Bringing science to Davos. La scienza può giocare un ruolo importante nell’incontro tra i popoli, in quanto universale e unificante.
Last week, I attended the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, accompanied by an impressive amount of snow and an equally remarkable number of world leaders. This was not my first Davos, but it was the most memorable so far, since I had the privilege of co-chairing the meeting, along with six other women from all walks of life.
This was the first time that the head of a scientific organisation had been asked to serve as one of the co-chairs, and it provided a unique opportunity to promote the crucial role of science in addressing the major challenges facing society today to an audience of leaders of government, industry and civil society.
The main theme of Davos this year was “Creating a shared future in a fractured world”, a theme that could not have been better suited to science. One of my key messages was that science can play a leading role in connecting people because it is universal and unifying. It is universal because it is based on objective facts and not on opinions. It is unifying because the quest for knowledge and the passion for learning are shared values and aspirations of all humanity. Scientific knowledge has no passport, no gender, no race, no political party…
Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of CERN
Paesaggio con la parabola del seminatore – Pieter Brueghel Il Vecchio