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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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Maria Josten

DLR Projektträger
Senior Scientific Officer
Maria Josten studied Banking & Finances at the University of Varna, Bulgaria and Political Economics at the University of Bonn, Germany. Since 2005, she has been working for the German Aerospace Center/ Project Management Agency (DLR) in the field of European and International Cooperation in Bonn, Germany.

She has been a Senior Scientific Officer, responsible for S&T collaboration with Russia for eight years. In the past years, she was also involved in several European Programmes and Collaborations with Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, and Central Asia. Since 2017 she has been working in the DLR-PT Strategy and Monitoring Division that supports the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The main tasks for which the division is in charge include implementing the Federal Government’s internationalization strategy in Education, Science and Research, monitoring international relations with key partners, the development of science diplomacy as well as the strategic development of international cooperation in the future.

Maria Josten is a science diplomacy expert dealing with several activities on behalf of BMBF. Furthermore, In the EU project “Using science for/in diplomacy for solving global challenges” (S4D4C) she led the work package on ‘Training and knowledge resources for science diplomats’; she contributed to several events as a speaker and co-authored S4D4C’s training materials and training toolkits.