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Einstein, IFS and Individual Agency

Published: 2012-01-16

Graham Haylor, DirectorGraham Haylor, IFS Director

A history lesson to kick off 2012 at IFS!
A manifesto was issued in 1955 by Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein and signed also by Max Born, Percy Bridgman, Leopold Infeld, Frederic Joliot-Curie, Herman Muller, Linus Pauling, Cecil Powell, Joseph Rotblat, and Hideki Yukawa, which called upon scientists of all political persuasions to assemble to discuss the threat posed to civilization by the advent of thermonuclear weapons. Since then the Nobel Prize winning ‘Pugwash’ conference series of scientists meeting in private as individuals, rather than as representatives of governments or institutions has expanded its remit to seeking cooperative solutions for global problems. The 1965 meeting first proposed the creation of IFS, ‘in order to address the stultifying conditions under which younger faculty members in the universities of developing countries were attempting to do research’.

On 25th May 1972 IFS first began to strengthen the capability of those embarking on a research career in the developing world. The IFS blog recently referenced the action agenda for achieving the MDGs (16th December 2011 Invest in Young Scientists to Really Change the World ) and its implied urgency.

In line with this, the launch of the new IFS Strategy later this year includes a small, yet significant change to our mission. We aspire to strengthen the capability of those embarking on a research career in the developing world, and also to support young scientists in the actions they undertake to bring about change, in terms of their values and objectives. In other words, to promote the individual agency of men and women scientists, early in their career in developing countries. Find out more about the new mission of IFS and early information about our new approaches.

IFS believe that we should not only strengthen the capability of young researchers, but also help them to put their science into use.

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