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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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Ciara Leonard

University College Dublin, Ireland
Research and Innovation
Dublin, Ireland
Dr Ciara Leonard is Public Affairs Manager, Research and Innovation at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland where she supports national, EU and international policy initiatives and engages with key stakeholders. Previously she worked in various innovation and technology commercialisation roles in UCD, Ulster University and with InvestNI in Boston, USA. Ciara completed her undergraduate studies at Queen’s University, Belfast in Economics and post-graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and Queen’s. Her PhD research examined university-industry R&D collaboration in Ireland and the role of government from the perspective of the firm.
University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities and is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. UCD is Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 33,000 students drawn from 144 countries. Agricultural Sciences at UCD is ranked within the top 50 globally and 5th in Europe and we are leading a portfolio of research and development initiatives in the area of agri-food. UCD is at the forefront of Ireland’s agri-food sector response to some of the most pressing global challenges and we work closely with sector stakeholders to ensure sustainability and global competitiveness to develop safe, sustainable foods and promote human health.