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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Co-convenor: Melanie Brickman Borchard

New York Academy of Sciences
Director, Life Sciences

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Melanie Brickman Borchard serves as the Director of Life Sciences at the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Brickman Borchard has more than 20 years of experience in academic and non-profit settings — both as a public health researcher focused on the juncture of health, demography, policy, and geography, as well as a non-profit leader who brings scientific communities together. Prior to joining the Academy, Dr. Brickman Borchard was Associate Director of the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP). Additionally, Dr. Brickman Borchard spent nearly a decade as a Research Associate for the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University, where she worked on a range of projects related to health, disease, poverty, urbanization, and population issues. She also taught as an adjunct Professor at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs for five years. She received her PhD in medical geography from University College London (UCL) and her MSc in medical demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).