With the notion of linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to be sure that citizens are kept informed about scientific developments, making the world a place that is more sustainable and peaceful.
History of World Science Day for Peace and Development
Initially the idea for the World Science Day for Peace and Development was proposed in 1999 at the World’s Scientific Conference that was held in Budapest, Hungary that year. By 2001, the day had been approved and made official by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The following year, on November 10, 2002, the first official event was held and celebrated throughout the planet.
The purpose of World Science Day for Peace and Development is to highlight the important role that science plays in society, particularly as it relates to the emergence of public issues in modern times. In addition, the day is meant to promote the importance and relevance of science as it pertains to the daily lives of average people.
Each year, the committee that puts on the event chooses a theme for the World Science Day for Peace and Development that closely relates to the emerging needs and topics of science in society. Some of the themes that have been celebrated over the years have included:
- Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (2022)
- Building Climate Ready Communities (2021)
- Science For and With Society (2020)
- Open Science, Leaving No One Behind (2019)
How to Celebrate World Science Day for Peace and Development
Those who are looking for ways to participate in and celebrate the World Science Day for Peace and Development might want to get started with some of these options and ideas:
Host a Science in Society Event
Teachers, professors, scientists, community activists and others might consider hosting an event to be held in honor and celebration of World Science Day for Peace and Development. Specifically, events held on this day should bring together scientists who are knowledgeable in emerging fields along with general members of the community. Round table discussions, expert panels, Question and Answer sessions and others might be a vital part of an educational event in celebration of the day.
Get Kids Excited About Science
Parents, grandparents, teachers and others who work with children can take the opportunity to celebrate World Science Day for Peace and Development with the children in their lives. Perform science experiments, teach about the need for scientists in the world, and consider ways that scientists have made an impact on daily life. It’s a fun way to get kids of all ages interested in and excited about science, perhaps developing a love for the discipline that will turn out many brilliant scientists of the future!