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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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Kristian Meissner

Finnish Environment Institute, Syke
Development manager

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Dr. Kristian Meissner is the development manager of the Marine and Freshwater Solutions unit and head of the office in Jyväskylä at the Finnish Environment Institute, Syke. He has worked for over 20 years in research on water quality and environmental management issues. Kristian’s particular interest is developing novel environmental monitoring methods and improving the information value chain from data to management. He has worked on method development for aquatic monitoring as well as for peatland restoration and coordinated international research projects to modernize environmental monitoring. Kristian was tasked by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment to coordinate the renewal of the national environmental monitoring strategy and is a co-author of the Roadmap for implementing environmental DNA (eDNA) and other molecular monitoring methods in Finland's Vision and action plan for 2022–2025. Since 2012 he worked with international water quality method standardization and established and now chairs the European CEN TC230 working group "eDNA and DNA methods".