The promotion and cooperation model of the EuroScience Open Forum, which gets under way on 2nd September in Trieste, will be given ample space in the schedule of initiatives of the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Favouring progress, freedom, the diffusion of sciences and supporting the role of science in the promotion of sustainable development and as a key factor for inclusive social and economic growth are among the main objectives of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between ESOF2020 Trieste and the Italian Commissioner General’s Office for Expo Dubai.
Due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, ESOF2020 Trieste will seek to foster the mingling of physical and virtual spaces with a renewed mission.
“There will necessarily be fewer speakers physically present, many will connect remotely,” explained Stefano Fantoni, Champion of the initiative, during the presentation conference, “but the desire to debate has prevailed over the organisational difficulties. Now, more than ever, the global scientific community must prove to be capable of meeting the challenges lying ahead, starting from the search for new ways of facilitating the circulation of ideas. The pandemic has glaringly revealed the importance of adopting sound ethical conduct in diffusing research results and how much remains to be done to improve the dialogue between science and politics, and between experts and the media. ESOF was planned since the beginning precisely for encouraging debates of this type”.
At Expo Dubai, which will open its doors on 1st October 2021, these considerations and this dialogue will continue, as underlined by the Commissioner for Italy’s participation, Paolo Glisenti: “Expo will be a major opportunity to promote the legacy, work and philosophy of ESOF2020” – he declared – “we are working to bring to Dubai your legacy, a model for scientific promotion and cooperation at a European level. Dubai will set an important stage for European and international networking to debate on scientific issues and, naturally, on health and safety, and the Italy Pavilion will be an Open Science platform for strengthening cooperation between the public and private sectors on science-related issues, with a strong emphasis on an interdisciplinary and multi-sector approach”.
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