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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 • 10:00am - 11:30am
(REF CO24) COST as the European instrument enabling global RTDI collaboration

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The session organised by COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology. COST is a funding organisation for the creation of research networks, called COST Actions. These networks offer an open space for collaboration among scientists across Europe and beyond and thereby give impetus to research advancements and innovation. COST creates spaces where scientists are in the driving seat (bottom-up) and ideas can grow through a flexible and open approach. By enabling researchers from academia, industry and the public and private sector to work together in open networks that transcend borders, COST helps to advance science, stimulates knowledge sharing and pools resources.
The session has been designed to portray COST as an existing instrument allowing and encouraging global RTDI collaboration. It aims to advance the broader discussion on the needs and challenges of global RTDI collaboration and how these could contribute to the realisation of the UN SDGs. The COST Programme, celebrating its 50th birthday in 2021, has a vast experience in establishing and maintaining long-standing and trust-based collaboration among research and innovation partners from the different continents.
The event presents four different COST Actions to explain their journeys and share their experiences on global collaboration. The four real life examples brought to the audience will be complemented with an overview on the COST Programme and its operation. The voice of the external user will be given from the national research policy angle and the European strategic thinker point of view.

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Kata Alfoldi

science policy officer, global networking task leader, COST
I am currently policy officer at the COST Association where I lead the Global Networking task, that focuses on COST openness and inclusiveness and promote it as a unique platform for trusted international R&I cooperation.By education, I am an economist with a master on international... Read More →

Svetlana Voinova

Administrative Officer, COST Association
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Elena Velickova Nikova

associate professor, Head of Institute of Organic Technolgy, Sts Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
Elena Velickova Nikova (female) holds a degree in Food and Biotechnology Engineering (2001), master degree in Biotechnology from Sts Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (UKIM, 2008) and a PhD (2013) in Food Technology from Sts Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. She has... Read More →
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Risto Rautiainen

Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health
Risto Rautiainen is a Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health. He directs the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health and conducts research as a consultant to the Natural Resources Institute, Finland. He serves as Chair of... Read More →
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Martina Hartl

Deputy Head of Unit International Cooperation, Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) Austria
Martina Hartl is Deputy Head of Unit for International Research Cooperation in the Ministry of Education, Science and Research in Austria. With a background in Sociology, her 20+ years career in the Ministry started in the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, where she has... Read More →
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Raphael Hirschi

Keele University, ChETEC COST Action chair
Prof Raphael Hirschi completed a MSc in physics at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 1999 and a PhD in Astrophysics at the Observatoire de Genève in 2004. He studies the evolution and fate of stars and how they created the chemical elements. Since joining... Read More →
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Carina Dantas

CEO, SHINE 2Europe
Carina Dantas is CEO of SHINE 2Europe with over 20 years experience in health and social care.She is the Chair of the COST Action NET4Age-Friendly, Action CA19136 - COST Coordinator of the Stakeholders Network on SHAFE - Smart Healthy Age-friendly Environments and Vice-President... Read More →
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Ronald de Bruin

Director, COST
Dr Ronald de Bruin was appointed Director of the COST Association on 1 June 2016. Before joining the Association, Ronald was Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Head of the Department of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am CEST