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Global Science Collaboration Conference 2020 (GSCC2020)

ISC will organise the second edition of the Global Science Collaboration Conference around the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA75) in New York in September 2020. The role and contribution of science to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of this conference. The objective is to develop and launch initiatives which demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities in support of the attainment of the SDGs. Science infrastructures and digital research capacity building are crucial to enable scientists to collaborate together at global level to create opportunities for wide ranging initiatives that can produce innovations to support challenges in the area of health, climate, environment, energy, agriculture and food, amongst a range of other thematic objectives.

GSCC2020 builds on the successful Global Science Coalition Conference which brought together 2500 representatives from 100 countries at the European Parliament in Brussels in March 2013 during the Ireland Council Presidency of the European Union. The conference was opened by Maire Geoghegan Quinn, the European Union Commissioner for science and innovation and closed by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kennyin his role as chairman of the European Council.

At this pivotal moment of UNGA75, GSCC2020 will  bring together thought leaders, scientists, technologists, innovators, policymakers, decision makers, regulators, financiers, philanthropists, journalists and editors and community leaders  to increase  science and citizen collaborations across a wide spectrum of themes, including health, ICT, nutrition, agriculture and the environment.

The conference will examine what enabling policy, regulatory and financial environment is needed to put in place and sustain the science mechanisms needed to support truly global scientific collaborations across continents, across nations and across themes. Scientific discovery through the analysis of massive data sets is at hand. This data-enabled approach to science, research and development will be necessary.

Attainment of the SDGs requires the alignment of policies and regulations that impact science and technology to allow science data to move from country to country. The recognition and importance of ICT as a hugely transformative and enbaling influence across all science disciplines will be key theme of the conference.Without regulatory equivalence it’s difficult to see how the health science and research cooperation that needs to happen between developed and less developed nations will take place. Without alignement, existing disparate  regulatory frameworks are and will continue to be a barrier: a barrier to innovation; a barrier to technology transfer; a barrier that will impede progress in addressing health deprivation and other challenges. This applies to diagnostics, therapy development and healthcare delivery. ICT technologies and health research are intertwined.

GSCC2020 will promote unitary science: all science disciplines are ultimately linked and enabled by ICT data infrastrucutures. Without understanding this, policymakers and legislators are likely to embark on disparate and disconnected initiatives. Here also, lack of coordination and national vested interests will conspire to impede scientific progress and innovations to address truly global and immediate challenges. This lack of alignment at local and national level is an impedement to progress: lack of alignmet at global level will be disaterous.

The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development, is the first Global Sustainable Development Report prepared by the Independent Group of Scientists appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General[1].




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