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In June 2006, seventeen scientists and educators selected by the National Academies, the Academy of Sciences of Iran, and the Académie des Sciences of France held a workshop at the estate of the Fondation des Treilles in Toutour, France, to discuss issues concerning the role of science in the development of modern societies.

Science and Technology and the Future Development of Societies includes the presentations made at the workshop and summarizes the discussions that followed the presentations. Topics of the workshop included science and society issues, the role of science and engineering in development; obstacles and opportunities in the application of science and technology to development; scientific thinking of decision makers; management and utilization of scientific knowledge; and science, society, and education. This book also provides useful background for the further development of interactions of Western scientists and educators with Iranian specialists.


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National Research Council. 2008. Science and Technology and the Future Development of Societies: International Workshop Proceedings. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Publication Info

142 pages | 6 x 9
  • Paperback: 978-0-309-11927-6
  • Ebook: 978-0-309-17820-4

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xii
SCIENCE AND SOCIETY ISSUES, The Role of Communications and Scientific Thinking--Barbara Schaal 1-4
Knowledge, Validation, and Transfer: Science, Communication, and Economic Development--John Enderby 5-9
The Morality of Exact Sciences--Yousef Sobouti 10-13
Science and Society Issues: Summary of Discussion--Norman Neureiter 14-16
THE ROLE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING IN DEVELOPMENT, Women in Academic Science and Engineering in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities--Geraldine Richmond 17-23
Trends in Basic Sciences in Contemporary Iran: Growth and Structure of Mainstream Basic Sciences--Shapour Etemad and Yousef Sobouti 24-30
The Role of Science and Engineering in Development: Summary of Discussion--Michael Fischer 31-34
OBSTACLES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE APPLICATION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TO DEVELOPMENT, Technology for Health: Are There Any Limits? Economic, Ethical, and Overall Societal Implications--Kenneth Shine 35-38
Addressing Water Security: The Role of Science and Technology--Henry Vaux 39-44
Obstacles and Opportunities in the Application of Science and Technology to Development: Summary of Discussion--Geraldine Richmond 45-46
SCIENTIFIC THINKING OF DECISION MAKERS, How to Promote Scientific Thinking Amongst Decision Makers--Alimohammad Kardan 47-52
MANAGEMENT AND UTILIZATION OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE, The Role of International Scientific and Technical Cooperation in National Economic Development--Norman Neureiter 53-60
The Role of Chemistry and Biology in the Future Development of Iran--Mojtaba Shamsipur 61-74
Management and Utilization of Scientific Knowledge: Summary of Discussion--Henry Vaux 75-78
SCIENCE, SOCIETY, AND EDUCATION, About the Relation of School Teachers with Science--Yves Quéré 79-83
Promotion of Health Education in Primary Schools--Béatrice Descamps-Latscha 84-91
Science, Society, and Education: Summary of Discussion--Barbara Schaal and Henry Vaux 92-94
Appendix A: Workshop Agenda 95-100
Appendix B: Workshop Participants 101-102
Appendix C: Science, Technology, and Society - The Tightening Circle--George Bugliarello 103-111
Appendix D: Current Issues on the Utilization of Scientific Findings--Hassan Zohoor 112-116
Appendix E: Ethics in Engineering as a Prerequisite for Technological Development of Societies--Mehdi Bahadori and Mahmood Yaghoubi 117-124
Appendix F: Science and Society--Reza Davari Ardakani 125-130

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