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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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Karen DeMatteo

Washington University in St. Louis / WildCare Institute - Saint Louis Zoo
Senior Lecturer & Research Scientist / Research Associate
St. Louis
Dr. Karen DeMatteo is a biologist that has used a broad range of techniques to understand basic biology and ecological interactions that occur at both the species and community level. In the US, Karen is a Senior Lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) where she teaches courses on the applications and use of GIS (Geographic Information System) for the Environmental Studies Program. At WashU she also holds a Research Scientist position, which allows her to conduct genetic analyses on the variety of samples she collects during field surveys. Karen also holds a Research Associate position at the WildCare Institute at the Saint Louis Zoo, which provides logistical support for her research; specifically, Proyecto Zorro Pitoco. This project, which is based in Misiones, Argentina, connects her to two Argentinean institutions where she advises multiple undergraduate and graduate students. Karen is a Visiting Research position at Instituto de Biología Subtropical (IBS) – nodo Posadas and Grupo de Investigación en Genetica Aplicada (GIGA), which allows training for students in genetic techniques. She is also a Post-Graduate Professor in the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Químicas y Naturales (FCEQyN) at the Universidad Nacional de Misiones, where she teaches various GIS courses and connects to students interested in hands-on training in field techniques.

Karen is a co-Director of Proyecto Zorro Pitoco, which is a collaborative, multipronged project that uses a bottom-up approach with the goal to stop the loss of native forest, protect watersheds, promote reforestation, improve human health, and ensure long-term survival of the region’s unique flora and fauna. In addition to this research focused at conserving one of the largest fragments of Atlantic forest, she is involved with directing hands-on training courses with Argentinean students, securing the participation of private landowners in the biological corridor, and supporting the anti-poaching efforts of provincial park guards.