International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study

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"The idea of the International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study was conceived at a Nobel Symposium 14 in Stockholm in 1969, entitled “The Place of Value in a World of Facts.” IFIAS was founded at a second workshop in March, 1972, attended by 18 prominent research institutions from developed and developing countries. IFIAS’ original objectives were:

"To promote and carry out joint transdisciplinary and transnational research on world problems with a special emphasis on social, ethical and humanistic aspects; "To exchange information and staff among its members in industrial and developing countries and to help place the work of its members in a wider perspective of human and global needs; "To build, through its network of contacts, a new type of community of joint interests, and research for the discussion and promotion of new ideas, concepts and evaluations of the long-term implications and consequences of the work of the members; "To involve decision-makers in its work and to develop mechanisms for effective communication of the results to decision-makers.

"The IFIAS Secretariat was located in Sweden from 1972 to 1986, and for ten of those years, operated from space in the Royal Place donated by the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf." [1]

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  1. International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study history, organizational web page, accessed April 15, 2018.