Participants of World Science Forum reinforce commitment towards ethical conduct

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-24 05:03:46|Editor: yan
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BUDAPEST, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Over 1,000 participants of the ninth World Science Forum (WSF) adopted a declaration here on Saturday, reinforcing their commitment towards the ethical conduct of science.

"We recognise the responsibilities of scientists to conduct and apply science with integrity, in the interest of humanity, for well-being and with respect to human rights," read the Declaration on Science, Ethics and Responsibility adopted at the close of the four-day meeting.

The declaration called for "harmonisation and enforcement of standards of conduct of scientific research across borders and across public and private research."

"We reinforce our commitment to science as a global public good and support open science and new publishing models that grant access to scientific publications," it stated.

The declaration also urged the international scientific community to develop new standards for the fulfilment of academic freedom, and to create tools to describe, monitor and measure its integral conditions.

"We recognize the imperatives for evidence-informed decision-making and a stronger science-policy-practice interface and, therefore, the need for scientists to be trained to communicate their work to decision-makers and the general public," added the document, which was endorsed at a ceremonial plenary session of the Budapest conference in the House of Parliament.

More than 1,100 researchers, policy and decision makers from 120 countries and regions participated in the forum to address the pressing ethical issues of scientific research.

The forum, organized by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and WSF partner organizations, discussed the future role, funding mechanisms, the conduct and the dissemination of science in over 50 sessions presented by 150 speakers from Nov. 20 to 23.

After the Budapest Forum, WSF participants will meet again in December 2021, in Cape Town, South Africa.