Plenary Session I. "Sustainability Check 2015"


Presentation of Matt McGrath, Environment correspondant, BBC News

Presentation of Bjorn Lomborg, Director, Copenhagen Consensus Center

Presentation of Jacqueline McGlade, Chief Scientist, United Nations Environment Programme

Presentation of Uri Shamir, Chair, Technical Advisory Committee, United Nations World Water Assessment Program

Presentation of Ma'n Zawati, Academic Coordinator, Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University


Plenary Session II. "Science Engagement: Communicating with Society"


Moderated by Sir Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature and the Nature-branded publications


Presentation of Rana Dajani, Associate Professor, Hashemite University

Presentation of Dame Julia Higgins, former Vice President and Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society

Presentation of Yee Cheong Lee, Chairman of Governing Board, UNESCO ISTIC

Presentation of Günter M. Ziegler, Professor, Freie Unviersität Berlin


Plenary Session III. "Confidence in Science"


Moderated by Julian Kinderlerer, President, European Group on Ethics in Science & New Technologies


Presentation of Geoffrey Boulton, Senior Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Royal Society

Presentation of Sir John Burn, Professor of Clinical Genetics, Newcastle University, non-executive director of NHS England

Presentation of Snežana Krstić, Chair of Marie Curie Alumni Association

Presentation of Emilio Lora-Tamayo, President of the Spanish National Research Council, Vice-President of Science Europe

Presentation of Huanming Yang, President, Beijing Genomics Institute




Plenary Session IV. "Science in the Innovation Ecosystem"


Moderated by Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times


Presentation of Hiroshi Amano, Professor, Nobel Prize Winner, Nagoya University

Presentation of Axel Flaig, Head of Research & Technology, Airbus, France

Presentation of Anette Kolmos, Professor, UNESCO Aalborg Centre

Presentation of Hayat Sindi, Member of the Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General


Plenary Session V. "Challenges in Global Cooperation: Practices and Pitfalls"


Moderated by Alan l. Leshner, CEO Emeritus, AAAS


Presentation of Aldo Malavasi, IAEA Deputy Secretary General, Head of Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications

Presentation of Gordon McBean, President, ICSU






Parallel Thematic Session I. A: "Science for Peace"


Moderated by Maciej Nalecz, Director, Dicision of Science policy and Capacity Building, UNESCO


Introduction of Maciej Nalecz, moderator of the session

Presentation of Miklós Réthelyi, President, Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO


Parallel Thematic Session I. B: "Mapping the Brain, Unlocking the Mind"


Moderated by Mary G. Baker, Immediate Past President, European Federation of Neurological Associations


Presentation of Wayne C. Drevets, Scientific Vice President at Johnson & Johnson, Inc.

Presentation of Tamás Freund, Director, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Presentation of Andres M. Lozano, Senior Scientist, University Health Network, Toronto Western Research Institute


Parallel Thematic Session I. C: "How to Enable Science Through Parliamentary Governance"


Moderated by Hossam Badrawi, Chairman Nile Badrawi Foundation for Education & Development, former Chairman of the Committee on Education and Scientific Research, Parliament of Egypt


Presentation Jesús Hurtado, Member of the Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Congress of the Republic of Peru


Parallel Thematic Session II. A: "Fit for Purpose Global Health Policies"


Moderated by Dominique Leglu, editor-in-chief of Sciences et Avenir


Presentation of Wilson Compton, Deputy Director, National Institute on Drog Abuse, United States

Presentation of Jean-Paul Joseph Gonzalez, Sr. Scientist, EID & BSS, Metabiota Inc.

Presentation of Thomas Hartung, Director, Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Presentation of Michel Kazatchkine, UN Secretary­‐General’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Presentation of Fook Kay Lee, Chief Science and Technology Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore

Presentation of György Thaler, Development Director, Gedeon Richter Plc


Parallel Thematic Session II. B: "Building Resilience in a Changing World"


Moderated by Heide Hackmann, Executive Director, International Council for Science (ICSU)


Introductory remarks of Gordon McBean, President, ICSU


Presentation of Eva Alisic, Co-Chair, Global Young Academy (GYA)

Presentation of Stephan Lechner, Director, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen (IPSC) at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Presentation of Virginia Murray, Vice-Chair, UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG)


Parallel Thematic Session II. C: "International Year of Light"


Moderated by John Dudley, Steering Committee Chair, International Year of Light 2015


Presentation of John Dudley, moderator of the session

Presentation of Claudia Mignone, Astrophysicist, Science Writer and Communicator, Amsterdam

Presentation of Wolfgang Sandner, Director General of ELI-DC International Association AISBL


Parallel Thematic Session III. A: "Renewable Energy for Global Sustainability"


Moderated by Osman Benchikh, Chief of Section, Innovation and Capacity Building in Science and Engineering, UNESCO


Presentation of Dominique Campana, Director of International Affairs, French national Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME)

Presentation of Cipriano Marin, Secretary General of the UNESCO Centre in the Canary Islands, UNESCOCAN

Presentation of Yury Posysaev, Executive Director, International Sustainable Energy Development Centre under the auspices of UNESCO


Parallel Thematic Session III. B: "Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction"


Moderated by Toshio Koike, Executive Director of Earth Observation Data and Information Fuison Research Inititative, University of Tokyo


Moderator's Summary of Toshio Koike


Presentation of Paul Bates, Head of the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

Presentation of Susan L. Cutter, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina (presented in live on-line connection)

Presentation of Takashi Onishi, President, Science Council of Japan (SCJ)

Presentation of Hugo Romero, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Chile, Santiago de Chile


Parallel Thematic Session III. C: "Science Governance in Africa: Challenges Opportunities"


Moderated by Mohamed Hassan, Co-Chair of IAP, the Global Network of Science Academies


Presentation of Almamy Konte,  Senior Expert in Innovation Policy at the African Observatory for Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI) of the African Union Commission, Equatorial Guinea

Presentation of Francisca Okeke, Professor, University of Nigeria

Presentation of Henry Roman, Director, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa, Co-Chair of World Association of Young Scientists (WAYS)


Special Side Event




Role of science in addressing challenges of global migration


Presentation of Ádám Török, Secretary General of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences