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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 16 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
(REF NA16) Invited SSUNGA76 Lecture by Naeem Altaf, IBM Distinguished Engineer & CTO Space Tech

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When we gaze into the infinitude of space, we dream of endless possibilities both in hoping to understand the mysteries that lie beyond, as well as testing the limits of our inventiveness on Earth.
In recent times, the rapid expansion of the private commercial companies, public-private partnerships, and technological advancements & innovations are challenging the historic space practices. New opportunities such as extending edge computing to space, global collaboration in earth observation data and challenges like space situational awareness, space debris and need for new space policies are developing. In the midst of it all, a new landscape is emerging for the new space age, moving towards the democratizing access to space, by making space accessible beyond few nations.
At IBM, we’ve had the distinct honor of playing a key role in Space exploration since the beginning (NASA’s Apollo landing of humans on the moon). With our rapidly growing capabilities, we are ready to re-engage and innovate for the future space exploration efforts, helping bring humans back to the moon and beyond. 
We have a new groundbreaking CubeSat mission named “Endurance” in development, to Democratize Access to Space. It will provide the opportunity to every kid on planet, to access space, by pushing their code to CubeSat and running it in space. We are just getting started, and we truly believe that the sky is not the limit!

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George Miley

Emeritus professor, Leiden Observatory, Leiden University
Title of talk: LOFAR-EUNAME. A new Model for Combining Science with Capacity BuildingGeorge Miley is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands and has authored several hundred papers on radio galaxies and quasars. He is a graduate of University College... Read More →
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Vanessa McBride

Astronomer, Deputy Director – IAU-OAD
Dr Vanessa McBride is an astronomer at the Office of Astronomy for Development, where she works towards bridging the gap between the community of professional astronomers and the development work.  She is co-chair of the National Organising Committee of the IAU’s General Assembly... Read More →
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Naeem Altaf

IBM Distinguished Engineer & CTO Space Tech, IBM
Naeem as IBM's Distinguished Engineer & CTO Space Tech, leads an Innovation group, focused on edge computing in space, growing challenges of space debris, and exploring quantum computing for opening new realms of possibilities for the new space age. His team also partners with various... Read More →

Thursday September 16, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm CEST