III. The Role of Interdisciplinary Integration in Innovative Development
On 3rd of October,2014 in “Lazurit” hall of Hilton hotel the round table of IV Baku International Humanitarian Forum “Role of interdisciplinary integration in innovative development” organized by Baku state University was held.
Round table was moderated by the rector ofBakuStateUniversityacademician Abel Maharramov. The rector opened the ceremony and spoke about its significance. He mentioned thatAzerbaijanwhich gained its independence 23 years ago is developing rapidly today. The basics of independentAzerbaijanRepublic’s policy include integration toEurope, developing of democracy and tolerance.
President of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev successfully continue the policy of National leader Heydar Aliyev and as a result of this the authority of our country in international arena is continuously increasing. TodayAzerbaijanis an equal member of many authoritative organizations, participates in the international global projects and its devotion to human values increases the interest to our country. The rector noted thatAzerbaijanwith its capitalBakuis known as a cross-cultural center as well as center for intercultural dialogue. Nowadays holding such international events inBakuproves the increasing consequence of our country in world community. The I European Olympic Games will be held inAzerbaijanin 2015 and in consequence of these eventsAzerbaijanwill demonstrate its impetuous development.
The rector stated that Baku International Humanitarian Forum with the motto “20th century: its hopes and challenges” was organized by the initiative of the Presidents ofRussiaandAzerbaijanin 2011. The first forum was held in 2011, the second in 2012 and the third in 2013. Prominent public figures, Nobel Prize Laureates on different fields of science, chiefs of international organizations and well-known representatives of world political and cultural elite were taken part in these forums. At the same time he emphasized that the dialogues on intercommunication in the frame of global issues and discussions on international scale have been held, an appropriate decisions and declarations have been accepted. As a result, an important mission on definition of hopes and challenges of XXI century with consideration of realities of globalizing world was determined. He mentioned that technological progress doesn’t have cultural and historical dimension and sets new challenges. We should maintain friendly relations in order to accept these challenges and adopt them.
We believe that bilateral collaboration will increase mutual understanding and prevent the conflicts on the regional and national levels. There is a need in international collaboration for strengthening positive tendencies. Due toAzerbaijan’s geographical position and multi-cultural traditions, Baku International Humanitarian Forum which already took place in international events calendar became one of the significant dialogue centers in the world. I am sure that we will hold productive discussions, share our experience and search way out.
We should mention that in the frame of I Baku International Humanitarian Forum, roundtable discussions on the “The world changing modern technologies”, II Baku International Humanitarian Forum on the “New methodological approaches to the 21th century globalization processes”, III Baku International Humanitarian Forum on the “Scientific innovations and its transference into education” were organized byBakuStateUniversity.
14 members out of 20 countries, as well as 50 members from Baku State University were participated in the 4th Baku International Humanitarian Forum on the “Role of interdisciplinary integration in innovative development” which organized by Baku State University. There were Nobel Prize Winners, university rectors, vice-rectors, presidents ofAcademyofSciences, institute directors, academicians, professors, associate professors, ministers, agency chiefs, media members among the guests.
Roundtable discussions began its work with demonstration a film about formation of enlightment, science, education and public opinions in Azerbaijan, as well as establishment of Baku State University. Then discussions continued with section meetings on “The methodological problems of interdisciplinary integration in educational space”, “Interdisciplinary integration and innovations in fundamental and natural sciences”, “Interdisciplinary integration as a means of introduction of innovations in the field of humanities and social sciences”.
The first section meeting of roundtable discussions on “The methodological problems of interdisciplinary integration in educational space” was moderated by the rector ofBakuStateUniversityacademician Abel Maharramov and co-moderated by the Secretary General of Black Sea Universities Network, professor Eden Mamut and by the rector of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, professor Levi Carlos Antonio. Firstly, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, professor of Weizman Institute, director, Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly Ada Yonath reported “How do we move forward to maintain sustainability for the future of humankind?” and informed about the features of useful proteins and antibiotics in human body. She spoke about human longevity and also, stressed that as a result of modern medicine it was made much progress while fightining against a disease. She mentioned that there was an immense investigation on the modification of genetical code. Then the reports of the rector of BSU academician Abel Maharramov on “Interdisciplinary integration in education is a demand of the time”, director of the Chemistry Institute of Saint-Petersburg State University, professor Balova Irina Anatolyevna on “Experience of Saint-Petersburg Universty in interdisciplinary integration of research and education”, Head of the Calculus Mathematics Department of BSU, professor Galina Mehdiyeva on “Paradigm of modern interdisciplinary integration and methods of natural-scientific research”, dean of the faculty of Social Sciences and Pscychology of BSU Hikmat Alizada and assistant professor of the Department of Pedagogy Rahima Mahmudova on “Methodological issues of higher education in Azerbaijan: application of innovations, problems and responsibilites”, assistant professor of Dagestan State Universirty Ilhama Bagirova on ‘Mehodological principles of interdisciplinary integartion in education” were listened.
The second section meeting of round table “Interdisciplinary integration and innovation in the field of fundamental and natural sciences” continued his work under the moderation of Nobel Prize Winner David Jonathan Gross, professor of Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara and co-moderated by Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ada Yonath professor of Weizmann Institute, director Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly and professor Yorgag Kaçani, rector of Polytechnic University of Tirana. Section started with the report of Nobel Prize Winnner David Jonathan Gross, professor of Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara. Then the reports of academician of the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the National Academy of Sciences, Hatam Guliyev on “Some fundamental and multi-disciplinary problems of earth sciences”, the general secretary of the Black Sea Universities Network, professor Eden Mamut on “From Integrative Learning to Disruptive Ecoinnovation Technologies: Case Study on Nano Coated Salts”, Head of Chemical physics of nanomaterials department of BSU Mahammadali Ramazanov on “The role of innovative nanotechnologies in the interdisciplinary integration”, Professor of Cologne University of Applied Sciences, TEMPUS project Coordinator for Azerbaijan Reza Talebi-Daryani on “Integration and operation of Fuel Cell&Gas Heating System bu Fuzzy Logic Control System as a new Integrative and Innovative Technology for Energy Management in Buildings”, Head of the Department of the History of the Caucasian nations of BSU, Professor Irada Huseynova on “The interdisciplinary approach as an important and actual condition in scientific and educational researches”, and professor of Biology Department of BSU Ellada Akhundova on “The interdisciplinary integration: from classical genetics to genetic engineering” was heard.
Roundtable discussion was proceeding its third section “Interdisciplinary integration as a means of introduction of innovations in the field of humanities and social sciences”. The moderator of this section was Theodor Wolfgang Hansch, Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Director of Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, and co-moderators were Stefan Vodenicharov, president of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Irada Aliyeva, vice-rector on educational process and teaching technologies.This section started with the report of Theodor Wolfgang Hansch, Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Director of Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics on the topic on “Laser frequency combs-tools for interdisciplinary innovation”. The other reporters were Professor Levi Carlos Antonio, rector Federal University of Rio de Janeiro on “The role of universities to develop innovative interdisciplinary integration”, professor Kamila Aliyeva, the head of Social and Psychology depertment of BSU on “The problems of interdisciplinary integration on education”, Buzati Razvan, director of the Center for advanced strategies of Romania on “The global knowledge-based society in a changing world”, prof. Bakhtiyar Aliev, the head of Psychology department of BSU on “Interdisciplinary study of the formation of human capital”, associate professor Azad Rzaev, dean of the faculty of History on “Innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching history”, professor Rustam Mammadov, The head of International Law department of BSU on”The issues of integration and application of interdisciplinary technologies in the process of formation of XXI century lawyers in Baku State University”.
Speakers thanked President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for the organizaton of this event at the highest level. They noted that the development of interdisciplinary integration is important along with the improvement of education. Such events prove that President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev gives special attention and care to this field. Science is improving during the accumulation of new information and immense changes take place during the scientific revolution. Transition to the new paradigm of science is firstly connencted with the differentiation of knowledge. Interdisciplinary integration is important for understanding evolutionary process. Differentiation is very substantial direction of science. Its goal is to determine different processes in a field of knowledge. As a result of these researches, different subjects and interdisciplinary relations appears which can be considered as various directions of science.
There were final discussions and discussions on Forum Declaration Project at the end of the meeting. The speaker in the final discussions prof. Yorgag Kacahni, the rector of Tirana University, Machmayusif Imanov the rector of Tajikistan National University, prof. Izzat Rustamov, the head of department of Baku State University and the others thanked Azerbaijan President for organizing such events and also they were grateful to the rector of Baku State University and other employees for roundtable discussions. The 4th Forum proves that the modernization and improvement of education are the main priority directions of Azerbaijan Government. The participators of the roundtable agreed to adopt the project of declaration unanimously.
Within the frame of IV Baku International Humanitarian Forum the deligation under the leadership of the president of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, academician Stefan Vodenicharov, the director of Max Plank Institite of Foreign and International Criminal Law of Germany professor Hans-Yorg Albertkhin, the President of Korean Hankuk University of Foreign Languages Kim In Chul, former vice-minister on Science and Technology of Vietnam, graduate of Baku State University Ngihem Vu Khain and the Director of The Chemistry Institute of Saint-Peterburg, professor Balova Irina Anatolyevna visited Baku State University. In the meeting with guests the rector spoke about the recent achievements of BSU, new scientific research centres and different laboratories. Besides, the information about international academic links of university with foreign universities and publications of our scientists’ researches in leading Journals all over the world was given.
Within the Forum Memorandums of Understanding between Baku State University and Bulgaria’s Academy of Sciences, National Academy of State Management under the president of Ukraine, University of Jordan, National University of Tajikistan, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Korean Hankuk University of Foreign Languages, Max Plank Institite of Foreign and International Criminal Law of Germany were signed. These memorandums stipulates the exchange of researchers, undergraduates, PhD students, working on joint projects, organizing joint seminars and workshops, joint publication of textbooks, etc. The both sides certifed that the Memorandums will be beneficial for all partners.
- welcoming the creation of the Baku International Centre of Multiculturalism;
- taking into account the growing significance of international humanitarian cooperation and effective partnership in this sphere in ensuring harmonious, sustainable development and the elimination and prevention of political and military conflicts proliferating throughout the world;
- considering as part of a broad exchange of opinions, such problems as:
- drawing attention to the fact that stimulating the economy by constantly increasing demand contradicts the principles of sustainable development and is already coming up against serious resource, ethical and humanitarian restrictions and leading to irreversible global ecological consequences;
- seeking to make our contribution to ensuring long-term sustainable development, founded on contemporary knowledge, human potential and the principles of ecological civilization;
- recognizing that in conditions of globalization our common future can be shaped through the effective, scientifically based mobilization, in accordance with humanitarian ethical principles, of the whole intellectual, cultural, social human potential and natural diversity existing on our planet;
- taking into account that effective responses to the challenges of the 21st century require the broad integration of contemporary scientific and traditional knowledge with information technology and for them to be made universally accessible on the global and national level;
- underlining the special role of civil society and the mass media in raising the information level in society and expanding participation in the planning and achievement of objectives in the sphere of humanitarian development;
- calling upon political, cultural and academic elites, international organizations and representatives of civil society and the mass media to strengthen further humanitarian cooperation in order to ensure the sustainability of development;
- realizing that under conditions of limited resources, their best use on the principles of sustainable development and humanitarian ethics should be built on achievements already made;
- realizing that under conditions of limited resources, their best use on the principles of sustainable development and humanitarian ethics should be built on achievements already made;
- considering as part of a broad exchange of opinions, such problems as:
- Comparative research into multiculturalism: from theory to humanitarian practice
- Media transformation in the digital age: new development trends
- The role of interdisciplinary integration in innovative development
- Sustainable development and ecological civilization
- Challenges of globalization: between tradition and transformation
- Molecular biology and biotechnology in the 21st century: theory, practice, prospects
- Converging technologies and outlines of the future: landmark challenges of the 21st century
- Humanism as a basic value in the postmodern era
- we note that the expansion and further development of international humanitarian cooperation is the key factor in an effective response to contemporary challenges and threats and enables the accessibility and expanded application of contemporary management and production technologies, ensuring the well-being of present and future generations;
- we recognize that the Baku Humanitarian Forum, traditionally held on the initiative of the Republic of Azerbaijan, constitutes an important contribution to the development of multiculturalism, based on humanitarian practice as the basic value of the post-modern era;
- we bear witness that a range of countries, including the Republic of Azerbaijan, have achieved significant progress in recent years in the planning and management of sustainable development which has been reflected in the figures and reports of international organizations;
- we pay special attention to the need for further development of international cooperation to transform society from a society of consumption into a humanitarian society of consumption on the basis of sensible sufficiency, as well as to achieve a way of life that meets the demands of ecological civilization;
- we recognize the importance of the application of nano- and bio-technologies, based on the latest scientific achievements, and the convergence of contemporary and traditional technologies to ensure food and medicinal security, raise the quality of life and achieve the human potential for longevity;
- we acknowledge that the development of human potential through the integration of the latest knowledge and skills, including interdisciplinary, in a programme of continuing education, as well as the expansion of cooperation in this sphere, are the key humanitarian components of sustainable development;
- we note the ever growing role of the mass media and civil society in achieving the goals of humanitarian development through increased awareness and expanded participation in the humanization of development;
- we call on the various international and national structures specializing in humanitarian development systematically to hold forums, conferences and round tables aimed at creating an atmosphere of tolerance, mutual respect and resolving contemporary global and local challenges;
- we note the need for such forums to be held annually and express our profound gratitude to the President and government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and all the organizers of the Baku International Humanitarian Forum for holding this major, productive event;
- we consider it necessary to pass this declaration and to make use of it to strengthen cooperation in humanitarian development.
Summary of speeches by participants of the plenary session
IV Baku International Humanitarian Forum proceeded with plenary session after official opening ceremony on October 2.
Azad RAHIMOV, Minister of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan was chairing the first part of the session which was attended by former presidents. He spoke about the measures taken towards the development of humanitarian field in the country during the years of independence. The Minister also mentioned that multicultural dialogue platform had already been established in Azerbaijan.
Arnold RÜÜTEL, former President of Estonia touched upon existing ecological problems in the world, emphasized the concern caused by the reduction of flora and fauna species. He also said that in recent years the number of poor countries in the world was increasing and that led to serious problems such as social inequality. Arnold Rüütel talked about actions implemented for achieving ecological balance and contributions made to global cultural diversity.
Stjepan MESIC, former President of Croatia spoke about the issue of restoring faith among nations. He added that terrorism actions occurring in the international community were unacceptable and restoration of relations based on faith became necessity. Stjepan Mesic condemned cases of violence and supported peaceful solutions of controversial issues.
Valdis ZATLERS, former President of Latvia drew attention to the achievement of goals defined in the previous Forum. As to him the ground of tension in the world is not a religion but other reasons and he added that wars were threat for peace. From this aspect, the guest emphasized the importance of peaceful settlement of Nagorno Karabagh conflict.
Vytautas LANDSBERGIS, former President of Lithuania highlighted the peace –as a basic idea of Baku Humanitarian Forum and said that although Azerbaijan faced fact of invasion, it still demonstrated ideas of establishing stable state.
Enrico LETTA, former President of the Council of Ministers of Italy talked about development of relations between countries and importance of Forum. Mentioning the relationships of EU with South Caucasian region Enrico Letto expressed his opinion that economic and social cooperation with Azerbaijan should be expanded. He expressed his certainty about holding the first European Games in high level in our country and said: “We are very delighted that Azerbaijan takes parts in European partnership.”
Sheikha Fariha Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al SABAH, President of the Kuwait Association for the Ideal Family noted that our country was in the center of attention of the world experiencing crisis and the formula of gaining accomplishments in such a world was being observed in Azerbaijan.
Hadil Fontes da Rocha VIANNA, Vice Minister for Cooperation, Culture and Trade Promotion, Ministry of External Relations of Brazil, expressed his gratitude for the invitation to the Forum. Vice Minister spoke about the work carried out in the field of cultural diversity and accentuated the essence of cultural pluralism for each country.
Gabriela CUEVAS, Senator, President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate, touching upon the importance of debated issues stated that world union should strive for solution of existing conflicts through negotiations; norms and principles of international law should be preserved. He particularly noted the necessity of unifying efforts against terrorism.
H.E. Mr. Mohamed Sameh AMR, Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO, expressed his gratitude to President Ilham Aliyev for the high-level organization of Forum. He mentioned that UNESCO had pursued ideas of humanism since its establishment and appreciated maintenance of world cultural diversity as a profound criterion. He emphasized that aims of Baku Forum overlapped with those of UNESCO.
Akif ALIZADE, Academician and President of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences was chairing the 2nd part of the session and said that it was a great platform in terms of bringing well-known scientists, politicians from all parts of the world together.
Erwin NEHER, Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology and Medicine noted that by accomplishing profound achievements in the fields of chemistry, biotechnology, and physiology in recent years great results were obtained towards the elimination of regenerative diseases. He emphasized that serious researches were conducted during last decade and China, USA, and Japan held enormous projects associated with the investigation of human brain.
Rudolph Arthur MARCUS, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry drew attention to the fact that because of inequality in welfare of people in the world our modern community suffered from different adversities. He added that for eliminating this problem, great projects in the field of science, education, and medicine should be carried out in relatively less developed countries.
Kary Banks MULLİS, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry said that precluding diseases, problems in the modern world was critical issue for scientists. He also mentioned that remaining of environmental problems, wars, hatred among people, violence and other crimes led world to the catastrophe gradually.
Rudolf Martin ZİNKERNAGEL, Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine stated that human physiology should be learned deeply for perceiving problems occurring in the world. From this viewpoint, qualified primary education, educating young and well-educated teachers is intensely essential. It is overall necessary for the protection of human life.
Robert Betts LAUGHLIN, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics said that in our modern world computer technology prevailed over physical human features. He stressed that it was already time to contemplate about hazards of electronic revolution.
Kurt WÜTHRICH, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry expressed his proud to speak at the beautiful architectural monument Heyder Aliyev Center. He said that as a result of implementation of different scientific inventions of various centuries important achievements were obtained in the field of economy, medicine, technology, etc.
Finn KYDLAND, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics expressed his delight for being in Baku for the fourth time and spoke about the steps taken by the states to overcome crisis and its impacts. As to him world economic crisis made states encounter with the obligation of defining precise predictions related to economic development.
David Jonathan GROSS, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics stated that the problems that threaten humanity can only be resolved by joint efforts of the world community. Disputes should not be settled by force. History shows that all conflicts result in terrible human lost. The scientist mentioned that cases of chauvinism and violence have often been observed in recent years which cause big difficulties. We have to join our efforts to deal with such negative cases.
Theodor Wolfgang HÄNSCH, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics stressed that Azerbaijan attached great importance to humanitarian values. “I am glad that today we witness the transfer of “black gold” to human capital” – he said. He also mentioned about rapid development in the field of technology and appreciated the trends of scientific circles to direct their resources to this field.
George Fitzgerald SMOOT, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics said that we had to protect our planet both for ourselves and for future generations and should be aware of the impacts we had on environment. Sustainable development pursued by the governments in economy should be provided in the field of environmental protection.
Mrs. Ada YONATH, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry expressed her gratitude for invitation to the Forum and hospitality she witnessed in our country. In her speech, she talked about human longevity and mentioned about successes gained against various diseases due to development of medicine. She also stressed that serious researches were being conducted towards the gradual change of genetic code.
Peter Arthur DIAMOND, Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences talked about employment. He stated that job made person feel internal satisfaction along with causing income. He stressed the importance of diversification of the employments policies by the governments to defend economy against crises. P.Diamond evaluated the transfer of manpower from one field to another and the large number of competent people with leadership skills in each sector as an important factor in the solution of employment problem.
Thomas Christian SUDHOF, Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine appreciated contribution of multiculturalism to the development of science and stated that the role of science is to spread and promote human values. He stressed the importance of the roles of scohlars in pragmatic decision-making and reasoning process, espaecially trust of policy makers in scientific circles.
Arieh WARSHEL, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry talked about positive impact of scientific achievement on society. The scientist pointed out that human life would be better due to significant scientific achievements.
Akif Alizade mentioned the establishment of the Institute of Biophysics attached to the ANAS and thanked George Fitzgerald Smoot, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics for his cooperation with our country in this field.
At the end of the plenary session, Akif Alizade appreciated the importance of the participation of the renowned scientists and Nobel Prize Winners in the Forum and their speeches in terms of significant contribution to Azerbaijan and world science.
In the third part of the session, the reports of the chairpersons of the “round tables” to be held in the VI Baku International Humanitarian Forum.
Chairperson Mikayil JABBAROV, Ministry of Education welcomed the guests and spoke about the importance of the Forum held in Baku for the fourth time. The Minister said that statements made both in the official part and plenary meeting of the Forum would constitute key topics of the “round tables” to be held on October 3. Speaking about important measures taken in the fields of science and education in our country in recent years Minister Mikayil Jabbarov stressed that substantial reforms had been carried out in this direction in Azerbaijan and state strategy on the development of education had been adopted in the previous year.
Antonio VILLARAIGOSA, Former Speaker of the California State Assembly, former Mayor of Los Angeles spoke about issues to be discussed in the round table “Comparative Research into Multiculturalism: from Theory to Humanitarian Practice” chaired by him. He emphasized that multiculturalism affected a great number of life processes and crisis appeared in this field caused very complicated problems. A. Villaraigosa stated that humanitarian issues, particularly those relating to multiculturalism were current issues of our time. Azerbaijan is a multinational, multicultural country. The positive atmosphere here is sought in many parts of world.
Mikhail GUSMAN, First Deputy Director General of ITAR- TASS Russia News Agency, chairperson of the round table “Media Transformation in the Digital Age: New Development Trends” in his speech stated that Azerbaijan was his native country and he felt very happy of being there: “I have attended the first Forum as well. The Forum has obviously improved and enriched thenceforth. I am sure that Baku International Humanitarian Forum will exceed Davos Economic Forum in future for its significance”. M. Gusman pointed out the issues to be discussed in the round table, including problems of the modern media, the role of mass media in the digital era, and some other current issues.
Eden MAMUT, Secretary General of the Black Sea Universities Network in Romania will chair the round table “The Role of Interdisciplinary Integration in Innovative Development”. He stressed the importance of the measures taken towards the development of modern science and expanding the educational opportunities all over the world. He mentioned that 21 reports of the specialists from various countries would be heard in the round table and a number of issues on the topic would be highlighted.
John LAWRENCE, Adjunct Professor of Columbia University informed about the issues to be discussed in the round table “Sustainable Development and Ecological Civilization” chaired by him. Speaking about the importance of the ecological civilization American scholar pointed out that human development index was very important in the modern world: “This index is in fact regarded very simple. Some countries, including Azerbaijan has changed its standards on the basis of this.
Hikmet KOÇAK, Rector of Ataturk University, Turkey, Professor stated that the round table “Challenges of Globalization: between Tradition and Transformation” to be chaired by him would deal with rather philosophical debates. He mentioned that the model of human being and society appeared in the process of globalization and every individual should contribute to the development of society.
Karol SIKORA, Chief Medical Officer of the Cancer Partners UK pointed out that the round table “Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in the 21st Century: Theory, Practice, Prospects” would cover the recent achievements, future and problems of the medical science. He said that revolutionary breakthrough was being observed in technology. “If we can study the direction of movement of the molecules causing cancer, we will be able to diagnose at the initial stage”- he stated.
Ivan VIDENOVICH Program Management Officer, Department of Technical Cooperation of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), chairperson of the round table “Converging Technologies and Outlines of the Future: Landmark Challenges of the 21st Century” stated that development of educational sector was closely connected with that of communication and high information technologies. Approximately 60 representatives from 19 countries, including three Nobel Prize Winners would participate in our round table. “Azerbaijan is the country interested in the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Azerbaijani scientists will touch upon this issue in their speeches”.
Walter SCHWIMMER, Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe emphasized that the round table “Humanism as a Basic Value in the Postmodern Era” chaired by him would be devoted to a very important and urgent topic. He stated that the round table would consider the increasing need for the shift of values in the postmodern era. “Azerbaijan also suffers from the long-standing conflict. Sustainable peace in the Caucasus is of the greatest importance for the region”.
At the end of the session, Minister M. Jabbarov expressed his gratitude to the participants and wished them good luck.