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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 28 • 9:00am - 12:30pm
[VIRTUAL] Frontier Synchrotron technologies contribution to the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 (280905)

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Introduction and aims

Our plenary program has 12 speakers (9 in person and 3 virtual) aiming at demonstrating the role that Frontier Synchrotron Technologies play in the implementation of the UN SDGs. Our sessions cover a variety of topics focussing on this innovative technology. This session explores ways researchers from LATAM/Greater Caribbean and Africa can have more access to this kind of big science infrastructure to advance the overall UN Agenda 2030 and address specific local health, economic and social challenges confronted by people living in these regions.


Our sessions will examine how equitable access to big science institutions can accelerate the progress of the UN’s sustainable goals such as tackling poverty, hunger and gender issues.

Of the over fifty synchrotrons or particle accelerators around the world that generate electromagnetic waves for research in a variety of disciplines, which are capable of reducing research time from years to just weeks, only one is in Latin America (Brazil) and none in Africa. The sessions will discuss the SESAME Synchrotron as a model for achieving the goals of this project and analyse the partnership developed among different regional organisations from LATAM/Greater Caribbean and Africa to make the project a reality.

Therefore, scientists from these regions do not have access to this highly accurate and fast frontier technology. This lack of access to this kind of frontier technology has created a big research gap for scientists conducting studies in some of the poorest regions in the world. Local scientists demand more power to prioritise their own areas of research.

This special plenary session to explore skilling up thousands of researchers from the developing regions of Latin America and the Greater Caribbean in this specialised synchrotron technology to close this gap, finding alternative funding sources for training and capitalising on the opportunity to build laboratories for capacity building using some of the spare capacity existing in Synchrotrons already operating. The session also explores ways that these regions could build their own infrastructure once they reach a minimum number of potential users.

Expected outcomes

1. Providing solid evidence of the Frontier Synchrotron Technologies to the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030
2. Discuss ways the international community could help to build research capacity and develop specific educational programs to provide more frontier synchrotron technology access to researchers working in some of the poorest regions of the world
3. Explore ways that the project can address gender diversity in Latin American and African facilities
4. Explore innovative ways to fund this project in the short, medium and long term

H.E. Mr James Larsen
Australia's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (pencilled)
JoAnne Hewett Director of BNL (confirmed)
Victor Del Rio
RMIT University
Herman Winnick (online)
The SESAME Experience as a Model for the GCLSI
Galileo Violini
LATAM Synchrotron in the Greater Caribbean
Victor Del Rio
Frontier Synchrotron technologies contribution to the “No poverty” and “Zero hunger” UN SDGs
Angel Calderón
Geography of Knowledge Production and Frontier Technologies for addressing the UN SDGs
Francisco Tovar
Harnessing Micro/nano technologies and Synchrotron Light for Sustainable Development: Addressing Challenges in Developing Countries
Matías Moreno (online)
On the STEM Implications of the GCLS for Regional Development
Victor Castaño
Industry 4.0 and a Synchrotron in the Central America/Caribbean Region (CA/C): challenges and opportunities
Qun Shen
Societal Impact of Synchrotron Light Sources: NSLS-II
Louise Marie Debefve
Capacity building: GCLS and CHESS
Brenda Valderrama
How to build a critical mass of synchrotron users
Simon Connell (Online)
The Greater Caribbean and African Light Sources Working in Partnership
Thierry d'Ameida (online)
X-Tech Lab in Benin as a Model for Human Capacity Building in Crystallography

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Brenda Valderrama

Senior researcher at the Institute of Biotechnology
Dr. Valderrama holds a Phd in Biomedical Research from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is a senior researcher at the Institute of Biotechnology since 1997 and has pursued the construction of the Mexican Synchroton as scientific advisor of the Government of Hidalgo... Read More →

Herman Winick

Prof. Emeritus, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
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Simon Connell

Chair, African Light Source Foundation
Contact points :The African Light Source, https://www.africanlightsource.orgThe African Strategy for Physics and applied. Physics https://africanphysicsstrategy.orgSubjects: Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Energy, Materials Science, Quantum Physics, High Performance Computing... Read More →
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Angel Calderon

Director, Strategic Insights, RMIT University
Mr Calderon has worked in institutional research and planning over the past 30 years in several Australian universities. He has also worked as a journalist and foreign correspondent in several countries.Over the past seven years, Mr Calderon has directed RMIT’s top-level performance... Read More →
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Carolina Santacruz Perez

Science Officer, International Science Council
Scientific Officer of the Regional Focal Point for Latin America and the Caribbean of the International Science Council. Industrial Microbiologist, Master in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology. PhD in Biophysics. 4 Post-doctorates in multidisciplinary areas. Granted by various institutions... Read More →
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Francisco Tovar Lopez

Enabling Impact Platforms /. Integrated Photonics and Applications Centre (InPAC), RMIT University
Dr. Francisco Tovar (Mech. Eng. National Autonomous University of Mexico, Doctor of Biomedical Engineering Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology - RMIT University) has a passionate focus on innovation to combat Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) through the lens of frontier technologies... Read More →
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Matias Moreno Yntriago

Professor, Instituto de Física, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Advantages and challenges of building a Regional Advanced Light Source in the Great Caribbean and Africa
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Victor Castaño

Coordinador de Prospectiva y Proyectos Estratégicos, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Victor M. Castaño received M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and spent 2 years as a postdosctoral fellow at IBM´s Thomas J. Watson Research Center (New York). He has authored and co-authored over 800 peer-review papers, is member of the... Read More →
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Emilia Giorgetti

senior researcher, CNR
Emilia Giorgetti (EG) completed her studies in Physics at the University of Florence, graduating in 1985 (laurea old system) with the highest qualification and honors. A researcher at the Italian National Research Council since 1988, she has been a senior researcher since 2006. Her... Read More →
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Qun Shen

Deputy Director for Science of the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), and a Senior Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Professor/Dr. Qun Shen is the Deputy Director for Science of the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), and a Senior Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He oversees the development and strategic planning of the scientific programs at NSLS-II, including interactions... Read More →

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Co-convenor: Galileo Violini

Director Emeritus, Centro Internacional de Física
Science policy in developing countries. A econd synchrotron in Latin America
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Victor Federico Del Rio

Senior Industrial Research Fellow, RMIT University
Dr. Del Rio is an international expert in organisational and project strategy with strong links to universities and global top science, technology and business networks and a passion to readdress research inequalities.Since 2011 Dr. Del Rio has worked on a variety of roles to increase... Read More →

Thursday September 28, 2023 9:00am - 12:30pm EDT