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UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Circular Science Symposium

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UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Circular Science Symposium seminar took place on 21 September 2015 at The CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, US.

  

Attendees 

More than 80 persons registered for the event. The Symposium was attended by about 40 individuals representing companies, non-governmental organisations and research institutions from Canada, Congo, Georgia, Greece, Japan, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. The profiles of attendees spanned from CEO’s to programme and project managers of international development projects, heads of partnership and programmes departments, as well as students and representatives of local authorities and liaisons of international organisations. Participants had an opportunity to ask questions during sessions and continue discussion with the speakers during breaks and the networking reception after the Symposium. Many of them confirmed their interest in collaborating in future potential projects as well as to learn about opportunities of funding from the European Union and other sources.

 

 Description of the Sessions and Speakers

 Please, see the website of ISC for the individual session concepts, bios of speakers and their presentations: http://www.iscintelligence.com/event.php?id=284 

 

Conclusions

Each of sessions dealt with a number of research topics which were put in context of the past Millenium Development Goals and the new SDGs. The Circular Science Symposium demonstrated the high level of engagement of research community and the stakeholders in the accomplishment of the Goals, as well as pointed at the need of systemic thinking and need for more connection between science, society and policy making. The participants oftentimes referred to the difficulty of connecting the Goals among each other, as some of them seem to have contradictory social, environmental or economic effects. It was also felt that scientific evidence is not enough present in the policy making, especially in the developing countries. Awareness raising among the general population, and especially local affected communities, returned as an indispensable aspect for the future research, emphasizing the question of the social responsibility of science, and building the support among the citizens for the innovative solutions, backed by science, to be adopted by the policy makers.

 

 

Next Steps 

A number of speakers and participants confirmed their interest in collaborating in future potential projects as well as to learn about opportunities of funding from the European Union and other sources. A call for expression of interest will be produced by the Symposium organisers to gather the partners interested in the collaboration. The nearest future actions would encompass both creation of consortium around a research area for a potential submission of a project proposal to the funding schemes, as e.g. Horizon 2020, as well as to produce a “next big thing” concept which could be welcomed in next programming

 

Similar opportunities for networking and discussion on science contribution towards the global solutions to the global challenges are following:

 - 4 December 2015, Paris, France, Circular Science Seminar “Climate Change and Health in the Context of COP21 Negotiations”, organized by ISC, INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) and Biobanques;

 - 7 December 2015, Paris, France, “Shaping Policy Options and Market Opportunities for a Sustainable Approach to Future Energy Needs”, a seminar organized on the margins of COP21 by University College of Dublin and ISC;

 

For more information visit regularly www.iscintelligence.com 

 

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