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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 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Women Leadership in Science Diplomacy and Research Ecosystem (271004)

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A significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years at all levels in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) worldwide. Although women have made significant progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in the areas mentioned above.
Gender equality is a goal in itself, as recognized, e.g., by the UN Charta of Human Rights. Therefore, this should also be reflected in science diplomacy. Projects developed by women scientists and diverse teams have added value. Thus, adopting a gender inclusive perspective reduces gender-biased research and development. So far, gender representation in science diplomacy and research ecosystem is still not equal, thus, gender perspectives are often lacking in this field.
The session has three main objectives:
1. Define the Role of Women Leaders in Science and Science Diplomacy
2. Define the Role of Women leaders in Research Ecosystem
3. Support and Sponsor Women Leaders in Science and Research Ecosystem
4. Community for women leaders of the future in science

This session will build a base for active discussion on promoting women leadership in all area of research and development, resources, knowledge, and community development tool needed to support and sponsor women leaders in science diplomacy and policy making. Through this session, the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) together with Women in Science Diplomacy Association (WiSDA) will share experience in capacity and community building activities to,
1. Address identified gender gaps and bias in the research community.
2. The role of women leadership in Science Diplomacy
3. The role of women leadership in University and research institution
4. Promoting and support the pipeline of next generation women leaders in S&T and research ecosystem.
5. Build science competency among diplomates, introduce women scientists to careers in science diplomacy


Mireille Guyader

Counselor for Science and Technology, Embassy of France in the United States
I have been the Counselor for Science and Technology for the Embassy of France in the United States since September 1 2021, and director of research at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm) since 2015.  In that capacity, I oversee the French Office... Read More →
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Kerstin Hildebrandt-Abdikarim

Vice President Research Administration, Children's National Hospital
Kerstin Hildebrandt, Vice President of Research Administration at Children’s National Research Institute (CNRI), joined Children’s in 2001 as Administrative Director of the General Clinical Research Center and has been in her current role for the past 11 years. She leads the Research... Read More →
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Kathleen Larmett

Executive Director, National Council of University Research Administrators
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Giusi Condorelli

Science Counselor for health, Embassy of Italy
I am a medical doctor specialized in gastroenterology with an extensive experience in public health, international cross border disease control, maritime medicine and health diplomacy. I am currently the Science Counselor for Health at the Embassy of Italy in Washington.Before being... Read More →

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Claire Chen

Director, Global Initiatives, NCURA

Wednesday September 27, 2023 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT