scholarly society. This restriction has been imposed in an effort to keep the group small enough to allow participants to get to know one another in a comfortable environment, to build trust, to promote frank discussion, and to give all representatives an opportunity to ask questions and to express their points of view and those of their academies. As is evident in the accompanying account of the meeting, because the distinguished members of the group came from many areas of the world, with different languages, cultures, religions, and scientific, legal, and political backgrounds and experience, the quality of the discussions was high and the differing points of view expressed made for lively, stimulating, and informative discussion.
Academies or analogous institutions that were represented at the Paris meeting are listed in the preface, along with the names of their representatives. The National Academy of Sciences of Bolivia has been very active in the Network, but a last-minute conflict made it impossible for the academy to be represented at the meeting. Academies and scholarly societies in Armenia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Madagascar, Mexico, and Mongolia, as well as the Pontifical Academy, the Third World Academy, and the European Academy of Sciences, had expressed interest in the Network and have sent a representative to at least one of the Network’s previous meetings but were unfortunately not represented at the Paris meeting.
We hope all academies that have had some affiliation with the Network over the years will ensure they are represented at the May 21– 23, 2003, meeting of the Network that will be hosted by the Council of the Swiss Academy of Sciences. The meeting, which will mark the Network’s 10th anniversary, will be held at the Centre Stefano Franscini, at Monte Verità, in Ascona, Switzerland.