Kevein, a Brazilian PhD student at the Plant Protection Institute (Szent István University, Gödöllő) was selected to attend the World Science Forum (2019), which is a joint effort of UNESCO, the International Science Council (ISC), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Inter Academy Partnership (IAP), TWAS - the World Academy of Sciences, the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), as the host of the 2019 event. It is a prestigious and invitation only event, with last year’s theme being: “Science, Ethics and Responsibility”.
The PhD student said once he found out about the event, he was very delighted to know that he could apply for it, as last year’s theme is incredibly important nowadays. He applied for the privileged access to the Forum’s various thematic sessions, including the chance to attend an official pre-event organised by GILE: “Responsible Education: a ‘Call for Action”. He was absolutely amazed that he was selected to attend both events. Kevein also said it was a unique opportunity to get even more engaged with different aspects of science and even different fields of research. The various thematic sessions, including Sustainable Agriculture, increased his knowledge, as well as provided new information on the topic. “As a scientist, I must keep up with what is new in the World of Science. Besides, I had the chance to participate of many discussions with prominent scientists. I am confident that the experience gained by attending the World Science Forum last year was extremely exciting and valuable for both, my professional and personal development. It was definitely a unique opportunity to apply and develop new skills, share and expand knowledge and certainly a real chance to establish a networking. I experienced thought-provoking discussions between prominent scientists and policy-makers, as well as industry and science communicators.”
As a Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship holder, the PhD student was strongly encouraged to apply for the event. The World Science Forum celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Kevein completed his BSc in Agricultural Engineering in Brazil, at the State University of Santa Cruz (UESC). During his BSc he did an Exchange Program at Curtin University, in Perth, Australia. He finished his Master's degree in Agronomy (Crop Production) also in Brazil, at the São Paulo State University (UNESP/FCAV), where he worked on Antioxidant Responses of Plants Submitted to Abiotic Stresses.