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.
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.