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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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Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo

University Pablo de Olavide,
LifeWatch Spain
Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo is an ecosystem ecologist with a multidisciplinary background aiming to advance our understanding of soil biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, global change and historical legacies in natural, agricultural and urban ecosystems. Currently, he is a Ramon y Cajal research fellow at the University of Pablo de Olavide (UPO; Spain), where he established the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning Lab (BioFunLab). He is also an Honorary Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Urban Environment of the Chinese Academy of Science, and an Honorary Fellow at Western Sydney University, Australia. His research combines large scale surveys and experiments with the use of novel metagenomic and barcoding molecular technologies to provide critical advances in our understanding of the microbiomes of terrestrial ecosystems. He has led several global collaborative efforts to investigate the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems worldwide.  
His research program has led to numerous ground-breaking advances in the study of soil biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and is helping us better understand the importance, vulnerability, and distribution of soil biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in terrestrial ecosystems across the globe. For instance, he has produced the first global atlases of dominant species of bacteria (Science, 2018) and fungi (Nat. Comm. 2019). These pioneer atlases are the fundamental first steps to identifying the hotspots of soil biodiversity worldwide. His research has also provided novel evidence that ongoing warming will increase the proportion of soil-borne plant-pathogens worldwide (Nat. Clim. Chang. 2020). Likewise, he has found positive links between soil biodiversity and ecosystem functioning at a global scale (Nature Comm. 2016; Nat. Ecol. & Evol. 2020), a result that has key implications for the maintenance of soil fertility and plant productivity across the globe.