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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, October 1 • 1:00pm - 7:00pm
(REF LE01) Science and SDG 14 and SDG 15: Life Below Water and Life on Land. Convened by LifeWatch ERIC

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Draft Agenda
(REF LE01) Science and SDG 14 and SDG 15: Life Below Water and Life on Land
Convened by LifeWatch ERIC
13H00-18H35 CEST 1 October 2021
13h00           Introduction and Welcome
Mr Declan Kirrane Chair, Science Summit at UN General Assembly 76 (UNGA76), Moderator
Dr Christos Arvanitidis CEO, LifeWatch ERIC

13h20            Keynote I
Ms Jyoti Mathur-Filipp Director of the Implementation and Support Division at the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada

13h35            Life on Land
Dr Ciara Leonard University College Dublin, Public Affairs Manager, UCD Research and Innovation; Moderator, Ireland
Dr Alberto Basset Interim Director of Service Center, LifeWatch ERIC, Lecce, Italy
Mr Michel Massart DEFIS, European Commission, Belgium
Dr Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo University Pablo de Olavide, Seville, LifeWatch Spain
14h15            Keynote II
Dr Peter Heffernan Oceans Ambassador; Member, EU Mission Board: ‘Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal & Inland Waters’ Ireland
14h30            Life under Water
Dr Ciara Leonard University College Dublin, Public Affairs Manager, UCD research and innovation; Moderator, 
Dr Christos Arvanitidis CEO LifeWatch ERIC
Prof. Mike Elliot University of Hull, UK

15h00            The EU International cooperation perspective: 
Dr Ciara Leonard University College Dublin, Public Affairs Manager, UCD research and innovation; Moderator, 
Dr Stephanie Splett Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Germany
Dr Eric Ruuth Scientific Coordinator, IMIBIO, Argentina
Inmaculada Figueroa EU-LAC ResInfra: Towards a new EU-LAC partnership in Research Infrastructures. LifEuLAC pilot.
Prof. Antonio Micha Director-General of the National Institute for Environmental Conservation INCOMAMalabo, Equatorial Guinea and Prof. Javier Castroviejo-Bolívar Amigos de Doñana, Spain

15h50            Facing new challenges on e-Biodiversity together. 
Mr Declan Kirrane Chair, Science Summit at UN General Assembly 76 (UNGA76), Moderator
Mr Shirish Ravan Head, Beijing Office, The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) Programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Vienna, Austria
Dr Juan Miguel González-Aranda LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer, ICT Core Director and ERIC Forum Executive Board Member, Spain

16h10            Trans-disciplinary approach: Agrifood & AgroEcology
Mr Declan Kirrane Chair, Science Summit at UN General Assembly 76 (UNGA76), Moderator
Mr Stephen Peedell Knowledge for Sustainable Development and Food Security, Joint Research Centre European Commission, Belgium
LifeWatch ERIC approach by Prof. Vladislav Popov Agriculture University of Plovdiv, LifeWatch ERIC Bulgaria and Dr José Manuel Ávila-Castuera LifeWatch ERIC AgroEcology Officer
Mr Patrick Worms, the Centre for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry CIFOR-ICRAF

16h50            Capacity building
Mr Declan Kirrane Chair, Science Summit at UN General Assembly 76 (UNGA76), Moderator
Ms Africa Zanella, Director Centre for Sustainability and Gender Economics (CSGE),          Australia-Spain
Prof Ian Jones InnoPharma, Ireland
Dr Milind Pimprika Founder and Chairman CANEUS International, Centre for Large Space Structures and Systems, Canada

17h20           Input and recommends for UNGA77 Sept 2022
Mr Declan Kirrane Chair, Science Summit at UN General Assembly 76 (UNGA76), Moderator
Dr Murray Hitzman iCRAG, Ireland
Ms Karina Angelieva Adviser to the Minister of Science, Bulgaria
Dr Christos Arvanitidis CEO, LifeWatch ERIC, Spain

17h50           Session Key Conclusions
Mr Declan Kirrane Chair, Science Summit at UN General Assembly 76 (UNGA76)
Dr Akhilesh Gupta Senior Adviser, Policy Coordination and Programme Management Division Dept of Science and Technology, India
Dr Lino Barañao former Minister of ScienceArgentina
Prof Kurt Zatloukal Director of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular BioMedicine, Medical University Graz 

18h20           Concluding remarks
Dr Juan Miguel González-Aranda LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer, ICT Core Director and ERIC Forum Executive Board Member, Spain
Mr Declan Kirrane Moderator

18h35            End of the sessions

SDG 15 Life on Land
SDG 15 is a universal and urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss by 2030. The goal, being adopted in 2015 is a follow-up of the partially achieved millennium goals.

Among others, this goal includes ensuring the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, combating desertification, conservation of mountain ecosystems, and the integration of ecosystem and biodiversity values into

avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Manager, Africa-Europe Science Collaboration- AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly, and co-founder of Medicines for Future (MAF). He has over 25 years of experience as a global senior... Read More →
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Kurt Zatloukal

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

CEO and President, InnoGlobal
Founder and CEO of Innopharma Group, IrelandProfessor Ian Jones is the CEO and President of Innopharma Group – an Education and Technology Institute. He has worked for the past 25 years supporting high-tech manufacturing (particularly Digital, (Bio)pharma and Agri/FoodTech) where... Read More →
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Worms, Patrick

Senior Science Policy Advisor, ICRAF
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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Africa G. Zanella

Director, Centre for sustainability and gender economics
(M.Comm & AEE).President and Senior International AdvisorMobile: +34 686296888 SpainMobile : + 61 (0) 468749371 Australiaemail:africa.zanella@csge.euPresident and founder of the Centre for Sustainability and Gender Economics , a social scientist ,who has devoted much time and effort... Read More →
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Vladislav Popov

Vice-rector, Agricultural University of Plovdiv
Prof. Vladislav Popov, PhD (contact person) is an acting Professor at the Dept. of Agroecology, Vice-rector of the AUP. Internationally recognised researcher, expert and adviser, experienced in executing high-profile (inter)national R&D projects in agroecology, organic agriculture... Read More →
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Stephen Peedell

Project Leader JRC & Africa, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Steve Peedell leads the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). He is a geographer, with a specialisation in geospatial information technology and natural resources management. For the last 25 years, he has... Read More →
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Murray Hitzman

Director, iCRAG
Murray W. Hitzman is Director of iCRAG and a Science Foundation Ireland Research Professor. Murray has B.A. degrees in geology and anthropology from Dartmouth College (1976), an M.S. in geology from University of Washington (1978), and a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University (1983... Read More →
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Juan Miguel González-Aranda

CTO, 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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Karina Angelieva

Adviser, Ministry of Education and Science Bulgaria
Karina Angelieva is a former Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria. In her current position as an Adviser to the Interim Government, she is covering a large portfolio, including European and national policies and programmes in R&I, including Horizon Europe, Erasmus... Read More →
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Ciara Leonard

Research and Innovation, University College Dublin, Ireland
Dr Ciara Leonard is Public Affairs Manager, Research and Innovation at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland where she supports national, EU and international policy initiatives and engages with key stakeholders. Previously she worked in various innovation and technology commercialisation roles... Read More →
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Alberto Basset

Interim Head, LifeWatch ERIC
Dr. Alberto Basset is the interim Head of the LifeWatch-ERIC Service Centre. He is full professor of Ecology at the University of Salento, with main research interests in biodiversity organisation and ecosystem functioning with a particular focus on aquatic ecosystems. Since 2015... Read More →
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Erik Ruuth

Scientific Coordinator, Instituto Misionero de Biodiversidad
Erik Ruuth, M.D., PH.D., Ass. Prof. is a medical doctor with a Ph.D. in immunology and an adjunct professor in cell and molecular biology at Umeå University.After completing a postdoc at Hôpital Necker Enfants Malades in Paris, France, Erik made a career within the pharmaceutical... Read More →
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Christos Arvanitidis

CEO, Lifewatch ERIC
LifeWatch ERIC CEO. PhD in Marine Biology. Former Director of Research in IMBBC, HCMR. Involved in more than 60 research and education projects, coordinated more than 7. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Editorial member in several peer-reviewed Journals... Read More →
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Shirishkumar Ravan

Dr Shirish Ravan works for the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna, Austria. He coordinates activities of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) in Asia and the Pacific. He holds a bachelor... Read More →
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Milind Pimprikar

CANEUS, Founder & Chairman and IKRI
Dr. Milind Pimprikar, Founder & Chairman, CANEUSDr Milind Pimprikar, a “Global citizen”, is an influential network builder connecting the “haves” and “have-nots”, with a proven track record of transitioning innovative technologies-based solutions to serve humanity’s... Read More →
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Akhilesh Gupta

Senior Adviser in DST heading Policy Coordination, India
Dr Akhilesh Gupta obtained his M.Sc. degree in Physics from Lucknow University and PhD degree in Atmospheric Sciences from IIT, Delhi. He worked in India Meteorological Department; National Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting and Disaster Management Cell of DST during 1985-2007... Read More →
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Jyoti Mathur-Filipp

Director, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD
Jyoti Mathur-Filipp is the Director of the Implementation and Support Division at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) since 2018 and is leading work on the development of the post2020 global biodiversity framework. Prior to joining the Secretariat, Ms Mathur-Filipp... Read More →
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Peter Heffernan

Member, EU Horizon Europe Mission Board for Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal & Inland Waters.
Dr Peter Heffernan MRIAPeter Heffernan, recently retired as Chief Executive of the Marine Institute, Ireland’s national agency for marine research and development, which he lead led from Nov. 1993 to October 2019. He has spearheaded the organisation’s expansion from a staff of... Read More →
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Michel Massart

DEFIS, European Commission
Michel Massart is Policy Officer in the Earth Observation Unit at the DG DEFIS (Defence Industry and Space) of the European Commission (Belgium). At DEFIS, since 2010, he is responsible for the Global dimension of the Copernicus Land Service, including specific development of the... Read More →
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Antonio Micha

Director-General, National Institute for Environmental Conservation INCOMA, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Don Antonio Micha Ondo Angue, Director General del Instituto Nacional para la Conservación del Medio Ambiente, en adelante INCOMA (entidad autónoma, actualmente bajo la tutela del Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería, Bosques y Medio Ambiente).Ingeniero en explotaciones forestales... Read More →
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Stephanie Splett

Head of unit "North, Middle and South America", Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Germany
Stephanie Splett-RudolphDLR Project Management Agency, European and International CooperationHead of unit “North, Middle and South America” Stephanie Splett-Rudolph, Senior Scientific Officer at DLR Project Management Agency, is biologist (tropical ecology with focus on Brazil... Read More →
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Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo

LifeWatch Spain, University Pablo de Olavide,
Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo is an ecosystem ecologist with a multidisciplinary background aiming to advance our understanding of soil biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, global change and historical legacies in natural, agricultural and urban ecosystems. Currently, he is a Ramon y Cajal... Read More →
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Mike Elliot

University of Hull, UK
Mike has wide experience and interests in marine and estuarine ecology, human impacts, marine and estuarine management, governance and policy. He has co-authored/co-edited 17 books and more than 250 scientific publications. He has advised on many environmental matters for academia... Read More →
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Inmaculada Figueroa

Deputy Director General, Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain
Inmaculada Figueroa is Vice Deputy Director-General for Internationalization of Science and Innovation in the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain. An electronic engineer from the Polytechnical University of Madrid, she is strongly involved in European and Global policies on... Read More →
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Lino Barañao

Scientific Advisor, BeBord
PhD in Chemical Biology from the Buenos Aires University. Post Doctoral training at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich (Germany), the National Institutes of Health and the MS Hershey Medical Center (USA)Full professor of Chemical Biology at the Buenos Aires University... Read More →
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Javier Castroviejo-Bolívar

Professor, Amigos de Doñana

José Manuel Ávila-Castuera

AgroEcology Officer, LifeWatch ERIC


Friday October 1, 2021 1:00pm - 7:00pm CEST