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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 30 • 8:45am - 9:30am
(REF CS30) Mega science projects and grass roots level impact with Carla Sharpe, South Africa

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Mega science projects and grass roots level impact

Through the activities of the South African SKA project over the last decade, the SA Radio Astronomy Observatory has grown an industry development programme, commercialisation, educational pipelines and now a colocation programme across Africa whereby governments, academia and industry can partner in science driven innovative endeavours that are financially and operationally sustainable. This is a case study in science research and high tech projects that generate tangible benefits to the man in the street.

Space infrastructure, both ground-based and space-based, provides a cornerstone to economic development. If one considers sectors such as communications, banking, security, weather services, agricultural monitoring, scientific research or municipal services, it is self-evident that these sectors all rely on seamless information gathering and exchange, via space-based infrastructure. The information provided by space-based infrastructure enables governments to make real-time, informed and strategic decisions towards growth, security and risk mitigation.

The African Colocation Programme is a programme designed to colocate space science and technology infrastructure alongside the radio telescopes of the AVN programme, within the SKA Africa partner countries. The programme is designed to grow expertise, industry, innovation and academia in the partner countries, creating larger African networks for data, fibre, satellite ground stations and science instrumentation.
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Speakers
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Carla Sharpe

Africa Programme Manager, SARAO
Carla has been with the South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project for several years. The SKA is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, the sheer scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in engineering, technology and research & development... Read More →


Thursday September 30, 2021 8:45am - 9:30am CEST