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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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Tuesday, September 26 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Research, Conservation & Education in a Natural Heritage Site: COIBA SCIENTIFIC STATION, PANAMA (COIBA AIP) (261201)

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In Latin America infrastructure and human capacities for marine and coastal sciences are in early development for some countries. One of the ocean research priorities of the ocean decade 2021-2030 as well as in the 30 by 30 initiative is to create and promote local science and human local capacities for science. Located in the Pacific side of Panama, Coiba island, is the largest island in Central America and an essential part of the group of islands from Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Ecuador that encompass the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor. Created in 2018, COIBA AIP research laboratory, science station and academic center is supported by the National Secretary of Science Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Panama (SENACYT). Our main objective is to generate, execute and promote research projects, formal and environmental education and new technologies oriented to protect and study biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources from insular, coastal, and oceanic environments of Panama and the Eastern Tropical Pacific marine corridor. Our research station promotes and executes projects in 14 research areas including: multiple scales of biodiversity & connectivity, ecological processes, ecological restauration, sustainable fisheries, oceanography, limnology, bioprospection, coastal management, biogeography, evolutionary processes, subaquatic archeology, anthropology, and governance. COIBA AIP mission and vision consider that science should be essential part of the decision-making process related to ocean and coastal governance and effective management of coastal and oceanic areas and natural resources. We also consider important to promote open science, international and multinational collaboration. Through this talk Coiba staff scientists want to present internationally our laboratory and academic center and to promote our strategic plan, programs, activities, and opportunities for the international community.

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Dumas Galvez

I studied Animal Biology at the University of Panama, and later obtained a masters and PhD in Ecology and Evolution. One of my interest is animal - plant interactions, and particularly how these interaction might have cascading effects on tropical ecosystems.
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Edgardo Diaz

Executive Director, Coiba Scientific Station
Doctor Edgardo Díaz Ferguson is a marine ecologist and geneticist with 22 years of experience. He holds a Master of Science en Marine Ecology and Oceanography from the University of Costa Rica and a PhD in animal biology and marine genetics from the University of Cadiz, Spain. Conducted... Read More →
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Gaspar Bruner-Montero

Researcher, Coiba-AIP
Gaspar received his Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Cambridge (2022), an MSc degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015), and a bachelor’s degree in biology, with a minor in microbiology and parasitology, from the University of Panama (2010... Read More →
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Eric Flores

Staff scientist, Coiba Scientific Station (Coiba AIP)
I have a BSc in Agricultura Engineering from Technological University of Panama, a MSc in aquaculture from the National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan ROC and a PhD in biosciences from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. I am interested in behavioral ecology of data deficient... Read More →

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Hilario Espinosa

IAI Science, Technology and Policy Fellow, Belmont Forum
Hilario Espinosa holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Panama, a M.S. in Crop Protection from the University of Göttingen in Germany, and a M.S. in Project Management from the EUNCET Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He has more than a decade of research experience working... Read More →

Tuesday September 26, 2023 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT