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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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Monday, September 27 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
(REF RM27) The significance of international research cooperation for the attainment of SDGs – approaches from research management. Convened by DLR, Germany.

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Research funding on science and innovation is becoming more and more mission-oriented in order to push topics that contribute to the solution of societal challenges, such as the ones connected to the SDGs. Therefore, the DLR-Project Management Agency kindly invites you to look at possible approaches from research management for the attainment of the SDGs.

Highly ranked experts on science, policy and innovation from Africa, Europe and Latin America will illuminate possible approaches and difficulties for research management to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs from different perspectives: multilateral advisor perspective, research perspective with a regional focus, monitoring instruments in multilateral STI cooperation and the perspective of research transfer to practice. Based on their own extensive experiences, the panellists will exchange ideas about what must be done in research management to better address the SDGs.

The session addresses the following questions:
  • Are new formats of funding needed?
  • How can stakeholders be involved in order to address global challenges?
  • How can we understand and measure the impact of science to these challenges?
  • Is a new framework needed to integrate the SDGs into the framework of impact assessment of STI policies?

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Declan Kirrane

Chair Science Summit UNGA77, ISC
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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Cornelia Rieß

Head of Unit Business Development, Instruments and Methods, DLR Project Management Agency - Department Society, Innovation, Technology
Dr. Cornelia Riess earned degrees in political sciences and innovation management from universities in Germany, Italy and the US with a focus on international relations and international science and innovation cooperation. Throughout her career she gained experience in the analysis... Read More →
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Mario Cervantes

Senior Economist in the OECD’s Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD
Mario Cervantes is Senior Economist in the OECD’s Science and Technology Policy Division where he supports the policy research and external relations of the OECD’s Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP). In particular he leads the work on STI Financing for the... Read More →
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Joachim Post

Manager, International Relations, German Aerospace Center
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Stefan Alexander Haffner

Senior Scientific Officer, German Aerospace Center - DLR
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Jackie Kado

Executive Director, Network of African Science Academies (NASAC)
JACQUELINE KADO is Executive Director of the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC). NASAC is a consortium of 28 science academies, with membership drawn from all spheres of science. Jacqueline holds a Masters of Arts degree in Project Planning and Management, and a Bachelor... Read More →
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Valeria Arza

senior researcher in science, technology and innovation policy, National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)
Valeria Arza is an innovation scholar working in the area of science, technology and innovation policies studies. She is researcher at National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) with workplace at Research Center for Transformation (CENIT) from the Economics and Business... Read More →
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Gaetano Ladisa

Scientific Administrator - Senior Researcher, CIHEAM - Istituto Agronomico Mediterraneo di Bari
Gaetano Ladisa is a Senior Researcher and Scientific Administrator at the CIHEAM-Bari Institute with which he has collaborated since 2000. He is graduated in Forest Science at the University of Bari, Italy in 1995, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Irrigation and a Ph.D. in Hydrology... Read More →
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Sophie von Knebel

Senior Scientific Advisor, DLR Project Management Agency
As a Senior Scientific Officer at the German DLR Project Management Agency (DLR PT) in the field of European and international cooperation, I am responsible for analyses and stakeholder dialogues with a special focus on innovation, as well as acquisition and evaluation activities... Read More →

Monday September 27, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST