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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 17 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
(REF DP17) 2) How can Life Sciences contribute to address climate change

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How can Life Sciences contribute to addressing climate change?
  • In the last decades, Life Sciences have gone through rapid technological development. The development of CRISPR/Cas9 as new gene-editing tools, the improved understanding of the functioning of proteins and the rapid advances in synthetic biology have opened novel ways how to develop new products in the health, agriculture and to drive sustainable processes. The development of mRNA vaccines against COVID 19 is one of the latest, most prominent examples.
  • On the other hand, the impact of this Bio Revolution on tackling climate change has not been prominent in the public discourse, though a number of new applications left the laboratory in recent years to be tested on a larger scale.
  • For this reason, the session brings together researchers and companies working on nitrogen fixation, carbon sequestration by biological processes and alternative protein/food with a potentially significant role to address climate change. They will debate with experts from politics, business and academia what impact these new innovations can have on dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as limiting land use to the benefit of biodiversity.
  • The panellists will discuss the potential role these applications will have on tackling climate change, on the state of the Life Sciences and the possibilities of upscaling successful research, its potential impact on society as well as the regulatory and financial environment that could advance these applications.

Speakers
avatar for Rita Lawlor

Rita Lawlor

Biobank Director, ARC-Net, University of Verona
 
avatar for Shilei Zhang

Shilei Zhang

Chief Commercial Officer, Solar Foods
Shilei is the Chief Commercial Officer of Solar Foods with a background in strategy, business development and scaling-up fast-growing businesses. Shilei has extensive working experience both in Europe and Asia, specifically China. Before joining Solar Foods Shilei was the CEO of Delivery... Read More →
avatar for Elliot Swartz

Elliot Swartz

Lead Scientist, Cultivated Meat, The Good Food Institute
Elliot Swartz is a Lead Scientist specializing in cultivated meat at The Good Food Institute (GFI) (www.gfi.org), an international nonprofit organization developing the roadmap for a sustainable, secure, and just protein supply.Elliot’s work at GFI focuses on analyzing the technical and economic bottlenecks facing the cultivated meat industry, identifying opportunities to accelerate the indust... Read More →
avatar for Tobias J. Erb

Tobias J. Erb

Director, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Biology
Tobias J. Erb is a synthetic biologist and Director at the Max Planck Institute for terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany. Research in his lab centers on the discovery, function and engineering of novel CO2-converting enzymes and their use in engineered and artificial photosynthesis... Read More →
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Michael Miille

CEO, Joyn Bio
Dr. Michael Miille is the CEO of Joyn Bio, a biotech company engineering microbes to provide growers with a new class of sustainable agricultural solutions. A joint venture by Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks, Joyn is working to reduce farmers’ needs for synthetic fertilizers while boosting... Read More →
avatar for Bernd Halling

Bernd Halling

International Policy, Bayer AG
avatar for Claire Skentelbery

Claire Skentelbery

Director General, EuropaBio
Claire holds a PhD in biochemistry and has worked in the development of scientific networks and associations for over 15 years. She started her career as part of the Cambridge biotech cluster in the UK within the cluster business network and was a founder of the Council of European... Read More →



Friday September 17, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm CEST