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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 - 12:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Capacity Building through Interdisciplinarity: Inroads to Policy Innovation (151001)

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Introduction and aims

The purpose of this panel is to bring together global leaders whose expertise brings them into the realm of policy on the African continent. They will be responding to the question of how policy is being influenced through other disciplines and what opportunities exist for further support for science in Africa through other understandings of society beyond the lab.


Aside from scientific enterprise in Africa, there are significant developments in various other related spheres, ranging from a renewed scholarly output in areas of the history and sociology of science and technology to a dynamic capital landscape resulting in increased funding for innovations serving the African continent. In the acknowledgement of the broader impact of the ripples sent out by development in these fields, we aim to delineate the scope and possibilities that the interactions between these specialties are defining now and what they mean for the future. By understanding and defining the space of interaction, we also seek to outline new modes of connection and establish strong ideas for how strategic impulses throughout these nodes can speak to stronger interventions and policies that favour African scientific enterprise and the unique space it occupies.

Expected outcomes

The outcome of this panel is to develop a roadmap for how individuals, organisations and institutions in the broader ecosystem of African scientific enterprise can collaborate to expedite science and technology policy innovations.

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Petro Terblanche

CEO, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines
Professor Petro Terblanche has a successful track record in the strategic and operational management of technology intensive organizations. She has played a key part in the design and implementation of South Africa’s biotechnology strategy. She holds the position of Chief Executive... Read More →
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Anne Pollock

Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, King's College London
Anne Pollock is a professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London, where she currently serves as head of department.  She is also president-elect of the Society for Social Studies of Science and an Editor at BioSocieties.  Her research broadly... Read More →
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Tendai Chisowa

Director of Policy and Development, Enveda Biosciences
Tendai is focused on empowering biotechnology and healthcare founders, building companies that are scaling outcomes in health. A Zambian transplant in America, she is passionate about ensuring the next generation of healthcare technologies and therapeutics are equitable across diverse... Read More →

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Michelle Angwenyi

Strategic Designer, ThinkPlace Kenya

Friday September 15, 2023 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
  Policy, capacity strengthening