World Federation of Scientists

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The World Federation of Scientists is a multi-disciplinary association of scientists focused around concentrating talent to solving planetary challenges. Established in Erice, Sicily in 1973 by a group of eminent researchers led by Isidor Isaac Rabi and Antonino Zichichi, it has grown to include more than 10,000 scientists drawn from 110 countries. Notable scientists involved with the association include T. D. Lee, Laura Fermi, Eugene Wigner, Paul Dirac, and Piotr Kapitza.[1]

The federation administers the Erice Prize and the Gian Carlo Wick Gold Medal Prize.[1] It notably holds annual seminars on planetary threats, discussing issues such as adaption to and mitigation of global climate change. Václav Klaus, then President of the Czech Republic, gave the keynote lecture of their August 2012 meeting,[2] his skeptical views sparking debate among the attendees.

It is not related to the World Federation of Science Journalists or World Federation of Scientific Workers.

Background and history[edit]

According to the World Federation of Scientists' website,

"The Federation promotes international collaboration in science and technology between scientists and researchers from all parts of the world- North, South, East, and West. The Federation and its members strive towards an ideal of free exchange of information, where scientific discoveries and advances are no longer restricted to a select few. The aim is to share this knowledge among the people of all nations, so that everyone may experience the benefits of the progress of science."[1]

The current President is the seminal Italian physicist Antonino Zichichi.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "About the Organization". World Federation of Scientists. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Manmade Contribution to Global Warming is Not a Planetary Emergency". World Federation of Scientists. August 22, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2014.