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WLA Open Science Initiative
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Humanity faces great challenges.  The current pandemic, with widespread loss of life and economic disruption is only one of many pressing problems in the world today.  Human activity itself has given rise to grave concerns, including climate change, food shortages, loss of biodiversity, depletion of natural resources, and a widening gap between rich and poor.


The experience of the pandemic has shown the power of science to address many of these problems.  Through a worldwide effort, the cause of the pandemic disease, methods of control, and finally the solution through vaccine development, were accomplished in a remarkably short time.  The spirit of science, one of openness, in the sharing of information and resources on an international basis, was never more evident than in the race against the spread of the pandemic disease. 


This gathering, the Fourth World Laureates Forum, is dedicated to the spirit of science, especially to openness in thought and communication between scientists, in communication between scientists and government, and in communication between scientists and the lay public.  Our objective is to discover and disseminate truths:  the fundamental truths of Nature, the truths of the great problems that face us, and truths of the solutions of these problems.


As every scientist knows, open communication of observations and ideas is the source of progress.  International communication, through speech and publication, leads to testing and validation, to the elimination of error, and to application.  Open communication with governments and the public are essential for the spread and support of science.


Open communication of science has other important benefits.  It builds trust among scientists in different countries and enhances interaction between different areas of science.  Increasingly, solutions of problems in one area are found through the use of ideas and methods from another.  And communication of the significance of science and of the excitement of scientific activity encourages young people to join in the activity.  We especially wish to cultivate the next generation of scientists, and to inculcate in them the spirit of openness that has characterized our own efforts.
We, scientists from all over the world, from different countries, different academic backgrounds, and different fields of science, call for the continuation of open science. It provides a path to a better future.