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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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Mammo Muchie

Tshwane University of Technology
Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies
DST-NRF SARChI Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology

Professor Mammo Muchie did his undergraduate degree in Columbia University, New York, USA and his postgraduate MPhil and DPhil in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development (STI&D) from the University of Sussex, UK. He is currently a DST-NRF research chair in Innovation Studies at the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Tshwane University of Technology as a rated research Professor. He is a fellow of the South African Academy of Sciences, the African Academy of Sciences and the African Science Institute. He is also currently adjunct Professor at Bahir Dar, Harmaya, and University of Gondar, Ethiopia. He is senior research associate fellow at the TMD Centre of Oxford University and the Africa Centre of Excellence in Data Science at the University of Rwanda. He has taught at the University of Economics in Prague as visiting professor, Jawarahal Nehru University in India, Tonji and Shanghai University in China; Honorary Professor Jiaxing University in China, Assistant Professor Amsterdam University, Visiting Professor Carleton College in the USA; Principal Lecturer Middlesex University, Professor Aalborg University; Part–time Lecturer, Cambridge University; Honorary Professor UNISA. Professor Mammo held various positions globally, including the Director of the Research Programme on Civil Society and African Integration at the then University of Kwa Zulu-Natal; board member at the North Western University, Chengdu, China. He is currently the chairman of the advisory board of African Talent hub of the Community Interest Company (registration no.10461990) to raise funds for making Africa the talent, innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and knowledge hub of the world. He has been appointed as special distinguished advisor to the Africa Union's Student Council and a mentor for the African Entrepreneurship award. He has initiated the African Unity for Renaissance and Knowledge Exchange. He is a founding scientific advisor to the African Solar network, founding chairman of the Network of Ethiopian scholars. He has led the SIDA, Sweden funded research on engineering design and on transformative innovation for African integrated development and educate on public media to speed up the creation of innovative and renascent Africa. He is also a co-founding member of the Nano Technology Institute in TUT leading the innovation side of the research. He is the founder as Chief Editor of the African Journal on Science, Technology, Innovation and Development that has been running since 2009.He has been appointed as a scientific and academic advisor to the local e-Governance research that involved ten African countries on ICT4D. He had been appointed as a consultant on UNESCO’s higher education, Research and Knowledge forum. He has served as a postdoctoral mentor in the NRF national postdoctoral forum. Since 1985, he has produced over 450 publications, including books, chapters in books, and articles in internationally accredited journals and entries in institutional publications. Prof. Muchie has been given a number of awards: long dedicated and valued service awards, best institutional senior researcher of the year merit, academic excellence award, and outstanding contribution to Science, Engineering, Technology (SET) and innovation by NTSF in South Africa. Prof. Muchie took up the mammoth task of producing an impressive body of research on the innovation systems (in whatever rudimentary forms or degrees of evolutionary state they exist) in various African countries. He is the founder of the Africana Post-Graduate Academ