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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 • 9:00am - 11:00am
[VIRTUAL] Creating positive futures to achieve the SDGs: the changing landscape of research for development (210908)

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This session will take place on 21 September, 14:00 - 16:00 UK time / 09:00 - 11:00 NY time. 
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Research and science are key to developing solutions for the urgent challenges facing our world.  

With only seven years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), research funders and policymakers will need to focus on accelerating the impact research can have on developing urgent solutions to global challenges, including climate change, poverty and inequality, injustice and human rights, and gender inequality. Yet, at the same time, the world has changed profoundly since the SDGs were established in 2015 and is likely to see more major changes in the years ahead. How can we ensure that the research we develop and support is future fit and relevant? 
This session, jointly hosted by the UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), will explore how we can create an enabling environment to support research and help advance Agenda 2030 in an increasingly uncertain world.  
In this session, participants will hear about emerging insights from IDRC’s foresight work on disruptors and enablers of research for development, and what this means for the future of research we fund. Attendees will also learn about a framework UKCDR has developed to enable more meaningful research impact. This framework highlights the mechanisms and structures that are needed to support equitable, high quality research that can be positioned to address the complex global challenges set out in the SDGs. 
Following two short presentations, a moderated panel discussion will bring together five experts in research impact and foresight to explore how the international science community can apply lessons learned over the past years whilst casting an eye to future opportunities and challenges, informing the UN Summit of the Future in 2024. 
Our speakers: 
  • Tanya Hichert, Strategic Foresight Advisor - Centre for Sustainability Transitions, Stellenbosch University 
  • Andrea Padilla, Research and Policy Officer - UKCDR 
Our panelists: 
  • Dr Dorothy Ngila, Director of Knowledge Networks and SGCI at the National Research Foundation – South Africa (Science Granting Councils Initiative) 
  • Andrea Ordonez Llanos, Executive Director - Southern Voice 
  • Mark Claydon-Smith, Deputy Director of International Funds – UKRI 
  • Dr Charles Forsdick, Professor of French - University of Liverpool 
  • Francesco Obino, Director of Research Programmes – Global Development Network 
This session will be a virtual webinar delivered via Zoom. The moderator will facilitate the panel discussion and the participation of attendees in the conversation. 

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Andrea Padilla

Research and Policy Officer, UKCDR
As part of UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR), I provide research and policy advice to key stakeholders of the research community on international development issues. My interests are research impact, international cooperation and transformative innovation for sustainable... Read More →
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Dorothy Ngila

Director: Strategic Partneships, National Research Foundation, South Africa
I advance my career at South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF) as a director in the Strategic Partnerships division. I coordinate the NRF’s contribution to the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) in sub-Saharan Africa, and advance the NRF’s engagement in knowledge... Read More →
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Francesco Obino

Director, Research and Programs, Global Development Network
Francesco is Director of the Research Programs Unit at the Global Development Network, as well as Senior Fellow, Research Capacity Building & Institutions and Networks. At GDN, he leads the global team of Fellows and Managers who design and implement GDN research and research capacity... Read More →
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Andrea Ordónez Llanos

Executive Director, Southern Voice
Executive Director of Southern Voice, a network of over sixty think tanks from Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, and Asia leveraging Southern evidence and analysis to promote fair global development debates.An economist by training and I was previously Research Director at Grupo... Read More →
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Maggie Gorman Velez

Director, Policy and Evaluation, IDRC
Maggie Gorman Vélez is Director of Policy and Evaluation at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), in Ottawa, Canada.  Maggie’s professional experience in the international research and development field includes strategy development, risk management, corporate... Read More →
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Mark Claydon-Smith

Dr. Claydon-Smith has been with the UK Research Councils for over 25 years working in a variety of roles. Currently, he is the Associate Director for International Funds within UKRI International. His team coordinates UKRI involvement in International Funds, including the International... Read More →
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Charles Forsdick

James Barrow Professor of French, University of Liverpool
Charles Forsdick is James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool and Adjunct Professor in Translation Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. From 2012 until 2021 he was AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow for 'Translating Cultures'. He has published widely on... Read More →
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Tanja Hichert

Chair in Complex Systems and Transformative African Futures, Stellenbosch Univeristy
Tanja Hichert is an academically qualified, highly experienced, futures and foresight practitioner. In addition to running the Hichert & Associates consulting firm for the past 18 years, Tanja holds positions as:Co-chair of the UNESCO Chair in Complex Systems and Transformative African... Read More →

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Co-convenor: Maggy Heintz

Executive Director, UKCDR
Maggy Heintz is Executive Director of UKCDR, the UK Collaborative on Development Research. In her role, she provides high-level engagement, strategic coordination and supports best practice amongst the UK main funders of international development research.Prior to UKCDR, Maggy was... Read More →
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Lucy Lawrenson

Communications Manager, UKCDR

Thursday September 21, 2023 9:00am - 11:00am EDT