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Science for Development Seminar, 2016 United Nations General Assembly

ISC, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, on the margins of the 71st Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 71), will organise a seminar entitled 'Science for Development'.

23 September 2016 - 23 September 2016
United States

Friday 23 September 2016, 3pm – 6pm
United Nations Headquarters Building, 405 E 42nd St, New York City, NY 10017-3507 (Visitors Entrance, 46th Street on 1st Avenue)

The seminar will explore the ways to realise the potential contribution of science and innovation to policies aimed at addressing global challenges and, specifically, how science can support the realisation of the SDGs by presenting key cases, such as examples of research infrastructures and capacity building. Furthermore, the seminar will examine the enabling policy and regulatory environment for enhancing science cooperation at a global level. Special focus will be placed on how big data will enable the operation of science in a global development context.

Poverty, hunger, access to water, electricity and education are some of the major challenges developing countries have to face. Science and innovation are key to overcome these problems and increasingly complement traditional development approaches. Examples of more traditional technologies used in the development context are vaccines which eradicated diseases like smallpox or new crops that are more resistant to environmental impacts. New technologies including ICT, renewable energies and biotechnology play a growing role in accelerating progress towards the SDGs. Moreover, innovation and technology development are crucial in boosting growth and economic development and transformation.

In order that the full potential of science for development can be exploited, enabling policies, regulations and funding instruments are necessary. The challenge is to better integrate science and innovation in existing development and related policies and to create an environment that facilitates the involvement of academia, companies and civil society in this process. The aim is to build partnerships between developing and developed country scientists who together can address local challenges and opportunities while using global sources of innovation, data and best practice.

The format of the seminar will include a series of presentations by leading scientists from Ireland, the EU and the US. Each presentation will present examples of current best practice and will demonstrate how these can help to address global challenges. The speakers will present relevant research infrastructures and examples of capacity building for achieving the SDGs and examine the enabling policy and regulatory environment for enhancing science cooperation and collaboration at a global level. Furthermore, special focus will be put on how Big Data will influence the operation of science in a development context, and in particular the seminar will look at how a UN Science Data Cloud could be developed to support data-enabled science aligned with related global initiatives. The target audience is primarily policy- and decision-makers involved in science, scientists and industry collaborators. The seminar will also include a panel discussion which will examine potential policy options.

Programme and speakers will be available shortly. To attend please register through the form on the link until 19 September 2016 at the latest:

For further information, please contact:

Declan Kirrane, Manging Director, ISC
Tel: + 32 494 34 60 40

Tjaša Petročnik, Policy Analyst, ISC
Tel: +32 2 880 36 24