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Welcome to the Science Summit at UNGA76, a major contribution to advancing Science for the UN SDGs. Online from 14- September - 5 October 2021.
ISC will organise the second edition of the UNGA76 Science Summit around the 76th United Nations General Assembly (SSUNGA76) in September 2021. The objective of the virtual meeting will be to raise awareness of the role and contribution of science to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It will demonstrate initiatives that provide models for global science mechanisms and activities in support of the SDGs, particularly in science infrastructure and capacity building. Science is and will enable sustainable economic, environmental, and societal development. Science is more than a funding prioritisation exercise: science is impacting all areas of policy-making and is playing a more critical role in how policy objectives are achieved and the consequent benefit to people everywhere, including responses to global challenges.
Engagement with policy leadership is more important than ever: UNGA76 is a unique forum for science to demonstrate how policy and political leadership can benefit from innovation. Central to this is the role of nonstate actors and the multilateral fora, which increasingly determine how priorities are set. Science needs to be part of this dialogue and inform outputs through thought leadership, evidence, insights, analysis, and innovation.

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Tuesday, September 14 • 2:30pm - 8:00pm
(REF OP14) SSUNGA76 Opening Plenary: How Science is Support the Attainment of the SDGs and how UNGA77 can do more to advance global science collaboration

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Overview
The main objective of the SSUNGA76 virtual meetings will be to raise awareness of the role and contribution of science to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The event will also demonstrate initiatives that provide models for global science mechanisms and activities in support of the SDGs, particularly in the area of science infrastructure and capacity building.

Draft running order at 06h21, Tuesday 14 September 2021

All times are Central European Summer Time (CEST), Brussels/Rome/Madrid (NYC minus 6 Hours; Nairobi plus 1 hour; Tokyo plus 7 Hours)

15h00        Mr Declan Kirrane ChairScience Summit at the 76th United Nations General             Assembly (SSUNA76), Spain
15h10        Prof Mark Ferguson Science Foundation Ireland
15h20        Prof Sir Peter Gluckman President-Elect, International Science Council
15h30        Dr Magdalena Skipper Editor in Chief, Nature, UK
15h40        Ms Maria Cristina Russo Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation, European Commission, Belgium
15h50        Prof Intisar Soghayroun Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sudan
16h00        Dr Marcia McNutt President, National Academy of Sciences, USA

Moderator 
Professor Orla Feely Vice President for Research, University College Dublin, Ireland

16h10        Dr Patrick Worms Centre for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry, Belgium
16h20        Prof George Church Harvard University, USA
16h30        Dr Klaus Uckel, Executive Director, DLR Project Management Agency, Germany
16h40        Dr Stefano Bertuzzi, Chief Executive Officer, American Society for Microbiology (ASM), USA
16h50        Dr Rolf Apweiler Director, The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Germany
17h00        Dr Sri Fatmawati President of Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences
17h10        Ms Rahma Rachdi Paris Correspondent, United States Press Agency
17h20        Dr Michael Makanga Director, European Development Countries Clinical Trails Partnership (EDCTP), Netherlands

Moderator
Dr Rita Lawlor PhD. CIPP/E, CIPM, Fellow of Information Privacy (IAPP)
Biobank and Model Bank Director, ARC-NET Centre for Applied Research on Cancer
University of Verona, Italy

17h30        Sister Regina Nthenya AOSK Health Network Coordinator, Nairobi, Kenya
17h40        Dr Nevan Krogan Quantitative Biosciences Institute, University of California, San Francisco
17h50        Dr Jacqueline Fabius Chief Operating Officer, Quantitative Biosciences Institute
18h00        Prof Gilles Bloch President, National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France
18h10        Ms Sumitra Rajagopalan CEO, Bioastra, Canada
18h20        MEP Eva Kaili European Parliament, Brussels
18h30        Dr Juan Miguel González-Aranda LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and ERIC Forum Executive Board member
18h40        Prof Ian Jones Chairman, InnoPharma, Ireland

Moderator 
Ms Mei Lin Fung People-Centred Internet, Singapore

18h50        Ms Faatiha Aayat CHIL&D, Founder, USA
19h00        Dr Bernard Bigot ITER, Director-General, France
19h10        Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon Former President, European Research Council
19h20        Dr Alex Cahana DT Block Health Group, Africa
19h30        Dr Max Paoli Programme Coordinator, The World Academy of Sciences, UNESCO-TWAS, Italy
19h40        Prof Kurt Zatloukal Medical University Graz, Austria
19h50        Dr Kevin Govender Director, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development, South Africa
20h00        Dr Marta Fernández Suárez Senior Director of R&D, FIND, the Global Alliance for Diagnostics
20h10        Ms Nikiwe Bam (SMT) Academy, South Africa
20h20        Dr Nonhlanhla Lunjani University of Cape Town, South Africa
20h20        Conclusions

The global pandemic has shown how collaboration on science can mobilize a range of stakeholders to produce solutions. The evidence needs to create a dynamic and enabling policy and regulator environment at the global level. And this is why the UN General Assembly needs to consider research and development, science and innovation

Science is and will enable sustainable economic, environmental, and societal development. Science is more than a funding prioritisation exercise: science is impacting all areas of policy-making and is playing a more important role in how policy objectives are achieved and the consequent benefit to people everywhere including response to global challenges.

Engagement with policy leadership is more important than ever: UNGA is a unique forum for science to demonstrate how policy and political leadership can benefit from innovation. Central to this is the role of nonstate actors and the multilateral fora which are increasingly determining how priorities are set. Science needs to be part of this dialogue and inform outputs, through thought leadership, providing evidence, insights and analysis and innovation.

The UNGA76 Science Summit will examine the enabling policy, regulatory and financial environment needed to establish and sustain the science mechanisms, capacities required to support genuinely global scientific collaboration collaborations across continents, across nations and themes.
Attainment of the SDGs will require alignment on policy and regulation that impact science and technology. Alignment is necessary to ensure access to date and the resulting innovation. It is also necessary to enable the rapid sharing of data, the fair use of data and related benefit sharing.

Speakers
avatar for Mei Lin Fung

Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
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Kevin Govender

Director, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Founding and current director of IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), which was established in 2011, now with 11 regional offices and language centres globally. Previously Manager of the Southern African Large Telescope’s Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African... Read More →
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Kurt Zatloukal

Director of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular BioMedicine, Director BBMRI.at, Medical University Graz
Kurt Zatloukal, M.D.  is professor of pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria and is head of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine. His research focusses on molecular pathology of diseases as well as biobanking and related technologies. He coordinated... Read More →
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Patrick Worms

Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Centre
Patrick Worms, a Cambridge-educated molecular geneticist, represents CIFOR-ICRAF, the Centre for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry, to policy makers, donors and corporate partners in Europe and beyond.Patrick’s interests sit at the nexus of land restoration... Read More →
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Mark Ferguson

Director General, Science Foundation Ireland
Prof. Mark W.J. Ferguson commenced as Director General of SFI in January 2012 and as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland in October 2012. Prof Ferguson is Chair of the European Commission Pilot Advisory Board for the European Innovation Council, a member of the Governing... Read More →
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Eva Kaili

MEP, European Parliament
Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament and a member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. She is the Chair of the STOA Panel, as well as Chair of the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, a member of the Committee... Read More →
avatar for Orla Feely

Orla Feely

Professor/Vice President for Research, Innovation & Impact (VPRII), University College Dublin
Professor Orla Feely Professor Feely is Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact and a Professor of Electronic Engineering at University College Dublin. She holds a BE degree from University College Dublin and MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley... Read More →
avatar for Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
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Rita Lawlor

Biobank Director, ARC-Net
Rita Lawlor is a Computer Science graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a doctorate in Oncological Pathology from the University of Verona where she is co-founder of the ARC-Net (www.arc-net.it) applied cancer research centre where is director of the ARC-Net biobank and coordinates... Read More →
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Michael Makanga

Director, EDCTP
Dr. Michael Makanga, MD PhD FRCP: EDCTP Executive Director.Dr. Makanga is a clinician-scientist with 27 years of professional experience of working on health and poverty-related infectious diseases in Africa. This includes 23 years of work experience on medical product development... Read More →
avatar for Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

IHES
JEAN-PIERRE BOURGUIGNONProfessor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon is President ad interim of the European Research Council (ERC) (from 27 July 2020 until the next ERC President is selected and takes up duties).Previously, he was the ERC President from January 2014 until December 2019.Prior... Read More →
avatar for Professor Intisar Soghayroun

Professor Intisar Soghayroun

Professor, University of Khartoum, Sudan
Professor Intisar  Soghayroun, professor of Archaeology, University of Khartoum, SudanProfessor Intisar Soghayroun, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 2019 to October 2021. She is a professor of Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts... Read More →
avatar for Maria Cristina Russo

Maria Cristina Russo

Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in R&I at European Commission, European Commission
Maria Cristina Russo is Director for International Cooperation in DG Research and Innovation with responsibility for developing and implementing the EU international strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation and the international dimension of the Horizon programme.She... Read More →
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Nikiwe Bam

Teacher, NPB SMT Academy
Princess Nikiwe Bhabhanomhlehlo Bam is a 36 year old cultural, traditional, social and educational activist, She is a lastborn of uNkosi Tatana Manzayabila Bam, and Nozakuye Nolusapho Bam, of Ngxabane clan, of Mpondomise Nation, in Ntibaneni, Ngcobo in Eastern Cape, South Afrika... Read More →
avatar for Magdalena Skipper

Magdalena Skipper

Editor in Chief, Nature
Dr Magdalena Skipper is Editor in Chief of Nature and Chief Editorial Advisor for the Nature portfolio.A geneticist by training, she holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. She has considerable editorial and publishing experience, having worked as Chief Editor of Nature... Read More →
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Regina Nthenya

AOSK Health Association coordinator, AOSK
I am a catholic Nun working with the Association of sisterhoods of Kenya. A nurse by profession and passionate about mental health and well-being of people.Currently a student at Tangaza University College pursuing BA in Counselling Psychology. My greatest desire is to reduce the... Read More →
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Rahma Rachdi

Correspondent- Head of Bureau, US Press Agency
Rahma Sophia RACHDI is a Journalist in Politics, disabled in wheelchair and Head of the Correspondence, based in Paris, for the United States Press Agency. She is renowned for have released many scientific publications and journalistic articles and reports, for different media over... Read More →
avatar for Rolf Apweiler

Rolf Apweiler

Director, Senior Scientist, EMBL-EBI
Rolf Apweiler is Director of EMBL-EBI, together with Ewan Birney. Prior to this position he was Joint Associate Director, after many years of leading protein resources such as UniProt and InterPro. Rolf has made a major contribution to methods for the automatic annotation of proteins... Read More →
avatar for Marcia McNutt

Marcia McNutt

President, National Academy of Sciences
Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she served as editor-in-chief of the Science journals. Prior to joining Science, she was director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from 2009 to 2013. During her tenure, the USGS... Read More →
avatar for FAATIHA AAYAT

FAATIHA AAYAT

Founder, CHIL&D
Faatiha Aayat is a Nine years old Bangladeshi girl, presently living in New York, USA. She is a fifth grader in the Gifted and Talented Program of the New York City Department of Education.She is a Child Rights Activist and Climate Campaigner. She regularly talks for disadvantaged... Read More →
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Nevan Krogan

Quantitative Biosciences Institute, University of California, San Francisco
Dr Krogan was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Regina and his PhD from the University of Toronto.Dr Krogan’s lab at UCSF focuses on developing and applying quantitative, systematic proteomic and genetic approaches... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Fabius

Jacqueline Fabius

Chief Operating Officer, Quantitative Biosciences Institute
I manage the operations, collaborations, and team building for the Quantitative Biosciences Institute. I support the Director and the vision of QBI by building domestic and international collaborations that translate into symposia, seminars, and funding opportunities. I oversee the... Read More →
avatar for Sumitra Rajagopalan

Sumitra Rajagopalan

Sumitra Rajagopalan is a materials scientist, biomechanical engineer, lecturer and the founder of Bioastra Technologies, a Canadian company at the forefront of smart materials for health and environmental applications. Over the past decade, she has led the development and deployment... Read More →
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Stefano Bertuzzi

Chief Executive Officer, American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Dr Stefano Bertuzzi is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). ASM is one of the largest life sciences professional societies in the world, with more than 30,000 members and activities in 122 countries. Its mission is to promote and advance microbial... Read More →
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Professor Sir Peter Gluckman

President -Elect, International Science Council
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman ONZ KNZM FRSNZ FRS trained as a paediatrician and biomedical scientist and holds a Distinguished University Professorship at the Liggins Institute of the University of Auckland. He also holds honorary chairs in University College London, University of... Read More →
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George Church

Harvard University Wyss Institute
George leads Synthetic Biology at the Wyss Institute, where he oversees the directed evolution of molecules, polymers, and whole genomes to create new tools with applications in regenerative medicine and bio-production of chemicals.Among his recent work at the Wyss is the development... Read More →
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Gilles Bloch

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Inserm
Gilles Bloch is CEO and Chairman of Inserm, since January 2, 2019.Gilles Bloch, born in 1961, has obtained an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, 1984), a PhD in Biophysics from University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris, 1989), an M.D. from University René Diderot... Read More →
avatar for Klaus Uckel

Klaus Uckel

Executive Director, DLR Project Management Agency
I am the Executive Director of DLR Project Management Agency since 01.01.2015.The Project Management Agency has approximately 1,400 employees and a yearly budget of around 2,24 billion Euro for project funding. We cooperate with more than 130 countries all over the world. I am a fully... Read More →
avatar for Laban Coblentz

Laban Coblentz

Head of Communication, ITER Organization
In March 2015, the ITER Council appointed Bernard Bigot as Director-General of the ITER Organization, and in 2020 he began his second five-year term. Dr Bigot’s lifelong commitment to sustainable energy is reflected in his distinguished career in research, education and government... Read More →
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Sri Fatmawati

President, Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI).
Sri Fatmawati, PhD is President of the Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI). Her contribution as a women researcher brings her to be appointed as Chair of Organization for Women in Science for The Developing World (OWSD) Indonesia since 2018. In 2020, she was elected as a member... Read More →
avatar for Marta Fernández Suárez

Marta Fernández Suárez

Chief Technology Officer, FIND
Dr. Marta Fernández Suárez serves as Chief Technology Officer at FIND, the global alliance for diagnostics. In her current role, Marta is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the technical programs within FIND, with a focus on leveraging innovation to... Read More →




Tuesday September 14, 2021 2:30pm - 8:00pm CEST