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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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George Miley

Leiden University
Emeritus Professor
Title of talk: LOFAR-EUNAME. A new Model for Combining Science with Capacity Building

George Miley is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands and has authored several hundred papers on radio galaxies and quasars. He is a graduate of University College, Dublin, Ireland with a PhD from Jodrell Bank, University of Manchester, UK.

Professor Miley initiated LOFAR, a radio telescope centered in the Netherlands, with stations in 10 other European countries and has been closely involved in several space missions, including the NASA-ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

As Vice President of the International Astronomical Union, he was architect of the IAU strategic plan “Astronomy for Development” that resulted in setting up the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development, in Cape Town, a joint venture with the South African NRF. In 2004, Professor Miley initiated Universe Awareness (UNAWE), a global program that uses astronomy to inspire young disadvantaged children aged 4 – 10, that has been active in 60 countries.

Professor Miley was awarded the Shell Oeuvre Prize in 1997 and a Dutch knighthood in 2011. He was elected Honorary Fellow of the UK Royal Astronomical Society in 2013 and awarded an honorary doctorate by Trinity College, University of Dublin in 2017.