Kavli Prize Science Forum 2010: Science summit on international cooperation

Global leaders critical in shaping science policy in the US, Europe and Asia will convene in Oslo, Norway on September  6, to discuss "The Role of International Cooperation in Science" at the inaugural Kavli Prize Science Forum. Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway, will deliver the opening speech. US President Science Advisor John P. Holdren and Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, the first Secretary General of the European Research Council, will be the keynote speakers. Charles M. Vest (picture), President of the National Academy of Engineering, will be the moderator for this event. Closing remarks by Tora Aasland, Minister  of Research and Higher Education, Norway.


Jonas Gahr Støre, Norway
Jonas Gahr Støre, Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Nils Christian Stenseth, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, will both take part in the first Kavli Prize Science Forum.(Photo: Eirik Furu Baardsen)


Dr. John Holdren will speak on Climate-Change Science and Policy: What Do We Know? What Should We Do? Dr. Ernst-Ludwig Winnaker will speak on The International Character of Science, the Funding Paradox and the Example of Europe. Holdren and Winnacker will afterwards join a panel discussion. The panelists are:

  • Ralph J. Cicerone, President, US National Academy of Sciences
  • Herbert Jaeckle, Vice President, Max Planck Society
  • Kristina Johnson, Under Secretary for Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Yongxiang Lu, President, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Martin Rees, President, The Royal Society, United Kingdom
  • Nils Christian Stenseth, President, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Global discussion on science policy
This biennial international forum meeting was established by The Kavli Foundation, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research to facilitate high-level, global discussion of major topics on science and science policy. 
-  Science has long had an international culture. It has thrived on the basis of openness of communication and publication. Collegial bonds and common values among scientists have also played a role by enabling important social dialog and achievement, even during dark days of political isolation and upheaval, says Charles M. Vest. In his introductory remarks he will stress the role of international cooperation in science.
- At the present moment, nations and institutions both cooperate and compete. Cooperation is natural, e.g. when costs are high, and also promotes mutual understanding and empowerment.  Scientists, and the governments that fund their work, have cooperated to undertake many joint projects, especially those involving large, expensive infrastructure, in order to share the costs involved. Multi-national projects range from large accelerator facilities such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN to joint space missions such as the Planck and Fermi Science Satellites. Today, scientific and engineering cooperation across geographic and political boundaries are essential to inform policy and to help the world face challenges on issues such as climate change that are inherently global. Yet competition also can be healthy and spurs scientific and technical systems toward excellence. But competition at times can suppress dialog and mutual advancement. This can be exacerbated by the increasing importance and economic value of intellectual property, says Charles M. Vest.

Bob Conn. Bob Conn.

International dialogue
The Kavli Prize Science Form 2010 will address the promise and impediments of conducting science research across international borders, as well as provide a roundtable for discussing current and future opportunities for advancing science. "This will be an opportunity to discuss a range of vital issues -- from jointly managing the growing costs of research to working more efficiently as part of a global science community," said Robert W. Conn, President of The Kavli Foundation.

“Most important, it will do so by bringing together exceptional leaders who are shaping and influencing science policy globally.”

 "Today, science plays a more important role in the community than it has ever done. The Kavli Prize Science Forum will create an excellent opportunity for a dialogue between scientists and policymakers regarding how both basic and more targeted science can most efficiently be used when policy decisions are made," said Nils Christian Stenseth, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Speakers Profiles:

John P. HoldrenJohn P. Holdren
John P. Holdren is Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Prior to joining the Obama administration Dr. Holdren was Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, as well as professor in Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director of the independent, nonprofit Woods Hole Research Center. Dr. Holdren holds advanced degrees in aerospace engineering and theoretical plasma physics from MIT and Stanford and is highly regarded for his work on energy technology and policy, global climate change, and nuclear arms control and nonproliferation. During the Clinton administration, Dr. Holdren served as a member of PCAST through both terms and in that capacity chaired studies requested by President Clinton on preventing theft of nuclear materials, disposition of surplus weapon plutonium, the prospects of fusion energy, U.S. energy R&D strategy, and international cooperation on energy-technology innovation.

Ernst-Ludwig WinnackerErnst-Ludwig Winnacker

Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker is Secretary General of the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO). Prior to joining HFSPO, he was the former first Secretary General of the European Research Council (ERC), where he played a crucial role in setting up this innovative agency for fostering basic research in Europe. Before joining the ERC he spent 9 years as President of the German Research Foundation (DFG). There, he was instrumental in promoting scientific excellence at an international level and in improving research opportunities for women and junior scientists. In both the ERC and the DFG, he has been a strong supporter of interdisciplinary approaches to scientific research.


Ralph J. Cicerone

Ralph J. Cicerone is President of the National Academy of Sciences and Chair of the National Research Council. His research in atmospheric chemistry, climate change and energy has involved him in shaping science and environmental policy at the highest levels nationally and internationally.



Herbert Jäckle serves as Vice President of the Max Planck Society, and is a Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany, whose research in developmental biology has been honored with numerous prizes.




Kristina M. Johnson is Under Secretary for Energy at the United States Department of Energy. Prior to her appointment as Under Secretary, Dr. Johnson was Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Johns Hopkins University.



Ichiro Kanazawa is President of the Science Council of Japan.Since 2002 he has been Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo, and Consultant Medical Doctor for Royal Families. He has served as President at National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry since 2003, and has also been President Emeritus since 2007.



Yongxiang Lu responsibilities include serving as President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Chairman of the CAS Presidium, Vice-Chairman of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, President of the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society and Professor of Zhejiang University.



Martin Rees is President of the Royal Society; Master of Trinity College, University of Cambridge; and Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge. He was appointed Astronomer Royal in 1995, and was nominated to the House of Lords in 2005 as a cross-bench peer. He was appointed a member of the Order of Merit in 2007.



Nils Christian Stenseth is President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and a biologist with a focus on ecology and evolution. He is the leader of the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) at the University of Oslo. He is also the Chief Scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research in Norway.


Tora Aasland, Minister of Research and Higher Education




"International cooperation has for many years been a significant feature in science. Cooperation on transnational research programmes, research funding and world-wide mobility of scientists is increasing. Thus there is also a great need for a continuous dialogue between science policy makers on an international level. The Kavli Prize Science Forum presents an important arena for scientists and science policy makers to maintain such a dialogue."


Charles M. Vest




Charles M. Vest is President of the National Academy of Engineering and President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As president of MIT, he was active in science, technology, and innovation policy; building partnerships among academia, government and industry; and championing open, global scientific communication, travel, and the sharing of intellectual resources. In 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology by US President George W. Bush.

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