Launch of Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization (IPSO)On the occasion of World Science Day for Peace and Development, a meeting for the launch of the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization (IPSO) will be held at UNESCO Headquarters on November 15 (10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., Room IV) with the participation of several Nobel laureates.
The aim of the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization is to promote scientific cooperation for peace in the Middle East by bringing together the skills and expertise of Israeli and Palestinian scientists.
The inaugural session (10 to 11 a.m.) will feature a welcome address by UNSECO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. The President of IPSO, Nobel Prize laureate Torsten Weisel, will then take the floor, followed by Sari Nusseibeh, President of Al-Quds University, and Menahem E. Yaari, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The second part of the meeting (11.30 - 12.30) will be devoted to the presentation of IPSO by Hasan Dweik of Al-Quds University, and by Dan Bitan, head of Peace and Cooperation Projects for Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies (ACBP).
Other participants will include Michael Atiyah (United Kingdom, winner of the Abel Prize, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for mathematics), Farida Faouzia Charfi (Tunisia), Daniel Kahneman (United States; Nobel Prize), Ida Nicolaisen (Denmark), Harald Reuter (Switzerland), John Sulston (United Kingdom, Nobel Prize) and numerous representatives of American and European scientific institutions, as well as Permanent Delegates from UNESCO’s Member States.
World Science Day for Peace and Development, celebrated on November 10 of each year since 2002, was proclaimed by UNESCO’s General Conference at its 31st session to reaffirm the national and international commitment to science for peace and development and to promote the responsible use of scientific achievements for the good of society.