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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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Kirk T. Semple

Lancaster University
Professor of Environmental Microbiology
Lancaster, United Kingdom
I am a Professor of Environmental Microbiology with over 30 years of research experience. As Director of International Engagement in the Lancaster Environment Centre and, more recently, Assistant Dean International for the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University, I have become involved in international activities and partnerships for the University.

My main fields of research interest include understanding fundamental processes affecting organic contaminant-biota interactions in soils; availability of organic contaminant residues in soils, and risk assessment and bioremediation of contaminated land and, most recently, bioenergy and the use of microorganisms for energy generation and the application of resulting by-products as soil amendments or alternatives to conventional fertiliser, with increasing focus on the UN SDGs. I have won over £15 million in research funding; published over 250 peer-reviewed journal, book chapters and refereed international conference papers; supervised 55 PhD students, with 38 from overseas.

Most of my international activities have been in Sub-Saharan Africa, where I have supported collaborations with universities and research institutes, private sector organisations and government/policy experts in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Cameroon and Botswana. I am the Director of the RECIRCULATE, ACTUATE and Wash-able projects, which address issues of the circular economy, waste/wastewater and hygiene - sustainable energy production - food and soil security with partners from multiple countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.