UNESCO Science Report

Promotion of UNESCO Science Report

UNESCO put together a press kit and poster exhibition in English and French for the launch of the UNESCO Science Report in November 2015. Since the report was published, UNESCO has prepared a series of Powerpoint presentations on the report’s key messages for different audiences. These materials may be downloaded and used by the public for non-commercial purposes.


The UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030 was officially launched at UNESCO headquarters, in Paris, on 10 November 2015.  This is the sixth edition in the series, which has been monitoring global trends in science, technology and innovation policy for the past two decades. The report is published every five years

The key message of the 2015 edition can be summarized in just four words: more research, better development.

National and regional launches of the English edition of the report have since taken place in other capitals:

  • Delhi (November 2015) The UNESCO Science Report was presented in India on 23 November 2015 at the Science Centre of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in New Delhi, by Dr Vijay Raghavan, Secretary of the government’s Department of Biotechnology. The event was co-organized by the UNESCO New Delhi office, the Department of Biotechnology, the National Science Academy and the Regional Centre for Biotechnology, which was established a decade ago under the auspices of UNESCO.
  • Montevideo (December 2015)
  • Harare (March 2016)
  • Brussels (May 2016): read an account of the event at the European Parliament and discover the video discussion on the report's findings.
  • Cairo (June 2016)

Five language editions of the report

The French edition of the UNESCO Science Report was launched in Djibouti on 4 December 2016, in partnership with the Republic of Djibouti, which financed this language edition.

The Russian edition is now available online. It will be followed by the Arabic and Chinese editions in 2018.


In addition to UNESCO staff, authors have been acting as ‘ambassadors of the UNESCO Science Report’ by making presentations on their chapters. In mid-November 2015, author Luc Soete delivered a keynote speech on the theme of A World in Search of a Science and Innovation Growth Strategy at the Sixth Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference. The conference was held at Zhejiang University’s School of Management in China. (Read about the event in Chinese)

The English edition of the report was presented in Mexico in February 2016 (data trends in Latin America).

The report’s findings were then presented on 11 March 2016 by one the 60 authors at a roundtable on Monitoring Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, while the United Nations Statistical Commission was meeting in New York, USA.

On 21 April 2016, the report was presented in Moscow at the Annual Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development organized by the Higher School of Economics.

On 26 April 2016, UNESCO’s office in Bangkok presented the report to the United Nations’ Regional Coordination Mechanism for Asia–Pacific, a body led by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission.

On 30 June 2016, the report was presented to the ministers and experts of education and training in STI of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), who were meeting in Botswana. SADC ministers called on UNESCO to provide technical assistance in the development of a regional policy framework for science, technology and innovation.

On 23 August 2016, the report was presented to the Rotary Club of Milford in Auckland, New Zealand.

On 16 September 2016, the UNESCO Kinshasa office presented the report’s findings to staff of the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technology, with emphasis on the African context (PPT in French) .

On 21 September 2016, the report was presented at a side event during the Global Innovation Forum, which was organized jointly by UNESCO and the World Technopolis Association in the Indonesian city of Tangerang Selatan. Author Tim Turpin, Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at Western Sydney University in Australia, spoke on the challenge facing countries in Southeast Asia and Oceania (Chapter 27 of the report) in maintaining a symbiotic relationship between individual, national and global imperatives and suggested that a ‘planetary’ agenda for science could offer an integrative approach to their sometimes conflicting interests.

On 29 March 2017, the report was presented in Apia, Samoa, to representatives of Pacific island nations at a UNESCO Dialogue with the International Network for Government Science Advice.

On 13 December 2017, the report was presented to the general public at a Nova XX forum on innovation in Brussels, Belgium: during a roundtable, five women working in related fields were invited to highlight contemporary challenges in making innovation more inclusive. (Powerpoint presentation on trends and challenges for developing countries, in French).

Book fairs and expos

The report was displayed at the book fairs in Delhi (January 2016) and Havana (February 2016). It was also exhibited at the Global South-South Development Expo hosted by the Dubai World Trade Centre from 31 October to 3 November 2016 (photos of booth and panorama) and by the Republic of Turkey, from 27 to 30 November 2017 in the city of Antalya.