Launch of the 3rd edition of Science Week

The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) launched, Monday, February 20, 2023, the Science Week in its third edition around the theme of complexity, bringing together scientists, researchers and thinkers on its campuses in the cities of Benguerir and Laâyoune.

UM6P is organising, from February 20 to 26, 2023, the 3rd edition of Science Week which this year will focus on the theme of complexity in terms of the acceleration of time, generalized communication and its spectacular transformations and the interdependence of societies within the biosphere.

The University based in Benguerir also provides participants with a dense scientific program, rich in panels, debates and exchanges, with the presence of a good number of eminent and internationally renowned scientific personalities, in particular Edgar Morin, Dany-Robert Dufour, Muhammad Yldirim, Jamal Chaouki, Hassan Ghaziri, Steen Rasmussen… And launched this year, in parallel, the cultural dimension by setting up exhibitions, a bookstore offering a variety of scientific works, as well as various cultural activities.

We are at the third edition of Science Week. This is an event that was launched three years ago with Fouad Laroui. The objective or the slogan is to always be at the frontier of knowledge and this has a double meaning“, declared Pr Saâd Abdessalam Tazi, head of art and culture, lecturer in anthropology at UM6P, and added that it is about “know what is most recent in each field, but also the friction between the different disciplines“.

According to the official, the objective of education adopted at the university where there are more than 17 schools “is to allow our students to have the widest view possible rather than having a very narrow view of a discipline. We want mathematicians to work with agronomists, agronomists to work with doctors… Because knowledge only works when it circulates from one sphere to another“.

This year, we have chosen the theme of complexity because it is precisely a way of articulating concepts which, a priori, are foreign to each other, where we can talk about mathematics or physics and agriculture. We do math to solve problems, we do agriculture to feed people… So we try to see how these concepts can enrich each other“, explains Pr Tazi to MoroccoLatestNews.

For his part, Liogier Raphaël, philosopher and sociologist, indicated that complexity is “a topical subject and it is a theme which is fundamental because it is here, in a university which has succeeded in bringing together knowledge and bringing together things which are usually scattered and that is the complexity“.

“I think what’s important is to realize that there were four major phases in the history of science. The first phase is when science is mixed, for example, with religious beliefs, then we have, roughly, the 17th or 18th century when science begins to specializewhich led to some divergence, he explained.

The philosopher continues:It is as if today, again, there is a unification of science. We realize that we now have to bring everything back and despecialize the scientific world, not only within the so-called hard sciences, but other sciences such as the humanities“.

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