This year’s World Science Day for Peace and Development, held annually on 10th November, looked at a theme close to the hearts of the medical publishing community: ‘Open Science, leaving no one behind’.
The day, organised by UNESCO, draws attention to the role of science in society and highlights the importance of involving the wider public in scientific debate. This year, UNESCO looked at how science can be opened up to society as a whole, not just researchers, and how disparities in access across the globe can be tackled.
Events took place around the world, including one held by UNESCO at its headquarters in Paris. This event sought to engage a broad range of stakeholders; including school students, UNESCO delegates, policy makers, and scientists and innovators, including via an international policy roundtable on ‘opening up science to society’ and ‘opening up society to science’.
UNESCO aims to raise awareness and lead global discussions on open science, acknowledging that it has a key role to play in helping to achieve sustainable development goals and making science, technology and innovation accessible to all.
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