université Paris Descartes; Herbert Docena, University of the Philippines, Diliman; Tolullah Oni, University of Cambridge

16:15–16:45 Break

16:45–17:45: Advancing science as a global public good (cont.)

Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director and Emeritus Librarian of the Library of Alexandria

17:45–18:00 Closing

The launch will take place at the “Maison des Océans”, 195 rue Saint-Jacques, 75005, Paris, France.

Please note that space for this event is limited. All participants of the Founding General Assembly of ISC can indicate their participation when registering for the General Assembly. If you would like to register for the Science Day only, please contact us.

The event will be livestreamed - watch it here.