International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development closing ceremony

  • 15 December 2023
  • CERN Science Gateway Geneva


  • In-person and online

The Fifth Element initiative by The Club of Rome has participated in the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD) over the past year. IYBSSD will hold a closing ceremony to celebrate the year’s achievements in changing the view of society about the crucial role of basic sciences in the progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and mobilising scientists in the area of basic research to discuss how they contribute to sustainable development.

Early-career scientists and their contributions to developing science and its interactions with society at large will be the focal point of the morning sessions. Every science student and early-career scientist is invited to attend and take part in the discussion. Representatives of science academies from Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe will discuss the over 400 events organized in more than 70 countries, by the 53 partner organisations (international scientific unions, research organisations and funding agencies) and 123 supporters (national, regional, and international science academies, scientific networks, universities, etc.).

The proclamation of the International Decade of Sciences for Sustainable Development (2024-2033), by the United Nations General Assembly, is the most important outcome of IYBSSD. It will be discussed by Csaba Kőrösi, former President of the UN General Assembly, Jelena Begović, Minister of Science, Technological Development and Innovation of the Republic of Serbia, Lidia Brito, Assistant Director General of UNESCO, Vanessa McBride, Science Director of the International Science Council and Carlos Alvarez-Pereira, Vice-President of the Club of Rome.

See the full program here.

Participation is free, but registration is mandatory for in-person participation.

Contact: Luc Allemand –

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