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CfA: Science for Peace and Development - Regional Scientific Co-operation of Successor States of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Maribor 4-6.10.2001

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  • Florian Bieber
    Subject: Conference in Slovenia International Conference Science for Peace and Development - Regional Scientific Co-operation of Successor States of the
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      Subject: Conference in Slovenia
      International Conference
      Science for Peace and Development - Regional Scientific Co-operation of
      Successor States of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
      in the Context of European Integration
      Maribor, Slovenia, 04.-06 October 2001


      Austrian Institute of East and Southeast European Studies, Vienna -

      International League of Humanists (ILH), Sarajevo
      Slovene Science Foundation, Ljubljana
      and others

      under the auspices and with financial support of
      UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in Europe -ROSTE
      Slovene National Commission for UNESCO

      Starting point and objectives
      The main goal of the conference is to contribute to the better
      understanding of the role of regional scientific co-operation in
      Southeastern Europe (SEE) in creating the conditions for socio-economic
      and political stability in this subregion and in Europe as a whole.
      The conference intends to reflect on different aspects of scientific
      co-operation between people of the successor states of the SFRY and in
      particular on the development of formal and informal networks of
      scientists and intellectual communities of the countries in question.
      It is expected that the conference will contribute to the further
      development of major ideas and recommendations of the 'World Conference
      on Science: Science for the Twenty-First Century: A New Commitment' held
      jointly with by UNESCO and ICSU in Budapest, Hungary in 1999 as well as
      to the further development of important initiatives and programmes of
      the European Union in the field of regional and subregional intellectual
      co-operation aimed at European integration.

      Who should participate
      - representatives of scientific and educational institutions
      - individual scientists
      - representatives of international and national governmental
      - representatives of NGOs
      - Bosnia and Herzegovina,
      - Croatia,
      - FYRO Macedonia
      - Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
      - Slovenia,
      - the neighbouring countries: Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece,
      Hungary, Italy, Austria

      Contributions of scientific institutions and individual scientists from
      other countries willing to contribute to the conference according to its
      objectives are also welcome.

      Suggestions for the contributions to the parallel workshops:
      Workshop 1 Fundamentals of International Scientific Co-operation
      - Cognitive and affective determinants of co-operative behaviour
      (psychology of co-operation)
      - Inter-ethnic and inter-national co-operation in the light of changing
      value systems
      - International scientific co-operation in an historic perspective
      - Information Society: Crossing mental and political borders by means of
      modern information technologies
      Workshop 2 Interaction of Science and Politics
      - Scientific Co-operation for better European Policies - The Role of
      international Think Tanks for EU Policies
      - Science Policy of the EU (Development and trends, implications for
      European non-member states, etc.)
      - Contribution of Science to the EU Integration of SEE Countries
      - The 'Regional Approach' of the EU and its relevance for national
      science policies
      - Contribution of Science to Democracy and Human Rights
      - Scientific co-operation towards elimination of
      inter-ethnic/inter-national conflicts
      - Involvement of scientific communities into the policy making process
      (for instance role of Think Tanks)
      - Role of NGOs
      Workshop 3 Management of Regional Scientific Co-operation
      - Qualifications needed for successful international scientific
      co-operation (Project management skills, language proficiency, etc.)
      - Institution building / Institutional development (on various levels
      like academies, universities, research institutes, ministries, R&D
      performing enterprises)
      - Information management (the role of internet, intra-institutional and
      inter-institutional flow of relevant information, ..)
      - Network building and development
      - e-university/virtual university, distance education, distance research
      - Monitoring and Evaluation of scientific co-operation projects
      - Regional joint development of distance education modules
      - National science funds and foundations and regional scientific
      Workshop 4 Economic Aspects & International Organisations
      - Funding of regional scientific co-operation (complementarity of
      national and international sources)
      - Cost- Benefit- Analyses of co-operative projects and programs
      - Knowledge for Development / Knowledge society - Data/Indicators for
      Science and Development in a regional and international comparison
      - Co-ordination among international funding organisations
      - Stability Pact for SEE and its implementation
      Workshop 5 Critical Assessment of Practical Experience
      - The Graz Process (Co-operation in Higher Education) of the Stability
      - Evaluation of co-operative projects for instance in History,
      Education, Economics and Spatial Planning, Gender studies, Cultural

      Call for papers
      People interested in presenting a paper at the conference have to
      - an abstract (maximum 1 A4 page),
      - short biographical data,
      - list of recent publications,
      - information about institutional affiliation
      to: miro.polzer@...
      Deadline for the submission of paper proposals is the 31st of July 2001.
      Selection will be made by the programme committee (which probably will
      be the same as the editorial board for the proceedings) till the end of
      August 2001.

      Web Broadcasting
      The whole conference (including parallel workshops) will be video
      recorded and put on the Internet. Thus people from any place in the
      world with a suitable connection to the internet (56 kB Modem or better)
      can follow the paper presentations and discussions.

      Web based Discussion Forum
      People following the conference via internet (live or viewing the
      archived sessions) will be invited to send contributions via Email to
      the topics discussed at the conference. These contributions will be
      included in the live discussion if they are received at the right time.

      The main venue of the conference is Maribor, but there are planned some
      contributions from places in the countries that are within the scope of
      the conference via internet-based videoconferencing (H.323 standard),
      too. There will be assigned videoconferencing-equipped places with high
      quality connections, where people interested in the conference can
      virtually participate (by viewing and listening but perhaps also by
      giving papers and statements in the plenary videoconferencing session
      foreseen for the afternoon of the 5th of October).

      There is no registration fee

      Maribor Tourist Information

      There will be grants for about 3 participants per country for the SFRY
      Successor states and some grants for participants from other CEE or SEE
      countries. Please indicate on Your registration/paper proposal if You
      would need financial support for participation.

      The papers of the conference are intended to be published in
      co-operation with UNESCO Venice Office till May 2002.

      The official language of the conference will be English. There will be
      no translation services provided by the organisers.

      Dr. Miroslav Polzer (Initiator and Co-ordinator of the conference)
      Director of the Ljubljana Branch Office of the Austrian Institute of
      East and Southeast European Studies, ZavetiYka 5, SI-1000 Ljubljana
      Tel.: 00386-1-241 1578, Fax: 00386-1-4234 485, E-mail:
      miro.polzer@...; http://www.ff.uni-lj.si/asrlo/

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