Transformative Roles of Science in Society: From Emerging Basic Science Toward Solutions for People’s Wellbeing

Proceedings of the Plenary Session | 12-14 November 2018
J. von Braun, M. Sánchez Sorondo (eds)
Acta 25 | Vatican City 2020
pp. 358 | ISBN 978-88-7761-114-7


Bloc 1 | Scientific Assessment of a Set of Large Global Humanities Issues

Session I | Population and Science Approaches

Session II | Climate and Energy

Session III | Health

Organ Transplants

Francis L. Delmonico

Contemporary Challenges in Medical Usage of Antibiotics

Ada E. Yonath


Session IV | Ecology and Biosystems

Bloc 2 | Frontiers in Science Disciplines

Session V | Physics

Session VI | Physics

Session VII | Astronomy, Space

Session VIII | Biology, Genetics, Bio-Chemistry, Chemistry

Cancer Immunotherapy: Improved Treatment and Issues

Thierry Boon-Falleur

The CRISPR-Cas Technique for Gene Editing and its Impact on Society

Rafael Vicuña


Bloc 3 | Transformative Roles of Science in Societies

Session IX | Future Science Policy | Discussion Among Leaders of Science Organizations, Policy Makers, Religious Communities and Academicians

1. Some considerations

Jean Pierre Bourguignon | President of the European Research Council

2. How Scholarship and Science Can Provide Advice to the Political Sphere

Georg Schütte | State Secretary of Education and Science, Germany

3. Promoting inclusive innovation in Latin America

Lino Barañao | Former Science Minister of Argentina

4. Some considerations

Rev. Antje Jackelén | The Lutheran Archbishop of Uppsala in Sweden and Primate (inter pares) of the Church of Sweden

5. Transformative Science? Transformative University?

Jürgen Mittelstraß | Academician, The Pontifical Academy of Sciences

6. El futuro ecológico de las grandes ciudades

Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach | Archbishop Emeritus of Barcelona, Spain

7. Some considerations

Msgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo | Chancellor, The Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Session X | Transformative Roles of Science, People and Education

Session XI | Conclusions of the 2018 Plenary



1. Günter Blobel

Edward M. De Robertis

3. Fotis C. Kafatos

Nicole M. Le Douarin

4. Félix Malu wa Kalenga

Vanderlei S. Bagnato

5. Vera Rubin

Martin J. Rees

Award Ceremony of the Pius XI Medal