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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.

Registration is available here.
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Francisco Colomer

Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC
Chair
Netherlands
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 masers in extended atmospheres of evolved stars, and is MBA on “Management of Research Infrastructures” by University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy). He is permanent staff of the National Astronomical Observatory in Spain. During his career, he has participated in more than 100 scientific papers, numerous conferences and workshops, international projects (also financed by the European Commission programs), and outreach activities.
JIVE is the central organization of the European VLBI Network, a collaboration of more than 20 radio telescopes distributed around the world, that operate together to achieve the highest detailed observations of cosmic objects that exist. The data of this global network is collected and processed at JIVE, where also users of the research infrastructure are supported. JIVE partners are seven countries: the Netherlands (host), Spain, France, Sweden, Latvia, Italy and United Kingdom; JIVE also gets support from institutes in Germany, South Africa and China.
Colomer defends basic scientific research as a cultural asset in our society, to which results and processes must be properly communicated, so policies and decisions are based on facts and knowledge.
He is the current chair of the ERIC Forum.