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Title: Scientific Diplomacy for Freedom: Inter-Cultural Dialogue for Science
Other Titles: Ore 18.00-19.30
Trieste Convention Center Room 28H, Porto Vecchio, Trieste
Science for policy/ Policy for science
Authors: Cinzia Ferrini
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università di Trieste
in collaborazione con
Academia Europaea
The World Academy of Sciences – TWAS
National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS
Issue Date: 4-Sep-2020
Elisabetta Vezzosi, University of Trieste
Lassina Zerbo, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization - CTBTO
Eva Kondorosi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Biological Research Center
Mohamed H.A. Hassan, The World Academy of Sciences – TWAS

Cinzia Ferrini, Department of Humanities, University of Trieste
Mounir Ghribi, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS

This joint proposal exhibits synergies between members of the Department of Humantites of the University of Trieste (in collaboration with the Academia and the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (in collaboration with The World Academy of Sciences: It is designed as an interactive and multidisciplinary round table with two interrelated parts (with an East/West and North/South topicality), each of them 45' (30' for two rounds of moderator's questions/speakers's answers and 15' for questions from the floor). At the basis of the proposal there is the belief and understanding that the following issues are cross-cutting themes of science and of policy requiring freedoms: the promotion of excellence in research to reduce economic, social and gender inequalities and discriminations, the enhancement of the chances of visibility and impact for scholars of marginalized countries, the open access to useful results to strengthen inclusion of scholars in international responsible scientific communities. These issues bear on the education and training of young researchers, foster constructive and critical forms of dialogue among different approaches, disseminate respect for merit and inspire cooperation and solidarity, with a value to democratic societies. The policy perspective of Part One has a dual scientific and social focus:1. on the past, historical role of science diplomacy during the Cold War's West-East divide, especially during the "détente" between the United States and Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s, and 2.on current transnational policy of the pan-European networking of the Academia Europaea and the ERC, especially regarding Central and East European Countries. The policy perspective of Part Two focuses on the role of science and scientific research diplomacy in resolving conflicts, creating conditions for dialogue and promoting international cooperation in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Region.

Cinzia Ferrini (Laurea cum laude and PhD in Philosophy, University of Rome (I) “La Sapienza”) studied as doctoral student at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1985-6), as visiting researcher at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (1988-89), as Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter at the University of Bern (1992-1994), as an Alexander v. Humboldt fellow at the German Universities of Wuppertal (1994-1995) and Konstanz (1996, 1997, 1998-1999), before being permanently appointed at the University of Trieste (2000) as a researcher in history of philosophy, where she is currently teaching History of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy. Her main research areas are Early Modern (Descartes) and German Classical Philosophy; she has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals and Companions (Wiley-Blackwell, Bloomsbury, Palgrave McMillan) on Kant and the empirical sciences and on Hegel’s logic, phenomenology and philosophy of nature, also in relation to aspects of ancient and contemporary thought. She is the editor of the international collection Eredità kantiane Bibliopolis, 2004, and the author of Dai primi hegeliani a Hegel (La Città del Sole, 2003) and L'invenzione di Cartesio (EUT 2015). She served the Academia Europaea as member of the Board of Trustees (2009-2013), co-organizing sessions of the annual meetings on behalf of the Humanities cluster (Naples 2009, Paris 2011 and Wroclaw 2013), editing a set of AE members’ essays on “Research ‘Values’ in the Humanities: Funding Policies, Evaluation and Cultural Resources”, for a special issue of Humanities (4:2015).
Eva Kondorosi was born in Budapest, graduated (Biology) and received her PhD (Genetics) at the L. Eötvös University in Budapest. She was postdoc at the Max Planck Institut für Züchtungsforschung (Köln) and visiting scholar at the Sussex, Harvard and Cornell Universities. Eva Kondorosi was the founding director of the BAYGEN Institute (2007-2012) which is now part of the Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged where she directs the Symbiosis and Functional Genomics Unit. She has also been a founding member of the Institut des Science Végétales CNRS in Gif sur Yvette, France as one of the first research directors and group leaders. Her primary research field is Rhizobium-legume symbiosis with recent focus on the plant controlled differentiation of bacteria. She is currently Research Professor at biological Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Research Director at the Plant Science Institute of CNRS (France). She has been vice-president of ERC and Chair of the RRC working group on widening European participations, proposing several reforms for the under-performing countries (including the EU13). She is full Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), and member of the following institutions or bodies: Academia Europaea (also member of its Board of Trustees), the European Molecular Biology Organization, the Board of Directors of the International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (until 2016), the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the French Academy of Agriculture and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (2013-). For her original discoveries she received several awards including the Széchenyi and the IS-MPMI awards in 2012 and was awarded the 2018 Balzan Prize in Life Sciences.
Elisabetta Vezzosi is full professor of Storia e Istituzioni delle Americhe (Americas's History and Institutions) at the Department of Humanities of the University of Trieste and Head of the Department. She is a co-founder and member of the Nuclear Italy Research Group (NIREG)
Lassina Zerbo is the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO since 1 August 2013. He previously served as Director of the organization’s International Data Centre (IDC). In November 2016, the Member States of the highest decision-making body of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission re-appointed Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo to a further four year term of office until 31 July 2021. Soon after assuming his current post, Zerbo initiated the establishment of a group of experts to promote the Treaty’s entry into force. In 2016, he announced the creation of the CTBTO Youth Group. Zerbo secured China’s resumed technical cooperation with the CTBTO, signalling a new phase of cooperation. Zerbo received the AAAS's 2018 Award for Science Diplomacy in recognition of his commitment to eliminating nuclear testing. In recognition of his work at the CTBTO Zerbo was awarded the 2013 “Arms Control Person of the Year” (USA). In 2015 he became a Commander of the National Order of Burkina Faso for his work towards the preservation of peace and international security. In February 2017, Zerbo was awarded the Presidential Medal on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Republic of Kazakhstan for his leadership in enhancing nuclear non-proliferation efforts. In August 2017, Zerbo received Special Honorary Citizenship of the City of Hiroshima the reality of atomic bombings, and his leadership efforts—including through the activities of the GEM— to promote the message of Hiroshima and the hibakusha.
Mohamed H.A. Hassan was an early-career Sudanese mathematician when Abdus Salam recruited him to come to the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste (ICTP). In 1983, Salam asked him to help organize the foundation meeting that would establish TWAS – originally the Third World Academy of Sciences. In the vision of Salam and an elite group of TWAS's Founding Fellows, the Academy would create a community for scientists from the developing world who were often isolated in their home countries; at the same time, it would advocate the idea that even the poorest nations could build strength and prosperity by making investments and policy commitments to science, engineering and technology for development. Hassan was TWAS's founding executive director and served 26 years in that role, establishing a reputation as a scholar and diplomat who moved effectively at every level of the global research, education and policy communities. He has been elected to serve as the sixth president of The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (beginning 1st of January 2019). Among other positions, Hassan also serves as the co-chair of IAP, the global network of science academies, which works in close association with TWAS. He is currently president of the Sudanese National Academy of Sciences.
Ghribi Mounir is in-charge of International Cooperation and Strategic Partnerships and Director of the Blue Growth Initiative at OGS (National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics). He is a faculty member at Euclid Intergovernmental University, professor of Sustainable Development and Science Diplomacy. He holds a Ph.D. in methods for monitoring environmental change specialized in GIS and remote sensing from the University of Trieste; a Master in Open Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (MIT) from the Politecnico di Milano; a Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) in Environmental Management from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh), Greece and a degree in Environmental Engineering from the School of Engineering ESAM – University of Tunis II, Tunisia. Former United Nations Officer, in charge of technical assistance programmes on costal zone management, sustainable industrial development, cleaner production and renewable energy technologies at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Centre for Science and High Technology. He has been nominated from the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) to represent Italy in various international initiatives namely: the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Forum (Dialogue 5+5) and the G7 Future of Seas and Oceans.
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