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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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Friday, September 15 • 10:00am - 2:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Youth Changemakers in STEM and Advocacy: Empowering Youth Leaders Globally to Achieve the SDGs (151003)

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This session delves deeper into the journeys of several different youth STEM advocates, exemplifying how they lead education, activism, and awareness efforts in different areas of STEM, while still targeting the UN SDGs in their communities.

From a scientific innovation perspective, Sahil Sood’s research into developing a potential COVID-19 therapeutic is at the forefront of medicine. As one of the youngest COVID-19 researchers globally, his work investigates the development of a novel drug delivery system to provide a long-term treatment option for the virus. Similarly, Hector Martinez has utilized field research and discrete statistics to help create a platform that diminishes the incidence of drug-resistant Tuberculosis. This directly elevates SDG 3, as his research is currently being deployed in low-income communities to help promote good health in areas with high COVID-19 mortality.

In terms of technological advancements, Bautista Martinez’s work illustrates the applications of STEM in non-STEM sectors. By working with local legislators in Uruguay to strengthen privacy laws and fostering technological advancements that curb the spread of misinformation, his work directly aligns with SDG 9, as he helps develop infrastructure that empowers individuals, rather than furthering the digital and socioeconomic divide. Similarly, Shreen Shavkani has collaborated with teens across the United States to distribute ignition interlocks, innovative technology that prevents substance-impaired driving. She worked with local legislators to pass legislation regarding this technology, which relates to SDG 3.

From an environmental perspective, Aritro Chatterjee leads a podcast alongside leading environmental figures, raising visibility for innovative climate solutions and providing practical advice for climate-conscious youth. This helps inspire youth changemakers to target SDG 13, which helps secure a greener planet for the future.

When looking at educational efforts, Ahmed Piracha has founded the Photon Report, an online magazine dedicated to the spread and awareness of science and mathematics within Pakistan through novel engagement strategies. Similarly, Sahil has founded HYPE, a nonprofit that has provided over $100,000 towards advancing STEM education through virtual courses, work that Tony He has been a part of. Michelle Bok has also promoted STEM education by founding the Global STEM Youth Journal, which works with students from 17 different member nations to make STEM more accessible and break the paradigm that STEM fields are solely for academia. Through Ashmit Singh’s counterterrorism efforts with national governments, access to education for communities is secured. These initiatives promote SDG 4, as they help provide specialized STEM education, enriching the quality of education for these students.

Finally, Nilay Ersoy’s efforts to advance cross-cultural advocacy and build communication skills help students equip the soft skills that are the foundation of STEM. Dashel Myers synthesizes all of this work into written form, as he is publishing a mathematics textbook incorporating the aforementioned skills. Building the infrastructure for students to better understand STEM–as these two leaders have done–relates to SDG 9, as the approaches they utilize are innovative.

Overall, the wide variety of endeavors that these youth leaders engage in illustrates how multiple STEM perspectives are critical to tackling the SDGs.

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Sahil Sood

Founder and CEO, HYPE
Sahil Sood is a patent-pending scientist, having published 4 papers on groundbreaking research, including a novel treatment for COVID-19 that received international recognition. Simultaneously, he’s an avid debater, ranked #1 nationally in Public Forum. Sahil converged both his... Read More →
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Shreen Shavkani

Board Member and Previous National President, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
My name is Shreen Shavkani, and I'm a rising freshman at Indiana University. I'm involved in the public health sector through youth-led organisations and have had the opportunity to serve as the SADD National President for the 2022-2023 academic year and a board member for the upcoming... Read More →
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Nilay Ersoy

Outreach Officer & Mentor, Project Access/Harvard
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Bautista Martinez

Over the last few years, Bautista has focused on the societal impacts of technological advancements, mainly social media and its influence on mental health, democratic processes, and the spread of misinformation. Bautista works with local legislators in Uruguay to strengthen privacy... Read More →
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Ashmit Singh

Founder, SkillTern Initiative
Involved in multiple social entrepreneurship ventures, Ashmit has been working to make education accessible to all for the past two years. Through his organisation, the SkillTern Initiative, Ashmit has taught over 250 underprivileged children hailing from impoverished localities and... Read More →
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Ahmed Piracha

Founder, ThePhotonReport
My name is Ahmed and I am currently a High School Senior at Aitchison College. I am an official Researcher at the Pakistan National Center for Physics, along with that I am the Founder of multiple STEM Advocacy and Humanitarian Projects, such as SymptoSure (A Project which is using... Read More →
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Aritro Chatterjee

Aritro Chatterjee is a high school student based in Dubai who is passionate about using STEM to address global challenges.His passion for STEM was ignited when he won the Kenken International Championship three times. He then went on to write and publish a Kenken puzzle book, which... Read More →
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Dashel Myers

Ambassador, Wolfram Research
I'm Dashel Myers, a rising junior at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx. For years, I have pushed for sustainable development and educational initiatives via programmatic solutions. Some of my recent work has been in computational mathematics, where I co-authored a... Read More →
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Héctor Martínez

College Student, Harvard University
I’m Héctor Martínez, an international first-year student at Harvard College. Over the last few years my interest in medicine and science has grown exponentially. Throughout highschool, I channeled my interest by researching medical communication in my hometown, Monterrey, Mexico... Read More →
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Tony He

Tutoring Initiative
Tony He is a high school student from Massachusetts who has focused on utilizing tutoring to ignite interest in STEM in rural communities.Through grassroots tutoring, he has helped many students in the local community identify their strengths and apply them to their passion as they... Read More →

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Sahil Sood

Founder and CEO, HYPE
Sahil Sood is a patent-pending scientist, having published 4 papers on groundbreaking research, including a novel treatment for COVID-19 that received international recognition. Simultaneously, he’s an avid debater, ranked #1 nationally in Public Forum. Sahil converged both his... Read More →

Friday September 15, 2023 10:00am - 2:00pm EDT