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Declaration on science culture

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We, the participants of Journées internationales de la culture scientifique – Science and You, gathered in Montreal (Canada) from May 4 to 6, 2017 under the aegis of the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS):

Considering that:

  1. in our society, knowledge stemming from research needs to be shared, and every individual’s access to it, starting from an early age, is part of their right to education, in order to cultivate active and informed citizens, a gauge of a healthy democracy.
  2. scientific knowledge is disseminated through a large ecosystem of organizations that help develop a shared scientific culture and meet the expectations of every individual.
  3. the appropriation of this culture by citizens and public and private decision-makers is essential to the development of informed policies and regulations, a better quality of life, and sustainable development for future generations.
  4. the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge, adopted July 1, 1999 during the World Conference on Science, organized under the aegis of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Council for Science (ICSU), remains relevant and that its principles support this declaration.

Proclaim the following:

  1. All stakeholders within the scientific culture community and government should act cooperatively and ethically, within our respective spheres of responsibility, to encourage the development of scientific culture and its practices in order to encourage knowledge sharing, facilitate the science/society dialogue, and improve the quality of life in our respective societies. The model for meetings between international scientific culture stakeholders, put in place during the Journées internationales de la culture scientifique – Science and You, must be used and re-appropriated to increase the international exchange of best practices.
  2. Future initiatives developed by scientific culture stakeholders should include, in accordance with each organization and individual’s capacity, the use of digital tools in order to facilitate access to, and appropriation of, scientific culture by the largest number of people possible, in an effort to develop all citizens’ scientific critical thinking.
  3. It is important to promote new initiatives and the collection of best practices by and for scientific culture stakeholders around the world, and to facilitate connections between different world regions.
  4. It is critical to promote commitment to scientific culture among various stakeholders involved in disseminating scientific knowledge in order to maximize and strengthen the connection between research and policy development. The scientific community must help implement sustainable development objectives to ensure prosperity for all.
  5. We also invite the various stakeholders involved to identify and implement initiatives as part of their respective programs and to mobilize support from all partners in order to strengthen international coordination and cooperation in scientific culture.
  6. We ask that the Canadian Commission for UNESCO share this declaration with the UNESCO Secretariat and the various Canadian government and non-government stakeholders committed to supporting scientific culture.
  7. As participants of Journées internationales de la culture scientifique – Science and You, we adopt this Declaration on Scientific Culture and commit to disseminating it within our respective networks, both in Canada and abroad.