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Brussels 22nd September 2019: ISC will organise the second edition of its Global Science Conference around the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2020. The objective will be to raise awareness on the role and contribution of science to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The conference on the 75th Anniversary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA75), will be designed to bring together thinkers, scientists, technologists, innovators, policymakers, decision makers, regulators, financiers, editors, writers and artists to explore increased collaborations across a wide spectrum of themes. The conference will examine what enabling policy, regulatory and financial environment is needed to put in place the mechanisms to support truly global science collaboration.

Key objectives will be:

  1. present key science initiatives in a series of workshops, presentations, seminars roundtables and plenary sessions;
  2. Promote collaboration through enabling researchers, scientists and civil society organisation to be aware of each other, understand policy developments;
  3. Disseminate information on key science programmes and initiatives including the European Union's Horizon Europe Framework Programme for Research (2021-2027) and other research funding from around the world;
  4. Facilitate discussion between scientists and policy makers covering scient and technology, intellectual property. data protection regulations, health, ICT, space, astronomy, Agrifood, amongst others;
  5. Inform trade policy so that it becomes less mercantilist and more able to deal with trade in knowledge, know-haw and intellectual property;
  6. Support implementation of WTO TRIPS article 66.2 where Developed country members shall provide incentives to enterprises and institutions in their territories for the purpose of promoting and encouraging technology transfer to least developed country members in order to enable them to create a sound and viable technological base;
  7. Support building capacity and infrastructure for science
  8. Examine key regulations such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and regulation covering digital diagnostics, clinical trails, amongst other areas, and the impact for science;
  9. promote cooperation multilateralism for science
  10. Promote awareness of data-enabled science
  11. Identify opportunities for non-exchecquer, philanthropic funds for global science and
  12. Demonstrate how for research infrastructures
  13. Show how pre-competitive research can provide the foundation for global science cooperation and innovation
  14. Show how unitarty science can support global participation in science
  15. Explore how to remove the “them and us” mentality.

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Preparations are at an early stage and this announcement is purely for initial information purposes. A call for papers will be published in late October 2019 which will give actors from around the world the opportunity to put forward their ideas and proposals and gain attention at this high-level forum.

The structure of the conference will comprise a number of high-level plenary sessions on a number of key themes. This will be complemented by a series of seminars, workshops, panel discussions, presentations resulting from the call for papers and other sources of inspiration.

For those interested, here's the link to the previous edition of the conference which took place in the European Parliament in Brussels in 2013. The site is archived and has not been updated, so please bear that in mind. But it does give an approximate idea of what took place last time and provides a strong basis and foundation to develop future engagement with global policymakers. The conference in 2013 attracted over 2000 participants and some 300 separate plenaries, meetings and seminars http://globalsciencecollaboration.org/home

Registration will open in May 2020. Until then the registration on this site can be used for expressions of interest.

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