Basic science, applied research, innovation and advanced technology are all essential to the progress of humankind. For example, science, particularly research into infectious diseases, is at the forefront of international efforts to fight COVID-19, and it is now more important than ever that we count on science for the well-being of humanity.
Parliaments, as the representatives of the people, must be able to identify and understand the potential impact of science and technology on society, translating it into concrete initiatives, legislation, and political action for the benefit of the people. Parliaments and policymakers play a key role in ensuring the development of humanity through scientific progress, while protecting their citizens’ human rights from the misuse of technological advances.
Thus, the IPU will host a Webinar on 17 March 2021, from 2:30 – 4:00 pm (CET) to explore three important issues:
- The importance of building a bridge between science and policy, including through the Working Group on Science and Technology, a Global Parliamentary Network, and an IPU strategy on science
- Ethics in the use of science and technology
- The importance of science for society and for peace
The main target audience for this webinar is parliamentarians and parliamentary staff. However, the webinar is also open to other participants including representatives of the media and representatives from scientific and academic institutions.
The Webinar will take place on Zoom, with interpretation available in English and French.