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Celebrate the difference science makes in the world’s progress in November

Bulb light with tree inside have butterfly on blue backgroundWhen: November 10

What: Debates over the application and ethics of scientific research are common, and the consequences or results of such research can lead to drastic change.  Recognize the difference science makes in world stability and progress on World Science Day for Peace and Development, celebrated Nov. 10.

Background: Established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and first celebrated in 2002, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the importance of applying science for sustainable societies and the need to inform and involve citizens in scientific advances. It is meant to show the public the important role science plays in their lives and to generate discussion.

Story Pitch: The World Science Day for Peace and Development offers a great opportunity for educators, governments and scientific researchers to engage with one another, and with the public about science in their lives. Educators from grade school through college can develop curriculum or workshops based around science in agriculture, medicine and other fields, being sure to challenge students to think about how science can lead to a more equitable and peaceful world. Science research centers should consider partnering with these educators to provide students with insight into their work and how they apply it. Governments and other organizations that support scientific endeavors can focus on how their investments in scientific research are leading to society wide benefits, especially in rural and developing communities.

Story Hook: Public scientific literacy can be a hindrance to research and advances in application, so what can be done to increase it? Keep the following in mind when making your pitch:

  • How is most scientific research funded?
  • Who determines how certain research is applied?
  • How do legal and international issues affect research and applications?
  • What are some lesser known ways in which science is currently improving the world?

Tips: Be sure to provide contact information for a research scientist at a local university or an expert in application of science or public policy.

Resources:

National Academy of Engineering
(202) 334-3200
www.nae.edu

National Academy of Sciences
(202) 334-2000
www.nasonline.org

Scientists for Global Responsibility
info(at)sgr.org.uk
www.sgr.org.uk

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(212) 963-5995
newyork(at)unesco.org
www.unesco.org

–Researched, compiled & written by Nicholas Testa
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