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  • 1. UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP) Minella C. Alarcon Senior Programme Specialist Division of Basic and Engineering Sciences
  • 2. UNESCO platform to fulfill its mandate in the basic sciences and science education. Within the United Nations system, UNESCO has a unique mandate for the basic sciences and the promotion of cooperation in this field.
  • 3. Objectives of IBSP
    • Building national capacities for basic research, training, science education and popularisation of science through international and regional cooperation in development-oriented areas of national priority;
    • Transfer and sharing of scientific information and excellence in science through North-South and South-South cooperation; and
    • Provision of scientific expertise for, and advice to, policy- and decision-makers, and increasing public awareness of ethical issues that progress in science entails.
  • 4. Emphasis on capacity-building in science, science education, advancement of scientific knowledge, and the use of this knowledge to meet societal needs.
    • Physics,
    • Mathematics,
    • Chemistry,
    • Biological sciences,
    • Science education
  • 5. IBSP Scientific Board
    • Advises on and monitors programme activities
    • Members (20):
      • Professor Herwig Schopper, former Director-General of CERN, Chairperson
      • Academician Vladimir Fortov, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), Vice-Chairperson
      • Professor Mohamed H.A. Hassan, Executive Director, TWAS
      • H.E. Ambassador, Dr Addulsalam El-Qalali
      • Professor Jens J. Gaardhoje
      • Professor Annick Suzor-Weiner
      • Professor Laszlo Baksay
  • 6. Collaborating Partners
    • The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Trieste, Italy
    • European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland
    • Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy
    • International Centre for Pure and Applied Mathematics (CIMPA), Nice, France
    • International Centre for Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), Jordan
    • International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)
    • International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI)
  • 7. IBSP Strategy of Action
    • Focused on the development and execution of major priority actions:
      • Institutional capacity-building
      • Human resources development in research and advanced training
      • Promotion of science education
      • Leverage and transfer of scientific knowledge
      • International science expertise and advocacy for science
    • In cooperation with reliable partners on a cost-sharing basis, with additional support from extrabudgetary funding
    • UNESCO priorities on Africa, science education, science capacity-building, science policy and advocacy of science, and gender.
  • 8. IBSP projects in physics & maths
    • CERN/IBSP Partnership in Training of Science Education Trainers from developing countries
    • Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP): cooperation between ICTP, IBSP and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
    • CIMPA-UNESCO Summer Schools and Workshops in Mathematics
    • UNESCO Cooperation with IUPAP and its International Commission of Physics Education (ICPE)
    • IBSP Cluster of UNESCO Chairs: Chair for Mathematical and Theoretical Physics at Birzeit University (Palestinian Territory), Chair for Active Learning and Hands-On Physics Education at Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco
    • Support to UNESCO networks through the UNESCO Field Offices: Asian Physics Education Network (ASPEN)
  • 9. Thank you for your attention!