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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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Tuesday, September 28 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
(REF ES28) Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) for Sustainable Development. Convened by UNESCO

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Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) for Sustainable Development
Science and innovation need to be more responsible, inclusive and responsive to societal needs, expectations and values. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG´s) are the common global benchmarking framework to measure them. The European Commission has been promoting the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation ( RRI) as a new approach for a more inclusive, ethical, open, diverse/engendered science and innovation with better governance.

As underlined by the UNESCO Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (GO-SPIN), national STI governance systems-together with Research and Innovation (R&I) culture and values- can play an important role in the support of RRI policies and practices.

The UNESCO Recommendation on Science and scientific researchers- UNESCO RS/SR Recommendation- paves the way for RRI relevant aspects such as ethics (intellectual freedom, ensuring scientific researchers’ protection and career prospects/facilities, responsible and peaceful application of S&T, pluralistic values, impact on society-environment); diversity (of disciplines and non-discrimination on race, gender, age, disability; societal engagement (include ILK, right to health, promotion of science diplomacy); open science (much broader than open access). Within this package of issues, the emphasis on the well-being of researchers deserves note: fair retribution, career stability/prospects, public recognition, social security, mobility support and equal access and participation in the international community, are not just conditions for individual participation in R&I but also requirements for STI systems to serve their societies and ensure the contribution of R&I as requested to meet the SDGs.

Moreover, the monitoring system for this recommendation requests Member States to report every four years on its implementation and will include RRI related indicators and policy instruments.

The session will build on the results from two key EC RRI projects: RRI Networked Globally ( RRING) and Grounding RRI in Research Performing Organisations in Marine and Maritime  (GRRIP) to extract lessons and discuss implicit (i.a. funding programs, tax incentives, RRI assessment and indicators as a pre-requisite for national calls participation, etc.) and explicit policy instruments (i.e. migration policies, work permits, statistics laws, etc.) and that need to be strengthened or redefine to support RRI structural change.

Speakers and AGENDA of the session
  • 17h:  Introduction by the chairwoman: Ms. Juliana Chaves-Chaparro, UNESCO Senior Consultant
  • 17.15h: Implementing RRI in a Public Research Organisation- Swansea University Experience by Ms.Ruth Callaway, PhD, FHEA Senior Research Scientist, Swansea University
  • 17.35h: The 2017 UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers in support of SDGs by Mr. Konstantinos Tararas, Programme Specialist, IRD Section, UNESCO Sector for Social and Human Sciences
  • 17.55 h: Co-designing structural changes for a more Responsible Research and Innovation within GRRIP project by Malcolm J Fisk, Professor of Ageing and Digital Health PhD MA BSc FCIH FRSA Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility De Montfort University, Leicester UK
  • 18.15h: Promoting RRI and UNESCO RSSR globally: the RRING network by Mr. Gordon Dalton, RRING and GRRIP project coordinator, PLOCAN  
  • 18.35h: Q&A
  • 18.50h: Wrap up and cloture by UNESCO
  RRING and GRRIP projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 788503 and No 82028


Gordon Dalton

GRRIP Project, Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI)
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Ruth Callaway

Senior research scientist, Biosciences, Swansea University
Ruth Callaway is a marine ecologist. Her research focuses on the biodiversity of the seafloor and shores. Currently, she is working on improving marine infrastructure like sea defences so that they become more valuable habitat for marine species (SEACAMS2 and Ecostructure projects... Read More →

Pedro Manuel Monreal Gonzalez

Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO
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Malcolm ​ Fisk

Professor of Ageing and Digital Health, De Montfort University
After working in local government and the electronics industry, Malcolm returned to academia in 2010, first at Coventry University and now as Professor of Ageing and Digital Health at De Montfort University where he draws on his expertise on ageing, responsible innovation and service... Read More →
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Chaves Chaparro, Juliana

Senior consultant, President of MiXtura, UNESCO
Ms. Juliana Chaves Chaparro (female) is a Senior International Consultant with extended experience in the science-policy-society interface for Sustainable Development and gender equality. She has participated in the design and implementation of two Responsible Research and Innovation... Read More →

Tuesday September 28, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm CEST