Science Education: Talent Recruitment and Public Understanding
The 2nd NATO-UNESCO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW. No. 980515)
and a satellite of the UNESCO-ICSU 2005 World Science Forum
Background and Aims
Science education is an important element of the recruitment of further generations for scientific research. In this complex process which – optimally – begins at the nursery and ends by the completion of a PhD study a key point is the science education of high school students, who are in a very susceptible age to ask clear questions about the world around them, and to seek answers in a methodological way, as science does. This age, between 14 and 19 is the age of self-test, where the adolescent tries his strength and capabilities. Scientific research provides a unique and unparalleled opportunity for outstanding achievements even in this young age. Moreover, research training makes the social circles surrounding these students (schoolmates, family, relatives, etc.) understand science and breaks the alienation from scientific research in a significant part of the society. All these benefits would be really a treasure in the conflict-loaded, differentiated societies of Central-Eastern Europe, where after the initial social mobility the channels, where young members of the society may find an opportunity to change their social status were significantly narrowed. However, despite existing practices of highly successful science education initiatives in countries of Western Europe and America, there are very few successful examples of research training of high school students in Central-Eastern European countries. The Workshop will continue the successful start of the 1st NATO-UNESCO Advanced Research Workshop in 2002 to establish more of these research training practices world-wide. The co-directors of the 2nd Workshop, Prof. Leon Lederman, Nobel Laureate (USA) and Prof. Peter Csermely (Hungary) were section heads of the World Conference of Science and its satellite meeting as well as organizers of the 1st Workshop.
The workshop will give a comprehensive survey of existing, highly successful examples of scientific research training in Europe, in the USA, Korea and Israel. This concentrated introduction of the best practices of the world will provide a unique opportunity of participants to learn successful elements from other initiatives. Participation of key European and world-wide organisations in talent support and science education, such as the EU, UNESCO, NATO, the European Council of High Ability, MENSA International, etc. will make a special impact of the event.
Ferenc Mádl, President of Hungary
Sylvester E. Vizi, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Bálint Magyar, Minister of Education, Hungary
Sponsors of the Meeting:
Allianz Hungary Co., AstraZeneca, Béres Foundation, Bio-Science Co., EGIS Co., Gedeon Richter Co., Hungarian Patent Office, Industrial R&D Foundation, Kopint-Datorg Co., Ministry of Children and Youth, Ministry of Education, Ministry of National Cultural Heritage, "Mûszaki" Publishers Budapest, NATO, UNESCO
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