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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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Wednesday, September 29 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
(REF RI29) science capacity building convened by the EU's ERIC Forum under the leadership of Dr Francisco Colomer

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The session will address:
  • Science capacity building: the role of Research Infrastructures as facilitators of the best science
  • European and global cooperation to approach solutions to global challenges
  • Scientific basic research in the core of any application and mission: ERICs as repositories of knowledge and hubs of innovation
  • Specific services and contributions of ERICs to the UN SDGs

  • Mr Declan Kirrane Chair, Science Summit at United Nations General Assembly 76 (SSUNGA76)
  • Dr Francisco Colomer Director, the Joint Institute for Very Long Baseline Interferometry European Research Infrastructure Consortium (JIVE) JIVE ERIC, Chair of the ERIC Forum
  • Dr Jens Habermann Director BBMRI ERIC - a European research infrastructure for biobanking and biomolecular resources
  • Dr Jana Kolar Executive Director CERIC ERIC - a multidisciplinary Research Infrastructure open for basic and applied users in the fields of Materials, Biomaterials and Nanotechnology
  • Dr David Stuart Director: Dr Susan Daenke, coordinator INSTRUCT ERIC a pan-European research infrastructure in structural biology, making high-end technologies and methods available to all European researchers
  • Dr Juan Miguel González-Aranda LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer, ICT Core Director and ERIC Forum Executive Board Member, Spain - a European infrastructure Consortium providing e-Science research facilities to scientists seeking to increase our knowledge and deepen our understanding of Biodiversity organisation and Ecosystem functions and services in order to support civil society in addressing key planetary challenges
  • Dr Yousef Torman Arab States Research and Education Network ASREN, Jordan
  • Dr Rahel Belete Kilimanjaro Innovation Hub, Ethiopia
  • Prof Mammo Muchie Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
  • Dr Francisco Colomer Contribution of other ERICs,
  • Dr Francisco Colomer and Declan Kirrane Wrap up

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Convenor: Yousef Torman

Science Cooperation Advocate
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 use technology, mainly ICT, for the development and enhancing the lives of people in my community and beyond through... Read More →
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Mammo Muchie

DST-NRF SARChI Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology
Professor Mammo Muchie did his undergraduate degree in Columbia University, New York, USA and his postgraduate MPhil and DPhil in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development (STI&D) from the University of Sussex, UK. He is currently a DST-NRF research chair in Innovation Studies... Read More →
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Rahel Belete

Co-founder & Managing Director, Kilimanjaro Innovation Hub
Rahel is a co-founder of Kilimanjaro Innovation Hub (KIH). KIH is established with a broad social entrepreneurial vision of capacity building of the youths, empowering with skills to remove insecurity and instill confidence. Envision a nation free from unemployment and ensure fruitful... Read More →
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Jens Habermann

Director General, Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI ERIC)
Professor Jens K. Habermann, M.D., PhD, is the Director-General of BBMRI-ERIC (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium) since September 2020. For his current position at BBMRI-ERIC, the University of Lübeck has... Read More →
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Susan Daenke

Hub Coordinator, Instruct-ERIC
As Instruct-ERIC Hub Coordinator, I oversee the operational activities of Instruct in providing access to our structural biology infrastructure, located at eleven Instruct Centres in Europe. Concentrating on high-end, cutting edge instrumentation and methods, Instruct enables excellent... Read More →
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Juan Miguel González-Aranda

CTO, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
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David Stuart

Instruct-ERIC Director, Professor of Structural Biology at University of Oxford, INSTRUCT
As Instruct-ERIC Director, I provide strategic guidance and am supported by a strong group of people in the Instruct Hub and also in the Instruct Centres. Instruct-ERIC, funded by its membership (normally countries), aims to provide open access to high end technology in structural... Read More →
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Francisco Colomer

Director, Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC
Francisco (Paco) Colomer (Valencia, 1966) is director of JIVE, the Joint Institute for VLBI, a European Research Infrastructure hosted by ASTRON/NWO in Dwingeloo (the Netherlands). Colomer earned his PhD in astrophysics by Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) on the study of... Read More →

Wednesday September 29, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm CEST