Dare to Know and Know How to Dare

DIPC Seminars

Federico Mayor Zaragoza, President of Foundation Culture of Peace, and former General Director of UNESCO
Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC).Paseo Manuel de Lardizabal, 4 (nearby the Facultad de Quimica), Donostia
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Dare to Know and Know How to Dare "Dare to Know and Know How to Dare" Rigorous knowledge of reality is the indispensable premise to be able to profoundly transform it. The scientific community must play a key role in the upcoming new era.One cannot be an impassable witness but rather an actor who advises on questions of their competence and, above all, anticipates harmful or potentially irreversible events. The historical inflection towards genuine democracy at a personal, national or global scale requires the invention of the future. The future remains to be done. Federico Mayor Zaragoza was born in Barcelona in 1934. Doctorate of Pharmacy from the Complutense University of Madrid (1958), in 1963 he became a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Granada's Faculty of Pharmacy and in 1968 he became the Vice-Chancellor of the Institution. He became a Professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid in 1973. Cofounder, in 1974, of the Autonomous University of Madrid and Spanish National Research council's Centro de Biología Molecular 'Severo Ochoa'. Among other political responsibilities, he has performed the roles of Undersecretary of Education and Science of the Spanish Government (1974-1975), Member to the Spanish Parliament (1977-78), Adviser of the Head of the Government (1977-78), Minister of Education and Science (1981-82) and Delegate and Member of the European Parliament (1987). Deputy Director General of the UNESCO (1978-81) and Director-General of said Organization for 12 years (1987-1999). He currently sits on the Scientific Council of the Ramón Areces Foundation and the Foundation Culture of Peace (2000-). President of the European Research Council Expert Group (ERCEG), (2002). Co-President of High-Level Group for the Alliance of Civilizations (2005). President of the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE), (2007), President of News for Inter Press Service (IPS), (2008), President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty (2010). President of the Sierra Nevada Natural Area Participation Council (2011). Member of various academies and associations from all over the world and Doctor Honoris Causa of various universities. In addition to his numerous scientific publications, he has published six books of poems and various books of essays.