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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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Thursday, September 23 • 10:00am - 2:00pm
(REF AS24) Arab Science Cooperation to achieve UN SDGs. Convened with The Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN)

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This session will discuss Science as a means for development in the Arab region and how cooperation in science at national, regional, and global levels will support the efforts towards achieving the UN SDGs. It will present the efforts in conducting science from policies to actions including research, education and innovation and related cooperative projects and activities.

We will explore and present efforts and plans on achieving the UN SDGs through Science with a focus on SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing, SDG 13: Climate Action and SDG 14: Life below Water. Furthermore, the session will cover more aspects of Science Cooperation

The Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) has adopted strategies of open science, open data and open access in cooperation with the National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and national authorities of relevance in addition to regional organization. The main objective is to facilitate comprehensive access to scientific resources and repositories in order to enhance productivity in science and innovation in research.

Science and research user communities enabled scientists and academics to be engaged with their peers through research and education communities to exchange knowledge, share experience and best practices, and collaborate to solve pressing scientific programs.

The Arab states Research and Education Network is a not-for-profit organization with the fundamental objective to implement, manage and extend sustainable Pan-Arab e-Infrastructures dedicated for the Research and Education communities and to boost scientific research and cooperation in member countries through the provision of world-class e-Infrastructures and e-services.


avatar for Omar Al-Jarrah

Omar Al-Jarrah

Vice President, Arab Open University
Prof. Al-Jarrah received the B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Irbid, Jordan in 1991, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ohio State University in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He joined JUST in 1996 as... Read More →
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Dia-Eddin Arafah

Secretary General, Higher Council for Science and Technology
Dr. Dia-Eddin Arafah is currently the Secretary-General of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, (HCST) since Feb., 2020. Dr. Arafah is a professor of solid state physics, at the University of Jordan, since he obtained his Ph.D. degree in applied/solid state physics from... Read More →
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Yousef Torman

Managing Director, ASREN - Arab States Research and Education Network
“For around thirty years, I worked in ICT at highly reputable institutions in the higher education and scientific research sector. During my work, my main focus was to make use of technology, mainly ICT, for the developments and enhancing the life of people in my community and beyond... Read More →
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Ola El Zein

Director Of Medical Library, AUB
Dr Ola El-Zein is the Director of the Medical Library and lecturer at the American University of Beirut (AUB). She is the first woman to hold a PhD degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from AUB. She serves as a board member of the Arab World Association of Young Scientists (WAYS... Read More →
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Jauad El Kharraz

Secretary General, Arab World Association of Young Scientists (ArabWAYS)
He is Co-founder and Secretary General of Arab World Association of Young Scientists (ArabWAYS) and member of the Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology in the Arab World (SASTA), and alumni of the Global Young Academy (GYA). Director of Water-Energy-Climate Experts... Read More →
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Luis Cadenas

Borned in Venezuela and with a vast experience in academic networks and the Latin American ICT scene, Luis Eliécer Cadenas started to work as Executive Director of RedCLARA on August 1st, 2017. Computer engineer with postgraduate studies in economics, telematics, networking and... Read More →
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Islam Abou El-Magd

Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Prof. Abou El-Magd has obtained his PhD from the School of Civil Engineering and The Environment, University of Southampton, UK where he also worked there for few years. His research area of interest is remote sensing and GIS modelling in environmental related issues. He is also leading... Read More →
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Boubakar Barry

Boubakar Barry holds Master's degree in Nuclear Physics and PhD in Nuclear Electronics, all obtained at the Technical University of Dresden in Germany. After his studies, Boubakar joined Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD) in 1989 as a lecturer and researcher, where he taught... Read More →
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Andrea Lausi

Scientific Director, SESAME
After graduating in physics at the University of Trieste, Andrea Lausi joined the Surface Science Group of the University of Genova, focusing his activities on atom-surface scattering phenomena. In 1996 he joined Elettra, where he initially participated in the design and construction... Read More →
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Amr Salama

Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities AArU
Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama is a Professor of Structural Engineering in Helwan University, Egypt. He was the Counselor of The American University in Cairo. He was the focal point between the Egyptian Authorities and AUC Administration. Dr. Salama maintained excellent contacts with ministries... Read More →
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Farida Fassi

Professor, Mohammed V University
Dr. Farida Fassi is a Professor at Mohammed V University in Rabat. She received a B.Sc. degree in Physics from Abdelmalek Essaâdi University in Morocco in 1994. She earned her Master in Nuclear and Particle Physics in 1999 and her Ph.D. in physics in 2002 at the Spanish University... Read More →
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Nazar Hassan

Senior Science Specialist, UNESCO Regional Office for Science for the Arab States
Dr. Nazar M. Hassan (b. 1964; Sudan) has been the Senior Science and Technology Advisor for the Arab States at UNESCO Regional Office for Sciences since 2009, where he has initiated several networks to build up the region’s techno-preneurship culture. Dr. Hassan has substantively... Read More →
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Mohammad Herzallah

Neuroscientist, Al-Quds University
Mohammad is a neuroscientist, physician, and entrepreneur; the founding director of the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative at Al-Quds University, Palestine; a research scientist at Rutgers University, USA.  He obtained an M.D. from Al-Quds, and a Ph.D. in behavioral and neural sciences... Read More →
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Sarah Jones

Engagement Manager, GÉANT
Sarah Jones is EOSC Engagement Manager at GÉANT, where she works with NRENs on supporting Open Science. She is an information professional with over a decade working in research data services in the higher education sector. At the Digital Curation Centre she led the DMPonline service... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 10:00am - 2:00pm CEST