Academy Activities


World Conference on Basic Sciences and Sustainable Development
Online Meeting

Sep 20 2022 to Sep 22 2022

International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD 2022) ... Read More

5th International Conference on Future Education
Online Meeting

Dec 6 2021 to Dec 8 2021

The enormous challenges in education today can only be solved by including system wide action at the institutional, local, national, regional and global level. A new paradigm is needed founded on an inclusive global perspective. This conference will examine the challenges in higher education today, and identify catalytic strategies capable of addressing global problems, supporting implementation of the UN SDGs and Human Security for all. ... Read More

16th SDEWES conference
Dubrovnik, Croatia and Online

Oct 10 2021 to Oct 15 2021

16th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems.  ... Read More

The Jena Declaration on Sustainability
Online Streaming

Sep 9 2021

The Jena Declaration (TJD) is a call to mobilize citizens around the world in  transformations to sustainable living, enabling  rapid implementation of the SDGs. Online streaming at: ... Read More

WAAS Mentors: Five Big Ideas to Transform Outdated Thinking and Action
Online Meeting

Jul 16 2021

Michael Marien, co-editor of the Global Guide to Security & Sustainability, presents on the WAAS Mentors webinar. ... Read More

Global Social Transformations and the Limits to Growth in the 21st century
Online Meeting

Jun 15 2021

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WAAS Mentors: TAO of finance
Online Meeting

May 26 2021

The introduction of a parallel electronic currency specifically designed to finance global commons, and a human centered economy would provide the necessary resources to achieve the UN SDGs. ... Read More

Science as a Social Good
Online Meeting

May 24 2021

New organizational models for research, policy-making, regulation and implementation are needed... ... Read More

Latin-American Meeting: Perspectives on Post Pandemic
Online Meeting

May 12 2021 to May 14 2021

This event aims to discuss ways for a humanitarian recovery with environmental sustainability. ... Read More

WAAS Mentors: Mind, Thinking, Creativity
Online Meeting

Apr 16 2021

Nature of mind and its untapped potential, the ways of knowing, the limits to thinking and rationality, and the essence and achievements of creativity are examined. ... Read More

Democratizing Global Governance
Online Meeting

Apr 12 2021

The biggest challenges facing humanity such as pandemics, the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, violent conflict, forced displacement, discrimination and inequality are global and cross-cutting in nature. ... Read More

WAAS@60 - A Planetary Moment
Online Meeting

Feb 15 2021 to Feb 19 2021

Conference and General Assembly on WAAS' 60th Anniversary ... Read More

International Scientific Forum "COVID and Human Security"
Online Meeting

Dec 22 2020

International Scientific Forum “COVID and Human Security” December 22, 2020 3 P.M (15.00) CET, 9 A.M (9.00) New York, 5 P.M. (17.00) Moscow ... Read More

International conference on the "Lessons of the pandemic"
Online Meeting

Dec 17 2020

On the ISACCL project The world post COVID-19 pandemic. A humanist vision for a sustainable development ... Read More

GL21 meeting in December, 2020
Online Meeting

Dec 15 2020 to Dec 16 2020

Conference at UNOG in December 15-16, 2020 ... Read More

Mobilizing Youth Networks and Social Movements
Online Meeting

Dec 13 2020

Mobilizing Youth Networks and Social Movements ... Read More

Youth Leadership Day
Online Meeting

Dec 11 2020

Youth leadership day - Virtual E-Conference Global leadership in the 21st century ... Read More

Art Impact 4 Health and SDGs
Palais des Nations E Building, 3rd Floor, Exhibitions Gallery, Geneva

Oct 20 2020 to Oct 30 2020

Art Impact 4 Health and SDGs by by World Health Organization from 20 to 30 October 2020 ... Read More

Big Bang Data 2020

Sep 1 2020

Big Bang Data 2020 Sept 1, 2020   Centrale Idrodinamica (porto Vecchio) 50 seats plus 200 internet connections Open to public / Free Booking required for seat reservation   ... Read More

Strategies for Global Food Security
Online Meeting

Aug 26 2020

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Global Employment Challenge
Online Meeting

Aug 24 2020

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Web-Conference on Relevance of Russell-Einstein Manifesto
Online Meeting

Jul 13 2020

A joint initiative of  World Academy of Art and Science & Nizami Ganjavi International Center July 13th at 11 am CET and 4 pm CET ... Read More

Strategies for Transformative Global Leadership
Online Meeting

Jun 15 2020 to Jun 19 2020

Strategies for Transformative Global Leadership e-Conference -- June 15-19, 2020 An Invitation to Collaborate WANTED: Practical Solutions & Catalytic Strategies ... Read More

Global Issues and Future of Mankind
Online Meeting

May 20 2020

GLOBALISTICS 2020: GLOBAL ISSUES & FUTURE OF HUMANKIND with a special online session Organized by Moscow State University in collaboration with UNESCO, WAAS and The Club of Rome May 20, 2020 – 11:00 to 17:00 CET ... Read More

GL21-Youth Movements Online Workshop
Online Meeting

May 11 2020

UN-WAAS GLOBAL LEADERSHIP 21 INITIATIVE Youth Movements Online Workshop on 11 May 2020 ... Read More

WAAS–GlobalMindED 2020 for Earth Day
Online Meeting

Apr 20 2020 to Apr 24 2020

The GlobalMindED 2020 Webinar Series will be featured on the Zoom platform Monday through Friday on April 20-24 at 8AM PST, 11AM EST, 5PM CET. ... Read More

Consciousness, the Corporate World and Conflict: Towards a Deeper Understanding and Finding Solutions
Albany, New Zealand

Apr 7 2020 to Apr 8 2020

CICA conferences provide an interdisciplinary forum for world-class scientists, diplomats, policymakers, militia, entrepreneurs, social activists and people from many different fields and interests to discuss and exchange ideas about conflict and aggression in a broad way. Students are most welcome. ... Read More

E- roundtable on Catalyzing Rapid Social Transformation
Online Meeting

Mar 9 2020

In collaboration with the Club of Rome, WAAS organized  an E- roundtable on Catalyzing Rapid Social Transformation. This follows the first successful joint meeting between the two organizations on the Emerging New Civilization Initiative in March 2019. This roundtable was  held online on March 9, 2020. ... Read More

Transforming Future of Money

Nov 18 2019 to Nov 20 2019

 The world possesses all the financial resources needed to meet humanity's material needs and foster wellbeing. ​ ... Read More

4th International Conference on Future Education
Belgrade, Serbia

Nov 11 2019 to Nov 13 2019

A new type of education—a new paradigm—is urgently needed to address the challenges and paradoxes of the coming age, capitalize on the emerging potentials, and transform possible threats into opportunities. WAAS and WUC are working in partnership with universities and other organizations around the world with this objective. ... Read More

Human-Centered Symbiotic System Science for Industry 4.0
Bari, Italy

Oct 6 2019 to Oct 9 2019

This special session deals with the problem of cognitive and evolutive learning by Symbiotic System Science (SSS), showing focused examples specifically. The modern world has been shaped by the technological revolutions of the past, like the Industrial Revolution and the Information Revolution. Today, disruptive technologies are appearing at an accelerating pace. In January 2015, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and oher experts signed an open letter on artificial intelligence (AI) calling for research on the societal impacts of AI, anticipating its potential risk to the violent downfall of humankind. ... Read More

Financing Global Development
World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC

Sep 16 2019 to Sep 17 2019

The world possesses all the financial resources needed to meet humanity's material needs and foster wellbeing. ​ ... Read More

Future Capital
UN Headquarters, New York

Sep 12 2019 to Sep 13 2019

Co-convened by UN Office of Partnerships, UNCTAD and WAAS -- by invitation only ... Read More

International Conference on Cognition, Society & Well-being
Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy

Jul 23 2019 to Jul 25 2019

WAAS conducted a special session on the social dimensions of cognitive infomatics and cognitive computing at a major international conference organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization, at Politecnico di Milano University, Milano, Italy.  ... Read More


May 16 2019 to May 18 2019

The unprecedented speed and rate of change of globalization, technological development and dissemination and social evolution are raising fundamental questions and generating new types of challenges and complexities that express in terms of climate change, financial crises, skills gap, widening inequalities, immigration, increasing insecurity, and other fundamental doubts about the future. ... Read More

Emerging New Civilization Initiative
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Mar 21 2019 to Mar 22 2019

On March 21-22, 2019, the World Academy and the Club of Rome convened a meeting of concerned and committed individuals and organizations to share insights and explore pathways to a new civilization initiative that recognizes the systemic interconnectedness of people, nations, sectors, activities, challenges, forces and consequences presiding over global development and seeks solutions and processes that transcend the limitations of the current paradigm and giving shape to pathways toward a better future for humanity. ... Read More

Baku, Azerbaijan

Mar 14 2019 to Mar 17 2019

On March 17th a special event was organized for WAAS Fellows, special invitees and select 7GBF participants to discuss in open roundtable format the future of global leadership in the 21st century. ... Read More

Roundtable on Global Governance: Challenges & Opportunities
Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik

Nov 22 2018 to Nov 24 2018

This three-day roundtable cum PG course explored the recent challenges and opposition to the continued evolution of global governance to identify the key drivers of global social evolution, critical obstacles and impediments, the most desirable goals and effective strategies to further progress toward their realization.  ... Read More

Third International Conference on Future Education
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nov 12 2018 to Nov 14 2018

Building on a break-through conference at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2013 and the Future Education Conference at the University of Roma TRE, in Rome, Italy, in November 2017, the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) and the World University Consortium (WUC) joined hands with the Ministry of Education of Brazil, UNESCO and Fundação and Faculdade CESGRANRIO to conduct the “Third International Conference on Future Education –Latin American Perspectives” to identify practical measures to meet the needs and aspirations of major stakeholders – youth, students, teachers, employers, workers, research institutions, universities, governments and civil society, in this region of the world.  ... Read More

Roundtable on the Future of Democracy: Challenges & Opportunities
St. Augustine, Florida

Nov 7 2018 to Nov 9 2018

The World Academy of Art & Science and World University Consortium partnered with Ethical Markets Media to conduct a three-day roundtable on the Future of Democracy. This event built on the insights, conclusions and recommendations generated at the Future of Democracy Roundtable at Dubrovnik in April 2018. ... Read More

Roundtable on Governance & Law: Challenges & Opportunities
Washington, DC

Nov 5 2018 to Nov 6 2018

The World Academy of Art & Science and World University Consortium partnered with The World Bank to conduct a 2-day roundtable on Governance & Law. ... Read More

XV International Colloquium
Paris, France

May 2 2018 to May 5 2018

The 2018 Colloquium organized by WAAS, WUC, the University of Brazilia, the University of Paris Nord on May 2-4, 2018 in Paris, focused on the role international institutions have played in recent decades and can play in the near future in the reformulation of both economic theory and policy to promote the economic security, welfare and well-being of all nations and all people. ... Read More

Global Blockchain Summit

Apr 19 2018 to Apr 20 2018

WAAS was invited to share the findings of its research on Human-Centered Economic Theory and the potential for rapid global social transformation at the Global Blockchain Summit in Denver on April 19-20, 2018 ... Read More

Round table on the Future of Democracy: Challenges & Opportunities
Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik

Apr 3 2018 to Apr 5 2018

This three day roundtable, held on April 3-5, 2018 at IUC Dubrovnik, explored the evolutionary origins of democratic forms of government; their strengths and weaknesses in promoting stable inclusive societies, human welfare and well-being; the continued struggle over the distribution of power, rights and benefits in modern societies; the challenges posed by globalization, immigration, technological advances, money power, social media and resurgent nationalism; available policies and proven mechanisms to enhance their effectiveness and reinforce underlying democratic principles; and evolutionary alternatives that might gradually supplant the forms of democracy prevalent today. ... Read More

Future Education Conference
Pondicherry, India

Jan 28 2018

This one-day conference on Future Education in India considered the changes needed in our schools and examined successful strategies that are already being applied by schools in India and overseas. ... Read More

Forum on New International Research Facilities for South East Europe
Trieste, Italy

Jan 25 2018 to Jan 26 2018

The objective of the conference was to promote scientific development and cooperation among the nations of the region in state of the art fields of research with the potential to generate employment, stimulate commercial enterprises and serve the public of the region. ... Read More

2nd Intl. Conference on Future Education
Rome, Italy

Nov 16 2017 to Nov 18 2017

Building on a break-through conference at University of California at Berkeley in 2013, the World University Consortium, the World Academy of Art & Science and Roma Tre University collaborated to conduct an international conference on Future Education to identify practical measures to meet the needs and aspirations of major stakeholders -- youth, students, teachers, employers, workers, research institutions, governments and civil society. ... Read More

Mind, Thinking & Creativity
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Nov 6 2017 to Nov 9 2017

Mind is humanity’s highest developed instrument for seeking knowledge. It is an instrument with remarkable capabilities and characteristic limitations. It is ironic that we invest so little time in education and scientific endeavor trying to understand the nature of mental knowledge and the character of the mental processes by which we arrive at it. The objective of this course was to arrive at an understanding of the inherent limits to rationality and mental ways of knowing, as well as the extraordinary creative and intuitive processes by which mind transcends those limitations and tends toward genius. ... Read More

Globalism vs Nationalism
Podgorica, Montenegro

Nov 2 2017 to Nov 3 2017

Globalization, nationalism, and the relations between them have been the subjects of debate among scholars for many years. The world today has become very different from what it was previously, because of globalization. It is the struggle of nationalism against globalism, and it will be fought out, not only among nations, but within nations. ... Read More

Agenda 2030: Economics in a Changing World
Umag, Croatia

Aug 27 2017 to Aug 28 2017

WAAS was invited to collaborate with Experimental Economics Lab to conduct a international conference on Agenda 2030: Economics in a Changing World at Umag, Croatia, on August 27-28, 2017. This high level conference explored the interface between economic and political factors in the functioning of economy and democracy. ... Read More

Towards a Human-Centered Sustainable Economic and Social System for the 21st Century
Cape Town, South Africa

May 10 2017 to May 12 2017

The XIV International Colloquium that took place in Cape Town, South Africa in May 2017 had the theme "Towards a Human-Centered Sustainable Economic and Social System for the 21st Century". It aimed to promote understanding of the global challenges facing humanity, through scientific analysis, recognizing the interconnectedness of today's global socioeconomic challenges. ... Read More

Anticipation, Agency and Complexity
Trento, Italy

Apr 6 2017 to Apr 8 2017

Following up on the pioneering, highly successful First International Conference on Anticipation co-organized by University of Trento, UNESCO, the World Academy of Art and Science and World University Consortium at Trento in November 2015, WAAS and WUC collaborated with the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento, and the UNESCO Chairs in Anticipatory Systems to organize this important workshop. ... Read More

Human-Centered Economics
IUC, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Feb 1 2017 to Feb 3 2017

The multidimensional challenges confronting humanity today are human-made and can be changed by a change in thought and action. Contemporary economic thought is built on a mind-frame that originated prior to the Industrial Revolution when scarcity of goods in a world of abundant resources was the primary concern, economic growth was considered synonymous with human welfare, and impact of humanity on the environment was completely ignored. Without challenging obvious flaws in existing theory, it will be not be possible to significantly alter current policies and practices. ... Read More

Post-Graduate Certificate Course on Social Power
IUC, Dubrovnik

Oct 31 2016 to Nov 4 2016

Humanity lives in a time of unprecedented capacity for accomplishment in every field of social life. Never before have we possessed power of this magnitude for good or for evil. Never before has power been so widely distributed within society. Democracy, law, human rights, science, technology, education and many other forms of social organization have generated immense power. ... Read More

New Paradigm and Planetary Engagement
Seoul, Korea

Sep 22 2016 to Sep 23 2016

Humanity today faces critical challenges. The choice before us is either evolution or extinction. As Pope Francis encyclical, Laudato Si, suggests, unless we, the global community, can find ways to revitalize the healthiness of an integral ecology that incorporates mutually inter-connected human, social, and environmental ecological systems, the human species is not sustainable. The starting point for meeting these challenges is to awaken human minds to the need for radical change of course. This should necessarily lead to a quantum shift in the paradigm of education, especially university education. This Colloquium provided a venue to reflect upon the reality which humanity confronts today and to envision our best course of action, including a new role for higher educational institutions as architects of the future. ... Read More

International Conference: Technology + Society =? Future - Podgorica
Podgorica, Montenegro

May 19 2016 to May 20 2016

Shaping the future in order to realize the economic and social goals that enable the establishment of a socially inclusive and environmentally healthy community is the fundamental challenge of human society. Technology has been shown to be the key player in meeting this challenge. Still, there remain many uncertainties related to the transformation of scientific results into technology regarding its positive economic potential, and social, and human outcomes. The rapid pace of technological change at the beginning of the twenty-first century, as well as the inability to understand technology and perceive its effects on society is one of the greatest, very subtle, problems of the XXI century. The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, in cooperation with World Academy of Art & Science, European Academy of Sciences & Arts, Global Round Table and All European Academies, organized this conference in Podgorica, Montenegro. ... Read More

XIII International Colloquium
Lisbon, Portugal

May 11 2016 to May 13 2016

The XIII International Colloquium took place at the Lisbon School of Economics & Management, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, on 11-13, May, 2016. The selected theme was “Post-2008 Global Dynamics & Structural Changes: Economic, Political and Eco-Societal Transitions”. This meeting was organized by the University of Lisbon, the University of Brasilia, the World Academy of Art and Science, World University Consortium. ... Read More

Mind, Thinking & Creativity
IUC, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Apr 12 2016 to Apr 15 2016

This course explored the characteristics of mental knowledge and thought processes, types of thinking, the character of rational thought, the mental and social construction of knowledge, deep thinking, creativity and genius. Rather than focus on abstract philosophical concepts, it applied this knowledge to understand both the sources of humanity’s prolific mental creativity, the characteristic problems it confronts due to irresolvable conflicts and contradictions between mental perspectives, and their resolution in different fields of natural and social science, public policy, collective and individual behavior. ... Read More

Webinar on Mind, Thinking & Creativity

Mar 9 2016

WAAS and WUC conducted a webinar on March 9, 2016 in preparation for the upcoming course on Mind, Thinking and Creativity at IUC Dubrovnik on April 12-15. ... Read More

Conference on Science, Technology, Innovation & Social Responsibility
CERN, Geneva

Nov 11 2015

This symposium was organized by CERN and the World Academy of Art & Science under the auspices of United Nations Office at Geneva. It surveyed the potential impact of scientific and technological innovation in different fields on the progress of humanity in the 21st century and the alternative mechanisms available to ensure socially responsible management of these activities by the research community, business and governments. ... Read More

Paradigm Shift
Geneva, Switzerland

Nov 10 2015

On November 10th WAAS and WUC convened a meeting in Geneva to summarize core findings of fifteen conferences and workshops conducted over the past four years and to identify the agenda for future work. A consensus has emerged from these efforts that a new conceptual framework is urgently needed to reflect the complex realities of global society. This calls for a paradigm shift in thinking in the social sciences as significant as the earlier shifts in the natural sciences from a geocentric to a heliocentric universe and from a mechanistic Newtonian world to the complexity revealed by Quantum Mechanics. This paradigm shift will represent a quantum shift away from mechanistic, naturalistic, materialistic conceptions and models of human society, making human welfare the focal point and central objective, affirming the central importance and validity of universal values in the human sciences, restoring scientific legitimacy to subjective experience, and recognizing the catalytic role of creative individuals in the evolution of the collective. ... Read More

First International Conference on ANTICIPATION
Trento, Italy

Nov 5 2015 to Nov 7 2015

The Anticipation conference was organized by The UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, together with the World Academy of Art and Science, International Society for the Systems Sciences, the Advanced Design Network, and the Department of Sociology and Social Sciences of the University of Trento. Anticipation is coming to the fore as an emerging field of study that is influencing a wide variety of disciplines. This international conference explored the interaction among anticipation, uncertainty and complexity. Some questions that were raised are these: When does anticipation occur in behavior and life? What types of anticipation can be distinguished? What structures and processes are necessary for anticipatory action? How can anticipation be modeled? A better and more complete understanding of anticipation and its effects will improve theories and models of individual and collective human behavior and its consequences. The ability to anticipate in complex environments may improve the resilience of societies facing threats from a global proliferation of agents and forces by articulating uncertainties through anticipatory processes. ... Read More

Transformative Future Education at the World Resources Forum
Davos, Switzerland

Oct 15 2015

WAAS and WUC conducted a masterclass on Future Education at the World Resources Forum in Davos on October 14, 2015. This workshop identified and addressed a spectrum of pressing needs in education that stem from the evident lack of a transdisciplinary perspective, personal resonance, envisioning, and a sense of greater purpose and service to humanity. ... Read More

Conference for a Green and Inclusive Economy

Oct 6 2015 to Oct 7 2015

Green Cross International organized a meeting in Geneva on October 6-7, 2015 in preparation for the COP21 meeting on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015. Nine Fellows of WAAS made presentations at the conference on issues related to a global strategy for addressing climate change. A summary of findings was prepared by the organizers, presented at the WAAS meeting at CERN on November 10th, and released to the press before COP21. Following COP 21, WAAS and WUC joined with GCI, Club of Rome and other organizations to issue a joint statement regarding the outcome of COP21 and the future challenges facing humanity to address the climate challenge. WAAS representatives, Garry Jacobs, Adam Koniuszewski, Martin Lees, Alexander Likhotal, Mohan Munasinghe, Roberto Peccei, Franz Josef Radermacher, Ivo Šlaus and Ernst von Weizsäcker presented at the conference. Video presentations by WAAS fellows at the CGI meeting can be accessed on this page. ... Read More

SDEWES Special Session
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sep 27 2015 to Oct 3 2015

The Academy organised a special event at the SDEWES conference in Dubrovnik in September-October 2015. ... Read More

Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Future of Education
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sep 21 2015 to Sep 23 2015

Education is the most sophisticated technology evolved by human beings for conscious social evolution. Yet the slow incremental development of education in recent decades has not kept pace with the very rapid evolution of society. WUC and WAAS are projecting far-sighted concepts for a human-centered paradigm in education for the 21st century. The deficiencies of the present system have been well-documented and key characteristics of the new paradigm have been identified. This course undertook an in-depth examination of essential changes in perspective, goals, values, content and pedagogy of higher education. It presented an opportunity for intense interaction among faculty and students to develop new ideas and strategies. ... Read More

The Greek Crisis

Sep 15 2015

The World Academy of Art & Science and World University Consortium conducted a webinar on The Greek Crisis: Need for a Human-centered Theoretical Framework on September 15, 2015. Our main speaker was Zoltán Pogátsa, a renowned Hungarian political economist, and author of an authoritative, insightful and highly readable book entitled The Political Economy of the Greek Crisis. ... Read More

ISF 2015
Oxford, UK

Sep 2 2015 to Sep 4 2015

4th International Scientific Forum, ISF 2015 on Education, Climate Change and Economic Development, University of Oxford, United Kingdom The European Scientific Institute, ESI is a global academic platform, connecting thousands of researchers from around the globe. ESI cooperates with universities and academic centres on 5 continents, organizing interdisciplinary conferences, forums and workshops. These academic events gather researchers from different disciplines, giving them an opportunity to present their papers, transfer knowledge and share best practices. ... Read More

Anticipation & Complexity 2

Jul 21 2015

In preparation for the First International Conference on Anticipation, co-organized by the UNESCO Chair of Anticipatory Systems and WAAS, a second webinar on “Anticipation and Complexity: Foreseeing a New Paradigm of Human Development” was conducted on July 21, 2015. This forum intended to explore the Anticipation topics of the conference and build on the WAAS programing on Complexity and New Paradigm. ... Read More

Future of Education

Jun 26 2015

This webinar examined critical issues in higher education today and identified core strategies that can be adopted to close the gap between humanity’s past experience and its future needs. These strategies formed the content of a more in-depth exploration of essential changes in perspective, goals, values, content and pedagogy of higher education at Inter -University Centre, Dubrovnik on September 21-23, 2015, which framed the syllabus for development of a post-graduate level course. ... Read More

Gainesville, FL

May 20 2015 to May 22 2015

The selected theme was: Visions of Sustainable Development: Theory and Action. This meeting was organized by the University of Florida (UF), the University of Brasilia (UnB), and the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS). ... Read More

The Global Game Changers Lab
Orange County, CA

May 13 2015 to May 15 2015

YKCenter's Strategic Design Labs are places that enable humans to: Re: View, Learn, Think, Create, Invent, Design, Ignite, Start, and ReBoot. The Lab consisted of a 3 full days of reboot model. ... Read More

Framework for a New Paradigm of Human Development

Apr 29 2015 to Apr 30 2015

The accelerated pace of change in the global economic, political, technological, scientific, social and environmental spheres, growing complexity of the interactions and increasing integration of inter-dependencies between these spheres present unparalleled challenges to human security, welfare and well-being. Persistent poverty combined with rising levels of unemployment, inequality, social unrest, armed conflict, resource depletion and climate instability are symptomatic. These challenges have defied solution by piecemeal, sectoral strategies based on existing concepts and national level policy initiatives. ... Read More

“The State of the World, Need for the New World Paradigm and Role of Ukraine in it”
Kiev, Ukraine

Apr 25 2015

The world is not in a healthy state. It needs some help in healing itself, in revitalizing its values of freedom, dignity of individual, supremacy of law, social justice (rather than focusing just on money). A shift from the “win-lose” to a “win-win” game is necessary through a shift to acting out of the sense of obligation in the spirit of cooperation. Ukraine can be of help in the process because it has gone through a very painful process of rebirth of a nation, with values and behavior mentioned above, which could be useful for the world to be conscious of. ... Read More

Anticipation and Complexity

Apr 13 2015

In preparation for the First International Conference on Anticipation, co-organized by the UNESCO Chair of Anticipatory Systems and WAAS, a webinar on “Anticipation and Complexity: Foreseeing a New Paradigm of Human Development” was conducted on April 13, 2015. ... Read More

Essence of Effective Leadership
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Mar 30 2015 to Apr 3 2015

This post-graduate certificate course in Effective Leadership explored the characteristics common to leaders and examined methods by which these characteristics can be developed by individuals. ... Read More

Essence of Leadership

Feb 16 2015

A WEBINAR on "Essence of Leadership",was conducted on February 16, 2015 at 5:30-7:30 pm GMT (6:30 PM CET; 9:30 AM PST; 12:30 PM EST; 11 PM IST). The purpose of this webinar was to identify core issues that should be addressed in the live transdisciplinary course on Leadership held at IUC Dubrovnik from March 31-Apr 3, 2015. Interested WAAS Fellows were invited to exchange ideas and perspectives on the content of the course. ... Read More

New Paradigm of Sustainable Human Development

Nov 5 2014 to Nov 7 2014

The conference examined the theoretical foundations and policy framework for a new paradigm in human development capable of addressing the pressing challenges confronting humanity today. ... Read More

Oxford Summit of Leaders - Oxford, UK - October 13-14, 2014
Oxford, UK

Oct 13 2014 to Oct 14 2014

WUC was invited to present its vision of the future of global higher education to an international assembly of university leaders at the Oxford Summit of Leaders in Oxford, UK on October 13-14, 2014. In his address, Garry Jacobs highlighted the need for a new paradigm in higher education to address the multidimensional global challenges and the unprecedented intellectual, economic, social, technological and organization capacities now available to humanity. New paradigms in knowledge are achieved by unifying phenomenon that were previously considered separate and independent, as Maxwell unified electricity and magnetism and Einstein unified matter and energy. There is urgent need for leadership in thought and action to bridge the gulf between the university and the society, to unifying teaching with active learning, and the unifying theory in the social sciences with the realities of social life. Jacobs called for revolutionary ideas commensurate with the revolutionary social forces now acting to shape the future of education. Leadership in education is needed to provide educational leadership to society. ... Read More

Toward an Integrated Science of Society
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sep 1 2014 to Sep 6 2014

The accelerated pace of social change, increasing complexity of interactions between fields and globalization of interactions presents humanity with a nexus of challenging problems – political, economic, legal, social, cultural, psychological and ecological – that defy comprehension and resolution by a piecemeal, sectorial approach based on the prevailing principles of social science. Efforts to combine and integrate perspectives from different disciplines are limited by the absence of a common conceptual framework. This six-day trans-disciplinary course explored common principles and processes governing survival, growth, development, evolution and social revolution applicable to all fields, including awareness, social energy, organization, networks, language, law, technology, money, complexity, power, culture, values, consciousness and ways of knowing. ... Read More

Individuality & Values in Social Evolution
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Aug 25 2014 to Aug 30 2014

This transdisciplinary study examined the role of Individuality and Values in personal achievement, growth of personality and social evolution drawing on evidence from Management Science, History, Psychology and Literature. History demonstrates that individuals have the power to change the world. This course examined the relationship between creative individuals and society searching for insights into the principles and process that governs successful human initiatives and their consequences in various fields of life. The course explored a variety of themes including characteristics of high achieving individual, individuality as catalyst for social change, role of relationships and networks, power of values, biological, social, psychological and spiritual dimensions of life, character of life, personal achievement, growth and self-realization. ... Read More

International Conference on Employment Growth – on a Road to Recovery
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jul 1 2014

On July 1, 2014 the World Academy of Art & Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bosnia Herzegovina conducted a high level international conference in the main Parliament assembly hall at Sarajevo on "Conference on Employment Growth – On A Road to Recovery". The conference was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of BiH, (name). In addition to representatives of WAAS, speakers included representatives from the European Union, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, International Labor Organization, and USAID. The conference highlighted successful models from neighboring countries, success stories drawn from different sectors of BiH, and innovative strategies for rapidly expanding job creation. ... Read More

Prospects for Ecological Education for Sustainable Development

Jun 26 2014 to Jun 27 2014

WUC was invited to conduct a special session on the future of higher education at the 20th international conference organized in association with Green Cross International at the Gorbachev Foundation in Moscow on June 26-27, 2014. International cooperation in the field of education can be a powerful catalyst for achieving sustainability, especially in developing countries with expanding economies. The purpose of the conference was to develop practical recommendations in the field of Ecological Education for Sustainable Development with reference to the background of national and international experience. ... Read More

Future of Education
Florence, Italy

Jun 12 2014 to Jun 13 2014

The World University Consortium was invited to participate in a major international conference on the "Future of Education" organized by Pixel in Florence, Italy, on June 12-13, 2014. The aim of the conference was to promote transnational cooperation and the sharing of best practice in the field of innovation for Education. ... Read More

Creating The Future Of Higher Education
Yokohama, Japan

Jun 11 2014 to Jun 14 2014

The XVII Triennial Conference organised by The International Association of University Presidents in collaboration with WAAS and WUC took place at Yokohama on Creating The Future Of Higher Education on June 11-14, 2014. It engaged in highly generative and dynamic discourse across such critical areas as access, quality assurance, the role of universities in the future, and bringing about a new paradigm in higher education. The work of the World University Consortium was featured during a special session. ... Read More

XI International Colloquium on Global Crisis and Changes of Paradigms: Current Issues

May 6 2014 to May 8 2014

XI International Colloquium took place in Brasília on “Global Crisis and Changes of Paradigms: Current Issues” and the event was on May 6-8, 2014. As it is well known economics has been concerned with understanding how economies work in order to discover which policies could make them work better. Growth, distribution, inflation, trade and employment, have been some of the main concerns of macroeconomic theories. Yet few economists foresaw the scale of the financial and economic crisis from 2008, and few have been able to propose alternative economic paradigms to respond to it. The main objective of the Colloquium was to provide a platform for a productive exchange of ideas, theories and policies that might identify such paradigm shifts and better inform policies for both national and global governance. ... Read More

New Paradigm for Human Development
Baku, Azerbaijan

Apr 30 2014

As it is well known economics has been concerned with understanding how economies work in order to discover which policies could make them work better. Growth, distribution, inflation, trade and employment, have been some of the main concerns of macroeconomic theories. Yet few economists foresaw the scale of the financial and economic crisis from 2008, and few have been able to propose alternative economic paradigms to respond to it. The main objective of the Colloquium was to provide a platform for a productive exchange of ideas, theories and policies that might identify such paradigm shifts and better inform policies for both national and global governance. ... Read More

BioVision Alexandria
Library of Alexandria, Egypt

Apr 7 2014 to Apr 9 2014

Following the meeting of the World University Consortium’s (WUC) charter members at Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) in February, Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Library, Director of WUC and WAAS Fellow, invited the World Academy and WUC to conduct three sessions at the 7th Biennial International BioVision Alexandria conference on April 7-9, 2014. A specific goal of BioVision Alexandria was to increase participation of developing countries and create significant roles for them in the global exchange of knowledge and best practices. The conference examined the latest and emerging scientific discoveries and inquired into ways they will shape our world and worldviews. The theme of BioVision 2014 was “New Life Sciences: The Next Decade.” ... Read More

International Conference - Transition to a New Society
Podgorica, Montenegro

Mar 20 2014 to Mar 21 2014

Human society is currently undergoing changes of a nature unprecedented in both magnitude and intensity. The outcome of this development will be a different type of civilization based mainly on knowledge, information, communication and the most importantly – mobility. One of the main difficulties in this transition is the emerging gap between the accelerating pace of technological change and the slower pace of cultural evolution. The changes in technology, in turn, are closely connected to broader issues, including political and economic change, energy concerns, natural resources, food supply, health, individual quality of life, and many more. The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences & Arts organized an international conference on this theme on March 20-21, 2014, in Podgorica, Montenegro. The conference was co-organized by the World Academy of Art and Science, ALLEA and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. This conference focused on three major topics: A. Political and Economic Change; B. Environment, Energy and Sustainability, and C. Humans and Machines. The subheadings are only suggestions for issues to be discussed. ... Read More

CERN Colloquium
CERN, Geneva

Mar 13 2014

On 13 March 2014, Rolf Heuer, the Director-General of CERN and Garry Jacobs, the Chief Executive Officer of WAAS, signed an MOU (in the presence of Herwig Schopper and Maurizio Bona) providing the basis for future cooperation between the two organizations. ... Read More

World University Consortium Meeting of Charter Members

Feb 12 2014 to Feb 14 2014

World University Consortium Meeting of Charter Members at Library of Alexandria from Feb 12th to 14th 2014. ... Read More

International Conference -- World Academy Forum on the Future of Global Higher Education

Oct 2 2013 to Oct 3 2013

The World Academy Forum on Global Higher Education was held on October 2-3, 2013 in Berkeley, California, USA, bringing together leading-edge educators, universities, MOOCs, technology providers and other stakeholders to brainstorm new models and creative solutions for establishing a world-class system of higher education available to all humanity and to forge an international alliance of stakeholders to make it happen. Recognizing the huge, rapidly expanding gap between educational needs and resources, the resulting deficiencies in development of precious and perishable human potentialities, and the consequent incalculable losses for individuals, families and communities, which can only be remedied by a massive global effort to meet the challenge, the World University Consortium will seek to develop innovative strategies for enhancing accessibility, affordability, quality, creativity and relevance in the field of higher education at the global level. The UC Berkeley Forum is an integral component of the Academy’s broader program to evolve a New Paradigm for Human Development able to fulfill the aspirations of all human beings. ... Read More

Ottawa, Canada

Sep 17 2013 to Sep 18 2013

The World Academy launched an initiative to bring together like-minded organizations and individuals to examine the root causes of the multiple challenges confronting humanity today and formulate a comprehensive strategy for addressing them. Its central premise is that viable, effective solutions can be found to meet the entire spectrum of economic, ecological, political and social challenges by formulation of an integrated perspective, comprehensive strategy and detailed policy framework attuned to the realities, needs and emerging opportunities of the 21st century. WAAS organized a roundtable in Ottawa on September 17-18, 2013 to address fundamental questions interlinking a wide range of WAAS programs such as Economy & Employment, Energy & Ecology, Human Capital, Money & Finance, Security and Global Governance. ... Read More

Washington DC

Sep 14 2013 to Sep 15 2013

The multiple challenges confronting humanity transcend narrow disciplinary boundaries. They are interrelated and interdependent and defy solution by partial, sectoral approaches. They are all global in nature and cannot be fully addressed without coordinated actions by the international community. Approaches to resolving these challenges are subject to conflicting claims, priorities and interests. Viewed as a whole and in relation to one another, they present to humanity a nexus of interconnected problems of unparalleled complexity. WAAS organized a roundtable in Washington on September 14-15, 2013 to address these challenges. The roundtable was intended to develop new concepts and strategies as part of WAAS’ program to evolve a new paradigm for global development. ... Read More

Web Seminar on the New Sciences II

Jun 18 2013

"The Science of Complexity" - A transdisciplinary exploration of Theory and Applications, June 18, 2013 Topics Include Armed Conflicts Biology Climate Change & Ecology Financial Crisis & Economy Governance Social Organization ... Read More

Opportunities and Challenges for the 21st Century
Library of Alexandria, Egypt

Jun 5 2013 to Jun 6 2013

The objective of the workshop was to frame the outlines of a comprehensive approach for dealing with the major challenges facing humanity today. The workshop addressed the following broad issues: Common root causes of the multiple global crises Ideas, principles and values on which comprehensive solutions need to be based Strategies, policies, proposals, legal and institutional mechanisms Actionable steps ... Read More

Opportunities & Challenges for the 21st Century: Search for a New Paradigm
United Nations Office at Geneva

Jun 3 2013

A conference at the Palais des Nations, Geneva was conducted on June 3, 2013 with participation from major international organizations and NGOs. The objective of the conference was to identify elements of a comprehensive approach for dealing with the major challenges facing humanity today. The conference addressed the following fundamental questions in an interrelated manner: Economy & Employment: How can global food security, full employment and abolition of poverty be achieved within a decade? Energy & Ecology: How can global living standards be raised to middle class levels without depleting or destroying the environment or depriving future generations of the capacity to sustain these achievements? Human Capital – Education, Health & Welfare: How can global levels of education and public health be raised to OECD level? Money & Finance: How can the necessary financial resources be generated and mobilized to achieve the goals described in the first three questions? Security: How can we permanently eliminate war and WMD that threaten to destroy all other development achievements? Global Governance: How can we design and implement systems of global governance capable of implementing necessary measures to achieve the other five goals for the welfare and well-being of all? ... Read More

The Evolution of Sovereignty : E-Seminar on Global Rule of Law II

May 20 2013

In Spring 2012 WAAS conducted the first in a series of e-seminars on Global Rule of Law to mark the launching of a new World Academy program. Several papers contributed to the seminar have been subsequently published in WAAS Journals. Those pertaining to the issue of nuclear threats and security were discussed at the Academy's conference in Dubrovnik held in collaboration with the European Leadership Network last September. Other aspects of this important subject will be explored at a conference organized by the Club of Rome in Ottawa this coming September. The seminar addressed legal issues from a transdisciplinary perspective encompassing insights from the social sciences, philosophy and the humanities. ... Read More

The Role of Crisis in Social Evolution : Lessons from History, Web Seminar on Global Challenges & Opportunities

May 13 2013

The Academy conducted an e-seminar on May 13th, 2013 to address the global crises facing humanity. The econference yielded a definitive report exploring the interrelationships between peace, security, economics, employment, global governance, rule of law, ecology, social process, technology, organization, education, research and individuality as dimensions of a comprehensive and integrated perspective. Discussion focused on the complexity of the global challenges confronting humanity in the fields of economy and employment, energy and ecology, international law and global governance, education and human capital, money and finance, peace and security. Emphasis was placed on the need for a transdisciplinary, integrated approach, illustrating how the problem of unemployment was linked not only to economy but also to public policy, education, health, psychological well-being, crime, social stability, and terrorism. Participants affirmed the need to go beyond mere analysis of causes to the formulation of a set of ideas, values, principles, strategies and policies that will lead to inter-sectoral and integrated action. ... Read More

Actions to Enhance Global Security

May 3 2013 to May 4 2013

This conference was a continuation of several conferences organized in 2012 (e.g. Pugwash, Astana, Dubrovnik, London and Amman) and the plan of action was based on many ideas exposed at these conferences. Particular attention was devoted to the unique role of NATO to help in realizing some of these ideas. The aim of the conference was to formulate actions to: Assure non-proliferation of WMD and their constant reduction Lead toward disarmament also through establishment of NWFZ and WMD Free Zones Reduce and finally to eliminate violent intra- and inter-state conflicts, to abolish war ... Read More

Impact of Science and Technology on Society and Economy
Trieste, Italy

Mar 4 2013 to Mar 5 2013

Humanity is at a crossroads. Present social science theory and public policy are no longer adequate to meet the multi-dimensional challenges posed by rising social aspirations, unemployment and inequality, wasteful patterns of production and consumption, globalization of markets, technological advances, demographic changes, and ecological constraints. Incremental changes in public policy based on the present conceptual framework will only aggravate problems that are already acute. At the same time, the resources and capabilities of global society have never been greater than they are today. Scientific knowledge, technological developments, infrastructure and productive capabilities, educated and skilled human resources, entrepreneurial skills, commercial organization and a rapidly expanding global social network offer unprecedented opportunities for rapid social progress. A solution can be found to every one of these problems, if only we are willing to think outside conventional boundaries. There is no dearth of opportunity. The limits we confront are limits to our thought. What is needed is to approach the challenges and the opportunities comprehensively and evolve an integrated package of solutions. The concept of efficient market theory to maximize return to investors has to be replaced by a theoretical framework that maximizes the efficiency of society as a whole by the full utilization of all available social resources to improve human welfare and well-being. This Forum formulated a comprehensive package of solutions to mobilize the enormous untapped potentials of human and social capital based on far-sighted, ecologically sustainable economic policies; advanced delivery systems for higher education and vocational training; innovations in the application of science and technology; and new types of social networks and industrial clusters; together with strategies to release and direct social aspirations and energies into new fields of creativity. ... Read More

E-Workshop on The Science of Networks

Nov 8 2012

WAAS conducted an eseminar on the "The Science of Networks" on November 8th 2012, which was first in a series of eseminars on the New Sciences. 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. ... Read More

WAAS-ELN International Conference on Nuclear Threats and Security
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sep 14 2012 to Sep 17 2012

International Conference organised by the World Academy, European Leadership Network and Inter-University Center at Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 14-17, 2012. The conference examined important issues related to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, the legality of nuclear weapons and their use, illicit trade in nuclear materials, the dangers of nuclear terrorism, nuclear and cyber-security. Papers and video recordings of the major presentations and session summaries are given below. ... Read More

The Dream of a Global Knowledge Society
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sep 8 2012

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. ... Read More

Humanities and Contemporary World
Podgorico, Montenegro

Jun 7 2012 to Jun 9 2012

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. ... Read More

The Emerging Individual

Feb 17 2012

As a warm-up for the Montenegro Conference in June 2012, the World Academy of Art & Science conducted a two-hour live web-seminar on The Emerging Individual, on Friday, February 17th, 2012. This seminar involves short presentations followed by an open discussion of themes related to the Academy’s Individuality Project. ... Read More

New Delhi General Assembly
New Delhi, India

Nov 9 2011 to Nov 11 2011

New Delhi General Assembly : November 9-11, 2011 ... Read More

Crisis to Opportunity
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sep 27 2011

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. ... Read More

Revolution of Rising Expectations
New Delhi, India

Feb 9 2011

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. ... Read More

Abolition of Nuclear Weapons
New Delhi, India

Feb 7 2011 to Feb 8 2011

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. ... Read More

e-Conference on Evolution of Individuality (CEI)

Feb 1 2010

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. CEI Home  CEI Forums ... Read More

Climate System Management
California, USA

Jul 30 2009

Organizer: Bob Berg & Walter Anderson Participants: Jeffrey H. Schwartz, José Ireneu dos Remedios Furtado, John Cox, Daniel Coates, Geoffrey Hamer, Garry Jacobs, Ivo Slaus, Guy Stevens, Alberto Zucconi, Raoul Weiler. 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

Students for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World

Jul 14 2008 to Jul 18 2008

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. Read More on the conference Bob Berg's Address at the conference Final report on the conference ... Read More

International Conference in New Delhi calls for Nuclear Disarmament
New Delhi, India

Jun 9 2008 to Jun 10 2008

Organizer: Jasjit SinghHost: Centre for Strategic & International Studies (India)Participants:  Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, India's Foreign Minister, Pranab Mukherjee; the Vice President of India, Mohamad Hamid Ansari; Minister Mani Shankar Iyer; Canadian Senator Douglas Roche; Australian Ambassador Richard Butler; senior Indian diplomats and military officers; as well as Fellows Jonathan Granoff , Garry Jacobs and Ivo Slaus. 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. ... Read More

Beyond Global Warming
Pennsylvania, USA

Feb 28 2008

Organizer: Jeffrey SchwartzParticipants: José Ireneu dos Remedios Furtado, John Cox, Walter Truett Anderson, Pushpa Mittra Bhargava, Daniel Coates, Geoffrey Hamer, Garry Jacobs, Alberto Zucconi, Tariq Banuri, Joseph Alter, Agni Vlavianos Arvanitis, Bruno Maresca, Ismail Serageldin, Colin MacCabe and Juliana Spahr. 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? ... Read More

Installation of Prof. Jeffrey Schwartz as New President
Pennsylvania, USA

Feb 28 2008

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. ... Read More

Weaponization of Space
New York, USA

Feb 26 2008

Organizer: Jonathan Granoff -- Global Security Institute (USA)Participants: Jonathan Granoff, Walter Anderson, Garry Jacobs, Ivo Slaus, Ashok Natarajan 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. ... Read More

Program on Nuclear Disarmament
New York, USA

Oct 11 2006 to Oct 12 2006

Organizers: Jonathan Granoff & Garry Jacobs -- Global Security Institute (USA) & Mother's Service Society (India)Speakers: Jonathan Granoff, Douglas Roche, Harlan Cleveland, Lincoln Bloomfield, Walter Anderson,  John Cox, Garry Jacobs, Bob Berg,  Robert van Harten, Ashok Natarajan 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. ... Read More

World Futures Society Conference
Toronto, Canada

Jul 30 2006

Organizer: Walter AndersonParticipants: Jasjit Singh, Garry Jacobs, Walter Anderson WAAS organized a special workshop on nuclear disarmament at the World Future’s Society Annual Conference in Toronto on July 30, 2006. Click to Read Details ... Read More

The Future of Knowledge
Zagreb, Croatia

Nov 17 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. ... Read More

Security in Knowledge-based Society
Zagreb, Croatia

Nov 16 2005 to Nov 20 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. Co-directors: Harlan Cleveland, former US Ambassador to NATO; Lincoln Bloomfield, former Director of Global Issues, US National Security Council; Ivo Slaus, Director, South Eastern Europe Division, WAAS; Milan Stanicic, Institute for International Relations, Zagreb. ... Read More

Peace & Security
Washington, USA

Sep 17 2005

Organizers: Harlan Cleveland & Garry Jacobs -- International Center for Peace & Development (USA) & The Mother's Service Society (India)Participants: Robert McNamara, Harlan Cleveland, Jasjit Singh, Walter Anderson, Bob Berg, Garry Jacobs, Jon Peterson, Robert van Harten, Ashok Natarajan ... Read More

Uncommon Opportunities: Roadmap for Employment, Food & Global Security
New Delhi, India

Nov 19 2004 to Nov 22 2004

Organizers: M. S. Swaminathan & Garry Jacobs -- UN World Food Program, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Mother's Service Society &  National Farmers Commission (India), International Centre for Peace & Development (USA). WAAS Fellow Participants: Harlan Cleveland, M. S. Swaminathan, Pushpa Bhargava, Jasjit Singh, Walter Anderson, Garry Jacobs, Ivo Slaus,  Robert van Harten, Ashok Natarajan 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. ... Read More

Power and Property in the Information Society

Apr 1 2004

Computer conference: April 2004 Organizer: Richard Farson, International Leadership Forum. Participants included Douglass Carmichael, Arthur Cordell, Andrew Peter Fenton, Frederick Turner, Donald Straus. ... Read More

The Future of Higher Education in the Global Information Society
San Diego, California

Mar 1 2004

Organizer: Maureen O’Hara, Meridian International Institute. This was the first of the preparatory conferences leading up to the 2005 General Assembly on “The Future of Knowledge.” Participants included Katherine Clarke, Napier Collyns, June Delano, Bob Horn, Ruben Nelson, Elsa Porter, Paul Silverman, Ralph Wolff. ... Read More

Microbial Biotechnology: For Better or for Worse?
Stockholm, Sweeden

Sep 1 2003

Biopolicy Seminar: Stockholm, October 2002 Organized by Carl-Göran Hedén and the World Academy’s Biofocus Foundation under the auspices of the Engineering Division of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Featured Speaker: Rita Colwell. Participants included Geoffrey Hamer, Gunter Pauli, Christer Salén, Anders Wijkman. ... Read More

Timing and Perseverance: Entrepreneurship for Eco-Efficiency
Stockholm, Sweeden

Oct 1 2002

Biopolicy Seminar: Stockholm, October 2002 Organized by Carl-Göran Hedén and the World Academy’s Biofocus Foundation under the auspices of the Engineering Division of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Featured Speaker: Rita Colwell. Participants included Geoffrey Hamer, Gunter Pauli, Christer Salén, Anders Wijkman. ... Read More

The Future of Knowledge in the World of the Internet
Pari, Italy

May 1 2002

Pari, Italy, May 2002 Organized by David Peat, Pari Center for New Learning, sponsored and co-hosted by The Knowledge Forum, with the participation of Associazione Sette Colli, Pari. Participants: David Alsmeyer, Walt Anderson, Lina Bussian, Virginia Del Re, Andrew Fenton, Warwick Fox, Divina Frau-Meigs, Jean-Claude Guedon, Katherine Heath, Basil Hiley, Roy McWeeny, Christine Maxwell, Neil Maroni, Salvatore Santoli, Shalini Venturelli, Kim Williams. ... Read More

The Future of the Academy
Pari, Italy

Sep 1 2000

Pari, Italy, September 2000 Organized by David Peat, Pari Center for New Learning. Sponsored by the World Academy and the Gulbenkian Foundation in partnership with the University of Siena and the Associazione Sette Coli of Pari. Participants: Dennise Albrecht, William Bricken, João Caraça, John P. Coleman, Arthur Cordell, Ruth Dempsey, Chris Drane, Maurizio Franzini, Francesca Farabollini, Basil Hiley, Deborah Klimburg-Slater, Rita Lauria, Elena Liotta, Roger Malina, Roy McWeeny, Virginia McWeeny, Jayne Persch, Chris Philippidis, Paavo Pylkkanen, Elina Pylkkanen. ... Read More

The Psychology of Globalization
San Francisco, California

Feb 1 2000

San Francisco, California, February 2000 Organizer: Walt Anderson. Keynote speaker: John Gardner. Participants included Mary Catherine Bateson, Harlan Cleveland, Sandy Close, Leonard Duhl, Percy Hintzen, Mohamed Kassas, Roberto Lovato, Donald Michael, Maureen O’Hara, Nancy Palmer, Richard Palmer, Ana Maria Sandi, Stephen Toulmin, Ling-Chi Wang. ... Read More

The Psychology of Globalization
San Francisco, California

Feb 1 2000

Organizer: Walt Anderson. Keynote speaker: John Gardner. Participants included Mary Catherine Bateson, Harlan Cleveland, Sandy Close, Leonard Duhl, Percy Hintzen, Mohamed Kassas, Roberto Lovato, Donald Michael, Maureen O’Hara, Nancy Palmer, Richard Palmer, Ana Maria Sandi, Stephen Toulmin, Ling-Chi Wang. ... Read More

International Symposium on Development Theory
Chennai, India

Sep 1 1999

Chennai (Madras), India, September 1999 Hosted by the International Center for Peace and Development (USA), the Mother's Service Society and the M. S. Swaminathan Foundation. Co-chairs: M. S. Swaminathan, Harlan Cleveland. Participants included Robert Berg, Pushpa Bhargava, John P. Craven, Jose Ireneu dos Remedios Furtado, Robert van Harten, Garry Jacobs, Bernard Lietaer, B. S. Raghavan, Ana Maria Sandi, Ivo Slaus, C. Subramanian. ... Read More

Governance and Civilizations
Brussels, Belgium

May 1 1998

Brussels, Belgium, May 1998 Organized by Marc Luyckx, Forward Studies Unit, European Commission, and Harlan Cleveland, World Academy. Participants included Lincoln Bloomfield, Robert Cooper, Arthur Cordell, Jim Dator, Susantha Goonatilake, Rabbi Albert Guigui, Sohail Inayatullah, Tae-Chang Kim, Ziauddin Sardar, Bishop William Swing, Patrick Viveret. ... Read More

The Global Century
Vancouver, Canada

Jan 1 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. ... Read More

From Biological Identity to Social Behavior
Curia & Lisbon, Portugal

Sep 1 1997

A two-part symposium. Curia, Portugal & Lisbon, Portugal, September 1997 Organizers: Horacio Menano, Joao Caraca, thbr Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Speakers included Alexandre Castro Caldas, Jean-Pierre Changeaux, Nicole LeDouarin, Tod Machover, John Maynard Smith, Matthew Wilson, Lewis Wolpert. ... Read More

Between Cultural Chaos and Uniformity: Perspectives for Integration of Civil Societies
Jachranka, Poland

May 1 1997

Jachranka, Poland May 1997 Organizer: Andrzej Sicinski, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. Co-sponsored by the Stefan Batory Foundation (Warsaw) and the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam). Participants included Lincoln Bloomfield, Harlan Cleveland, Magda McHale, Jirí Musil. ... Read More

Religion and Governance
San Francisco, California

Feb 1 1997

San Francisco, California, February 1997 Organizer: Harlan Cleveland. Participants included Knute Buttedahl, Paz Buttedahl, Andrew Lam, Durwood Foster, Robert Ross, Huston Smith. ... Read More

The Future of Work
Lisbon, Portugal

May 1 1996

Lisbon, Portugal, November 1995 Organizers: Walt Anderson, World Academy, and Horacio Menano, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Participants included Jeffrey McNeely, Harold Mooney, Alexandre Quintanilha, Paul Silverman, Phyllis Windle. ... Read More

Biological Globalization
Lisbon, Portugal

Nov 1 1995

Organizers: Walt Anderson, World Academy, and Horacio Menano, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Participants included Jeffrey McNeely, Harold Mooney, Alexandre Quintanilha, Paul Silverman, Phyllis Windle. ... Read More

Who Is Designing the 21st Century?
New York, USA

Sep 1 1995

Buffalo, New York, September 1995 Organizer: Magda McHale, Center for Integrative Studies, SUNY Buffalo. Participants included John Bis, Sam Cole, Kate Foster, Bruno Freschi, Hirotoshi Komoda, Himmi Jammal, Anthony Judge, Horacio Menano, Andrezej Sicinski, Ernest Sternberg. ... Read More

Mapping the “Third Vision”
Bolinas, California, USA

Mar 1 1995

(Third Meridian Conference on Global Governance) Bolinas, California, March 1995 Organizer: Walt Anderson, Meridian International Institute. Participants: John H. Barton, Paz Buttedahl, Michael Clague, Mary Catherine Bateson, Harlan Cleveland, John Fobes, Robert Horn, Michael Lerner, Donald Michael, Steven Rosell, Steven T. Walther. (Supported by a grant from the Jenifer Altman Foundation.) ... Read More

Cultural Identity and the Requirements of Civilization
Mangalia, Romania

Jun 1 1994

Mangalia, Romania, June 1994 Organizer: Mircea Malitza, Black Sea University. Participants included Harlan Cleveland, Bob Horn, Jonko Jotov, Magda Cordell McHale, Yuri Poluneev, Andrzej Sicinski, Ivo Slaus, Julia Zahoruiko. ... Read More

Global Governance in a Turbulent World
Bolinas, California, USA

Feb 1 1994

(Second Meridian Conference on Global Governance) Bolinas, California, February 1994 Organizer: Walt Anderson, Meridian International Institute. Participants: Janice Brodman, Paz Buttedahl, Joao Caraca, Michael Clough, Harlan Cleveland, Jim Dator, Yehezkel Dror, John Fobes, John Gardner, Bob Horn, Pierre-Marc Johnson, Michael Lerner, James MacNeill, Donald Michael, Henry Miller, Motumbo Mpanya, Maureen O’Hara, Steven Rosell, James Rosenau, Edgar H. Schein, Paul Silverman, Paul von Ward. (Supported by a grant from the Jenifer Altman Foundation. For full conference report see Meridian website. ... Read More

The Governance of Diversity
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Jan 1 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 non-governments will need to take, starting soon, to make such peaceful change possible.” ... Read More

The Global Surprise: Reframing Governance and Citizenship
Bolinas, California, USA

Apr 1 1993

(First Meridian Conference on Global Governance) Bolinas, California, April – May 1993 Organizer: Walt Anderson, Meridian International Institute. Participants included Michael Clague, Harlan Cleveland, John Fobes, Bob Horn, Michael Lerner, Donald Michael, Mutombo Mpanya, Michael Real, Steven Rosell, James Rosenau, Franz Schurmann. Support provided by grants from the Jenifer Altman Foundation and the Max and Anna Levinson Foundation. ... Read More

Art and Science
Vinci, Italy

Dec 1 1992

Vinci, Italy, December 1992 Organized by Eleonora Masini Barbieri under the auspices of the Italian Ministry for Culture, with the support of the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, ENEA, ALITALIA, UNESCO and the Commission of the European Communities, in cooperation with the Municipality of Vinci. Participants: Walt Anderson, Umberto Baldini, Omar Calabrese, Giorgio Careri, Harlan Cleveland, Gianluigi Colalucci, Umberto Colombo, Paola Coppola Pignatelli, Maurizio Diana, Gillo Dorfles, Michele Emmer, Gideon Engler, Richard Gregory, Vladimir Kouzminov, Ervin Laszlo, Irving Lavin, Marilyn Aronberg Lavin, Carlo Lizzani, Mochtar Lubis, Manfredo Macioti, Luigi Massoni, Magda McHale, Horacio Menano, Kinhide Mushakoji, Ilya Prigogine, John H. Proctor, Lilian Schwartz, Pierre Spitz, Tatyana Tchuvilyova, Giorgio Torraca. ... Read More