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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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Friday, September 24 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm
(REF SD24) Science Diplomacy to achieve the SDGs: Convened by DLR, Germany

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Title: Using science for/in diplomacy for solving global challenges

Date: 24th September 2021 at 3:00pm-5:00pm (CEST)

Abstract: Science diplomacy is important in times of global challenges, and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this in particular. Therefore, the DLR Projektträger, the Project Management Agency (DLR-PT) and the European Union Science Diplomacy Alliance kindly invite you to this session on Science Diplomacy. Highly ranked experts from science, policy and innovation will discuss the role of science for/in diplomacy and policy for addressing global challenges like health, climate change and clean water.

They will exchange views on the interesting paradox – which many countries and organizations face - between ‘competition’ and ‘openness’ rationales in these and other fields: on the one hand, the promotion of a country’s scientific competitiveness and innovation potential and on the other hand, efforts to foster collaboration among countries in the international arena to tackle global challenges. In the discussion, the panellists will elaborate on opportunities and challenges, limitations and needs for improvement in national, regional and international Science Diplomacy approaches.

  • Tim Flink, Science Diplomacy expert at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Member of the European Union Science Diplomacy Alliance
  • Peter Gluckman, Liggins Institute of the University of Auckland, chair of the International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA)
  • Jan Marco Müller, Science and Technology Advisor at the European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • Mona Nemer, Science Advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister and Minister of Science
  • Daan du Toit, Deputy Director, Department for Science and Technology, South Africa
  • Angela Schindler-Daniels, Head of DLR Office Brussels and Chair of European Union Science Diplomacy Alliance (Moderator)
  • Maria Josten, Science Diplomacy expert at the DLR Projektträger, the Project Management Agency (DLR-PT) (Co-Moderator)

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Daan du Toit

Deputy Director-General, Department of Science and Innovation
Daan du Toit started his career in the South African Government with the then Department of Foreign Affairs where he trained as a diplomat. Since 2002 he has been attached to the Department of Science and Innovation, where he has notably served as the Department's representative in... Read More →
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Jan Marco Müller

Science and Technology Advisor, European External Action Service
Following his PhD in Geography from the University of Marburg (Germany) in the year 2000, Jan Marco Müller’s career included research management positions at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig (Germany), the former JRC Institute for Environment and... 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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Angela Schindler-Daniels

Head of DLR-PT Office Brussels and Chair of European Union Science Diplomacy Alliance, DLR-PT
Angela Schindler-Daniels heads the Brussels Representation of the DLR-PT, focusing on issues of Science Diplomacy, Strategic Foresight, the EU Green Deal and Regional Development. From 2016 -2019 she was the deputy head of the European Liaison Office of German Research Organisations... Read More →
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Tim Flink

Lecturer, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Tim Flink is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in political science and sociology. Based at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, his work focuses on topics at the intersection of Science Policy Research, Social Studies of Science and International Relations.He published the first... Read More →
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Maria Josten

Senior Scientific Officer, DLR Projektträger
Maria Josten studied Banking & Finances at the University of Varna, Bulgaria and Political Economics at the University of Bonn, Germany. Since 2005, she has been working for the German Aerospace Center/ Project Management Agency (DLR) in the field of European and International Cooperation... Read More →
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Mona Nemer

Science Advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister and Minister of Science, Government of Canada
Since 2017, Mona Nemer is the Canadian Chief Science Advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.She is a scientist specializing in molecular genetics and cardiac regeneration. She was formerly a professor of pharmacology at the University of Montreal and the Director of the Cardiac... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 3:00pm - 6:00pm CEST