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Thursday, November 9 • 16:30 - 18:00
Young Researchers Identify Skills of the Future to Advance Science Diplomacy and Society

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Young researchers and the communities to which they belong have an important role to play in science diplomacy, promoting peace through the establishment of shared communities and research collaborations. While young researchers across the world are embracing this role, there is an evolution of skills required by researchers to engage in our increasingly complex world. This session will highlight the essential skills of the future that researchers have to develop to advance science diplomacy initiatives and provide transboundary and transdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) innovations to tackle the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and expand career opportunities in the 21st century and beyond. Panel members will present case studies that showcase community- building projects undertaken by young research scientists to promote peace and bridge divides in their countries and regions. These case studies highlight an ever-changing skillset required by researchers in order to have impact on the world around them and the international institutions, such as UNESCO, ICoRSA, GYA, CRDF Global, World Association of Young Scientists (WAYS: Global and Arab region) that enhance and support their initiatives. The Jobs of the Future (JOF) initiative was developed to address the SDGs at the 2015 World Science Forum and has gained support by European Commission to expand its reach and scale to other initiatives and organisations to collaborate.


To showcase community and peace building efforts of young researchers in an arena where they can interact with high level parliamentarians and policy makers.
2. To present the Jobs of the Future Initiative as a means to highlight the evolving skills ecosystem required for

young researchers to address major societal challenges and the role that different multilateral sectors play to support these researchers.
 To explore the opportunities young researchers have to advance new science diplomacy efforts while expanding and diversifying future career choices.

The Science diplomacy case studies and JOF initiative will showcase how a scientist-driven approach can produce jobs and skills development towards addressing the SDGs and addressing other transnational challenges. The cases highlighted serve as scalable models for similar initiatives around the world. The outcome is designed to empower and inspire young researchers, scientists, engineers and technologists to take proactive roles in their communities drive towards harmonious existence, and assist other stakeholders in the goal of obtaining a peaceful planet. Additionally, the summary of the session will be submitted for publication.

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Martin Dominik

Reader in Physics & Astronomy, University of St Andrews
Martin Dominik is a Reader in Physics & Astronomy at the University of St Andrews, and has completed his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Dortmund (Germany) in 1996. He was dragged from theoretical physics into astronomy by the emerging field of 'gravitational lensing... Read More →

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Abier Amarin

Director, CRDF Global-MENA Office
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Yusuf Baran

Prof. Dr., Abdullah Gul University, Izmir Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr. Yusuf Baran has been working as a full professor and vice rector at Abdullah Gul University, Kayseri, Turkey since 2015. He is also a member of Scientific Committee at Yunus Emre Institute. After receiving his bachelor degree in Dicle University, Department of Biology between... Read More →
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Gordon Dalton

Chair, International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA)
Dr. Dalton is a Senior Research fellow, working as Economics Engineer in the area of Ocean Renewable Energy, funded by the Science Foundation Ireland.  Dr. Dalton is chair of the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA www.icorsa.org ), consisting of 14 member... Read More →
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Simge Davulcu

Secretary General, International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA)
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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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Michael Fischer

Project Manager, The World Lecture Project
Michael Fischer is the founder and chairman of the world lecture project - (wlp)°, a video library for academic videos.  He is also the project coordinator of ViVET, a video library for vocational videos funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. He studied philosophy... Read More →

Tolu Oni

Associate Professor, University of Cape Town
Tolullah Oni is an Associate Professor and Public Health Physician at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town. She leads the transdisciplinary Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE), and her urban health research focuses on providing... Read More →
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Myrtan Pieri

Assistant Professor, University of Nicosia
Dr Myrtani Pieri holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Oxford, UK and a Science Entrepreneurship diploma from Said Business School, University of Oxford. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Nicosia teaching Human Physio... Read More →
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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 →
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Ola El Zein

World Association of Young Scientists, Arab Region
Ola El Zein: Has a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology (Emphasis: Physiology and Cell Signaling). Currently, Dr El Zein is teaching at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and at the American University of Science and Technology (AUST). She has recieved the Lebanese National Council... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Philadelphia - Ground Floor