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Tuesday, November 7 • 16:30 - 18:00
Connecting Scientists with Policy and Diplomacy for Peace and Sustainable Development

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Science, technology, and innovation (STI) are recognized drivers of economic growth and prosperity.  But there is also the broader importance of science to citizenry by fostering objective and informed policies and guiding policy implementation.
To this end, scientists must engage with the local, national and international policy processes to help devise sustainable solutions to global challenges. The core scientific principles of transparency and universality are adaptable to building peace and sustainable development. But how does this work in practice?
This session will feature a panel discussion with experts from multiple countries, sectors and stakeholders currently working to expand science and technology (S&T) policy capacity at the national and international levels through fellowships and other science policy connection mechanisms.
This session will address the need to engage and nurture a new generation of global scientific leaders eager to meet current and future demand at the science-policy interface.  Strategies to accomplish this will be discussed  - with special emphasis on the Middle East - and include: expanding the availability of and access to immersive science-policy connection mechanisms; enhancing the training of STEM leaders to include policy-relevant skill sets; and the importance of international cooperation in building science policy capacity as an emerging dimension of science diplomacy.

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Rush D. Holt

CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., became the chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals in February 2015. In this role, Holt leads the world's largest multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering... Read More →

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Cathleen Campbell

Visiting Scholar, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Cathy Campbell is a Visiting Scholar in the Center for Science Diplomacy where she is researching national approaches to science diplomacy among Arab countries. Cathy has four decades of experience in international science and technology programs, policies and management. Prior to... Read More →
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Jauad ElKharraz

Head of Research - General Secretary, MEDRC Water Research
Has more than 16 years of international experience (Spain, France & Oman) in Water management issues, mainly Water Information Systems, Remote Sensing applied to environment, drought monitoring, desalination technologies, water-energy-food nexus and environmental issues. He has been... Read More →
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Mandë Holford

Associate Professor, Chemical Biology, Hunter College, CUNY and American Museum of Natural History
Dr. Mandë Holford is an Associate Professor in Chemistry at Hunter College and CUNY-Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medical College. Her joint appointments reflect her beach to bedside interdisciplinary research... Read More →
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Neta Lipman

Founding Director, Mimshak Science Policy Fellowships program at Director of the Israel Society of Ecology & Environmental Sciences (ISEES). Israel Society of Ecology & Environmental Sciences (ISEES)
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Marga Gual Soler

Senior Project Director, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
As a scientist turned diplomat, Dr. Marga Gual Soler explores the power of science as universal language to break down barriers and build bridges between peoples and nations. Her boundary-spanning perspective catalyzes the potential of academics, policymakers, governments, NGOs and... Read More →

Tuesday November 7, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Mount Nebo 1&2 - Sea Floor