World Conference on Basic Sciences and Sustainable Development

World Conference on Basic Sciences and Sustainable Development
September 20–22, 2022
Belgrade, Serbia

 

Following the initiative of the Union for Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the General Conference of UNESCO proposed in November 2019 to proclaim the year 2022 as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD 2022). In December 2021, the United Nations General Assembly approved the proposal.

One of the main events within IYBSSD 2022 will be the World Conference on Basic Sciences and Sustainable Development, which will be held on September 20–22, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The institutions organizing the conference are 

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • World Academy of Art and Science
  • Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • The Club of Rome
  • Serbian Association of Economists
  • World University Consortium
  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia
  • Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade

Agenda

  • Introductory session
  • Section 1: Importance of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development
  • Section 2: Advanced Basic Research in Mathematics and Physics
  • Section 3: Advanced Basic Research in Chemistry and Biology
  • Section 4: Advanced Multiple Disciplinary Basic Research
  • Section 5: Connections of Basic Sciences with Other Sciences, Innovation, and Engineering
  • Section 6: Contributions of Basic Sciences to Medicine, Healthcare, and Water and Food Security
  • Section 7: Connections of Basic Sciences with Energy Technologies, Climate Action, and Protection of the Environment
  • Section 8: Contributions of Basic Research to Advanced Education
  • Poster section: For Women in Science
  • Concluding session

Each section will include two plenary sessions and there will be 62 speakers in all the sessions. The Poster section will include three sessions with three posters in each of them.

September 20, 2022, Tuesday, Day 1
 INTRODUCTORY SESSION 
8:30–9:00 Words of welcome:

Vladimir Kostić, President, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Aleksandar Vlahović, President, Serbian Association of Economists

9:00–9:20 Opening address:

Ana Brnabić, President, Government of Serbia (tbc)

9:20–10:20 Inaugural talks:

Shamila Naïr-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Michel Spiro, President of the Steering Committee, International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD 2022)
Garry Jacobs, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Academy of Art and Science; Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, World University Consortium

10:20–10:50 Coffee break

 SECTION 1. IMPORTANCE OF BASIC SCIENCES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 

10:50–12:30 SESSION 1.1

Moderation:
Ivo Šlaus, Honorary President, World Academy of Art and Science

Talks:
Carlos Álvarez-Pereira, Vice-President, The Club of Rome, “The Limits to Growth” 50 years later: Learning what we already know
Peggy Oti-Boateng, Director, Division of Science Policy and Capacity-Building, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (tbc)
Maria da Graça Carvalho, Member, European Parliament; University of Lisbon, Portugal, The role of research and technological development in the energy transition: The European Union example
Nebojša Nešković, Secretary General, World Academy of Art and Science; President, Serbian Chapter of the Club of Rome, New TESLA Project: Research, Development and Education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Discussion

12:30–14:10 SESSION 1.2

Moderation:
Ugo Bardi, The Club of Rome

Talks:
Nebojša Nakićenović, Member, Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, European Commission; International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria, Transformative science and science transformation for sustainability
Ioan Fazey, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York, UK, The transformation of science for the future of humanity and life on Earth: A challenge for the basic sciences
Luiz Oosterbeek, Instituto Politécnico de Tomar, Portugal, Basic sciences and wicked problems: Towards an integrated understanding
Dragan Đuričin, Department of Business Economics and Management, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia, Impact of double paradigm change in economic theory on Big Science

Discussion

14:10–15:10 Lunch break

 SECTION 2. ADVANCED BASIC RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS 

15:10–16:50 SESSION 2.1

Moderation:
Stevo Todorčević, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Talks:
W. Hugh Woodin, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, Beyond the infinite
Luis C. Ho, Director, The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University, China, Black holes
Grigory Trubnikov, Director, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), Dubna, Russia, NICA Project
François Légaré, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, Ultrafast optical methods for probing and controlling dynamics in molecules and solids

Discussion

16:50–17:20 Coffee break

17:20–19:00 SESSION 2.2

Moderation:
Luc Bergé, President Elect, European Physical Society

Talks:
Eli Shmuel Glasner, Department of Mathematics, Tel Aviv University, Israel, Various views on how chaos should be defined mathematically
Avneet Singh, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, Germany, Gravitational waves: A phase transition in fundamental physics
Zhiyu Sun, Deputy Director, Institute of Modern Physics, Lanzhou, China (tbc)
Michael Benedikt, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland, Future circular colliders: Planning a research infrastructure for the 21st century

Discussion

September 21, 2022, Wednesday, Day 2
 Section 3. ADVANCED BASIC RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY 

8:30–10:10 SESSION 3.1

Moderation:
Bogdan Šolaja, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Talks:
Yury Gogotsi, College of Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, Synthesis and modification of inorganic materials
Roman Jerala, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Synthetic biology for engineering protein structure and function and cellular circuits
Jules Beekwilder, Chief Technology Officer, Isobionics, Geleen, The Netherlands, Biotechnology for producing essential oils and beyond
Aleksandr Bugay, Director, Laboratory of Radiation Biology, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia, Radiation and human brain: Problems on Earth and in deep space

Discussion

10:10–10:35 Coffee break

10:35–12:15 SESSION 3.2

Moderation:
Jelena Radulović, Director of the Psychiatry Reserach Institute at Montefiori Einstein (PRIME), Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Talks:
Tijana Rajh, Director, School of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
Tatjana Parac-Vogt, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, Chemical tools for designing artificial enzymes
Richard B. Hoover, US Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL, USA; Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, University of Buckingham, UK, Astrobiology
Miroslav Adžić, Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia (tbc)

Discussion

 SECTION 4. ADVANCED MULTIPLE DISCIPLINARY BASIC RESEARCH 
12:15–13:55 SESSION 4.1

Moderation:
Michel Spiro, President of the Steering Committee, International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD 2022)

Talks:
Karine Chemla, Director of Research, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Forgetting the results of advanced knowledge: A historical perspective
Yuri Oganessian, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia, Island of stability in the periodic table of chemical elements
László Forró, Laboratory of Physics of Complex Matter, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, Research of complex matter
Maurizio Bona, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland, CERN, SESAME and SEEIIST: Scientific research as promoter of intercultural dialogue and peace

Discussion

13:55–14:50    Lunch break

14:50–16:05 SESSION 4.2

Moderation:
Aleksander Zidanšek, Vice-Dean, Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Ljubljana, Slovenia; President, Slovenian Chapter of the Club of Rome

Talks:
Ivan Gutman, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, What is mathematical chemistry?
Carlo Rizzuto, Chair of the General Assembly, Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CERIC), Multidisciplinary and multiprobe research in materials science: The approach of CERIC-ERIC
Huimin Zhao, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA, Directed evolution of enzymes and microorganisms for sustainable development

Discussion

 16:05–16:30    Coffee break

 SECTION 5. CONNECTIONS OF BASIC SCIENCES WITH OTHER SCIENCES, INNOVATION, AND ENGINEERING 

16:30–17:45    SESSION 5.1

Moderation:
Jüri Engelbrecht, Past President, All European Academies (ALLEA); Past President, Estonian Academy of Sciences

Talks:
Jaroslav Nešetřil, Director, Institute of Theoretical Computer Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (tbc)
Càndid Reig, Department of Electronic Engineering, Superior Technical School of Engineering, University of Valencia, Spain, Giant magnetoresistance
Frederica Darema, President and Chief Executive Officer, InfoSymbiotic Systems Society, and Former Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, VA, USA, InfoSymbiotics/DDDAS for systems-analytics and autonomic capabilities

Discussion

17:45–19:00    SESSION 5.2

Moderation:
Jasna Atanasijević, Serbian Association of Economists

Talks:
Ian Freestone, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK, The contribution of basic sciences to the analysis of archaeological materials
Akio Matsumoto, Faculty of Economics, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan, Do the time delays matter: Traditional Cournot model revisited
Veljko Milutinović, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IL, USA; University of Belgrade, Serbia, The ultimate SuperComputer on a chip and the DataFlow paradigm

Discussion


September 22, 2022, Thursday, Day 3
 SECTION 6. CONTRIBUTIONS OF BASIC SCIENCES TO MEDICINE, HEALTHCARE, AND WATER AND FOOD SECURITY 

8:30–9:45 SESSION 6.1

Moderation:
Goran Milašinović, President, Serbian National Commission for UNESCO

Talks:
Isaac Witz, The Shmunis School of Biomedicine and Cancer Research, The George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel, Cancer is sustained by its microenvironment
Jelena Radulović, Director of the Psychiatry Reserach Institute at Montefiori Einstein (PRIME), Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY, USA, Advancing mental health through basic science
Junguo Liu, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, Guandong, China, Water security and its linkage to sustainable development

Discussion

9:45–11:00 SESSION 6.2

Moderation:
Thomas Reuter, Trustee, World Academy of Art and Science

Talks:
Jan H. J. Hoeijmakers, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, DNA repair: The contribution of basic sciences to understand the process of ageing and promote healthy ageing
Jüri Engelbrecht, Past President, All European Academies (ALLEA); Past President, Estonian Academy of Sciences, Modeling complex signals in nerves
Nir Ohad, School of Plant Sciences and Food Security, The George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel, The role of academia in promoting sustainable food security: Lessons from the Manna Center at TAU

Discussion

 11:00–11:25 Coffee break

 SECTION 7. CONNECTIONS OF BASIC SCIENCES WITH ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, CLIMATE ACTION, AND PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT 

11:25–13:05 SESSION 7.1

Moderation:
Nebojša Nakićenović, Member of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, European Commission; International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria

Talks:
Dragoslav Ćirić, JET Operations Department, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Abingdon, UK, Thermonuclear energy: From JET via ITER to DEMO
Ugo Bardi, The Club of Rome, A 100% renewable society: Is it Possible?
Marina Frontasyeva, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia, Monitoring long-term and large-scale deposition of air pollutants based on moss analysis in the framework of the UNECE ICP Vegetation
Jinfeng Zhou, Secretary General, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, Beijing; The Club of Rome, How to make wise use of science to promote biodiversity conservation and ecological civilization

Discussion

13:05–14:20    SESSION 7.2

Moderation:
Ioan Fazey, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York, UK

Talks:
Slobodan Marković, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Milutin Milanković and future climate dynamics
Anastassia M. Makarieva, Theoretical Physics Division, Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Russia; Institute for Advanced Studies, Technical University of Munich, Germany, Basic science to clarify the climate-regulating function of the worlds pristine forests: Water is the key
Tanja Ćirković Veličković, University of Belgrade, Serbia, Microplastics and nanoplastics

Discussion

14:20–15:15 Lunch break

 SECTION 8. CONTRIBUTIONS OF BASIC SCIENCES TO ADVANCED EDUCATION 

15:15–16:30    SESSION 8.1

Moderation:
Janani Ramanathan, Trustee, World Academy of Art and Science

Talks:
Anjum Halai, Vice-Provost, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan; Vice-President, International Commission on Mathematical Instruction, Inclusive & quality mathematics education for all: Lessons from the CANP Project of ICMI
Sascha Schmeling, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland, CERNs education programmes
Susan G. Clark, School for Forestry & Environmental Studies and Institution for Social & Policy Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, … (tbd)

Discussion

16:30–16:55 Coffee break

16:55–18:10 SESSION 8.2

Moderation:
Alberto Zucconi, Chair of the Board of Trustees, World Academy of Art and Science; Secretary General, World University Consortium

Talks:
Christophe Ritzenthaler, Executive Director, Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées, Nice, France; Université de Rennes 1, France, Cooperation in mathematics with developing countries: Successes and challenges
John Bradley, UNESCO-Associated Centre for Microscience Experiments, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Basic sciences in education for sustainable development
Aleksander Zidanšek, Vice-Dean, Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Ljubljana, Slovenia; President, Slovenian Chapter of the Club of Rome, Systematic competence development for sustainability

Discussion

 CONCLUDING SESSION 

18:10–18:55    Concluding remarks:

Carlos Álvarez-Pereira, Vice-President, The Club of Rome
Vladimir Kostić, President, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Nebojša Nešković, Secretary General, World Academy of Art and Science; President, Serbian Chapter of the Club of Rome


 POSTER SECTION: FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE 

September 20, 2022, Tuesday, Day 1

9:00–18:00 SESSION P.1

Posters:
Nevena Veličković, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia (tbc)
Aleksandra Barać, Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade; Medical Faculty, University of Belgrade, Serbia (tbc)
Emilija Stojanović, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Kragujevac, Serbia, Sport related differences in QT dispersion and echocardiographic parameters in male athletes

September 21, 2022, Wednesday, Day 2

9:00–18:00 SESSION P.2

Posters:
Danica Pavlović, Institute of Physics, Belgrade, Serbia (tbc)
Ana Tomas Petrović, Medical Faculty, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Antibiotic exposure at the site of infection: Role of microdialysis in treatment optimization
Jelena Vladić, Faculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia (tbc)

September 22, 2022, Thursday, Day 3

9:00–18:00 SESSION P.3

Posters:
Snežana Papović, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Improving the thermal and electrochemical stability of lithium-ion battery electrolytes safety
Marija Ivanov, Institute for Biological Research Siniša Stanković, Belgrade, Serbia, Role of natural prtoducts in novel antimicrobial strategies
Tijana Šušteršič, Faculty of Engineering, University of Kragujevac, Serbia, Application of artificial intelligence algorithms in biomedical image processing