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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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Wednesday, September 20 • 9:00am - 11:30am
[VIRTUAL] Advancing Digital Commons for Research Data Sharing (201103)

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Achieving the SDGs require the further creation of knowledge and development of technologies. FAIR Data further contributes directly to several SDG targets. First, it contributes to SDG target 17.1, which seeks to achieve international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing. Second, it accelerates progress towards SDG target 9.5 which aims to enhance scientific research and upgrade technological capabilities. The ‘Our Common Agenda report’ stresses the need for ‘regulatory frameworks that ensure effectiveness and accountability and explore the development of a global code of conduct that promotes integrity in public information’ and highlights recent concerns about trust.

Science Europe is the organisation representing major public organisations that fund and perform excellent, ground-breaking research in Europe. Building on the experience of Science Europe and its members in research data, as well as the experience of other higher education and research organisations such as universities and research infrastructures, this session aims to advance FAIR data through identifying needs and gaps in the five large world regions, to build a common knowledge base and exchange good practices and solutions to challenges.This session will address how to move on by bringing together public scientific bodies to discuss how to best set up, manage and regulate FAIR research data spaces for science advancement. The dialogue will also stimulate an international discussion on how to reinforce data policies and practices for Open Science to contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2023 – and, in particular, SDGs 9 and 17.

It will be structured as a panel discussion, including speeches from panellists, who will be representatives from leading institutions that contribute to FAIR data implementation. An open discussion with the participants is foreseen. The speakers will present relevant experiences and good practices on:
  • Sustainable research data – including the challenges and good practices in setting up and managing a Research Data Infrastructure and making data sustainable and available.
  • Development and management of collaboration between relevant authorities and stakeholders to set up open data policies, structures, and practices.
  • The development of Open Data models from the perspective of a research performer and/or research funder.

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Dominique Babini

Latin American Council of Social Sciences
Dominique Babini is from Argentina, holds a doctorate in political science and a postgraduate degree in information science. She is an Open Science Advisor, and previously Open Access Scholarly Communications Coordinator, at the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO... Read More →
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Deshni Pillay

South African National Biodiversity Institute
Deshni Pillay is the Chief Director for Biodiversity Information and Policy Advice at the South African National Biodiversity Institute. She was previously Director of Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring at the National Biodiversity Institute. She has a PhD in Natural Resources... Read More →
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Martine Garnier-Rizet

National Research Agency, France
Since September 2021, Martine Garnier-Rizet has headed the Digital Strategy and Data Department. She coordinates the design and deployment a data policy in support of the National Research Agency's departments, in liaison with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, and research... Read More →
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Pascal Boeckx

Ghent University
Pascal Boeckx is full professor at Ghent University and head of the Isotope Bioscience laboratory – ISOFYS. He holds a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences (1998, Ghent University), a MSc in Environmental Sanitation (1992, Ghent University) and an MSc in Bioscience Engineering (1... Read More →


Adrien Braem

Senior Policy Officer, Science Europe

Wednesday September 20, 2023 9:00am - 11:30am EDT
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