E-Workshop on Network of Sciences
A new initiative on a series of e-seminars on the ‘New Sciences’, the first being on the subject of ‘The Science of Networks'. This new science addresses a large variety of domains such as metabolism in bacteria, social networks, Internet, etc. Its application extends to governance of large institutions as well as to societal phenomena. Our intention is to introduce a text document for each workshop and to indicate research topics, either initiated by WAAS or WAAS acting in partnership with research labs or institutions.
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WAAS-ELN International Conference on Nuclear Threats and Security in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on September 14-17, 2012
International Conference organised by the World Academy, European Leadership Network and Inter-University Center at Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 14-17, 2012.
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The Dream of a Global Knowledge Society : International Conference on September 8, 2012
International Conference on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of IUC (Inter-University Centre) Dubrovnik, Don Frana Bulića 4, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
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Humanities and Contemporary World : International Conference in Montenegro on June 7-9, 2012 at Podgorico, Montenegro
The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts hosted an international conference, “Humanities and Contemporary World”, on June 7-9, 2012 at Podgorico, Montenegro. The conference aims to discuss how humanities can contribute to a better future by striving to understand the relationship between science, technology and other broader social fields. WAAS conducted special sessions of its programs on Emerging Individuality and Limits to Rationality as part of the conference..
Crisis to Opportunity
WAAS conducted a session at the 6th SDEWES2011 Conference on Sustainable Development in Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 27, 2011 to launch its Project From Crisis to Prosperity.
Abolition of Nuclear Weapons
On February 7-8, 2011 the Center for Air Power Strategy, New Delhi and WAAS conducted a two day international symposium in New Delhi on strategies to abolish nuclear weapons. The meeting included delegates from USA, Europe and India.
Revolution of Rising Expectations
On February 9, 2011 WAAS and the Center for Air Power Strategy, New Delhi conducted an international symposium on the linkage social unrest, terrorism, rising expectations, employment and economic opportunity for the poorest sections of the population, a phenomenon related to Naxal activity in India and Islamic fundamentalism in other countries.
e-Conference on Evolution of Individuality (CEI)
e-Conference on the Evolution of Individuality (CEI) was opened February 2010. Individuality is the crown of human evolution and the catalyst for social progress, yet there are very different conceptions of what constitutes true individuality, the relationship between the individual and society, and whether humanity is inevitably evolving toward higher levels of individuality. This project will explore the essential nature of individuality, the social and cultural factors that foster it, its role in social development, its myriad expressions in the original thinker, creative artist, political leader, entrepreneur, inventor and social innovator, and the means available to society to foster it.
This e-conference utilizes a variety of methods for interaction, including papers, presentations, panel discussions, audio and video webcasts and open forums.
As part of our continuing effort to increasing the reach, frequency, range and effectiveness of programming and interaction among our Fellows, the Academy has developed an e-conferencing and video-conferencing platform for live virtual meetings, presentations and panel discussions of up to 30 participants, which are recorded and hosted on our website for viewing and discussion by Fellows and the general public. The first three webcasts were conducted in November as part of the Global Employment Challenge e-conference. See all recent GEC Webcasts.
The e-Conference on Global Employment Challenge was opened in October 2009. This interdisciplinary dialogue explores theoretical and practical aspects of the global employment challenge, including its demographic, economic, legal, political, psychological dimensions as well as linkages with the international financial crisis, social stability, and terrorism.
This e-conference utilizes a variety of methods to explore creative solutions to the problem of global employment, including presentations, panel discussions, audio and video webcasts and open forums.
Climate System Management
The Academy conducted a symposium on Climate System Management in Palo Alto, California on July 30, 2009.
The symposium included presentations by three eminent experts on geoengineering followed by discussion. Speakers included Ken Caldeira, Chair, US National Academy of Science inquiry into geoengineering; Prof. Granger Morgan, Carnegie Mellon University (and chair of a recent international conference on risk management and geoengineering; and Jason Blackstock, Senior Analyst, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (Vienna). Read more on the event.
Students for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World
The World Academy has been instrumental in helping the World Federation of United Nations Associations run a contest in 2008 among students from around the world to write essays, create videos and create posters on the theme of working to eliminate nuclear weapons.
Large number of other organizations have helped publicize this effort. Students from 49 countries responded with original essays, posters and videos. The President of the World Federation, Hans Blix, and Academy Trustees Bob Berg and John Cox, participated in the award ceremonies and symposium in Geneva, July 14-18, 2008. Bob presented a paper on the World Academy's history of work on nuclear disarmament that also raised a number of policy issues for discussion by the youth leaders with senior UN officials. The 15 student leaders who were given awards set their course for further work on nuclear disarmament.
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Bob Berg's Address at the conference
Final report on the conference
International Conference in New Delhi calls for Nuclear Disarmament
The Academy's initiative on nuclear abolition has acquired greater strength and momentum with the convening of a two-day international conference on Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World in New Delhi on June 9-10, 2008 at the initiative of WAAS Fellow Jasjit Singh. In his inaugural address, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh fully endorsed the Academy’s call for total elimination of nuclear weapons, a position that was reaffirmed by the Vice-President of India and the Foreign as well as leading Indian and international security and military experts. For More on the event, click here
Standing Committee on Peace and Development (SCPD)
Returning to an issue that was close to the hearts of some of the Academy's founders including Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Joseph Rotblat and Bertrand Russell, the Board of Trustees has approved a proposal to undertake initiatives to promote total nuclear disarmament. Click to Read More
South East European Division (SEED)
The South East European Division of WAAS was formally established in November 2005 on the occasion of the World Academy's General Assembly held at Zagreb, Croatia. Click to Read More
The Biofocus Foundation (BF) was established by WAAS in 1990 as a response to the ever growing importance of biology, in its widest sense, in the continuing development of our civilization. Under the leadership of Carl-Goran Heden as Director General, BF has sought to establish a multi- and inter-disciplinary systems approach to the solution of complex biological problems using the collective expertise of the Fellows of WAAS. Click to Read More
Weaponization of Space
On February 26, 2008, WAAS conducted a high level workshop on the threats arising from the weaponization of space, in collaboration with the Global Security Institute at the GSI's offices in New York City. Expert presentations were made by Jonathan Granoff, President of GSI, Ambassador Robert Gray, Director, Bipartisan Security Group and Canadian legal expert Lucy Stojak.
Beyond Global Warming
On February 28, 2008, WAAS conducted an international conference on Global Warming in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh. The conference was inaugurated by Mark A. Nordenberg, the University Chancellor and included sessions on Global Challenges of the Future and Can the Arts and Sciences Collaborate on Global Issues?
Installation of Prof. Jeffrey Schwartz as New President
Jeffrey Schwartz, PhD, Professor of Anthropology and History and Philosophy of Science and Fellow in the University’s Center for Philosophy of Science, was inducted as the New WAAS President on February 28, 2008, at Pittsburgh, by outgoing president Dr.Walter Truett Anderson. For More on the event with pictures click here
Program on Nuclear Disarmament (October - 2006)
SCPD convened a two-day meeting in New York with the leadership of the Global Security Institute and its Middle Powers Initiative program, to explore the potential for cooperative effort.
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World Futures Society Conference (July - 2006)
WAAS organized a special workshop on nuclear disarmament at the World Future’s Society Annual Conference in Toronto on July 30, 2006.
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Security in Knowledge-based Society (Nov 2005)
NATO Advanced Research Workshop at Zagreb, Croatia, began immediately prior to the opening of the 2005 General Assembly, and then ran concurrently with it.
The Future of Knowledge - GA at Zagreb (2005)
The 2005 General Assembly, held in the Westin Zagreb Hotel in the hospitable country of Croatia, was one of the most successful in the history of the Academy. Click to Read More
Uncommon Opportunities: Roadmap for Employment, Food & Global Security (2004)
The Academy conducted an international symposium was conducted in New Delhi on November 19-22, 2004 in collaboration with UN World Food Program, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Mother's Service Society & National Farmers Commission (India), International Centre for Peace & Development (USA) to examine the relevance in today's world of recommendations contained in the report of the International Commission on Peace & Food, Uncommon Opportunities: Agenda for Peace & Equitable Development, which was submitted to the UN in 1994, and to explore the inextricable mutual interdependence between peace, social stability, democracy, employment and food security. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India.
The Global Century - GA at Vancouver (1998)
The theme of the conference was the proposition that, whereas publisher Henry Luce had once pronounced the 20th century to be “The American Century,” the 21st would be the century of globalization. Click to Read More
The Governance of Diversity - GA at Minneapolis (1994)
The object of the 1994 General Assembly, as set forth in a preliminary planning document by Academy President Harlan Cleveland, was “to develop and disseminate a fresh vision of the kinds of human cooperation that will be possible in the 2020 world, and the steps governments and nongovernments will need to take, starting soon, to make such peaceful change possible.” Click to Read More