Institute of Retired Scientists
WIRS Vision Document
We the retired scientists of the world, after spending a greater part of our lives in the service of science consider ourselves as citizens of the world. We acknowledge the principle of unity of humankind and pledge to spend the rest of our lives dedicated to the sciences, in whichever field of knowledge that may be, to serve the well being of humankind and help the cause of world peace.
We consider such a service as a basic principle of human existence and that the unity of humankind implies the achievement of a dynamic coherence between the spiritual and practical requirements of life on earth. We dedicate ourselves to create and teach knowledge that meets the requirements of life on earth. We dedicate ourselves to create and teach knowledge that meets the requirements and needs of the modern age, and benefits humankind helping advance a civilization based on unity in diversity.
Locations in any country with natural beauty, calm and mild climate conditions away from the centers of population may be chosen in order to create an atmosphere of inspiration for the scientists. A comfortable lodging with good meals must be provided. In the early stages of development of WIRS, a resort hotel having conference rooms may be rented for the purpose and in the future it will have its own installations. Adequate medical facilities should be available at a reasonable distance.
WIRS will have its Headquarters in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, designated as WIRS-HQ which will manage the list of available scientists and supply scientists to any Center of Knowledge in any location X around the world (designated as WIRS-X) through communication by internet.
WIRS is an altruistic inspired social and economic project aimed at creating Centers of Knowledge in all fields of endeavor around the world at the service of humanity. It is to utilize the knowledge and experience of retired scientists to create new knowledge and teach the young and new scientists.
WIRS belongs to those who have retired from a scientific, industrial, or teaching institutions of higher learning who have at least a Ph.D. degree or equivalent and have achieved distinction in their field of knowledge. The criteria for membership are: (A set of minimum criteria needs to be developed - please give your suggestions).
Non-retired scientists and others may join WIRS as Associate Members:
Senior Associates are those who have less than 10 years to their retirements and Junior Associates are those who need more than 10 years to retire. The Senior Associates have in addition an important fuction of taking back to the decision making world the ideas generated at WIRS. ( A set of minimum criteria for this also needs to be developed - please give your suggestions).
The Honorary Members are those who, irrespective of their formal education, have gained the unquestionable recognition of their peers and the scientific community as one of the most knowledgeable person in the field.
Membership is free for all retired scientists. However, they, as well as organizations, can make financial contribution to WIRS. In the web site, their names will be acknowledged according to the quantity of money (equivalent to the grams of gold per year) that they contribute. They are classified as follows: Regular Member: 0g, Contributing Member: >10g, Cooperative Member: >100g, Generous Member: > 1Kg , Magnanimous Member: >10Kg
WIRS will hold seminars and discussion meetings and offers courses at the WIRS Centers anywhere in the world where the basic requirements are met.
The program will be executed in the form of modules. Each module is executed by a minimum of 3 and maximum of 9 scientists in the same field, together with a group of junior scientists and seekers of knowledge.
WIRS will also utilize the method of distance teaching using the Internet facilities.
QUALITY OF TEACHING
High quality teaching and research are called for. It should be at least at the same level as the scientist's institute of origin. The proof of this will be if the institute of the origin will accept the given course in their own post-graduate program.
The subjects discussed at WIRS are free of regional politics and concerns the solutions that serve the well being of humanity at global level.
To avoid possible political pressure on the Centers and avoid in-breeding, the scientists in general may participate as lecturers only in the Centers outside their own countries. Only one local scientist may take part in each module to help the administration of the event.
The grading system for the participating students will be: D- Desisted, P- Participated (if participated in more than 90% of the lectures), S- Concluded with Success, E-Concluded with Excellence.
Financial support of WIRS will be solicited from many international scientific and governmental organizations. Individuals are also expected to donate to this project. Young scientists and their organizations will support the WIRS in the form of donations or tuition. WIRS will in the future receive endowments to become self-sustainable.
(Suggest a system of accounting and financial control to be transparent and foolproof in order to avoid any possible financial mishandling).
Please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to better develop the WIRS.