Subseries AC/137(WF) - Science Committee Ad Hoc Working Party on the Western Science Foundation

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Science Committee Ad Hoc Working Party on the Western Science Foundation


  • 1958 (Creation)

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The AC/137(WF) chronological series contains the records of the Science Committee Ad Hoc Working Party on the Western Science Foundation. The Group was made up of representatives of five Alliance countries: France, Germany, Italy, Norway and the United Kingdom. It was tasked with exploring possible ways of responding to France’s proposal of 11 February 1958 (see AC/137-D/2) on setting up a Western scientific research foundation aimed at improving international co-operation on pure science and applied science. The Working Party met on 21-22 May 1958 and concluded that there was no immediate need for such a foundation but recommended that the Science Committee look into issues related to scholarship programmes, the organization of summer courses and the awarding of research contracts. A report was submitted on 23 May 1958 (see AC/137-D/11) and, its mission accomplished, the Ad Hoc Working Party was dissolved.

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The AC/137(WF) chronological series contains one note and one record relating to the meeting on 21-22 May 1958.

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The documents are arranged by type - Note (N) and Record/Summary Record (R).

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The records were circulated in NATO’s two official languages, English and French.

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