5th World Forum on Science and Democracy

The 5th World Forum on Science and Democracy (WFSD) will continue the meetings of representatives of civil society engaged in the democratization of the production of scientific and technological knowledge that have taken place in the framework of the World Social Forum since 2009. This year, the fifth edition of the FMCD will count with the presence of volunteers from countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Peru, France, USA, Senegal, Italy, Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, among others, that will participate, in person or by virtual means, round tables and debates. This will be a moment for critical reflection on how democracy is present or absent in the different dimensions that make up the relations between science, technology and society.

The event, open to all who wish to participate, aims to promote a qualified debate on varied axes of discussion, offering an opportunity for the international exchange of experiences, knowledge and strategies of action in the field of coproduction of a democratic, decolonial and emancipatory science.

The activity will take place on March 14 and 15, between 09:00 and 18:00, in the rehearsal room of the School of Music, in UFBA’s  Canela Campus of UFBA (Av. Reitor Miguel Calmon, S/N).


Call for participation to the organization of the 5th World Forum on Science and Democracy, in the frame of the World Social Forum, Salvador de Bahia, March 2018

The initiative to make the Fifth Edition of the World Forum of Science and Democracy was presented to the International Council of the World Social Forum in its meeting in Bahia. This initiative has the support from colleagues and networks from many countries, mainly from Brasil, USA and Europe.

Our proposal was wellcome and had the aproval from the members of the WSF International Council and from the  WSF local comitee at Bahia. It´s time now yo start the organization process, for which we are making an international call to receive more international support and participation from all the continentes, and to give shape and contents: proposal of activities, workshops, roundtables, plenary sessions, etc., during the WFSD.


  1. Support, remote collaboration, participation in person

All the activities are self- managed, which means that this organization won´t have funds to afdford travel or accomodation. We would like to know those who can participate, to confirm wether you will be able to participate in person or remote (skype, streaming, videoconference, etc.).


  1. Proposal of activities for the WFSD

As a democratic forum involved in the struggle against capitalist science, there is not a closed agenda for debate, but there are pressing issues that may structure some axis of discussion, are, for example:

– science and technology as a common good

– decolonizing university and research institutions

– assessment and governance of emerging technologies

– public engagement in science and technology

– feminism science and technology

– science and technology for social development

– promoting community based participatory reserch

– persecution and criminalization of scientists involved in struggles for rights

– scientific research for what and for whom

– public policy of science and technology

– challenges of climate change, environment, poverty and armed conflict: what alternatives to the current research policies?


  1. Definition of dates, schedule and place of the event

World Social Forum is going to take place in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, from 13th to 17th of march, at the facilities of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). Our WFSD will take place during this week, in dates to be define with the local committee of the WSF.

In relation to the schedules, we will have two complete days, divided each one in 2 modules of 4hs morning and afternoon,which should include the development of the proposed activity plus a brief summary report.

Each activity should last at most 2 hours, and we should reserve the final 2 hours (or more if necessary) for plenary session. 

In this way we will have 7 sessions of activities plus 1 plenary session.


  1. Contact

Support, questions, suggestions and proposal of activities can be sent to contact2018(at)fmsd-wfsd.org


 Deadline for proposal of activities for the WFSD: January 28th, 2018.

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