The Iranian Academy of Sciences should review the report of the National Research Council entitled On Being a Scientist and determine whether the report or a modified version of the report would be appropriate for distribution in Iran and/or in other Muslim countries. The Iranian academy should also consider preparing a first draft of a companion report that might be entitled On Being an Engineer. After review by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the report might be published as a joint report of the two academies. Alternatively, each side could prepare its own version of the report.
The academies in the two countries should consider organizing an exchange of experts in the field of cancer epidemiology who might compare different approaches to assessing the impact of environmental pollutants on cancer rates including impacts from the petrochemical industry. A second priority field for an exchange of experts should be medical genetics.
The academies should consider organizing workshops on environmental education at various levels from kindergarten through university. A unique aspect of the workshops would be to develop modules for appropriate levels that could be presented in films and other animated forms that attract the interest of students.
The academies should organize workshops and related activities on the legal and policy frameworks for addressing environmental issues while also encouraging the development of sister city arrangements between municipalities that have been concerned with health, environmental, and other issues involving a host of ethical considerations.
The academies should facilitate exchanges of scientists, educators, and students that emphasize the ethical aspects of the education process. One approach would be to enlist the participation of organizations in the two countries that have histories of promoting exchanges that are sensitive to ethical issues.
More than a dozen other suggestions were presented in the reports of the breakout groups. While the participants decided not to expand the priority list to accommodate more of these suggestions, they agreed that these suggestions should not be lost, and included them in the reports of the breakout groups.