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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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Thursday, September 21 • 10:00am - 11:30am
[VIRTUAL] Exploring Recommendations for a More Equitable Future in Science Education and Workforce Development (211001)

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Science education and workforce development are critical for building future global citizens. To develop the next generation of scientists who can leverage their knowledge in society, the culture of science needs to change in ways that accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, focused on inclusive and equitable education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. Impactful culture change in science also requires preparing researchers to contribute their talents to improve society in ways that advance the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8, focused on economic growth, productive employment, and work environments.

Achieving these goals requires a variety of stakeholders to contribute. This includes the need for universities to incorporate discussions on the societal implications of research into the curriculum and to provide ways for scientists to engage in experiential opportunities outside the classroom. Research funders should envision novel mechanisms of rewarding training and mentoring for the next generation of scientists, in addition to several university partners who can help translate research discoveries into practical applications.

Finally, policymakers can utilize this information to help achieve actionable change in government or through the legislative process, which is critical to supporting the future scientific workforce in their education, employment, and civic engagement activities. Speakers in this session bring various perspectives and expertise, and they will engage the audience in effective ways of designing reforms to change the culture of science towards actionable recommendations that can be implemented globally. These recommendations will benefit scientists from all backgrounds and enable them to effectively contribute towards a better society. 

Moderator: Adriana Bankston, Senior Fellow in Civic Science & Public Policy, Sigma Xi & JSPG Leadership 

  • Brittany Aguilar, Science Associate, Schmidt Futures
  • Stephen Albright, Program Manager, New York Academy of Sciences
  • Leah Cairns, Associate Director, Executive Office Scientific Programs, IAVI
  • Shalin Jyotishi, Senior Advisor for Education, Labor, and the Future of Work, New America
  • Kaliris Salas-Ramirez, Distinguished Medical Lecturer, CUNY School of Medicine

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Stephen D. Albright (he/him)

Associate Director, Awards, New York Academy of Sciences
Stephen D. Albright, PhD, works on the Awards and Fellowships team at the New York Academy of Sciences. He manages a range of programs that recognize, support, and reward outstanding young scientists, impactful new technologies, and innovative educators for the benefit of global society... Read More →
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Leah Cairns

Associate Director, Executive Office Scientific Programs, IAVI
Leah Cairns, Associate Director, Executive Office Scientific Programs, IAVI. IAVI is anonprofit organization that develops vaccines and antibodies for HIV, TB, emerginginfectious diseases including COVID-19, and neglected diseases. Its mission is totranslate scientific discoveries... Read More →
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Shalin Jyotishi

Senior Advisor, New America
Shalin Jyotishi's mission is to solve problems concerning the workforce, higher education, policy, technological innovation, and their intersections. His expertise is in guiding colleges, employers, and policymakers to maximize the utility of education, skills, and job design to unlock... Read More →
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Kaliris Salas-Ramirez

Medical Distinguished Lecturer, CUNY School of Medicine
Medical Distinguished Lecturer at the CUNY School of Medicine in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences and is a member of the NYC school school board appointed by the Manhattan Borough President. As a educator and researcher she  incredibly passionate about... Read More →
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Brittany Aguilar

Science Associate, Schmidt Futures
Brittany Aguilar is a Science Associate at Schmidt Futures, working with the Scientific Knowledge team to develop interesting and unusual programs integrating AI into research, including the Eric & Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship.  Previously, she was a Senior... Read More →

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Adriana Bankston

Senior Fellow, Civic Science & Public Policy & JSPG Leadership, Sigma Xi
Adriana Bankston works on building the next generation STEM workforce through policy research, training, mentoring, skill building and advocacy. Adriana has worked to foster the future of U.S. science and technology by supporting the next generation of scientists through several non-profit... Read More →

Thursday September 21, 2023 10:00am - 11:30am EDT