Upcoming Partnered Events 2018

‘Sharing Science Towards New Horizons’
9 – 14 July, 2018
EuroScience Open Forum Toulouse, France
https://www.esof.eu/en/home.html

INGSA2018 – ‘Science Advice in a Changing World’
6-7 November, 2018
Tokyo, Japan
https://ingsa.org

CILAC — ‘World Science Day for Peace & Development’
10 November, 2018
Panama City
http://forocilac.org/en/

AAAS 2019 Annual Meeting
14-17 February, 2019
Washington DC, USA
https://meetings.aaas.org

Brussels Declaration


09h00 – 13h15, Monday 9th July 2018, Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Toulouse.

Organised by SciCom – Making Sense of Science, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Toulouse and facilitated by the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) this select, but balanced, gathering of 35 key global influencers working at the industry & policy-making interface is planned as a summit-style, curtain-raiser to ESOF 2018.


13h30 – 14h45, Tuesday 10th July 2018, ESOF 2018 Toulouse.

Abstract:

This high-level panel bridges the 2017 launch of the Brussels Declaration to ongoing work towards its pan-African equivalent, the Cape Town Declaration to be launched at the World Science Forum in 2021. Why the Brussels Declaration matters is because it is a unique, twenty-point blueprint for a new set of ethics & principles to inform work at the boundary between science, society and policy. Its strength lies in its five-year reflection period, the robustness of twenty-five preparatory workshops and above all, the diversity of its contributors with over 350 draftees and 3000 reviewers. With over five million views already, it makes the case for a multi-disciplinary approach to policy encouraging greater integrity and accountability amongst all stakeholders.


18h30 – 19h45, Tuesday 10th July 2018, ESOF 2018 Toulouse.

Marking the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth & the 20th anniversary of the Northern Ireland peace agreement

Introduced by Anne Cambon-Thomsen - CNRS & Université fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées


08h30 – 09h45, Wednesday 11th July 2018, ESOF 2018 Toulouse.

Conceived and organised by SciCom – Making Sense of Science

Abstract:

This high-level, plenary-style panel will evidence how the goal of a ‘drug-free world’ backed up by a ‘war on drugs’ anchored in ‘science’ and enshrined in the international drug control treaties is both naïve and dangerous. Naïve, in that prohibition has had little impact on drug use with the number of consumers increasing by almost 20% from 2006 – 2013 to 246 million people.

Dangerous, in that prohibition fuels inhuman and coerced drug treatments, massive incarcerations, extrajudicial killings and the death penalty in contravention of international law, stokes the spread of blood-borne viruses, drives human rights abusers for profit and contributes to the drug-related deaths of nearly 200,000 people annually.


10h15 – 11h30, Wednesday 11th July 2018, ESOF 2018 Toulouse.

Format: Pro & con debate, 75 minutes
Theme: Health in our societies
Target audience: scientists, media, industry & business, policy-makers, general public, students

Abstract:

This high-level, plenary-style panel will evidence how the goal of a ‘drug-free world’ backed up by a ‘war on drugs’ anchored in ‘science’ and enshrined in the international drug control treaties is both naïve and dangerous. Naïve, in that prohibition has had little impact on drug use with the number of consumers increasing by almost 20% from 2006 – 2013 to 246 million people. Dangerous, in that prohibition fuels inhuman and coerced drug treatments, massive incarcerations, extrajudicial killings and the death penalty in contravention of international law, stokes the spread of blood-borne viruses, drives human rights abusers for profit and contributes to the drug-related deaths of nearly 200,000 people annually.


15h15 – 16h30, Wednesday 11th July 2018, ESOF 2018 Toulouse.

Theme: Health in our societies
Cross cutting approaches: • Inequalities • Ethics • Risk and safety
Target audience: scientists, media, industry & business, policy-makers, general public, students

Abstract:

This ‘panel of opposites’ examines the science behind addictions and their brain reward systems, how ‘toxicant detectives’ find and determine harms and industry claims behind today’s product innovations such as vaping and e-cigarettes. Smoking remains the major preventable cause of death in the 21st century, as it was in the 20th.


10h15 – 11h30, Thursday 12th July 2018, ESOF 2018 Toulouse.

Abstract:

On March 4, 2018, Sergei Skripal – a former Russian military officer and British spy – and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury, England. According to official UK sources, the poison was a Novichok nerve agent, a neurotoxicants developed in Russia about fifty years ago and their use leaves a business card at the crime scene. With over 70 million chemicals synthesised by chemists to date, is it possible to be more discreet in the 21st century?


13h30 – 14h45, Thursday 12th July 2018, ESOF 2018 Toulouse.

Abstract:

Although the association between brain injury in sport, in particular boxing, and risk of dementia has been recognised for almost a century this issue only came to prominence in the last decade with the recognition of a specific neurodegenerative disease, known as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy brain degeneration), in former American footballers; a subject dramatized in the film “Concussion” featuring Will Smith as Forensic Neuropathologist Dr Bennet Omalu.