2015 UNESCO Avicenna Lecture on Ethics of Science

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 -
5:15pm to 6:30pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
Dafna Feinholz, d.feinholz@unesco.org

The laureate of the 2015 UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science is Professor Zabta Khan Shinwari, specialist in Plant Sciences and Agricultural Biotechnology from Pakistan. He has been invited to give a lecture at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on 30 September 2015.

The lecture, entitled “Practicing Ethics in Science in Developing Countries: Lessons from Pakistan”, is held as a sign of international recognition for the outstanding academic contribution of Zabta Khan Shinwari to the promotion of ethically responsible research and science.

The lecture will be held in the framework of the joint public meeting of the 9th ordinary session of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) and the 22nd ordinary session of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) which takes place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 29 September to 1 October 2015.

The UNESCO Avicenna lecture on Ethics of Science 2015 is an opportunity for an audience composed of representatives of UNESCO’s Member States, its Secretariat, the scientific and intellectual community, civil society and the media to exchange views with the Laureate of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize on a wide range of issues benefiting from the wide-range of his experience: from how to promote gender equality in science, and empower women to ask for their rights, to the use of traditional knowledge on plants, and the impact of the loss of biodiversity on humanity. The lecture also fuels the reflection on how UNESCO should act in order to best promote international standards for ethics pertaining to science and technology.

Programme

5.15 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. – UNESCO Avicenna Lecture

Joint public meeting of the 9th Ordinary Session of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) and the 22nd Ordinary Session of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC), chaired by Mr Rajaona Andriamananjara, Chairperson of COMEST, and Mr Stefano Semplici, Chairperson of IBC.

Opening by
• Ms Nada Al-Nashif, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences.

Presentation by the Jury
• Professor Marie-Hélène Parizeau, Chairperson of the International Jury of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science (2015) and Deputy Chairperson of COMEST;
• Professor Hebe Vessuri, Deputy Chairperson of the International Jury and member of COMEST;
• Professor Luca Omladiç, Rapporteur of the International Jury and Rapporteur of COMEST.

Avicenna Lecture by
• Professor Zabta Khan Shinwari, Laureate of the 2015 UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science - Lecture on “Practicing Ethics in Science in Developing Countries: Lessons from Pakistan”.

Greetings by
• H.E. Mr Ahmad Jalali, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Islamic Republic of Iran to UNESCO, country-Donor of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science.

Simultaneous interpretation in English and in French will be provided.