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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 27 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Safeguarding Science and Innovation in Post-Conflict Region (271101)

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Regions in conflict often face major disruptions in their scientific projects, researchers, and facilities. Therefore it is crucial to safeguard existing and future research and innovation during pre-, and post- conflict and to understand and implement protocols on the safe disposal and rebuilding of large research facilities and institutions in the case of a local or regional threat to the facility. Displaced researchers and university staff are often left without adequate support and a transition plan in a post-conflict situation, causing further human security and vulnerability to reintroduce peace in post-conflict regions. This Session will address three main objectives, drawing experience from large laboratory and facility operational experts and scientists:
1. Understand the principle and protocol of safe disposal and rebuilding of research facilities and institutions in the case of a local or regional destruction of the facility (due to man-made threat or natural disaster).
2. Building an institutional policy to support rapid rebuild of research infrastructure.
3. Manage large team of international scientists, and provide support for researchers at risk.

The Session will share examples from Lebanese university's recovery path after the port explosion. How to quickly rebuild and return to the normal research capacity in post-conflict through a comprehensive institutional policy and community support. The proposed session will use a collaborative and interactive presentation engaging participants to address challenges in saving research effort in post-conflict situation and how these challenges can be improved by the use of advance technology and professional skills of research managers in all aspects of the grant life cycle, and by assisting universities to be more successful in their facility and infrastructure continuity planning. The session will showcase examples and processes from universities and large laboratories with their rebuilding protocols, procurement of necessary materials, risk management, engaging international collaboration, science diplomacy, and resources for displaced students and researchers.

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Fadia Homeidan

Director, Office of Grants and Contracts, Technology Transfer Unit, Center for Research and Innovation, American University of Beirut
Dr. Fadia Homeidan is currently the Director of the Office of Grants and Contracts at the American University of Beirut (AUB). She is also the Director of the Technology Transfer Unit, responsible for encouraging innovation at the university and for intellectual property management... Read More →
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Jan Bruegmann

Global Liaison, NCURA
I am a consultant for international research, technology and space policy matters, with a focus is on international cooperation and strategic analysis and advising.

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Claire Chen

Director, Global Initiatives, NCURA

Wednesday September 27, 2023 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT