RAS Vice-President attends first meeting of the Scientific Board of the UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme

RAS Vice-President attends first meeting of the Scientific Board of the UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme

The first meeting of the Scientific Board of the UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme took place on September 23–24, 2021 via video conference.

The event was attended by A.R.Khokhlov, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), who was invited by the UNESCO Director-General to join the newly formed Scientific Board of the International Basic Science Programme (IBSP).

The Scientific Council includes 22 leading scientists from around the world involved in fundamental research in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.

«I have been taking part in various events held under the auspices of UNESCO for quite some time. Since 2007, I have chaired the jury for Russian awards under the L’Oréal — UNESCO For Women in Science programmes. In 2019, I was actively involved in the events of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements proclaimed by UNESCO. One consequence of the Year of the Periodic Table of Elements was the establishment of the UNESCO — Russia Mendeleev International Prize, with the first two winners to be announced soon. They will be awarded in November 2021 in Paris during the UNESCO General Assembly», commented A.R.Khokhlov, RAS Vice-President.

He said the discussions were very interesting, with most participants sharing their views on how the renewed Scientific Board of the Basic Sciences Programme should work, with plans including promotion of the RAS initiatives to boost international scientific cooperation on the Scientific Board.

UNESCO has declared 2022 the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, to which Russian scientists may contribute by drawing on the experience of the Year of Science and Technology currently under way in the Russian Federation.