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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 • 8:45am - 12:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Expanding scientific frontiers via international cooperation and networking, with COST and NSF, USA (150904)

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The session is co-organized by the US National Science Foundation AccelNet Program and the European Cooperation in Science and Technology, the COST Programme. We aim to promote the value of international networking to the advancement of science using examples from funding programs. The session includes an overview of the model used by each program, the scope of international collaboration, and informal presentations by teams funded through both programs about their collaboration and building international networks of networks. We also aim to offer perspectives from additional funding mechanisms from the Global South and as part of a larger forum on multilateral scientific collaboration. The session will end with a “meet & greet” opportunity for interested participants to talk to funded teams about their experience or learn more about the models and details of the various funding schemes discussed.

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a European funding organisation for research and innovation networks. Its Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and over the globe while enabling researchers and innovators to grow their ideas in any science and technology field and share them with their peers.

The open and inclusive characteristic of COST Actions establishes and maintains the international research partners’ long-term collaboration built on trust and achieving breakthrough scientific results. COST Actions are bottom-up networks with a duration of four years that boost research and innovation while providing opportunities for researcher mobility and career advancement.

The AccelNet program funds networking activities to coordinate the efforts of multiple independent research networks at the international level in cooperative team science. The program welcomes proposals in any area funded by the National Science Foundation, particularly those addressing grand research challenges identified within research communities and/or NSF. The program is based on a model of science as a global effort resulting in highly cited papers featuring diverse research teams working for mutual benefit. The program emphasizes collaboration rather than competition in the pooling of expertise and resources that accelerate science and scientific exchanges that foster science diplomacy.

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Abdullah Konak

Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State Berks
I am a Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University, Berks. My primary research focuses on modeling, analyzing, and optimizing complex systems using computational intelligence combined with techniques from probability, statistics... Read More →
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Ronald de Bruin

Director, COST
Dr Ronald de Bruin was appointed Director of the COST Association on 1 June 2016. Before joining the Association, Ronald was Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Head of the Department of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA... Read More →
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Luciano Rezzolla

Chair of Theoretical Astrophysics, Institute for Theoretical Physics
Luciano Rezzolla is an Italian theoretical astrophysicist. His main research topics are black holes and neutron stars. He has written more than 300 articles, a well-known textbook and a public-outreach book. He has received numerous prizes including the Karl Schwarzschild Prize, the... Read More →
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Esther Obonyo

Executive Director, Penn State 
My interests cut across the following areas - Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Energy security, social justice, resilience and sustainability in the built environment; value and data-driven decision support systems. I have also developed research methodologies that align the built environment’s... Read More →
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Raphael Hirschi

Professor of Astrophysics, Keele University
I study the evolution of stars and related topics like the origin of elements and cosmic events and objects (e.g. supernovae, black holes and gravitational waves). I mainly do numerical simulations using up to tens of millions of CPU hours (up to 1 billion CPU+GPU hours in the near... Read More →
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Chrysi Laspidou

Professor, Civil Engineering Department, University of Thessaly
Chrysi Laspidou is a Professor at the Civil Engineering Department, University of Thessaly in Greece. She is the Vice-President of Collaboration at Water Europe and a member of the Steering Committee of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge Action Network at Future Earth. She is... Read More →
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Michael Jacobson

Professor of Forest Resources, Penn State
Michael Jacobson is a professor of Forest Resources in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State. He teaches courses in forest economics, global agricultural systems, agroforestry and international forestry. He has worked in over a dozen African countries. Currently... Read More →
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Hendrik Schatz

Professor, Michigan State University
I am professor of physics at Michigan State University and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, one of the world's most powerful rare isotope accelerators. My research interests are laboratory experiments at the intersection of nuclear physics and astrophysics. As director of the... Read More →
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Thanassis Psaltis

Postdoctoral research scholar, Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory/ North Carolina State University
I am a postdoctoral research scholar in the nuclear astrophysics group at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory and North Carolina State University working with Profs. Christian Iliadis and Richard Longland. I received my Ph.D. from McMaster University in Canada under the... Read More →

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Kara C. Hoover

Program Director, National Science Foundation
I am the AccelNet Program Director in the Office of International Science and Enginereing at NSF. The AccelNet Program supports international networking to advance research and diversity the workforce. I am also a Professor of biological anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks... Read More →
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Kata Alfoldi

science policy officer, global networking task leader, COST
I am currently policy officer at the COST Association where I lead the Global Networking task, that focuses on COST openness and inclusiveness and promote it as a unique platform for trusted international R&I cooperation.By education, I am an economist with a master on international... Read More →

Friday September 15, 2023 8:45am - 12:00pm EDT