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Science as a Gateway to Understanding: International Workshop Proceedings Tehran, Iran Words of Welcome MOHAMMAD KAZEM BOJNORDI Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia Distinguished participants and dear guests from abroad, we are grateful to you for accepting our invitation. We have gathered here today to declare that science is a gateway to dialogue, peace, and friendship. We have gathered together to praise and respect mankind’s achievements and to announce that science can facilitate rational human relationships and offer high quality of life to people everywhere. Scientists are among those social elites who define the cultural essence of each nation’s civilization, and their common language for explaining phenomena provides the way for understanding among nations. We should learn this language from scientists and consider them to be the conscience of the greater society. In conclusion, I would once again like to extend my gratitude to all distinguished participants for accepting our invitation, and I hope that this workshop will be a starting point for other conferences that convey a message of peace and understanding. Peace be upon you all.
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