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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.
Friday, September 15 • 10:00am - 12:30pm
[IN-PERSON ONLY] Science Diplomacy in Times of Global Crises with EU Science Diplomacy Alliance (151002) FILLING

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Science Diplomacy in Times of Multiple Crises

Science diplomacy is an often-promulgated concept for tackling global challenges in an increasingly interconnected and competitive world order. Science diplomacy fosters peace and understanding between nations and has often been utilized to argue for more cooperation and openness among adverse states. Can science diplomacy keep up with its promise in an ever-more fragmented multipolar world? Does the concept and its basic tenets need to be revised, or has science diplomacy never been more valid and important?

This event explores science diplomacy in current global affairs from at least two perspectives in times of multiple crises: the need for openness and collaboration in tackling global challenges and the need for safeguarding indisputable values, principles and interests. The first perspective will be addressed with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (Session 1: “Open science diplomacy for an ethical and trustworthy global AI”), and the second perspective will be covered by attending to the risks of foreign interference, intellectual property right, misinformation and manipulation in international science cooperation (Session 2: “Science diplomacy in a fragmented, multipolar world”).

Both sessions will take place on Friday morning, September 15th. The opening session on Thursday, 7 pm (September 14th), will also invite artistic perspectives and approaches to the otherwise highly conceptual debate, thereby broadening the range of perspectives on science diplomacy in times of global crises. Please register for the opening event through this link.

Session I: Open science diplomacy for an ethical and trustworthy global AI (10 am)
- Under-Secretary-General Amandeep Gill, UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Technology
- Rumman Chowdhury, PhD Responsible AI Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center (confirmed)
- Yacine Jernite, PhD Leader of the Machine Learning and Society Team, Hugging Face (confirmed)
- Prof. Dr. Judith Simon, Professor for Ethics in Information Technology (confirmed)

Moderator: Dr. Katja Mayer, University of Vienna

11.00 -11.15 Coffee Break

Session II: Science diplomacy in a fragmented, multipolar world (11.15 am)
- Derya Buyuktanir Karacan, PhD, George Washington University & EURAXESS North America (confirmed)
- Mag. Martina Hartl, BMBWF, Member of the ERA Subgroup "Global approach to R&I cooperation" and member of the Steering Team on the EU Science Diplomacy Agenda (confirmed)
- Peter B. Kaufman, Senior Program Officer, MIT Open Learning (confirmed)
- Isabella Tomas, MA, Consul and Co-Director of Open Austria San Francisco (confirmed)

Moderator: Dr. Klaus Schuch, Director of the Center for Social Innovation (ZSI)

Reflecting Remarks (12.15):
- Dr. Christina Hainzl, University for Continuing Education Krems

Closing Remarks (12.30):
- Dr. Susanne Keppler-Schlesinger, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York

Full Event Program

We kindly ask our participants to REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE as well:
  • Please register here to attend the opening event on Thursday evening!
  • Please register here to attend sessions I and II on Friday.

Venue address:
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 East 52nd Street New York, NY 10022

NOTE: This is an in-person session. The event will NOT be transmitted online.

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Rumman Chowdhury, PhD:

Chief Scientist, Parity Consulting
Dr Rumman Chowdhury’s passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She is a pioneer in the field of applied algorithmic ethics, creating cutting-edge socio-technical solutions for ethical, explainable and transparent AI. She is an active contributor... Read More →
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Dr. Derya Buyuktanir Karacan

Professional Lecturer- Researcher, The George Washington University
Dr. Derya Buyuktanir Karacan received her Ph.D. degree in Economics and International Relations of the European Union from Ankara University, Turkey. After completing her Ph.D., she continued her studies in the Department of Government at Georgetown University, Washington DC, as a... Read More →
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Peter Kaufman

Strategic Initiatives, MIT Open Learning
Online education; video; OER; and the fight to free knowledge.
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Martina Hartl

Deputy Head of Unit International Cooperation, Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) Austria
Martina Hartl is Deputy Head of Unit for International Research Cooperation in the Ministry of Education, Science and Research in Austria. With a background in Sociology, her 20+ years career in the Ministry started in the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, where she has... Read More →

Isabella Tomas

Consul & Co-Director, Open Austria
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Dr. Katja Mayer

Elise Richter Fellow, University of Vienna
Katja Mayer is a recognized sociologist, employing her expertise at the crossroads of science, technology, and society. She has been contributing as a senior postdoc at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna since 2019. There, she applies a critical... Read More →
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Yacine Jernite

Dr. Yacine Jernite currently leads the ML and Society team at Hugging Face, working on ML systems governance at the intersection of regulatory and technical tools. Their work to date has focused on language and multimodal models and data curation, documentation, and governance, i... Read More →
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Judith Simon

Full Professor for Ethics in IT, University of Hamburg
I am a professor for Ethics in Information Technologies at the University of Hamburg in Germany. What interests me is the intersection between ethical, epistemological and political questions arising in the context of digital technologies, in particular in regards to big data and... Read More →
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Klaus Schuch (Moderator)

Scientific Director, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI)
Dr Klaus Schuch is an expert on techno-globalisation, international R&I cooperation, R&I policies, and evaluation. Klaus is the director and senior scientist at ZSI (Centre for Social Innovation), Austria.Klaus is and was engaged in many national and international projects. From 2009... Read More →

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Charlotte Rungius

Leader of Secretariat, EU Science Diplomacy Alliance (at ZSI)

Friday September 15, 2023 10:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Austrian Cultural Forum New York