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Tuesday, November 7
 

09:30 EET

Opening Program: Welcoming Ceremony, Opening Plenary 'Science for Peace', Inauguration
Our universal right to peace is so much more than a claim to live free from conflict. Peace encompasses the reconciliation and prevention of conflict, but it further embraces the holistic promotion of universal access to natural resources (including food, water and energy), to inclusive and equitable education and health provision, and to the opportunities created by a growing global economy, increasing innovation, and the digital transformation of our world. Building and sustaining peace, in the face of geopolitical turmoil and growing inequality, prejudice, poverty and insecurity, are imperative to securing a durable future for our planet and our people.
Our definition of peace is at the core of the Sustainable Development Agenda (Agenda 2030), both as a vital threshold condition for development, and as a development outcome in its own right. The attainment and sustainment of peace are responsibilities for all, and for scientists and science-policymakers never more so. Scientists have a vital role to play in:
  • the promotion and provision of evidence-based policy, working with policymakers and practitioners to ensure robust, effective policies and good governance, so that governments and institutions are informed and held accountable;
  • providing sustainable solutions to major and wide-ranging global challenges – not least in the management of natural resources – as ineffective policies fuel greater division, social discord and, ultimately, conflict;
  • promoting and shaping science education to foster equal opportunity, and to inform and empower all citizens;
  • building a more secure and resilient world that is predisposed to peace between nations and within societies, and in rebuilding broken societies where natural or human catastrophic events have prevailed to create rifts and inequalities. 
The core scientific principles of rationality, transparency and universality are essential to building peace, promoting equality and engendering hope. Plenary 1 will explore the definition and application of “science for peace”, particularly in relation to Agenda 2030, notably, Sustainable Development Goal 16 (“promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies”) – which it may be argued is a pre-requisite for all the other goals. The session will explore the opportunities and challenges faced by the global science community in applying science for peace. In doing so, it will establish a narrative for the rest of the World Science Forum through seven other plenaries and supporting thematic sessions and side events.

Moderators
avatar for Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku

MC & Opening Ceremony Featured Speaker
Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the world's most recognized scientists. He has 3 million fans on Facebook, and half a million fans follow him on Twitter. He has written three NY Times Best Sellers: The Physics of the Impossible, the Physics of the Future, and the Future of the Mind, which... Read More →

Speakers
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Irina Bokova

Director General, UNESCO
Irina Bokova, born on 12 July 1952 in Sofia (Bulgaria) has been the Director-General of UNESCO since 15 November 2009, and reelected for a second term in 2013. She is the first woman to lead the Organization. Having graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations... Read More →
avatar for Rush D. Holt

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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Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

Chair, World Science Forum, President, Royal Scientific Society
Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan is a leading advocate for science as a catalyst for change in the Arab World. The Princess is committed to being a science enabler in a region where so many challenges urgently require solutions derived from science, research and technology... Read More →
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Mark William James Ferguson

Director General SFI and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland
Prof.Mark Ferguson Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland Professor Mark W.J. Ferguson commenced as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland in January 2012 and as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland... Read More →
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László Lovász

President, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, World Science Forum
László Lovász (born in 1948) is a Hungarian mathematician, best known for his work in combinatorics, graph theory and theoretical computer science. Currently he is the President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His mathematical gift was acknowledged at an early age, and earned... Read More →
avatar for Michinari Hamaguchi

Michinari Hamaguchi

President, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Michinari Hamaguchi was born on Feb. 19, 1951. His fields of specialization is Cancer Biology, Cancer Biochemistry and Cellular Biology. In 1980 he was appointed as Research Associate at Cancer Research Facility, School of Medicine, Nagoya University, to become in 1983 as Research... Read More →
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Grace Naledi Pando

Minister, Ministry for Science and Technology, South Africa
Naledi Pandor was born in 1953 in Durban. She received most of her education in exile and matriculated at Gaborone Secondary School in Botswana. She obtained a BA in History and English at the University of Botswana in 1977 before leaving for overseas where she subsequently graduated... Read More →
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Daya Reddy

President-Elect, International Council for Science (ICSU)
Daya Reddy was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He obtained his BSc in Engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1973, and PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1977. He has been an academic staff member at the University of Cape Town since 1979, and served as dean of... Read More →
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His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal was born in Amman, on 20th March 1947, to a branch of the Hashemite family directly descended from the Prophet Muhammad, in the forty-second generation of descendants. His Royal Highness is the youngest son of Their late Majesties King... Read More →
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Lassina Zerbo

Executive Secretary, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
Lassina Zerbo is Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) since August 2013. Prior to his appointment, Dr Zerbo served as Director of the CTBTO International Data Centre. He has been instrumental in cementing CTBTO’s position as the world’s... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 09:30 - 13:00 EET
Philadelphia - Ground Floor

13:00 EET

Meet-N-Eat / Lunch
Tuesday November 7, 2017 13:00 - 14:30 EET
Upper Terrace

14:30 EET

Promoting Inclusion through Science Education, Outreach and Engagement
“Leaving no-one behind” is at the core of Agenda 2030. Education is the key tool in combating poverty and promoting peace, social justice, human rights, democracy, intercultural understanding and environmental awareness. In this context, it is imperative for scientists and educators to promote and shape science education and to facilitate global science literacy, to support equal opportunity and to empower and inform global citizens. Good science education can help to give all people a voice to challenge injustice and inequality and enable them to make informed decisions about the way they live their lives. The annual UN’s World Science Day for Peace and Development, which falls on the final day of WSF 2017, shares these aspirations.
Science education and engagement beyond the classroom can also help to achieve these aspirations. Traditional science communication activities, through the media and science museums, are increasingly being complemented by social media, science centres, and new ways of communicating science through art and civil society engagement. Developments and deployment of ICT is transforming the way science is communicated to all ages and in many contexts.
This session will explore the status of science-based learning around the world, at all levels and in different contexts. Particular attention will be given to the strength and impact of basic science in developing economies, and the status of evidence-informed thinking around the world. The session will also explore capacity building and knowledge transfer programmes in education, helping to alleviate inequalities, and efforts to capitalise on innovative ICT developments.

Moderators
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Dominique Leglu

Editorial Director, Sciences et Avenir
Born in 1955 in Périgueux (France), Dominique Leglu has been the editor in chief of the monthly magazine Sciences et Avenir since 2003. She worked with the daily Liberation (1983-2000) in Paris, launched a TV program (Archimedes) on ffranco-german channel Arte and is a former president... Read More →

Speakers
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Gloria Bonder

Regional Chair, UNESCO
Gloria Bonder is the Director of the Gender, Society and Policies Department base at FLACSO (Latin American Postgraduate Institute of Social Sciences). Since 2014, she has coordinated the Latin American and Caribbean focal point of GenderInSITE, a multistakeholder global initiative... Read More →
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Orakanoke Phanraksa

Ph.D., Intellectual Property Consultant, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand and Immediate Past GYA Co-Chair, Global Young Academy
Dr. Phanraksa received Ph.D. degree in laws from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2005. She is currently with the Technology Licensing Office, Technology Management Center at the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Pathumthani, Thailand, as a manager of the... Read More →
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Omar Al Razzaz

Minister, Ministry of Education, Jordan
Dr. Al Razzaz holds a PhD in Planning with a minor in Economics from Harvard University and a Post doctorate from the Harvard Law School. Dr. Razzaz held several key positions, including Assistant Professor in International Development Program and Regional Planning Program at MIT... Read More →
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Wilfred Madius Tangau

Minister, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia
YB Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau was born in tuaran, Sabah, initially graduating in Science Forestry from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM), Serdang in 1983. In 1985, he obtained Certificate in Forest Plantation Management and Forestry Research in various institutions in Japan... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 14:30 - 16:00 EET
Philadelphia - Ground Floor

16:00 EET

16:30 EET

Inspiring the Future – Role of Women Engineers
This Workshop will address current issues and challenges being faced by women engineers. Through personal experiences and case studies, leading female engineers from the IEEE will share their views and seek answers to current problems ranging from reluctance of females to take up STEM  subjects at school, to barriers to joining engineering and continuing in the profession.
The IEEE is the world’s largest organisation of professional engineers.
Through a series of panel presentations, followed by break-out sessions, the Workshop will engage the attendees in exploring the Role of Women Engineers in Inspiring the future.

Speakers
avatar for Sonia Al-Zoghoul

Sonia Al-Zoghoul

Chair IEEE WIE Affinity Group - Jordan Section, IEEE
Sonia Al-Zoghoul is a candidate of MSc Energy Economics and Policy at University of Surrey, UK. She was selected as a Chevening Scholar for the year 2017. She is a fellow of the Arab Program for Sustainable Energy youth (APSEY) where she was selected to intern at the Regional Centre... Read More →
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Maryam Althani

Member IEEE UAE Section, IEEE
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Youmna El Bitar

Region 8 Women in Engineering Coordinator, IEEE
Youmna graduated from the American University of Beirut – Lebanon with a BE in Telecommunications Engineering, a subject she is passionate about since childhood. Until recently, she worked as a Radio Network Planning and Optimization (RNPO) Engineer with Zain Lebanon (also known... Read More →
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Tariq Durrani

ETP Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, University of strathclyde and IEEE
Tariq Durrani is Research Professor at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Scotland. From 2000-2006 he was Deputy Principal (Pro-Vice Chancellor) responsible for Staff Development, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Centre for Lifelong Learning and the University’s IT and computing... Read More →
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Bozenna Pasik-Duncan

2017 Global Chair of IEEE WIE & Professor of Mathematics & Engineering, IEEE WIE & University of Kansas (KU)
  Bozenna Pasik-Duncan received M.S. degree in mathematics from University of Warsaw, and Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from Warsaw School of Economics, Poland. She is Professor of Mathematics; Courtesy Professor of EECS & AE; Investigator at ITTC; Affiliate Faculty at Center of Computational... Read More →
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Sohaib Qamar Sheikh

Chair, Pre-University Education, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Sohaib Sheikh is a London-based Digital Consultant with multidisciplinary, cross sector, global consultancy experience. He has expertise in strategy, design, implementation, and commissioning of large-scale complex information & communications systems on high profile, major international... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor

16:30 EET

Science Diplomacy: Lessons learnt and future prospects for management of shared/transboundary water resources in the Arab region

This special session will examine UNESCO regional initiatives to promote science diplomacy in shared Arab region/Africa water resources.  Building on that, a second objective is to explore potential future action towards effective use of the power of science to link different communities and societies towards addressing mutually shared developmental goals and concerns in the major basins and aquifers of the Arab region including the Nile, Jordan, and Euphrates-Tigris river basins.

 

Water scarcity remains one of the most critical sustainable development challenges in the Arab Region Nearly two thirds of the fresh surface water resources of the Arab region originate outside each individual country, with major rivers such as the Euphrates, Tigris, and the Nile originating outside the region. Likewise, countries in the region share several major groundwater aquifers among themselves and with neighboring countries. Effective and meaningful regional and sub-regional cooperation modalities and frameworks are yet to evolve into joint management of shared water resources, with only few exceptions. Sustainable development and management of these transboundary resources demand a great deal of water diplomacy including wider scientific cooperation, even when water diplomacy may struggle due to seemingly irreconcilable priorities.  In this context, the role of science diplomacy is to facilitate the establishment of a cooperative environment and partnerships towards enhancing opportunities for cooperative management of shared and transboundary resources.

 

For science diplomacy in the Arab region and in Africa to achieve these objectives, it must include deliberate and sustained stakeholder driven capacity building efforts as one of its core activities. Among the several experiences in the field,  UNESCO’s  FRIEND/Nile Initiative (2002-2013) and its successor Water for Peace in the Nile Basin initiative (2013-2014) are recognized.  These initiatives have had notable experience in establishing scientific cooperation between water scientists in the Nile Basin Countries and with scientists from other regions. However, the impact of both initiatives on shared management of the water resources was less than hoped for. Other initiatives, mainly those concerned with shared aquifers have combined success in developing scientific cooperation with the delivery of actionable policy guidelines on shared management of water resources. It is therefore important to learn from these lessons of science diplomacy prior to launching new initiatives, especially as the stakes are now tied to the regional sustainable development and peace.

 

UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States seeks to organize this activity for supporting the formulation of an effective and sustained mechanism for planning and implementation of scientific cooperation in water resources management in the major surface and ground water basins in the region such as the Nile Basin, The Jordan River, the Euphrates-Tigris basins, and the Nubian Sandstone aquifer. The contemplated initiative shall capitalize on the network of UNESCO water/environment related Cat-2 centers (C2Cs), UNESCO Chairs, and IHP NATCOM and academic/research institutions in the region and globally. Research partnerships and alliances in the area of water management and consumption and production technologies can offer a platform to exchange knowledge and expertise, with the possible development of amenable solutions to these challenges, in addition to strengthening regional ties.  Through capacity-building knowledge sharing and research, the C2Cs and Chairs can provide a valuable and unique contribution to the implementation of UNESCO’s strategic programme objectives especially in enhancing the regional cooperation and building capacities for better water resources management.

 

The event will bring together participants representing the mentioned initiatives with leaders in the theory and practice of science diplomacy.  Experiences will be shared towards the development of the outlines of a joint vision for future science diplomacy in supporting sustainable water security in the region. The vision shall be responsive to technical and geo-political complexities and shall build on previous success.


Moderators
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Hayat Sindi

Founder and CEO of i2, islamic development bank

Speakers
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Hakam Al Alami

Advisor to HRH Prince El Hassan bin Tala, Majlis El Hassan
PhD in Philosophy Natural Sciences, Geology and Environment /Water Management and Environmental Engineering from the University of Bayerische Julius-Maximilians University, Wuerzburg, Germany. Currently, Advisor to HRH Prince El-Hassan Bin Talal on Water and Sanitation. Consultant... Read More →
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Fadi Comair

Director General, Hydraulic and Electrical Resources of Lebanon
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Eltayeb Elsadig

Chair-holder of UNESCO Chair in Water Resources, UNESCO Chair in Water Resources
avatar for Ghaith Fariz

Ghaith Fariz

Director, UNESCO Regional Office for Science in the Arab States
Dr. GHAITH H. FARIZ g.fariz@unesco.org   Director of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Technology in the Arab States Cluster Office for Egypt, Sudan, and Libya; and UNESCO Representative to Egypt. Dr. Fariz is a strategic planner with extended international experience in the... Read More →
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Bisher Imam

Senior Program Sepecialist of Water Sciences, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Technology in the Arab States
Bisher IMAM (Ph.D) b.imam@unesco.org   Senior Programme Specialist (Water Science) UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Technology in the Arab States Cluster Office for Egypt, Sudan, and Libya   Dr. Bisher Imam has a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of... Read More →
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Hassan Janabi

Minister of Water Resources in the Republic of Iraq, Ministry of Water Resources
position was Iraq’s Ambassador to Japan.Prior to that he served as the Head of the Human Rights Department in the Ministry of Water Resources.He also served as Iraq’s Ambassador to the Rome-based agenciDr. Janabi is the current Minister of Water Resources in Iraq.His last es (the... Read More →
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Yousry Khafagy

Under-Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI)
Dr. Khafagy has been awarded a Ph.D. degree in irrigation and hydraulics. He has accumulated over 25 years professional experience in water resources management, environmental management, irrigation & drainage Projects, contribution in preparation of the environmental impact assessment... Read More →
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Waleed Al Zubari

Coordinator, Water Resources Management Program, College of Graduate Studies, Arabian Gulf University
Currently holds the academic position of Professor of Water Resources Management and the Coordinator of the Water Resources Management Program and of the UN Water Learning Center for the Arab Region at the Arabian Gulf University (AGU).  He served as AGU’s Vice-President for Academic... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Petra 2 - Sea Floor

16:30 EET

SESAME – A Source of Light in the Middle East
SESAME – Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East – is a new third generation light source situated near Amman, Jordan, with a research program beginning this year. It is an international organization that promotes scientific excellence and collaboration in the region. Administratively modelled on CERN, SESAME’s Members are Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey. This session will give a brief introduction to SESAME and its mission to develop scientific excellence in the region.

Moderators
avatar for Rolf-Dieter Heuer

Rolf-Dieter Heuer

President of Council, SAM, European Commission
experimental particle physicist, has been CERN Director-General from January 2009 to December 2015. His mandate is characterised by the start of the Large Hadron Collider 2009, its energy increase 2015, the discovery of the H-Boson and the geographical enlargement of CERN Membership... Read More →

Speakers
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Yuval Golan

Prospective Scientific User, Sesame and Ben Gurion University
Professor Yuval Golan obtained his PhD from the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1996 and spent three years as a postgraduate researcher at the Materials Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1999 he joined the... Read More →
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Khaled Toukan

Chairman, Director, Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), SESAME
Dr. Khaled Toukan is regarded as among the most important academic and scientific figures in Jordan. Dr. Toukan obtained his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut, M.Sc. in Nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Nuclear... Read More →
avatar for Özgül Öztürk

Özgül Öztürk

Scientific User, University of Siegen
A researcher in Physics Department , University of Siegen, Özgül Öztürk received her Ph.D. and B.Sc. degree in physics from Boğaziçi University, Turkey. Her research focuses on structural analysis of nanomaterials and the interaction of these nanomaterials with smart materials... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Dead Sea 2- Sea Floor

16:30 EET

Connecting Scientists with Policy and Diplomacy for Peace and Sustainable Development
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.

Moderators
avatar for Rush D. Holt

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 →

Speakers
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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

16:30 EET

The Future Universality of Science
The universality of science in its broadest sense is about developing a truly global scientific community based on equity and non-discrimination. It is also about ensuring that science is trusted and valued by societies across the world. As such, it incorporates issues related to the conduct of science; capacity building; science education and literacy; access to data and information and the relationship between science and society. 
 
The Principle of Universality of Science (current ICSU Statute 5) states that;
“The free and responsible practice of science is fundamental to scientific advancement and human and environmental well-being. Such practice, in all its aspects, requires freedom of movement, association, expression and communication for scientists, as well as equitable access to data, information, and other resources for research. It requires responsibility at all levels to carry out and communicate scientific work with integrity, respect, fairness, trustworthiness, and transparency, recognizing its benefits and possible harms. In advocating the free and responsible practice of science, ICSU promotes equitable opportunities for access to science and its benefits, and opposes discrimination based on such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship, language, political or other opinion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or age.”


There are several ICSU activities and bodies addressing these issues as adherence to this Principle is a condition of ICSU membership. 

The ICSU policy Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS) serves as the guardian of the Principle and undertakes a variety of actions to defend scientific freedoms and promote integrity and responsibility. 
Session 


The thematic session will be an open item of the 23rd CFRS meeting.  A panel of three invited speakers will offer their perspectives on the state and future of the Principle of Universality of Science.  This will be followed by questions and answers from the floor and general discussion within the context of the following presumptions and concerns:
  • Despite decades of broad international support for the Principle of Universality of Science, a number of persistent issues around inequality and recent developments around the world indicate a shift in trust in science in society and among politicians and, in turn, challenge the foundation for universality and the capacity of science to contribute to societal development.
  • At the same time, borders between states and cultures matter little as we struggle to find sustainable solutions to global issues like energy, food, water and climate change.
  • The Principle of Universality of Science is one of the fundamental building blocks of a sustainable knowledge-led society.  Discovery and use of new knowledge to serve society depends on open borders between states and cultures.  It must avoid the pressure to select what is important or not important based on politics and opinion.
  • Universality includes openness and the ability of scientists to freely associate and share knowledge and to take account of different perspectives.  Openness is also critical for building capacity in countries with less-developed research systems, to allow them the same opportunity to grow and develop, and address the global issues that all countries are facing.
  • Openness also comes with a responsibility for scientists to communicate the results of their research clearly, openly and accessibly, and contribute to the removal of barriers to accessing the outputs of scientific research.

Moderators
avatar for Richard Irvine Bourgeois-Doyle

Richard Irvine Bourgeois-Doyle

Secretary General, National Research Council of Canada
Dick Bourgeois-Doyle was appointed Secretary General of the National Research Council of Canada April 1, 2014. In this role, he acts as secretary to the NRC Council and as NRC's senior officer for values and ethics. Previously, he was NRC Director of Corporate Governance. Before joining... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Roberta D'Alessandro

Roberta D'Alessandro

Member of the CFRS, ICSU/CFRS
Roberta D’Alessandro is professor of Syntax and Language Variation at Utrecht University (UiL-OTS), and former Chair professor of Italian Language and Culture at Leiden University. She has recently received an ERC Consolidator grant to work on Italian heritage languages in the Americas... Read More →
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Yousef Najajreh

Dean Faculty of Pharmacy, Al-Quds University, Anticancer Drugs Research Lab-Faculty of Pharmacy
Mr Najajreh started his higher education as Chemistry major at Bethlehem University. Following its closure by Israeli military order he moved to continue his studies at the Hebrew University-Jerusalem where he accomplished his Bachelor degree in Chemistry, Masters and PhD in Medicinal... Read More →
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Leiv Kristen Sydnes

Professor, University of Bergen
Leiv K. Sydnes received his Dr. philos. degree in chemistry from the University of Oslo in 1978. After two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Paul de Mayo at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, he started his career as Associate Professor at the University of Troms... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Petra 1- Sea Floor

16:30 EET

Thematic Session 1 B
Tuesday November 7, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Wadi Rum 1&2- Ground Floor

19:30 EET

 
Wednesday, November 8
 

09:30 EET

Science and Food Security: How to Feed the World Sustainably and Equitably
The relationship between peace, conflict and food security is historic and well documented. The threat of hunger is a powerful driver of instability, anger and violence, while actions to promote food security can help prevent crisis, mitigate its impacts, and promote recovery, healing and growth. But sustainable and equitable access to food for all is becoming increasingly challenging as consumption patterns and dietary expectations change rapidly. Further, the relationship between global food production and a variety of factors including health, nutrition, agriculture, climate change, water and energy management, ecology and human behaviour is complex and characterised by inequality and imbalances. The Sustainable Development Goals provide a critically important framework for addressing these challenges but require an integrated scientific approach to understand and account for these interdependencies. This session will explore how the global science community is responding to these challenges, and how it can work with policymakers, the food industry and landowners to help build local resilience and help ensure a secure and sustainable food supply for all.

Moderators
avatar for Vladimir Šucha

Vladimir Šucha

Director-General, European Commission - Joint Research Centre
Vladimir Šucha is Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, its in-house scientific service. He was Deputy Director-General of the JRC between 2012 and 2013. Prior to that, he spent 6 years in the position of director for culture and media in the Directorate-General... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Agbor

African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science & Technology
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Joachim von Braun

Professor for Economic and Technological Change, Centre for Development Research
Prof. Joachim von Braun Joachim von Braun is Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, and Professor for economic and technological change. von Braun has a doctoral degree from University of Göttingen. His research is on economic development, science... Read More →
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Ertharin Cousin

Payne Distinguished Lecturer, Stanford Spogli Institute
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Tassos Haniotis

Director, European Commission
Tassos Haniotis is Director for "Strategy, Simplification and Policy Analysis" (formerly "Economic Analysis, Perspectives and Evaluations; Communication") in the DG for Agriculture and Rural development of the European Commission. He has also held posts as Acting Director for Direct... Read More →
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Jacqueline McGlade

Chief Scientist, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Professor Jacqueline McGlade was appointed Chief Scientist at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in early 2014. She also holds the post of Professor in Environmental Informatics in the Department of Mathematics at University College London, from which she took leave to... Read More →


Wednesday November 8, 2017 09:30 - 11:00 EET
Philadelphia - Ground Floor

11:00 EET

11:30 EET

21st Century interdisciplinary science & technologies - RSS/GTF

This special session will explore how different disciplines and sectors can come together to solve global challenges.

Interdisciplinary work is considered crucial by scientists, policymakers and funders.

Done correctly, it is not mere multidisciplinary work — a collection of people tackling a problem using their specific skills — but a synthesis of different approaches into something unique. The best interdisciplinary science comes from the realization that there are pressing questions or problems that cannot be adequately addressed by people from just one discipline. Most scientists are aware of the term, and might have used it, but how many are truly engaged in it?

  • What are the benefits of interdisciplinary approach in science and technology?
  • What are the challenges of interdisciplinary work?
  • How can governments, funders and universities encourage researchers to visit the no-man’s-land of interdisciplinary work?

Moderators
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Rana Dajani

Faculty, Hashemite University
Rana Dajani Ph.D. molecular cell biology, Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter, Eisenhower fellow, Associate Professor, former center of studies director, Hashemite University, Jordan, Yale and Cambridge visiting professor. World expert on genetics of Circassian and Chechan populations... Read More →

Speakers
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Abeer Al Bawab

Director, Scientific Research Support Fund ( SRF)
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Reem Bsaiso

Founder and Managing Partner, Global Outreach - Bahrain
Senior international consultant on knowledge-based economy policies boosting merging ICT in education policies and global training initiatives. Founder and Managing Partner of Global Outreach, based in Bahrain. Member of UNESCO Advisory Panel of Experts on Debt Swaps and Innovative... Read More →
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Ganmaa Davaasambuu

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
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Sally Jordan

Head of School of Physical Sciences, The Open University
Sally Jordan is Professor of Physics Education and Head of the School of Physical Sciences at the UK Open University. She has also chaired several Science interdisciplinary modules including “Science starts here” and “”Exploring science”, developed to introduce novice distance... Read More →
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Susana Frazao Pinheiro

Director, Healthcare Management and Life Sciences Initiative, UCL School of Management, University College London
Biography Director, healthcare initiative at School of Management, University College London Susana trained as a scientist, and has since been seeking solutions to challenges in global health. A belief that an understanding of the various perspectives is needed has led her to pursue... Read More →


Wednesday November 8, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Dead Sea 2- Sea Floor

11:30 EET

Scientific Cooperation and Regional Integration for the 2030 Agenda in LAC
This Session will be composed of a panel of 4-5 regional experts who will present ideas and solutions to foster scientific cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean and introduce CILAC (Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean) as the space to forge and strengthen regional cooperation. Some of the areas to be addressed in this session will include: How to promote integrated approaches between countries in LAC; funding for regional research; the interface between science-policy and society; cross-learning platforms to foster smart bench-marking between countries and communities; education for science to strengthen citizenship and democracy for sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
Advancing in the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean demands new integrated, innovative approaches and regional collaboration to fully harness the potential of science in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, this session aims to reinforce CILAC as tool that contributes to building a sustainable future in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The session will open with a presentation of the results, recommendations and outputs of CILAC 2016 followed by a brief insight into what to expect in the second edition of the open science forum for Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held in Panama City in 2018, followed by a dynamic journalistic-style discussion, moderated by the chosen expert to promote the dialogue and exchange between the panellists and the audience.
Expected results:
  • The international scientific and governmental community aware on the importance of scientific cooperation to strengthen regional integration towards the 2030 Agenda.
  • Higher international visibility of the CILAC Open Science Forum in LAC strategy as an example of a multiple stakeholder platform for science, technology and innovation towards the implementation of the SDGs.
  • To strengthen UNESCO’s role as a leading actor in the promotion of science as a bridge for peace and development.
CILAC: Open Science Forum is spearheaded by the UNESCO Regional Office for Sciences for Latin America and the Caribbean and supported by a number of regional partners that set out to influence science policies and the decision-making processes in Latin America and the Caribbean, through the promotion of dialogue between science, politics and civil society.

Moderators
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Lidia Brito

Director of UNESCO Office in Montevideo, Regional Bureau for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean,UNESCO Representative in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, UNESCO Office in Montevideo
Lidia Brito, a forest engineer, with a Master and Doctorate in Forest and Wood Science from Colorado State University in the USA, was born in Mozambique, and have been part of Eduardo Mondlane University staff since her graduation in Forest Engineering in 1981.   She has held senior... Read More →

Speakers
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José Lino Barañao

Minister, Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation
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Daniel Martinez

Major of Montevideo
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César Ocampo

Director General, COLCIENCIAS
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Víctor Sánchez Urrutia

Minister of Science and Technology, Panama, Secretaria Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación


Wednesday November 8, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor

11:30 EET

The Role of Artificial & Human Intelligence In Solving Global Challenges & Supporting Science In The Arab World

How does artificial and human intelligence combine to help fight extremism content on Utube where 83% of worrisome videos are now being flagged in real-time and what should we think when Google’s AlphaGoZero teaches itself to be the world’s best Go player and dispenses with human wisdom? Is it already the present for some of us and the future for all to have Android receptionists in our shopping malls, robot workers in our factories or to have our newspaper articles written by search engines or our CVs and job interviews handled by machines? Do we even need Chief Science Advisers in government when AI might provide less biased answers or researchers in our labs when technology doesn’t need eating, smoking, toilet or sleeping breaks?

 

Viewed against phenomenal hundred billion $ investments in the global ‘artificial intelligence race’, this panel will demystify big-data and global information analytics through the eyes of scientific publishing’s role in solving global challenges. Big data analysis can tell us which pupils are at risk of dropping out of school, the path of the next pandemic, which cars are likely to be uninsured or the speed of glacial melting. It is increasingly part of scientific output and of policy decisions. Bringing together ethical and AI experts, policy-makers and the publisher of over 1800 scientific journals, speakers will argue that public discussion about research quality, validity, and trustworthiness must keep pace. Via a moderated audience debate, this session aims to reach firm conclusions about what decision-makers, the general public, journalists etc. need to know to hold the output of big data analytics to account. In particular, this session will use as case-studies the latest findings on gender and science and science in the Arab region. 


Moderators
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Anne Cambon-Thomsen, MD

Emeritus Research Director at CNRS, Champion, ESOF 2018
Anne Cambon-Thomsen, MD, immunogeneticists with degrees in biology, statistics and health ethics, is Emeritus Research Director in CNRS (French national centre for scientific research) in Toulouse, France. She works In a joint research Unit on epidemiology and public health and a... Read More →

Speakers
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Michiel Kolman

Senior Vice President, Elsevier B.V.
Dr. Michiel Kolman is Senior VP of Information Industry Relations at Elsevier and President of the International Publishers Association.  Since joining Elsevier in 1995, he has held various core publishing roles in Amsterdam and Tokyo. He launched one of the first online journals... Read More →
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Satoru Ohtake

Principal Fellow, Japan Science and Technology Agency(JST)
Satoru OHTAKE joined science and technology administration in the Government of Japan in1984, just after graduating the Graduate School of University of Tokyo where he was conferred Master Degree of Science in high energy physics. In his public service career in science administrations... Read More →
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Sweitze Roffel

Senior Publisher for Elsevier Computer Science


Wednesday November 8, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Petra 2 - Sea Floor

11:30 EET

Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture
Global and national food systems present increasing challenges for the science community in tackling issues of health, nutrition, agriculture, climate change, ecology and human behaviour. The Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in 2015 provide a critically important framework for meeting these challenges but require fresh engagement by the science community to address the complexities of evidence-based policies and programmes.
The current major global challenges in attaining food and nutrition security are compounded by pressures of growing populations, climate and other environmental change, and economic inequity and instability. Furthermore, lack of quality and safety of diets, risk-prone food distribution systems and adverse nutrition behaviour and lifestyles, resulting in obesity, are of increasing concern. No region is immune from concerns about food and nutrition security, and food systems have also to become better integrated as a pillar of the growing global bioeconomy.
Setting priorities for increasing agricultural production through sustainable intensification must additionally take account of pressures on other critical natural resources, particularly in the food-water-energy nexus, and the continuing imperative to avoid further loss in ecosystem biodiversity. Dealing with food and nutrition security must include both supply-side and demand-side issues: reducing food waste and changing to healthier consumption patterns will reduce pressure on land and other natural resources. Therefore, in addition to improving agricultural productivity, within an integrative food-systems approach there are interrelated issues for resource efficiency, environmental stability, resilience, the public health agenda and global justice
There is much still to be done to fill knowledge gaps. For example, what is a diverse, sustainable and nutritious diet? How can food waste and the concomitant waste of natural resources be reduced? How can changes in consumer demand be incentivised? How can climate resilience be fostered? How should land and marine resources be best utilised to avoid the negative effects of agriculture on the environment?
IAP (the InterAcademy Partnership), the global network of science academies, has initiated a project on “Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture” that encompasses work by its regional academy networks in Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe. Among these, the affiliated European network, EASAC, has taken on a lead role. The IAP-EASAC initiative represents a novel approach to explore how science can inform global policy development, connected to regional and national policy development. Regional goals are now being assessed and compared according to societal priority needs, by drawing on the academy traditions of scientific excellence. Regional evaluations will be examined and combined in 2017 to create strong consensus messages for policy-makers and other stakeholders at the global level, with clarification of the scientific basis of current disparities in policy expectations, objectives and future options in the different regions.

Moderators
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Joachim von Braun

Professor for Economic and Technological Change, Centre for Development Research
Prof. Joachim von Braun Joachim von Braun is Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, and Professor for economic and technological change. von Braun has a doctoral degree from University of Göttingen. His research is on economic development, science... Read More →

Speakers
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Eduardo Bianchi

Professor and Researcher, Escuela Argentina de Negocios - Instituto Universitario
Economist from the University of Buenos Aires and from New York University (NYU). He was Secretary of Industry and Trade and Under-Secretary of Foreign Trade in Argentine National Government, General Manager of the Argentine National Commission for Foreign Trade and Chief-Economist... Read More →
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Robin Bradshaw Fears

Director Bioscience Programme, EASAC
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Volker ter Meulen

President, The InterAcademy Partnership - IAP
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Paul Moughan

Representative, AASSA
Paul Moughan holds the position of Distinguished Professor at Massey University, New Zealand and is Director of the Riddet Institute, a National Centre of Research Excellence in food and nutritional sciences. His research has encompassed the fields of human and animal nutrition, food... Read More →
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Endashaw Bekele Wordoffa

Professor, Addis Ababa University, Department of Microbial, Cellular & Molecular Biology, College of Natural Sciences
Prof. Bekele has the capacity for scientific leadership in an academic setting. He has ably served as a research executive of the university. Earlier on, he has also served as a Dean of an academic faculty. He has interacted with national, regional and global collaborators and partners... Read More →


Wednesday November 8, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Mount Nebo 1&2 - Sea Floor

11:30 EET

Women as Leaders for Diversity and Development
If the powers of science, technology and innovation (STI) to grow the economy, quicken the pace of development, and contribute to evidence-based policy are to be fully realized, then the community of science leaders must be diverse. Consider scientist innovators: diversity among innovators increases the likelihood that the products and services created will address the needs and support development goals for all groups within a society, thus supporting sustainable peace and prosperity. Studies in various sectors have shown that women leaders are held to higher standards than men and need to do more to prove themselves. Despite the slow, but unequivocal change, the world of science is no exception, women in leadership is still rather an exception than a rule of everyday life.
Variably, across the globe, individuals, institutions, and governments are tackling the obstacles—laws, practices, attitudes, and stereotypes—that limit women’s access to and stunt their leadership in STI careers across all sectors (e.g. academia, government, private sector and industry, etc). The extraordinary members of this panel have demonstrated their talent as scientists and leaders. Join them to discuss how to foster a new generation of women leaders in STI. Topics to be discussed include:
Why do we need women leaders in various STI sectors?
What are the strategies that women in STI need to employ to increase leadership within various sectors? What policies or programs are working, where, and why? What is working in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region?
How does STI education need to change to be more inclusive and foster more women leaders in STI fields? How do academic institutions need to change beyond curriculum (e.g. governance and policies)?

Moderators
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Katalin Annamária Bogyay

Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations, Permenant Mission of Hungary to the United Nations
H. E. Ms Katalin Bogyay, FRSA, FWAAS Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations, New York (2015- ) From 2009 to 2014, Ms. Bogyay served as her country’s Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to the United Nations Educational... Read More →

Speakers
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Layla Al-Musawi

Program Manager, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS)
Currently, Dr Al-Musawi is the program manager for Publicizing and Dissemination of Science & Technology, Scientific Culture Directorate. The program advocates scientific literacy and culture, and aims at engaging the society in STEM issues, utilizing themes of immediate relevance... Read More →
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Éva Kondorosi

Vice President, European Research Council
Eva Kondorosi was born in Budapest, graduated (Biology) and received her PhD (Genetics) at the L. Eötvös University in Budapest. She was postdoc at the Max Planck Institut für Züchtungsforschung (Köln) and visiting scholar at the Sussex, Harvard and Cornell Universities. Eva... Read More →
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Julia MacKenzie

Director of International Relations, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Julia MacKenzie is the Director of International Relations for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She is a key adviser to AAAS’s Chief International Officer on development and expansion of bilateral and multilateral relationships. Julia leads implementation... Read More →
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Grace Naledi Pando

Minister, Ministry for Science and Technology, South Africa
Naledi Pandor was born in 1953 in Durban. She received most of her education in exile and matriculated at Gaborone Secondary School in Botswana. She obtained a BA in History and English at the University of Botswana in 1977 before leaving for overseas where she subsequently graduated... Read More →
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Miyoko O. Watanabe

Deputy Executive Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency
Dr. Miyoko O. Watanabe serves at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) as Deputy Executive Director, Director-General of Center for Science Communication and also Director of Office for Diversity and Inclusion. She has a long experience of research in semiconductor physics at... Read More →


Wednesday November 8, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Wadi Rum 1&2- Ground Floor

11:30 EET

Disaster Risk Reduction at Heritage Sites
Heritage sites are often exposed to a number of natural hazards (landslides, flash floods and earthquakes) that represent a threat to the monuments and the visitors. Synergies need then to be created between the protection of cultural assets and the management of natural hazards for the enhanced preservation of the sites and the joint benefit of the visitors and the local communities. In the past years, the Amman Office has been engaging with the Petra Archaeological Park, the Department of Antiquities and Jordan Civil Defence in a long-term strategy aimed at the prevention and mitigation of natural hazards at the World Heritage Site of Petra through a number of initiatives and projects. Thanks to the expertise acquired and the network developed the Amman Office will be able to 1) present the activities undertaken in Petra in cooperation with the national authorities, 2) invite relevant experts in the field of DRR applied to cultural heritage to present best practices from their respective regions. This approach will enable strengthening existing partnerships and building new synergies between Jordan and countries with expertise in the application of Disaster Risk Reduction strategies at cultural heritage sites (e.g. Japan, Switzerland, Italy).

Speakers
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Giorgia Cesaro

Associate Project officer, UNESCO Amman Office
Giorgia Cesaro is a heritage conservation and management specialist with experience in heritage documentation and interpretation, heritage policy and legislation and culture as a tool for socio-economic development. Since 2010 she works at the UNESCO Office in Amman as responsible... Read More →
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Mauro Dolce

Protezione Civile, Protezione Civile
Mauro Dolce is Professor of Structural Engineering (1994-), University of Naples Federico II (2007-), and is at present Director General, Italian Department of Civil Protection (DPC) (2006-), where he was Head of the Seismic and Volcanic Risk Office (2006-2012) and is now scientific... Read More →
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Monther Jamhawi

Director General, Department of Antiquities of Jordan
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Rohit Jigyasu

President, ICOM
Rohit Jigyasu is a conservation architect and risk management professional from India, currently working as UNESCO Chair holder professor at the Institute for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan and Senior Advisor at the Indian Institute... Read More →


Wednesday November 8, 2017 11:30 - 13:30 EET
Petra 1- Sea Floor

13:00 EET

Meet-N-Eat / Lunch
Wednesday November 8, 2017 13:00 - 14:30 EET
Upper Terrace

14:30 EET

The Energy/Water Nexus - Intelligent Management for Sustainability and Fairness
Future global security, prosperity and equality will depend in large part on how the world responds to pressures on natural resources. The global demand for food, water and energy is increasing at an unsustainable rate, due to a rapidly growing global population, inefficient resource management, and the impacts of climate change. Agenda 2030 accounts for these challenges across several Sustainable Development Goals but their interdependencies (both synergies and trade-offs) are not yet adequately understood. This is most acute in the host nation and its region when it comes to the “water-energy nexus”.
This session will examine the most acute resource challenges in the host region through the critical interdependency of water and energy security. Water scarcity in Jordan and the Levant has the potential to further compromise social and political stability of the region.  Scientists have a role to play in developing better management systems through enhanced cooperation, knowledge exchange and institutional strengthening; improving water conservation and energy efficiency; building local capacity in water and energy sectors; and working together on transboundary resource sharing to build regional resilience. Opening channels of communication between states where there is political tension can, in turn, help to build trust and promote cooperation on other issues.
The session will also give an account of governance systems, technological choices and investments, and social and human infrastructure that are being developed in other parts of the world, bringing in representatives of science, industry, policy and civil society, to share good practice and to exchange knowledge.

Moderators
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Roseanne Denise Diab

Executive Officer, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
Roseanne Diab is Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and Emeritus Professor in Environmental Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a Fellow of the university, the South African Geographical Society, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS... Read More →

Speakers
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Marcia C. Barbosa

Professor of Physics, Instituto de Física da UFRGS
Márcia Cristina Bernardes Barbosa is a Brazilian physicist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, did her high school at Colégio Marechal Rondon in Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, undergraduate and graduate studies at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre... 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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Gordon McBean

President, International Council for Science, ICSU
Professor McBean was born and educated in Canada, and obtained a PhD in physics from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver. After an academic and research career that included serving as Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences at UBC, he was appointed Assistant... Read More →
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András Szöllősi-Nagy

Secretary, World Water Council
András Szöllösi-Nagy is a civil engineer by training. He got his first doctorate in applied math, then one in control science and one in systems science. He was research scholar at IIASA (International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis) and VITUKI (Hungarian Institute for Water... Read More →


Wednesday November 8, 2017 14:30 - 16:00 EET
Philadelphia - Ground Floor

14:30 EET

Promotion of Arab Women in Science
The session seeks to strengthen lifelong learning trends for Arab women and highlight its mechanisms, approaches and technical platforms in order to utilize them within the contexts of education and work. Arab women have contributed significantly to scientific disciplines despite the numerous challenges faced by many Arab countries which include cultural and other constraints, but mainly the reluctance of females to opt for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) specializations. This trend, it must be admitted, is slowly but surely changing and women are more and more visible in the STEM related research and teaching. However, the pace of change is rather slow.
According to statistics published in the UNESCO SCIENCE REPORT Towards 2030, the global participation of women in science and research is rather sluggish. Women do pursue bachelor and master degrees, and in several regions even outnumber men at these levels, representing about 53% of graduates. A quick drop in numbers seems to come abruptly after this phase, at PhD level, when all of a sudden male graduates (57%) overtake women. The disparity becomes even wider at the researcher level, with men representing 72% of the global cluster. Obviously, the larger percentage of women in tertiary education does not necessarily lead to their greater visibility in research.
Statistics in the UNESCO SCIENCE REPORT Towards 2030 also brings to focus that the presence of women in science and research differs according to the field of study. Presently, women surpass men in the broad fields of health and welfare in most regions of the world, but fall behind in other disciplines of science. For instance, their absence is most notable among engineering graduates. In Jordan, women researchers make up 5.3% in the field of Engineering and Technology, 12.6 % of Natural sciences, 30.8% in Medical Sciences and 21.5 % in Agricultural sciences and 31.9% in Social sciences and humanities.
A survey of 10 prestigious journals in environmental biology, natural resource management and plant sciences studied the number of women on editorial boards and among editors from 1985 to 2013. The result was self-explanatory:  Women made up 16% of subject editors, 14% of associate editors and 12% of editors-in-chief (Cho et al., 2014).
It is clear that national universities, where future scientists and researchers are born, need to drastically rethink their vision and strategy in responding to current and future labor market demands. We need to create interrelated disciplines that combine scientific specializations with technological abilities and business management skills which help to increase the choices for women in science, and integrate them smoothly into the labor market while developing their ability to adapt to changing conditions. We need to create and enforce a comprehensive national framework for academic and career guidance that adopts advanced mechanisms and modern means that can guarantee success.
This session aims to highlight Arab women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, identify and close gaps in these areas, and focus on the potential offered by STEM fields for more dynamic women leaders and role models.
The session will address the following issues:
  • Highlighting mechanisms, approaches and technical platforms to utilize Arab women scientists within the contexts of education and work.
  • Highlighting Arab women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, identify and close gaps in these areas, and focus on the potential offered by STEM fields for more dynamic women leaders and role models.
  • The need to create and enforce a comprehensive national framework for academic and career guidance that adopts advanced mechanisms and modern means which can guarantee success.
  • Arab women’s participation in the private sector: Careers for women in high-tech
  • Gender issues in scientific research
  • Gender perspectives related to scientific careers
  • Women and leadership
  • Strategies to attract girls into STEM programs
  • International organizations and their policies to empower women engineers and scientists
  • The contribution of women to the region’s growth and sustainable development
  • Strategies to make women’s contributions more visible
  • Harnessing the full potential of women and overcoming barriers that continue to hinder equal participation
  • The importance of regional dialogue and cooperation to help to achieve these goals

Moderators
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Amal Amin

Advisory Board Member, Egyptian Young Academy
Dr. Amal Amin is an associate professor for nanotechnology/polymers at national research center at Cairo- Egypt with large number of publications, projects, awards and other research activities. She studied in, worked at and travelled to several countries including-but not limited... Read More →

Speakers
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Tala Haddad

Healthcare Engineer, King Hussein Cancer Center
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Niveen Khashab

Laureate, L’Oréal UNESCO Award For Women In Science
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Adhra Al Mawali

Director of Studies and Research Centre, Ministry of Health
Adhra Al Mawali, is Director of Studies and Research Centre, Ministry of Health, Oman since 2012. She did her Master’s and PhD at University of Adelaide, Australia. She is the first author of Publications in several prestigious international journals like the American Journal of... Read More →
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Itimad Soufi

Senior Advisor for Nuclear Affairs, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development
                               


Wednesday November 8, 2017 14:30 - 16:00 EET
Aqaba - Sea Floor

16:00 EET

16:30 EET

Can Science Save the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea represents a unique environment of a hyper saline terminal lake located in a pull-apart basin, which is one of the main components of the Jordan Dead Sea Transform Fault System, the active Plate boundary between the Arabian and African plates. The lake is the lowest place on Earth with an elevation of about 432 m bMSL in November 2017. Most of the valuable Dead Sea coastal areas are over complex faulted zones related to the lake’s pull-apart basin, an area prone to rather infrequent and strong earthquakes that are occasionally involving some soil liquefaction. Most of the area is also characterized by karstic and fractured rock formations that are genetically connected with faults. Karstic conduits extend from land into the sea, and the prevailing seaward sloping rock strata. A steep escarpment characterises the morphology. The difference in the elevation between the lake’s level and the Jordanian highlands to the east exceeds 1200 m over a horizontal distance of 15 km. Hot and sulphur springs are found in many places in the area. Due to the maximum level of the lake at about 180 m bMSL in the Pleistocene, marine saline sediments deposits are the direct cause of the observed high salinity of some springs adjacent to the shore.

Since the 1960s, the Dead Sea water level has been dropping at an accelerating rate: from about 60 cm/yr. in the 1970s to 100 cm/yr. in the 2000s to about 140 cm/yr. in 2017. This is causing the expected environmental problems of shoreline withdrawal, subsidence, landslides, and swarms of rapidly proliferating, highly hazardous sinkholes affecting some segments of the coastal areas, thus putting infrastructures at risk. Avoiding most consequences of the worsening degradation of some parts of the Dead Sea shore requires more support for our scientific efforts aiming at developing an Early Warning System based on close monitoring of the cumulative tiny deformations taking place in critical areas before catastrophic events. The EWS is the focus of our research since 1991. The talk will expose the Dead Sea induced environmental degradation and the EWS way to help avoiding the consequences. 

More in.. Closson et al. 2003, Abou Karaki and Closson 2012, Abou Karaki et al. 2016, Fiaschi et al. 2017. 

 

Abou Karaki N., Damien Closson, 2012, European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers- EAGE Workshop on Dead Sea Sinkholes, causes, effects & solutions, Field Guidebook, 45pages.

http://www.eage.org/images/cms/files/Conferences/Field%20Guide%20-%20color%20-%20min%20size.pdf  

 

Abou Karaki N., S. Fiaschi, and D. Closson. 2016. Sustainable development and Anthropogenic induced geomorphic hazards in subsiding areas. Earth Surf. Process. Landforms. Published online (Wileyonlinelibrary.com), DOI: 10.1002/esp.4047

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307892747_Sustainable_development_and_Anthropogenic_induced_geomorphic_hazards_in_subsiding_areas_Anthropogenic_sustainable_development_in_subsiding_areas

 

Closson D., Abou Karaki N., Hansen H,  Derauw D.,  Barbier C., Ozer A. , 2003, Space born radar interferometric mapping of precursory deformations of a dike collapse -Dead Sea area- Jordan. Int. J. Remote Sensing 24(4) 843-849.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/240527227_Space-borne_radar_interferometric_mapping_of_precursory_deformations_of_a_dyke_collapse_Dead_Sea_area_Jordan?_iepl%5BviewId%5D=vG14hqzlbL16OK5q3D233NBR&_iepl%5BprofilePublicationItemVariant%5D=default&_iepl%5Bcontexts%5D%5B0%5D=prfpi&_iepl%5BtargetEntityId%5D=PB%3A240527227&_iepl%5BinteractionType%5D=publicationTitle

 

Fiaschi S., Closson D.,  Abou Karaki N.,  Pasquali P., Riccardi P. and  Floris M., 2017, The complex karst dynamics of the Lisan Peninsula revealed by 25 years of DInSAR observations. Dead Sea, Jordan. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 130:358-369 · Aug. 2017.


Speakers
avatar for Najib Abou Karaki

Najib Abou Karaki

Former Dean - Faculty of Science Professor of Geophysics/Seismology, University of Jordan


Wednesday November 8, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Wadi Rum 2 - Ground Floor

16:30 EET

International Funding for STI in Africa: Help Or Hindrance?

International funding – especially from philanthropy, development cooperation agencies, and multilateral agencies, constitutes a significant share of the total R&D spend in Africa. For example, in South Africa where national R&D expenditure is just below 0.8% of GDP, approximately 15% of this is sourced from foreign funding. Whilst science prospers through international cooperation and attracting foreign investment to strengthen science and innovation capacities is pursued by developed and developing countries alike, this session will examine if an over-reliance on international funding, as is often the case in Africa, distorts national R&D agendas.

Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Report claims that twice as much is being lost in illicit financial outflows than received in aid. Unethical tax avoidance, transfer pricing and anonymous company ownership are obliterating the benefits governments gain from international funding. Furthermore, much is being done outside the governmental framework with civil society groups and foundations raising billions for their ‘Africa work’ with scant governance or, indeed, financial accountability in place, Ebola being a recent example amongst many.

In Africa-55 countries where little if any public funding is available to support national R&D programmes, domestic researchers are “forced” to pursue foreign funding as an objective in its own right. This is often for mere survival, at the price of sacrificing work on strategic national priorities, as well as the obligation to comply with frequently onerous administrative obligations attached to the funding. Do we need to re-focus our best researcher minds away from the international and back to the national or regional? Do we risk upsetting the apple cart, at best, or biting the hand that feeds us, at worst, if we ask for greater co-ownership, co-production and co-responsibility for example, in the EU’s African Union Research Grants Programme or the African Academy of Sciences meritorious efforts to develop African-led continental research programmes involving funding from international partners such as the UK’s Wellcome Trust?

This panel will explore the significant policy challenge of developing vibrant international cooperation partnerships and attracting foreign funding, while complementing national investments that support national programmes and do not hamper them. Representing African governments, academies, civil society and institutions such as the African Union, speakers will juxtapose the reality on the ground with the ambitions of Africa’s Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA).

Organiser: Aidan Gilligan (IRL), CEO, SciCom – Making Sense of Science; Media Manager, WSF 2017 Jordan; Elected Member of the Governing Board, Euroscience; Executive Committee Member, International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA).

Co-organiser: Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General: International Cooperation and Resources, Department of Science and Technology, Government of South Africa.


Moderators
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Lidia Brito

Director of UNESCO Office in Montevideo, Regional Bureau for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean,UNESCO Representative in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, UNESCO Office in Montevideo
Lidia Brito, a forest engineer, with a Master and Doctorate in Forest and Wood Science from Colorado State University in the USA, was born in Mozambique, and have been part of Eduardo Mondlane University staff since her graduation in Forest Engineering in 1981.   She has held senior... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Agbor

African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science & Technology
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Romain Murenzi

Executive Director, TWAS
Romain Murenzi serves as the executive director of TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries, based in Trieste, Italy. He also oversees the administration of OWSD, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World with... Read More →
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Grace Naledi Pando

Minister, Ministry for Science and Technology, South Africa
Naledi Pandor was born in 1953 in Durban. She received most of her education in exile and matriculated at Gaborone Secondary School in Botswana. She obtained a BA in History and English at the University of Botswana in 1977 before leaving for overseas where she subsequently graduated... Read More →
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Nelson Torto

Executive Director, African Academy of Sciences


Wednesday November 8, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor

16:30 EET

PERFORM - Promoting Science Education through the Arts

UNESCO as part of the PERFORM consortium is in charge of the sustainability of this European Commission extra budgetary project. We are committed to promoting PERFORM at World Science Forum, which is an appropriate venue to discuss the programme.

PERFORM aims to investigate the effects of the use of innovative science education methods based on performing arts in fostering young peoples’ motivations and engagement with STEM in selected secondary schools in France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The PERFORM special session at World Science Forum will present to the audience PERFORM in action and discuss early results of PERFORM two years following initial implementation. 


Moderators
avatar for Casimiro Vizzini

Casimiro Vizzini

Expert, Division of Science Policy and Capacity-Building, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Casimiro Vizzini is an Expert at the International Basic Sciences Programme. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Palermo. After obtaining his diploma of specialist in Urology at the University of Messina he attended a master in International Cooperation at the "Institut... Read More →

Speakers
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Aicha Bammoun

Director, Science & Technology Directorate, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)
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Isabel Ruiz Mallen

Senior Researcher, Open University of Catalonia (UOC)
Isabel Ruiz-Mallén. I’m an environmental scientist and a “Ramón y Cajal” research fellow at the Open University of Catalonia. I’m coordinating a H2020 research project called PERFORM (www.performresearch.eu), based on the RRI paradigm, on the use and assessment of science... 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 →


Wednesday November 8, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Petra 2 - Sea Floor

16:30 EET

Science and Archaeology: Time Travel, Technology and Change
Archaeology is the study of the material remains of human resilience, adaptation, and innovation. As a discipline, archaeology sits at the nexus between the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, integrating elements of each to reconstruct the human past in all its facets. This special session considers how human beings have responded to perennial challenges, including maintaining a food supply, and climate change.
The scientific basis of how archaeologists “know” is presented alongside the key questions and new discoveries. In recent times, archaeological methods and practice have been revolutionized through the application of scientific techniques and computational capacity. The techniques and tools are evidence-based and involve the articulation of large data sets, setting highly complex human interactions in context.
The contributions consider what the past can contribute to the present, and what archaeological science can contribute to debates and practice regarding climate change and environmental stewardship, human origins and ingenuity through time, as well as human-animal and human-plant relations.  Archaeology provides a means to communicate science and to bring “science and science-based thinking to our public and private spheres” (WSF2017 concept note).

Speakers
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Amy Bogaard

Professor of Neolithic and Bronze Age Archaeology, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford
I am an archaeologist/archaeobotanist working on the ecology, evolution and social implications of early farming systems in Europe and western Asia, with comparative interests in other parts of the world. Key methods in my research include: excavation/recovery of primary farming evidence... Read More →
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Dominik Fleitmann

Professor in Palaeoclimatology and Archaeology, University of Reading
Dominik Fleitmann obtained his PhD at the University of Bern, Switzerland. In 2003, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, USA. In 2006, he was awarded with the prestigious SNSF-Professorship at the University of Bern. In 2012, he became Professor for Palaeoclimatology... Read More →
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Ophelie Lebrasseur

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Researcher), School of Archaeology, University of Oxford
Ophélie Lebrasseur is a postdoctoral research assistant at the Palaeogenomics & Bio-Archaeology Research Network at the University of Oxford, under the direction of Prof. Greger Larson. She is a zooarchaeologist specialising in ancient and modern DNA. Her main research interest lies... Read More →


Wednesday November 8, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Dead Sea 2- Sea Floor

16:30 EET

Spaces for scientists - thinking, research, and collaboration / An architecture for science for peace

The functional and experiential characteristics of the working environment impact on the success of scientific experimentation and collaboration.  

Scientific endeavour is influenced by the quality of different types of space – to enable technical research, contemplation, collaboration, and engagement to further the positive impacts of science on society.

Scientist’s comfort and well-being, as well as the technical performance of facilities, are critical factors which impact on the delivery of successful science. 

In the pursuit of scientific advances which help support peace, consideration of individual, local and international social contexts take on even greater relevance for scientific collaboration and the dissemination of ideas.

 

Presentation and Discussion

Ian Taylor, Architect + Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, London.  


Wednesday November 8, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Mount Nebo 2 - Sea Floor

16:30 EET

Fighting Resistant Bacteria and Global Pandemics
Since the introduction of penicillin in the 1940’s antibiotics have become one of the main pillars of modern medicine, saving millions of lives and billions of dollars. However, their extensive use has also resulted in the emergence of new, resistant bacteria indicating that the era of traditional antimicrobial treatment may soon be over. A panel of outstanding scientists and policy experts will share their breakthrough scientific ideas and their in-depth experience to forecast how scientists, medical doctors and health-policy experts can take up the fight against the threat of unconstrained infections on a global level.

Moderators
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Mohammed Yahia

Executive Director, Nature Publishing Group in the Middle East
Mohammed Yahia is the Executive Editor at Nature Publishing Group (NPG) for the Middle-Eastern region. He has also served as the Editor of Nature Middle-East, an online portal focusing on research in the Middle-East, since its launch. Mohammed has covered many stories on the HCV epidemic... Read More →

Speakers
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Christine Stabell Benn

Professor in Global Health, Statens Serum Institut
Christine Stabell Benn is responsible for planning, executing and publishing epidemiological and immunological studies of health interventions in Guinea-Bissau and Denmark. She supervises a number of pre- and postgraduate/PhD students. Christine Stabell Benn has formulated the hypothesis... Read More →
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Éva Kondorosi

Vice President, European Research Council
Eva Kondorosi was born in Budapest, graduated (Biology) and received her PhD (Genetics) at the L. Eötvös University in Budapest. She was postdoc at the Max Planck Institut für Züchtungsforschung (Köln) and visiting scholar at the Sussex, Harvard and Cornell Universities. Eva... Read More →
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Marc Lecuit

Institut Pasteur
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Balázs Papp

Principal Investigator, Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Education and positions • 2009 - Principal Investigator, Computational Systems Biology lab / Institute of Biochemistry, BRC, Szeged • 2008 - 2011 part-time Research Fellow, Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, University of Cambridge • 2007 - 2008 Human Frontier Science Program... Read More →
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Paul Rübig

Vice Chairman Science and Technology Options Assessment, European Parliament
Paul Ruebig, born in Upper Austria, has been a member of the European Parliament since 1996 and belongs to the European People's Party (EPP). He is the owner of an Austrian blacksmith company and has a degree in Business administration, marketing and production engineering from the... Read More →
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Pedro Fernando da Costa Vasconcelos

Director and Professor of Global Health, Evandro Chagas Institute
Dr Pedro Fernando da Costa Vasconcelos is Head of the Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia para Febres Hemorrágicas Virais-INCT-FHV (Brazil's National Institute of Science and Technology for Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers), located at the headquarters of the Instituto Evandro Chagas... Read More →


Wednesday November 8, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Petra 1- Sea Floor

16:30 EET

Knowledge and Technology in Developing Countries: Issues of Brain Drain and Transfer
This session seeks to stimulate dialogue on best practices and modalities for transferring, diffusing and localizing sciences and knowledge to support and accelerate efforts for achieving sustainable development in the Arab region. The session will also highlight the issue of brain drain in developing countries.
This session will expand on the outcomes of the Round-Table Workshop on “Science and Knowledge for Advancing the 2030 SDGs in the Arab Region”, which was organized in Cairo, Egypt in May 2016.
Transfer and localization of science and knowledge is an essential element for advancing sustainable human development. In the context of sustainable development, effective knowledge and technology transfer and utilization provide effective means to translate innovative and creative problem solving approaches from global to national and local levels. This event will explore the institutional capabilities requirements, and the challenges, opportunities and experiences that hinder/permit the relevant institutions to successfully absorb, adapt, develop and utilize knowledge and technology for developing the knowledge-based economy in any given state.  In addition to identification of major issues, challenges and opportunities, major responsibilities and roles of stakeholders shall be identified including the potential role of UNESCO/UN agencies as well as relevant international, regional and national bodies, in advancing the Science/Knowledge and SDG agenda in the Arab region.
The expanded set of the approved 17 SDGs and 169 targets cover a wide range of topics with a large diverse set of socioeconomic and environmental indicators. Taking into account the socioeconomic, environmental and geo-political complexity of the Arab region, Science and Knowledge have a major role in providing platforms for advancing the 2030 Agenda.  In particular, Science and knowledge can/should:
  • Provide innovative knowledge-based scientific and technological solutions to pressing livelihood challenges in all spheres of and sectors (water, energy, agriculture, industry, health, environmental protection…inter-alia);
  • Enable the marginalized sectors to actively engage in socioeconomic advancement
  • Provide scientific basis for addressing social and economic challenges
  • better understanding of the dynamics and linkages across sectors and scales
  • enhancing collaboration (closing gap) between the policy and scientific communities and other stakeholders
The future of nations depends not only on their economic capital or natural resources, but also on the collective ability to understand, anticipate, and effectively act to address challenges through generating and deploying science and knowledge. 
  • Provide innovative knowledge-based scientific and technological solutions to pressing livelihood challenges in all spheres and sectors (water, energy, agriculture, industry, health, environmental protection…inter-alia);
  • Enable the marginalized sectors to actively engage in socioeconomic advancement
The issue of brain drain in developing countries will be the second focus of the session. This issue is of significant importance as the lack of opportunities in developing countries is causing an intellectual leakage of scientific talent from developing countries. Understanding the potential of strengthening science and technology for capacity building means that programmes can be implemented to create and improve opportunities. In this way the outflow of young capable minds will be reduced and growth of local research will be encouraged

Moderators
avatar for Ghaith Fariz

Ghaith Fariz

Director, UNESCO Regional Office for Science in the Arab States
Dr. GHAITH H. FARIZ g.fariz@unesco.org   Director of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Technology in the Arab States Cluster Office for Egypt, Sudan, and Libya; and UNESCO Representative to Egypt. Dr. Fariz is a strategic planner with extended international experience in the... Read More →

Speakers
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Sok Ching Cheong

Senior Group Leader, Head and Neck Cancer Research, Cancer Research Malaysia and Adjunct Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, Third World Academy for Sciences (TWAS)
Prof. Cheong leads the Head and Neck Cancer (HNC) Research Team at Cancer Research Malaysia. Her goal is to improve HNC management through the understanding of genetic alterations in these cancers, and by building innovative tools for early detection and development of novel therapeutics... Read More →
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Sierd Cloetingh

President, European Cooperation in Science &Technology (COST)
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Mohamed Hassan

President, Sudanese National Academy of Sciences
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Nazar Mohamed Hassan

UNESCO NECTAR Director and Science Unit Chief, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab State
Nazar M. Hassan (b. 1964; Sudan) has been Senior Science and Technology Specialist for the Arab States in UNESCO’s Cairo Office since 2009, where he has initiated several networks to build up the region’s techno-preneurship culture. Previously, he worked in Beirut (Lebanon) as... Read More →
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Jozef Ritzen

professorial fellow, United Nations University-MERIT Maastricht
Jozef Ritzen, a Dutch national, trained as a physics engineer (Delft University of Technology) and an economist (Erasmus University Rotterdam, PhD, cum laude), was President of Maastricht University from February 2003 – January 2011. During that period the Maastricht University... Read More →


Wednesday November 8, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Wadi Rum 1- Ground Floor

16:30 EET

Science-based Advice to Policy-Makers in an Era of Alternative Facts
While the practice of delivering independent science-based advice to policy-makers has always been a difficult one, recent developments seem to have added a new dimension of challenge.
The boundary lines between facts, non-facts and uncertainties appear to have become blurred. And increasingly, (parts of) societies do not agree anymore on those facts that form the foundation of any scientific analysis, evaluation and recommendation.
In this thematic session, we will look at some of the ‘standard‘ challenges that providers of science-based advice to policy-makers are faced with globally before turning to those shifts in public debate and perception that may in time require some fundamentally different approaches to science-based policy advice

Moderators
avatar for Thierry Courvoisier

Thierry Courvoisier

President, European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
Thierry J.-L. Courvoisier is an astrophysicist born in 1953 in Geneva. He studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) and obtained a PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Zurich in 1980. He worked in ESA’s X-ray astronomy project EXOSAT at the European... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Roseanne Denise Diab

Roseanne Denise Diab

Executive Officer, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
Roseanne Diab is Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and Emeritus Professor in Environmental Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a Fellow of the university, the South African Geographical Society, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS... Read More →
avatar for Rolf-Dieter Heuer

Rolf-Dieter Heuer

President of Council, SAM, European Commission
experimental particle physicist, has been CERN Director-General from January 2009 to December 2015. His mandate is characterised by the start of the Large Hadron Collider 2009, its energy increase 2015, the discovery of the H-Boson and the geographical enlargement of CERN Membership... Read More →
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László Lovász

President, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, World Science Forum
László Lovász (born in 1948) is a Hungarian mathematician, best known for his work in combinatorics, graph theory and theoretical computer science. Currently he is the President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His mathematical gift was acknowledged at an early age, and earned... Read More →
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William Sutherland

Miriam Rothschild Professor in Conservation Biology, University of Cambridge
Professor Bill Sutherland holds the Miriam Rothschild Chair of Conservation Biology in the Zoology Department and is a professorial Fellow in the College. He has written seven books and edited another five. He started as a birdwatcher and his main research interest has been in combining... Read More →
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Vladimir Šucha

Director-General, European Commission - Joint Research Centre
Vladimir Šucha is Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, its in-house scientific service. He was Deputy Director-General of the JRC between 2012 and 2013. Prior to that, he spent 6 years in the position of director for culture and media in the Directorate-General... Read More →


Wednesday November 8, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 EET
Mount Nebo 1- Sea Floor

18:00 EET

Al Gore’s Film Premiere: An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power
 

A 2017 American documentary film directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk about former United States Vice President Al Gore's continuing mission to battle climate change. The sequel to An Inconvenient Truth (2006), the film addresses the progress made to tackle the problem and Gore's global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016's Paris Agreement. The film was released on July 28, 2017, by Paramount Pictures.

 Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world to train an army of activists and influence international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes -- in moments both private and public, funny and poignant -- as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.


Wednesday November 8, 2017 18:00 - 19:45 EET
Philadelphia - Ground Floor

20:00 EET

 
Thursday, November 9
 

09:30 EET

The Opportunities and Challenges of Digital Transformation

Technological and digital advances are bringing disruptive and transformative change to our world that will impact on every aspect of the lives of all its citizens. Government, industry, civil society and academia are striving to anticipate how the pace and scale of these advances will change the way our world works, and to identify and leverage the opportunities and tackle the challenges they will bring.

While technological and digital advances have helped to drive societal development, they have also fuelled disparities in equal rights and access to social progress, raising social, legal and ethical issues that must be addressed. For example, the unequal distribution of access to digital resources blocks the free flow of knowledge and the potential power that it confers. Innovations such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things, are exciting digital developments but also invoke a fear of loss of control for many in a “black box society”. In particular, they may accelerate the exclusion of many in the developing world. This plenary Session will examine the role of machines now and over the next decade or so; the opportunities and challenges this presents to society; and its impact on human interaction and societal well-being.  It will argue that technological and digital transformation must not lead to widening disparities within societies and between nations, and it will focus on how new technologies can be used to advance development in the world’s poorer and more vulnerable states.



Moderators
avatar for Stephen Cole

Stephen Cole

Chairman, Institute of Diplomacy & Business
Stephen Cole is one of the most experienced and versatile faces of International Television News. He has anchored 24-hour news since 1989 from the studio and from some of the world’s major trouble spots. Stephen has conducted network interviews with Presidents, Prime Ministers... Read More →

Speakers
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Tommaso Calarco

Director,Institute for Complex Quantum Systems, University of Ulm
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Damon Horowitz

Damon Horowitz works at the intersection of technology and the humanities. He recently served as In-House Philosopher / Director of Engineering at Google, leading a company-wide personalization initiative with a focus on data privacy issues. He has taught courses in philosophy, AI... Read More →
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Elizabeth Pollitzer

Co-Founder and Director, Portia Ltd
Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer is a leading expert on gender, STEM and innovation. She was a founding member of Portia in 1997 and has been active in the gender and science field for over 15 years. Elizabeth’s background is in Computing and Biophysics, with many years spent both teaching... Read More →
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Sabina Leonelli

Professor of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Exeter
SABINA LEONELLI is Professor of Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Exeter, UK. She serves as the Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences where she leads the Data Studies research strand, and is a member of the Open Science Policy Platform... Read More →
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Majd Shweikeh

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Jordan, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology
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Venkatramanan Subrahmanian

Director / Professor, University of Maryland
V.S. Subrahmanian is a professor in the Department of Computer Science. He is the director of the Center for Digital International Government (CDIG) and co-director of the Laboratory for Computational Cultural Dynamics (LCCD). From 2004 to 2010, he served as the director of UMIACS... Read More →


Thursday November 9, 2017 09:30 - 11:00 EET
Philadelphia - Ground Floor

11:00 EET

11:30 EET

An Arab Charter of Ethics for Human-Centered Science and Technology in the Arab Region

The Arab region can achieve better development outcomes if it invests in research and development and develops its research capacities. As clearly articulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, science and technology are important “means of implementation”. The power of science should/can be leveraged to accelerate the achievement of development goals in the region. Unfortunately, the Arab region continues to lag behind developed - and even several developing - countries in terms of science and technology indicators and knowledge at large. There is a dire need in the Arab region for an ethical framework that promotes and guides the quality, integrity, and independence of research activities, supports multi-disciplinarity, and protects the individual and society from the possible negative implications of science and technology; an ethical framework that ensures that science serves society in the region.

 

Conscious of the above-mentioned challenges, Arab experts in the field of ethics, science and technology gathered in Beirut from 11 to 12 July 2017 in a regional meeting on “Ethics in Scientific Research and Technology Applications in the Arab Region”. Organized by UNESCO (Cairo and Beirut offices), the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research, the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt, and ESCWA Technology Center, the meeting reviewed relevant regional experiences  towards learning and exploring the value and possibility of elaborating a regional charter of research ethics. The personal participation of Her Royal Highness Pincess Sumaya bint el Hassan in the meeting gave a great impetus to this initiative

 

As a result of the meeting, participants agreed regarding the need to develop an “Arab Charter of Ethics for Scientific Research and Technology Applications.” UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab States was entrusted by all participants to lead and coordinate the process of drafting the Arab Charter, in collaboration with the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research and other organizing parties.

 

The Arab Charter of Ethics will:

-            be comprehensive, covering research in all fields of science, including the social and human sciences;

-            build on global and regional experiences in the area of ethics, be of high standard, and have as its ultimate objective to serve people in the Arab region;

-            reflect the specificities of the region, notably the particular challenges affecting scientific research and technology development activities (including those facing researchers, research subjects and other stakeholders);

-            be elaborated following an inclusive consultation process involving a wide range of stakeholders

 

In order to achieve the above, a Working Group was established to collaboratively formulate the Arab Charter. The Working Group members are distinguished experts from the region, specializing in ethics, science and technology and law. At least three rounds of consultations are foreseen: a) with Experts who participated in the Regional Consultation that took place in Beirut, July 2017; b) with participants at the World Science Forum; c) with non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders through a public debate.

The primary objective of this parallel session is to present, and stimulate discussion around a first draft of the Arab Charter of Ethics for Scientific Research and Technology Applications. The session will benefit from the presence of high-caliber researchers, scientists and political figures to gather views regarding the relevance of the Charter to the challenges facing research in the region, and its appropriateness for the task it was formulated for. The session will also contribute to highlighting the issue of ethics in science and technology in developing countries and the world.

As a result of this session, ideas will be generated and inputs will be collected that will support the Working Group in refining the first draft of the Charter into a solid, legally-sound, and region-specific document. It is expected that the final Charter would be submitted to the League of Arab States for possible adoption by the Arab Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and implementation across the region.



Speakers
avatar for Bahaa Darwish

Bahaa Darwish

Professor, Head, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Minia University, Egypt
In 1980, Darwish was graduated in Alexandria University where he studied philosophy in the College of Arts. In 1987, he got his MA in philosophy. In 1993, he got a PhD scholarship to Germany and returned in 1995 to Egypt where he was awarded the PhD title and was appointed as a lecturer... Read More →
avatar for Ghaith Fariz

Ghaith Fariz

Director, UNESCO Regional Office for Science in the Arab States
Dr. GHAITH H. FARIZ g.fariz@unesco.org   Director of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Technology in the Arab States Cluster Office for Egypt, Sudan, and Libya; and UNESCO Representative to Egypt. Dr. Fariz is a strategic planner with extended international experience in the... Read More →
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Mouïn HAMZE

Secretary General, National Council for Scientific Research CNRS-L
Mouin Hamzé, Secretary General of the National Council for Scientific Research – Lebanon (CNRS-L) Mouin Hamzé obtained his “Doctorat d’Etat - Es Sciences” from the University of Montpellier, France. He started his academic career at the Lebanese University where he established... Read More →
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Essam Khamis

Deputy Minister, Higher Education and Scientific Research
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Mohamed Louzir

Director General, Institut Pasteur de Tunis
Hechmi Louzir is graduated from Tunis medical school. In late 1988, after a post-doc at Institut Pasteur in Paris, He joined the laboratory of immunology at Institut Pasteur in Tunis and, as Assistant Professor. He developed many research programs on the host pathogen interaction... Read More →
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Helene DE RODE

Perpetual Secretary, Founding member, EurASc
Helene de Rode  graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain (U.C.L.), where she became professor of law in 1993 till 2003 (Insurance Law, Contracts Law, Torts law). Since 2009, she is professor at the UCL-Mons. She also practices law and is an attorney-at-law at the Bar of... Read More →
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Maha ZAKI

Director, Intellectual Property & Competitiveness Department, League of Arab State
Maha Bakhiet Zaki, Director, Intellectual Property & Competitiveness Department, League of Arab States (LAS), Cairo, Egypt Maha Bakhiet, a Sudanese citizen with a Ph.D. in IP law and a Master’s degree in copyright legislation, joined the League of Arab States (LAS) in October 2000... Read More →


Thursday November 9, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Wadi Rum 2 - Ground Floor

11:30 EET

Engaging Jordan's Diaspora: Mechanisms for Creative Capacity Building
The Jordanian diaspora and relevant international networks could be helpful in the process of building knowledge bridges generating opportunities and bi-lateral relations in joint Research and Development programmes, funding venues and other knowledge transfer avenues to pursue.   In turn, research collaboration in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is increasingly becoming the main driver for socioeconomic development and sustainability. At the same time, governments and policy makers have a role in linking together their diaspora members to maximize the possible gains for the benefit of migration.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, HE Ayman Al Safadi will deliver remarks at the session opening on the impact that Diasporas have on development of their home countries.  The session will host several Jordanian academics, living abroad, to share their scientific endeavors, and current & future opportunities in connecting Diasporas to development. The session will present a national initiative; Jordanian Scientists and Technologists Abroad (JoSTA) presented by HE, Dr Khaled Elshuraydeh, Secretary General of the Higher Council for Science and Technology in Amman, Jordan, to show case a programme that was formed upon the directives and guidance of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal with a vision to achieve high economic growth and prosperity through partnerships between Jordanian scientist abroad and their peers in Jordan.
Moreover, the proposed session will also include two prominent scientists from the USA; Professor Ali Malkawi of Harvard University and Professor Issa Batarseh of University of Central Florida to speak about the significant role the Jordanian diaspora can play in Jordan’s economic and technological development, each from his own professional activities to benefiting Jordan. Another young scientist, Dr Noor Gammoh of the University of Edinburgh, will present her cancer research and how she can benefit Jordan through different channels of collaboration between Jordan and the UK.

Moderators
avatar for Issa Batarseh

Issa Batarseh

Director, University of Central Florida
Dr. Issa Batarseh is Professor of Electrical and Computer engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando, Florida. Currently he is serving as the Director of the Energy System Integration Division at the Florida Power Electronics Center (FSEC). He received his Ph.D... Read More →

Speakers
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Khaled Elshuraydeh

Secretary General, The Higher Council for Science and Technology / WSF National Task Force
Secretary General of The Higher Council for Science and Technology (HCST), Acting president of The National Center for Research and Development (NCRD), and chairman of the managing board of King Abdullah II Nanotechnology Center affiliated to HCST. Member of the International Advisory... Read More →
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Noor Gammoh

Principle Investigator, University of Edinburgh
Noor Gammoh completed her undergraduate studies in biological sciences at the University of Edinburgh. In 2003, Noor moved to pursue her doctorate degree at the laboratory of Dr Lawrence Banks, Trieste – Italy, where she investigated the role of Human Papillomavirus-encoded proteins... Read More →
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Ali Malkawi

Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities and a Professor of Architectural Technology at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Harvard University
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Ayman Al Safadi

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jordan, WSF 17 National Task Force


Thursday November 9, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor

11:30 EET

Public Engagement: Talking Science to non-Scientists
There are several challenges of communicating science, which include engaging formally with the public about science, the special complexities of communicating science when it is part of a public controversy (science-related controversy) and today’s complex, dynamic and competitive communication media environment.
Quiet often, because of the lack of understanding of science, several people dispute scientific claims or do not support polices that are consistent with evidence. At the same time, public engagement is crucial to facilitate the exchange of information, knowledge, perspectives, and preferences among groups with different expertise and background.
Decision makers, government agencies, and other public- and private-sector organisations seek the help and support from scientists to engage the public in discussions about important science-related issues, which makes the task of science communication more complex.
Science communication in the 21 century is facing a complex and rapidly changing media environment. New ways of communicating are constantly emerging. The way that media are affecting people’s perceptions and understanding as well as the use of science in a dynamic communication environment, creates the need for new effective approaches to cope with the emerging changes in media and facilitate people’s understanding and perception of science.
  • Why and how is it important for scientists to be able to communicate science to public?
  • What are the major challenges in science communications and how to overcome them?
  • How scientific facts and research results are accessed, understood, shared and discussed with policy makers?
  • What are the ethics of science communication?
  • How can scientists use the new media (internet, social media etc) for public engagement?
Panelists:
  • Stephen Cole, Chairman, Institute of Diplomacy & Business
  • Fernando Salvetti, Founder & Managing Partner, Logosnet
  • Professor Abdullah Khataibeh, Faculty of Education, Yarmouk University
  • Professor Hanan Malkawi, Vice President for Science Engagement, Royal Scientific Society
  • Dr. Yazan Smadi, Department of Electrical Engineering, Jordan University of Science & Technology

Moderators
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Anjum Malik

CO Founder & Managing Partner, Alhambra U.S. Chamber
Managing Partner, Alhambra U.S. Chamber - Vice President, HOFT/IAEI & Honorary Ambassador, The Polish Network of Women's Entrepreneurs Anjum Malik is a global professional in the fields of international education, educational consulting, business development, and entrepreneurial management... Read More →

Speakers
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Yazan Alsmadi

Senior Lead Engineer, Advanced Transmission Studies & Technology, American Electric Power (AEP)
Yazan M. Alsmadi received the B.S. degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Electrical Power Engineering from Yarmouk University, Jordan, in 2010, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, OH, USA, in 2012 and 2015, respectively... Read More →
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Stephen Cole

Chairman, Institute of Diplomacy & Business
Stephen Cole is one of the most experienced and versatile faces of International Television News. He has anchored 24-hour news since 1989 from the studio and from some of the world’s major trouble spots. Stephen has conducted network interviews with Presidents, Prime Ministers... Read More →
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Abdullah Al Khataibeh

Professor in Science Education, Yarmouk Univesity
 Abdalla Khataybeh Prof in science education, got my Ph.D. in Chemical Education in 1990 from University of East Anglia (UK). Currently I am  working at Yarmouk University in northern Jordan. I worked in Sultunate of Oman for 11 years, 4 years dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social... Read More →
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Hanan Malkawi

Vice President for Science Engagement - Jordan, Royal Scientific Society - WSF 17 National Task Force & Speaker
Professor Hanan Issa Malkawi Prof. Hanan Malkawi is currently the Vice-President for Science Engagement at Royal Scientific Society. She earned her bachelor degree in Biological Sciences at Yarmouk University-Jordan, and then she was offered a scholarship from YU to get her M.Sc in... Read More →
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Fernando Salvetti

Founder & Managing Partner, Logosnet
Fernando Salvetti | Global Thinkers Forum Founder and Managing Partner of Logosnet since 1996. As an “edupreneur”, he is a pioneer in the fields of immersive simulation, augmented and virtual reality, knowledge dissemination, communication of science and technology, international... Read More →


Thursday November 9, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Petra 2 - Sea Floor

11:30 EET

Scientific Cooperation and Regional Integration for the 2030 Agenda in MENA

Empirical evidence shows that scientific discoveries and technological innovations led most efficiently to economic prosperity, yielding social stability and hence peaceful dignified living. However, this has not always been the case in many Arab countries. After decades of investments in education, and infrastructure for labs and research centers, the dividends did not significantly lower unemployment, curtailed the brain drain, or circumvent wars. Scientific research resulted in more publications but remained short of useful innovative solutions to the numerous overwhelming local problems.

Turning the tide is a required direction to reap relevant returns on societal investments in education, science and technology for addressing local developmental challenges and promoting more peaceful societies and prosperous countries.

The present international pressures of accelerated challenges (e.g. climate change, unemployment, energy - food - water insecurity) are concurrent with lucrative technological innovation opportunities (e.g. Internet of Things, Artificial intelligence, Big data, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, and others). The Arab countries have the chance to channel their national and regional proven scientific research capacity and infrastructure towards developing efficient solutions to local and international challenges with a productive national innovation and technology transfer system. The main objectives of the UN ESCWA organized session on Knowledge and Technology Development and Transfer pivotal role in Local Sustainable Development are:

  • to review and discus the operational and legislative frameworks of national technology development and transfer systems in the 6 project implemented countries Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, and Tunis.
  • To provide a platform to discuss with distinguished panelists means of harnessing identified strengths, and established systems and related legislations for supporting economic diversification and the generation of decent employment especially for the educated youth in the Arab region

 


Moderators
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Fouad Mrad

Dr. Fouad Mrad joined the United Nations in December 2009 and is the founding executive director of ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) regional center for technology in Amman, Jordan. Dr. Fouad leads the regional support center for the consecration of science... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Dead Sea 2- Sea Floor

11:30 EET

Women in Science to Achieve SDGs

Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs). Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science. Although the development of STEM fields is widely regarded as beneficial for the expansion of national economies, the underrepresentation of women in STEM represents the loss of a critical mass of talent and ideas.

This side event will include a roundtable discussion on the current situation of women and girls in science and engineering and will provide complementary perspectives on the role of women in science to achieve SDGs.

The event will also serve to inspire young man and women and will sensitize policy-makers and other stakeholders on initiatives that foster women’s contribution to sustainable development.

The discussions will enrich the debate and will emphasize and strengthen the message, at the general debate during the Forum, that gender equality in science is a key element that countries and international organizations need to take into account in formulating action plans and/or roadmaps for STI for the SDGs.

 

During the session, it will be officially launched the publication “Measuring Gender Equality in Science and Engineering:

the SAGA Toolkit”. 

The SAGA toolkit provides practical tools to monitor and evaluate gender equality and to integrate gender aspects in science, technology and innovation (STI) policies. The lack of data from which to draw useful indicators can obstruct the design, monitoring and evaluation of STI policies aimed at gender equality.

Considering the themes covered and the type of audience attending the event, the World Science Forum is the ideal platform to present and launch the SAGA Toolkit. The exchange and the dissemination of best practices and innovative methodologies to address gender imbalance, which are evident around the world, are important to improve mainstreaming gender into research, innovation, and policy.

 

The conclusions and recommendations of the round table will be shared among the World Science Forum’s participants and among the other networks.

 

The importance of the contribution of women in science cannot be excluded from the forum, considering that WSF is a platform for improved dialogue and collaboration between the scientific community, private sector, government and civil society. 


Moderators
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Ernesto Fernández Polcuch

Chief of Section, Science Policy and Partnerships, UNESCO
Ernesto Fernandez Polcuch is a Science Diplomat, specialist in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy, with a M.Sc. in Science, Technology and Society from the National University of Quilmes, Argentina.   As Chief of Section for Science Policy and Partnerships in the Natural... Read More →

Speakers
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Alessandro Bello

Project Officer, UNESCO
  Alessandro Bello is the Project Officer of the UNESCO global project STEM and Gender Advancement (SAGA). He holds a Master degree in Policy Governance and another one in International Relations. He was previously a Consultant for the Science Policy and Capacity Building Programme... Read More →
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Annie Black

Deputy Executive Director, L'Oréal Corporate Foundation
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Gloria Bonder

Regional Chair, UNESCO
Gloria Bonder is the Director of the Gender, Society and Policies Department base at FLACSO (Latin American Postgraduate Institute of Social Sciences). Since 2014, she has coordinated the Latin American and Caribbean focal point of GenderInSITE, a multistakeholder global initiative... Read More →
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Niveen Khashab

Laureate, L’Oréal UNESCO Award For Women In Science


Thursday November 9, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Aqaba - Sea Floor

11:30 EET

Security Risks Reduction through CBRNE Science, Education and Human Factors
In a globalised world where people and goods are constantly circulating, the risk of global threats in the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) areas is increasing, in tandem with the risk of intensification of terrorist threats and the number of tense political situations worldwide. In order to fulfil public health and security requirements, countries must not only continually improve the legal framework and its implementation, but also develop the capacity to identify and prevent potential emerging risks that can affect their population and environment. It is therefore most apt to address the counter-measures via a multi-dimensional approach straddling over CBRNE and Human Factors, with the view for security risk reduction.
CBRNE approach - Science plays a central role in this context and the constant research developments are crucial when it comes to securing societies against CBRNE threats. The knowledge and tools provided by the scientific research contribute continuously to enhance the resilience of societies against natural and man-made disasters; to fight crime and terrorism; to improve border security; and to provide enhanced cyber-security. This includes a wide-range of areas and competences, such as crisis management, protection of critical infrastructure, border protection, forensics, detection technologies, secure information sharing, protection against explosives, supply chain security, etc.
Based on the scientific innovation and knowledge, there is also the need to reach out globally to best practices though capacity building activities such as training. These reinforce the building of capacity to better prevent, detect, respond and recover in case of CBRNE accidents or incidents. Acknowledging the global, multi-dimensional and cross-border nature of the security threat, the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence (CoE) initiative joins excellence in science with operational expertise in diverse areas. The network includes regional, national and community levels of intervention, from policy makers, coordination agencies, research institutions, academia to operational services. It includes as well a focus on outreach for educators and researchers for formal training, capacity building, sharing of best practices and awareness-raising in CBRN security and safety.
Cultural Factors - In addition, cultural factors can influence security and safety in CBRN more broadly. Through MESIS, this thematic session will learn about its competency in looking at how cultural and human factors can shape outcomes of adversarial (example: arms treaty negotiations) and non-adversarial situations (such as training). MESIS undertook several work streams such as organizing workshops in the UK to examining this issue, developed a signage campaign (i,e, posters) for Jordan’s first nuclear research reactor that are distributed within the facility to reinforce safety and security practices by focussing on very locally and culturally framed messages (hospitality culture, honour, shame etc…). This is part of a project that MESIS led to develop a human reliability or trustworthiness program for employees of the reactor. These types of programs are common for facility or sectors where human reliability is required to mitigate against the potential threat of insiders.
Human Factors approach - Security is implemented not only using technologies but also by competent staff. With security threats today delivered in multi-dimensional forms (i.e. low-order attacks and high-impact operations) and wearing down the security frontline officers whose vigilance are on the high to look out for irregularities in their operational environment, the weakest links could be in the human operator and the minds of the perpetrators. There is, therefore, a need to discuss the intricacies of human factors application in the security domain.  The main objective is to develop a more effective human-system integration design, ensuring a better overall system performance by the operators of security.
Brain research is an emerging science, leveraged by the Human Factors discipline, to enhance the human limitations in deciphering the human intents and behaviour, sense-making and decision-making in the world of hidden truths and mega voluminous data. This area has high relevance in the real-world setting ranging from law enforcement, border security, counter-terrorism to justice administration, and many other areas, greatly augmenting the sense-making and decision-making of the security, law enforcement and justice functions.
Raising awareness on the science of human factors and understanding the concept of the human-in-the-loop is important as the mental and physical well-being of the security operator, whose vigilance and fatigue are critical factors to the success of daily operations, are essential. Nevertheless, human factors are often the weakest link and disregarded at operational level, what could give rise to security and safety lapses.

Moderators
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Joëlle Jenny

Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Speakers
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Said Abousahl

Head of the Euratom Coordination Unit of the Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Said Abousahl is working at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels. He is Head of the Euratom Coordination Unit in charge of coordinating the JRC nuclear activities in the field of nuclear safety, safeguards and security, including CBRN... Read More →
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Naresh Kumar

Director, Human Factors Directorate concurrent Director, Office of the Chief Science & Technology Officer (OCSTO),, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)
A/Prof Naresh Kumar graduated from the University of Western Ontario, Canada in Statistics. He completed his graduate studies at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He later obtained his Ph.D in Ergonomics from Loughborough University of Technology... Read More →
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Fook Kay Lee

Chief Science & Technology Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs
Dr. Lee Fook Kay is the Chief Science and Technology Officer (CSTO) in the Ministry of Home Affairs Singapore (MHA), and oversees the technology development efforts of the Ministry in counter terrorism and law enforcement. Prior to MHA, Dr Lee spent more than twenty years at DSO National... Read More →
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Nasser Bin Nasser

Managing Director, Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS)
Al‐Sharif Nasser bin Nasser is the managing director of the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security based in Amman, Jordan. In this position, he focuses on addressing chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) risks across the region. Mr. Nasser is also the head... Read More →
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Mukundan Champadi Raman

Neuroscientist, former Professor and Head of Clinical Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
Dr. C.R. Mukundan was the Professor and Head of Department of Clinical Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, Bangalore. After his retirement from this service, he functioned as the Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Behavioural Science, Gujarat... Read More →
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Patricia Reilly

Deputy Head of Cabinet, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, European Commission
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Tibor Tóth

Executive Secretary Emeritus, Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization


Thursday November 9, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Wadi Rum 1- Ground Floor

11:30 EET

The Journey of Refugee Scientists
We are living in an historic period of global dislocation and migration. In the Middle East/North Africa alone, war and civil conflict in recent years have forced millions of people to leave their homes. Most have arrived in adjoining countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Some 1.5 million have arrived in Europe. Others have travelled as far as South Africa, Malaysia, Canada and Brazil.
Among them are uncounted thousands of professionals and students in science-related fields. For example, by one count, Syria had 31,000 doctors before its civil war. Today, half are gone. Meanwhile, other displaced and refugee scientists from across the region are scattered to neighbouring countries, or to Europe and North America. There is an urgent need to help them continue their careers so as to avoid the irreversible loss of scientific capital; they will be of utmost importance when the time comes to rebuild their conflict-torn countries and economies.
"An ocean apart: the journey of refugee scientists" is a new documentary film produced by Italian filmmaker Nicole Leghissa and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). The film, making its global premier at the World Science Forum, explores the struggles of researchers who have been forced by war and conflict to leave Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Additional insight is provided by experts from the UK, Lebanon, Canada and Germany.
Arriving in the adjacent countries or in Europe, these displaced scientists are determined to continue their work or their studies, but they are confronted by daunting professional and personal challenges. The destination countries, both in the MENA region and in Europe, have often made significant sacrifices and investments to accommodate them. But jobs and support are difficult to find; among policymakers and the public, there may be insufficient awareness that some refugees have research skills and experience that can be of great benefit to their new communities. But these skills can be put to use only if the destination countries identify the scientists and engineers and provide training, employment and other support.
A five-minute trailer of "An ocean apart" will be shown to open the session. The film presents a scientific story, but also a deeply human story, about men and women who are living precariously and often invisibly in their new countries. They are struggling to find a place in this new world, and dreaming of the day when they can return home to help rebuild.
The panel discussion will explore in deeper detail the experience of refugee scientists, their needs, and key issues for top policymakers and educational leaders in the MENA region, Europe and North America. The discussion will also highlight and discuss the UNESCO Science@Risk Initiative, which promotes the comprehensive protection of the global scientific capital in cases of violent conflict and disasters.
To achieve this goal, the Science@Risk Initiative focuses on four key objectives: (i)  to protect and valorize of the human scientific capital in cases of natural disasters or violent conflicts; (ii) to foster open data, free flow of information and sharing of Scientific knowledge to and from region afflicted by violent conflicts and disasters; (iii) to safeguard the natural scientific archives, including  the climate archives, such as glacial ice/ice core, climate historical and instrumental records; (iv) to protect the built scientific infrastructure, such as universities, libraries, and laboratories.

Moderators
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Edward Lempinen

Public Information Officer, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
Mr. Lempinen joined The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) as public information officer in 2013. He has overseen development of a comprehensive 21st century communications platform, and has provided communications support to a range of TWAS programmes in education, research and science... Read More →

Speakers
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Mustapha Jazar

Founder and President, Lebanese Association for Scientific Research (LASeR)
Dr. Jazar is a professor in the mathematics department at Lebanese University in Tripoli, Lebanon. In 2008 he founded the Lebanese Association for Scientific Research (LASeR), and in 2013 LASeR created an academic programme for refugees in Lebanon. The Scholarships for Syrians programme... Read More →
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Nicole Leghissa

Documentary Filmmaker
Ms. Leghissa, an Italian filmmaker and documentary director, is the director of "An ocean apart: the journey of refugee scientists", produced in cooperation with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). She has worked for international production companies and broadcasters such as HBO... Read More →
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Ahmad Sadiddin

Agricultural Economist, Syrian Refugee, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
Dr. Sadiddin was born in Damascus, Syria. He holds a Ph.D in agricultural economics and policy from the University of Naples Federico II, and a master of science degree in agricultural economics from University of London Imperial College. He worked for the National Agricultural Policy... Read More →
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Flavia Schlegel

Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
Flavia Schlegel took up her duties as Assistant Director-General (ADG) for the Natural Sciences on 1 October 2014. She is the holder of a Medical Doctorate obtained in May 1992 from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development obtained... Read More →
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Celine Taminian

Special Adviser for MENA Region, IIE Scholar Rescue Fund
Celine Taminian IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Celine Taminian serves as a Special Advisor to the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund, focusing primarily on helping threatened scholars secure visiting academic positions outside of their home countries. Ms. Taminian’s responsibilities include... Read More →


Thursday November 9, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Mount Nebo 1&2 - Sea Floor

11:30 EET

Empowering scientists and society to support the SDGs: a MENA perspective
At the heart of Agenda 2030 is inclusion and leaving no-one behind.  The SDGs were shaped following the largest consultation programme in UN history, drawing on a series of “global conversations”: the goals are owned by citizens of the world.   Their implementation will require the best minds, resources, business models and innovations from all sectors and with all parts of society embracing them. 
This thematic session will explore how the global science community is supporting the SDGs, through the lens of three different constituencies: the established science community, the next generation of science leaders, and the general public, focusing on the MENA region.
With representative voices from the established science community, the next generation of science leaders, and the general public, this session will complement plenary and other thematic sessions at WSF 2017, as well as the efforts of other participating international networks of scientists who support global policy agendas - such as the International Council for Science (ICSU) and International Network of Global Science Advisers (INGSA). One important question for the global science community is how organised science – including academies, multilateral agencies and established science fora - will need to adapt to better empower their constituencies and deliver knowledge that supports the SDGs agenda more effectively.

Moderators
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Tracey Elliott

Project Director, InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)
Tracey Elliott is Project Director for two InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) projects (2016-2018) on global and regional policymaking, exploring the role of national science academies in particular. The IAP global policymaking project explores how to strengthen scientific input to the... Read More →

Speakers
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Eva Alisic

Past Co-Chair, Monash University Accident Research Centre
Eva Alisic leads the Trauma Recovery Lab at Monash University, Australia. The lab studies how children, young people, and families cope with traumatic experiences, and how professionals can support them. The consequences of fatal domestic violence, serious injury, war, and disaster... Read More →
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Isil Kurnaz

WG Leader, Gebze Technical University
Isil KURNAZ has a BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bogazici University in Turkey; a PhD in Biochemistry from London University; and postdoctoral research experience at Manchester University. She helped set up the Department of Genetics and Bioengineering at Yeditepe University... Read More →
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Manfred Lange

Director, MENA Regional Center, Future Earth MENA Regional Center
Manfred A. Lange currently serves as Director of the Future Earth MENA Regional Center, as well as Director of the MENA Regional Nodal Offices for the Global Land Programme and the Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study. His main research interests include the assessment... Read More →
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Muhammad Saidam

Chief Scientist, Royal Scientific Society
Muhammad Saidam (Jordan) holds a PhD in Environment and Water Resources Engineering from the Imperial College of Science Technology & Medicine – London (1995), currently Chief Scientist at the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), and a Senior Researcher since 2006. He was the Chief Science... Read More →


Thursday November 9, 2017 11:30 - 13:30 EET
Petra 1- Sea Floor

13:00 EET

Meet-N-Eat / Lunch
Thursday November 9, 2017 13:00 - 14:30 EET
Upper Terrace

14:30 EET

Building Resilience in an Interconnected World
The appalling and relentless conflict in Syria has tested regional and global resilience to an unforeseen level and has shown trans-border resilience mechanisms to be severely lacking. The Syrian catastrophe has highlighted how borders matter little when entire populations are made desperate by the breakdown of social and political order. How can the science and policy communities work together to build mechanisms to cope with threats to communities and societies in conflict situations or in response to other crises such as emerging infectious diseases and pandemics, or the effects of climate change? This session will examine how resilience mechanisms may be built to support human dignity and emphasise our universal rights and common humanity

Moderators
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Ruth Francis

Communications Director, F1000

Speakers
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Haruo Hayashi

Professor Emeritus of Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University
HARUO HAYASHI is President of the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience since 2015. He is also Professor Emeritus of Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University where he has taught since 1994. He received both his Bachelors and Master's... Read More →
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Virginia Murray

Public Health Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England
Professor Virginia Murray is the Public Health Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction for Public Health England supporting her role as member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) scientific committee, co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU... Read More →
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Paulo Eduardo Eduardo Artaxo Netto

Professor of Physics, Institute of Physics, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Prof. Paulo Artaxo received his PhD in Environmental Physics at the University of São Paulo in 1985. At his Pos Doc he worked at the University of Antwerp, University of Lund, Stockholm, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and at the University of Harvard. In the early 1980s, Prof... Read More →
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Carthage Smith

Lead Coordinator, Global Science Forum OECD
Carthage Smith joined the OECD as head of the Global Science Forum (GSF) Secretariat in June 2014. He is responsible for working with national members to define the overall strategy and priorities for the Forum. This includes policy work on research infrastructures, Open Science... Read More →
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Peter Thompson

United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, United Nations General Assembly
On 13 June 2016, the United Nations General Assembly elected Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji to serve as President of its seventy-first session, which runs from September 2016 to September 2017. H.E. Peter Thomson took office in New York as Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the... Read More →


Thursday November 9, 2017 14:30 - 16:00 EET
Philadelphia - Ground Floor

16:00 EET

16:30 EET

Young Researchers Identify Skills of the Future to Advance Science Diplomacy and Society

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.

Objectives:

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.


Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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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 →
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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

18:00 EET

Al Gore’s Film Premiere: An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power

A 2017 American documentary film directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk about former United States Vice President Al Gore's continuing mission to battle climate change. The sequel to An Inconvenient Truth (2006), the film addresses the progress made to tackle the problem and Gore's global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016's Paris Agreement. The film was released on July 28, 2017, by Paramount Pictures.

 Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world to train an army of activists and influence international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes -- in moments both private and public, funny and poignant -- as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.


Thursday November 9, 2017 18:00 - 19:45 EET
Philadelphia - Ground Floor

20:00 EET

 
Friday, November 10
 

09:30 EET

Rebuilding Broken Societies through Reconstruction and Recovery
Rebuilding broken societies where natural or manmade catastrophes have prevailed is imperative to effect recovery and achieve stability, and to bring peace and socio-economic development to an affected region.
Post-conflict countries face particular development and security challenges as they move toward economic recovery. These countries are often characterised by insecurity and lawlessness, poor or corrupt economies, and a lack of social services and cohesion. Building enduring peace in war-torn areas is a formidable challenge which requires an understanding of managing the sometimes conflicting tensions between short-term recovery and long-term reconstruction and development.
This plenary session will explore how science can help to rebuild broken societies, with a focus on post-conflict countries. Intuitively, science can bring knowledge and rigour to understanding immediate and longer-term needs, informing roadmaps and long-term investment plans for building prosperity and improving the lives of affected people. Some post-conflict nations, such as Rwanda and Vietnam, have put this into practice and are now benefiting from the pursuit of science-for-development strategies. This session will explore lessons learned and whether there are transferrable practices that can be institutionalised and replicated in other post-conflict nations or those in transition. It will explore whether developing robust science infrastructure should be an integral part of reconstruction and recovery.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Willcox

Tim Willcox

Journalist, BBC News

Speakers
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Tateo Arimoto

Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and Principal Fellow, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Tateo Arimoto is a Professor and Deputy Director, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Center at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and also Principal Fellow at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). He served as Director General of Science... Read More →
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Abdallah Al Dardari

Senior Adviser on Reconstruction, Office of the Vice President, Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA), World Bank
Dr. Abdallah Al Dardari, Senior Adviser on Reconstruction, Office of the Vice President, Middle East and North Africa Region in The World Bank since February 2017. Dr. Al Dardari, a national of Syria, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Richmond – American International... Read More →
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Mihail Dimovski

Executive Director, Regional Environmental Center
Mihail Dimovski brings over 18 years of experience, 15 of them at senior level, in environment and climate change policy development, with a specific focus on EU legislation and the approximation process, multilateral initiatives and milestone regional platforms in Central and Eastern... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 09:30 - 11:00 EET
Philadelphia - Ground Floor

09:30 EET

Gender Summit platform for the Arab World
The aim of this event is to explore establishing a Gender Summit platform for the Arab World, which would join similar platforms already active in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, Africa, and Latin America.  The Gender Summit was created in 2011 with the aim to enable dialogue and consensus between scientists, gender scholars, policy makers and stakeholders in science endeavours on the improvements needed where scientific evidence shows unequal quality of research outcomes for women and men, or results that open up new research questions and applications for science knowledge with benefits for society.  This event brings together Arab and international scientists and policy makers to start the dialogue and map out topics that are particularly relevant in the Arab context, as well as those of shared interest.

Moderators
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Abeer Al Bawab

Director, Scientific Research Support Fund ( SRF)
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Rana Dajani

Faculty, Hashemite University
Rana Dajani Ph.D. molecular cell biology, Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter, Eisenhower fellow, Associate Professor, former center of studies director, Hashemite University, Jordan, Yale and Cambridge visiting professor. World expert on genetics of Circassian and Chechan populations... Read More →
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Zeena Tabbaa

Education Consultant
Zeena Tabbaa Ed.D. Education Consultant and Qualitative Education Researcher. Projects included institutional development, research, and documentation, capability assessment with international clients: National Science Foundation (NSF), National Academies of Sciences (NAS), CIDA... Read More →

Speakers
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Amal Amin

Advisory Board Member, Egyptian Young Academy
Dr. Amal Amin is an associate professor for nanotechnology/polymers at national research center at Cairo- Egypt with large number of publications, projects, awards and other research activities. She studied in, worked at and travelled to several countries including-but not limited... Read More →
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Nesreen Barakat

Former Minister of Social Development, To Excel Consulting
Mrs. Barakat is the Founder and Managing Director of "To-Excel Consulting", a research based firm established in 2005 to manage and implement socio-economic development projects. She has extensive experience working with government and international organisations. She previously served... Read More →
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Marcia C. Barbosa

Professor of Physics, Instituto de Física da UFRGS
Márcia Cristina Bernardes Barbosa is a Brazilian physicist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, did her high school at Colégio Marechal Rondon in Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, undergraduate and graduate studies at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre... Read More →
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Maryam Dajani

MBA Pharm D, Entepreneuer and Business Women
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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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Marysa Guimond

Men and Women for Gender Equality, Arab States Regional Office, UNESCO
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Sawsan Hakooz

Assistant Professor Islamic Jurisprudence, Zarqa University
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Nancy Hakooz

Professor of Pharmacy, University of Jordan
Professor Nancy Hakooz was the vice president and the dean of the faculty of pharmacy at Zarqa University in Jordan. She has contributed significantly to the improvement of higher education in Jordan. She obtained her PhD from the University of Manchester in the UK in 1997. Since... Read More →
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Mohammad Jaber

Founder of mawdoo3.com
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Ahmad Jadallah

Founder and CEO, Phi Science Institute
Ahmad Jad Alla is a doctor in medicine and the founder and CEO of Phi Science Institute. Phi is a non-profit organization established in Amman, Jordan, that aims to advance the scientific knowledge and capabilities, for youth in Jordan and the Arab region, through science education... Read More →
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Mark William James Ferguson

Director General SFI and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland
Prof.Mark Ferguson Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland Professor Mark W.J. Ferguson commenced as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland in January 2012 and as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland... Read More →
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Lena Karlsson

Program Manager, UN women
Lena Karlsson is Programme Manager at the UN Women Arab States Regional Office. She leads the Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme, which aims to strengthen gender equality by addressing the root causes of gender equality through a bottom up approach. This programme, funded... Read More →
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Michinari Hamaguchi

President, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Michinari Hamaguchi was born on Feb. 19, 1951. His fields of specialization is Cancer Biology, Cancer Biochemistry and Cellular Biology. In 1980 he was appointed as Research Associate at Cancer Research Facility, School of Medicine, Nagoya University, to become in 1983 as Research... Read More →
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Grace Naledi Pando

Minister, Ministry for Science and Technology, South Africa
Naledi Pandor was born in 1953 in Durban. She received most of her education in exile and matriculated at Gaborone Secondary School in Botswana. She obtained a BA in History and English at the University of Botswana in 1977 before leaving for overseas where she subsequently graduated... Read More →
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Ernesto Fernández Polcuch

Chief of Section, Science Policy and Partnerships, UNESCO
Ernesto Fernandez Polcuch is a Science Diplomat, specialist in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy, with a M.Sc. in Science, Technology and Society from the National University of Quilmes, Argentina.   As Chief of Section for Science Policy and Partnerships in the Natural... Read More →
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Elizabeth Pollitzer

Co-Founder and Director, Portia Ltd
Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer is a leading expert on gender, STEM and innovation. She was a founding member of Portia in 1997 and has been active in the gender and science field for over 15 years. Elizabeth’s background is in Computing and Biophysics, with many years spent both teaching... Read More →
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Ibrahim Rawabdeh

Professor of Engineering, University of Jordan
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Amneh Rawashdeh

Assistant Professor Women affairs in the STEM fields, Yarmouk University
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Zainab Salbi

media host, author, and founder and former CEO (1993-2011, Women for Women
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Martina Schraudner

Director, Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation
Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner heads the Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation. After studying biology and biotechnology and graduation at the Technical University of Munich, she has held various positions in the Gesellschaft für Umwelt und Gesundheitsforschung... Read More →
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Miyoko O. Watanabe

Deputy Executive Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency
Dr. Miyoko O. Watanabe serves at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) as Deputy Executive Director, Director-General of Center for Science Communication and also Director of Office for Diversity and Inclusion. She has a long experience of research in semiconductor physics at... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 09:30 - 13:00 EET
Aqaba - Sea Floor

11:00 EET

11:30 EET

Emerging Concerns in Managing Radicalisation among Youth
Current geo-political challenges in the Middle East impact how researchers and policy makers can manage radicalisation among youth. New forms of extremism are likely to re-emerge despite the military defeat of Daesh, particularly that the political and socio-economic structures and ideologies that contributed to the phenomenon remain intact in the region. Recent developments in Europe also point to an increase in radical lone wolves compared to earlier threats of organised armed groups. These challenges raise important question into best approaches to manage radicalisation as a spiritual-ideological quest, and as a response to structural frustrations.
This session draws on multi-disciplinary research in Europe and the Middle East with insight from field research with fighters and returnees to addresses crucial questions like:
  • How does the spiritual factor enhance or undermine CVE efforts? How the spiritual interacts with the structural in understanding radicalisation and necessary CVE efforts?
  • How can policy makers and CVE stakeholders introduce behavioural and ideological transformations that can delegitimise extremist ideologies?
  • What are the prospects and challenges for reintegrating returnees in local communities with the current legal and communal infrastructure?
  • How can current knowledge and practices on CVE be revised and re-designed for efficient preventive CVE measures?

Moderators
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Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck

Carnegie Middle East Center

Speakers
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Neven Bondokji

Team Leader, CVE, WANA Institute
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Eva Grosman

CEO, Centre for Democracy & Peace Building, TEDxStormont Organiser
Eva Grosman is co-founder and CEO of the Belfast based Centre for Democracy and Peace Building committed to completing the peace process; changing attitudes; building a normal society and sharing Northern Ireland experience internationally. Eva also curates TEDxStormont/TEDxStormont... Read More →
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Mike Hardy

Professor and Executive Director, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University
Mike Hardy CMG OBE FRSA   is Professor of Intercultural Relations and founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.   Mike led economics departments at both Leeds and Central Lancashire Universities and was a Fulbright Scholar in the... Read More →
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Amin Nehme

President, Lebanese Development Network
Amin Nehme has successfully combined his business knowledge and his interest in the social service field and made of it a valuable mixture. Owner of ServiLine Ltd., a marketing management agency established in 1997, recognized for offering business development programs to Small and... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Wadi Rum 2 - Ground Floor

11:30 EET

Emerging Scholars: Establishing the Cycle of Innovation
The ability to perform science and innovation is distributed unequally; only scientists from few countries have the means to address problems affecting the world. This is often perpetuated by the absence of strong scientific leadership and sustainable mentoring traditions, lack of an idea generation system, or underdeveloped institutional foundations. To the best scientists in the world, the highest calling is to elevate the minds of the most promising emerging scholars, equipping them with the mental tools to pursue a career of discovery. Thus, the ability to provide global mentorship provides hope for the future of science. Scholars involved on either end of this relationship will be able to share and foster core values such as respect for the value of knowledge and acceptance of working with different cultures. On a practical level, the ability to extend mentoring relationships to a global stage may counteract problems like human capital flight – sometimes referred to as “brain drain”. The shift in viewpoint from a local community of researchers to a global one will infuse all areas of science with new ideas and skillsets, increase learning opportunities for scientists at large, and tackle informational and technological challenges that are associated with local problems before they become global. The vision of a global science network fueled by mentoring is ambitious, but is proving achievable.
The session will highlight global science activities, introduce research and scientific outreach programs, present capacity building case studies, and detail accomplishments achieved by emerging scholars who have plugged into a quickly developing global science network of researchers. The context will then be set to demonstrate how providing global mentorship leads to opportunities in scientific research, which benefits emerging scholars, countries, and even regions as a whole.

Moderators
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Kyle Cordova

Associate Director, Berkeley Global Science Institute

Speakers
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Bassem Al-Maythalony

Research Scientist, King Fahd University of petroleum and minerals
Dr. Bassem A. Al-Maythalony Technology Innovation Center - Capron Capture and Sequestration (TIC-CCS) King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.           E-Mail: bmayth@kfupm.edu.sa Education 2010       :PHD Inorganic chemistry... Read More →
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Felipe Gándara Barragán

Researcher, Materials Science Institute of Madrid - Spanish National Research Council
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Alejandro Fracaroli

Assistant Professor and Researcher, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (UNC), INFIQC-CONICET
CURRENT POSITION: May 1st, 2016 to date: Assistant Professor at the Organic Chemistry Department, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC). August 1st, 2017 to date: Assistant Researcher at the National Research Council Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones... Read More →
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Pavel Kabat

Director General and Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied System Analysis
Pavel Kabat, Director General of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Pavel Kabat became the 10th Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in February 2012. As Director General Professor Kabat is the Chief Executive Officer... Read More →
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Jan Marco Müller

Head of Directorate Office, Coordinator for Science to Policy and Science Diplomacy, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Following his PhD in Geography from the University of Marburg (Germany), Jan Marco Müller's early career included assignments as Assistant to the Scientific CEO of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig (Germany), Programme Manager of the JRC Institute for... Read More →
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An Ha Truong

PhD student, University of Science and Technology of Hanoi
An Ha Truong is a second year Ph.D. student at Clean Energy and Sustainable Development Laboratory – University of Science and Technology of Hanoi. Her PhD research is on the costs and benefits of co-firing biomass with coal in Vietnamese power plants. Her research interest includes... Read More →
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Karen Umansky

Department of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University
Karen Umansky is a third-year Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University, Israel. The major scope of her research lies in the recent electoral success of the radical populist right in contemporary European democracies and its impact on European population... Read More →
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Nemi Chetanbhai Vora

Candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
I am a PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. I am also a 2017- fellow at Young Summer Scientist Program at IIASA, Austria. My research involves modeling food-energy-water nexus at the country scale- with a focus on the U.S. I am... Read More →
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Omar Yaghi

James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley, California
Omar M. Yaghi received his B.S. from State University of New York at Albany (1985) and Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1990). He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University (1990-92). He started his independent career as an assistant... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Dead Sea 2- Sea Floor

11:30 EET

Sustainable Development Goals: The Future We Want But Can We Have?

Adopted by the UN just a year before Donald Trump’s election and the rise of ‘America First’, the subsequent collapse of the planned US-Asia trade bloc, the UK Brexit Referendum and the call for reform of NAFTA, NATO and the UN system, this session examines whether the 17 Sustainable Development Goals underpinned by 169 targets were always based on ideology and unrealistic promises or might, in fact, deliver action and results. Concrete case-studies spotlighting future health-care and how climate is literally ‘changing us’ are given, alongside a technical demonstration of upcycled mobile technology monitoring and protecting remote forests, enabling real-time interventions.  

With speakers from the US, Europe and Asia working very much at the heart of efforts to tackle climate change, poverty, public health and much else, we examine if achieving the SDGs is wishful thinking, perhaps the dying embers of a bygone era of global cooperation? We will question if artificial intelligence and technological disruption, geopolitical rivalry, widening social inequality and growing populist calls for nationalist policies, including trade protectionism, fed by rising contempt for international cooperation, are too strong a headwind for the SDGs to succeed. In particular, the role of STI as a leveler of the playing field and global-good-enabler versus as a catalyst for winner-take-all competition whereby hubs seize access to knowledge and power, leaving less-privileged groups, classes, sectors, and regions struggling to compete, will be spotlighted.  

Against the backdrop of fiscal restraints in the richer countries, coupled with emerging markets weakened by lower commodity prices making paying for such public goods all the more unappealing, the panel will equally signpost where the SDGs are, in fact, already making an important difference. They will argue that in a world of 65 million refugees compared to 1.6 million in 1960, the SDGs provide a necessary blueprint for tackling destructive politics in water-stressed and conflict-affected countries where governments are fragile and failing. In addition, multilateral institutions need to be upgraded and restructured, with effective decision-making and implementation mechanisms for managing global development and social peace challenges such as infrastructure gaps, migration, climate change, and financial instability.

Organiser: Osamu Kobayashi (JP), Director, Department of International Affairs, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

Co-organiser: Thomas Hartung (DE), Thomas Hartung, MD PhD, Doerenkamp-Zbinden Professor & Chair for Evidence-based Toxicology, The Johns Hopkins University.

Goals or own-goals? The back-story to setting the SDG’s and progress to-date

In 2015, the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) unanimously adopted by 193 UN Members. These lock in the coordinates for the direction the entire world should take with 169 universally binding targets for all nations and for all stakeholders. My talk unravels the politics, the science and the economics underpinning the SDGs, reviewing how they came about as a successor to the Millennium Development Goals. I will identify the tortoises and the hares in the race to successfully implement them, while pointing to those best practices we can already credit certain actors with on the road to 2030. Above all, I will champion the pivotal role of science, technology and innovation as the bedrock of any eventual full or partial success.

New technologies driving the future of healthcare and public health

Health – well-being and longevity – costs countries world-wide an average of 10% of their GDP. In the US, it stands at 17%, rising to 20% by 2025. As try to reach the many SDG targets, my talk will examine the sustainability of the status quo. I will demonstrate how new technologies and their implementation will be the deciding factor in our successes and failures in harvesting the societal benefits of these massive investments. In particular, I will spotlight new test and prevention strategies for toxic exposures to illustrate the tremendous changes we are facing. While the West moves onto 21st century solutions and beats the drum for the 4th industrial revolution, is it acceptable to share with other poorer regions only the 20th century health-care technologies we are leaving behind? 

Environmental SDGs through the eyes of an insider

Future Tech Video Demonstration:

Topher White (USA), Founder, Rainforest Connection, California.

Trees that can talk: how upcycled mobile technology can monitor and protect remote forests, enabling real-time interventions.


Moderators
avatar for Tim Willcox

Tim Willcox

Journalist, BBC News

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Hartung

Thomas Hartung

Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Thomas Hartung, MD PhD, is the Doerenkamp-Zbinden-Chair for Evidence-based Toxicology with a joint appointment for Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore. He holds a joint appointment as Professor for Pharmacology and Toxicology... Read More →
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Osamu Kobayashi

Director, Department of International Affairs, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Director, Department of International Affairs, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) March 1992:  Graduated from Keio University, Faculty of Economics April 1992-February 2001:  Nikon Corporation, International Trade Department, Korea & Taiwan Sales and Marketing, Precision... Read More →
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Jacqueline McGlade

Chief Scientist, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Professor Jacqueline McGlade was appointed Chief Scientist at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in early 2014. She also holds the post of Professor in Environmental Informatics in the Department of Mathematics at University College London, from which she took leave to... Read More →
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Topher White

CEO, Rainforest Connection
Topher White is Founder and CEO of Rainforest Connection. Topher has experience building systems for large and small startups as well as international science projects, including four years working on nuclear fusion at ITER, in France. He has received multiple accolades for his work... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Petra 2 - Sea Floor

11:30 EET

The Malta Conferences – Using Science for Peace in the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities
While political struggles have failed to bring stability to the Middle East, the Malta Conferences Foundation (MCF) has developed an approach that leverages a common science heritage to define regional challenges, develop potential mitigation strategies, and motivate appropriate multinational responses. In 2001, the idea was born to bring Middle East scientists together to share their research and ideas and form multinational collaborations to solve common regional problems including deteriorating environment, climate change, nuclear and chemical security, inadequate educational institutions, and water scarcity. Using science as a common language, solutions for security, potable water, clean air, green energy, and science education have been initiated through cross-boundary, multi-disciplined, scientific teams.  Rather than relying on overbearing input from outside the region, this effort aims at using regional scientific cooperation as a bridge to peace.
The Malta Conferences are the only platform where scientists from 17 MENA countries (Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territory, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates) can meet face-to-face with five Nobel Laureates for five days, develop collaborations and friendships.
In this session, we will discuss the challenges of organizing these unique international conferences, which are related to visas, culture, distrust, funding, and personal risk.  The means of establishing a safe, neutral location and an effective format that is conducive to cooperative scientific dialogue will also be examined.  The progress made during the seven biennial conferences will be reviewed as will our plans to expand their future impact.
Although MCF has faced many challenges, much progress has been made. Advances in water science offer an example of how the science-based regional approach can offer cross-border solutions. MCF succeeded in bringing together scientists and engineers from neighboring countries to work on transboundary water resources, regional water quality, the Gaza Strip water crisis, initiatives on water and energy nexus, and feasible solutions for water scarcity. Because MCF believes that science education is a human right that belongs to all, collaborations were formed to develop a unified curriculum for the Middle East, which will make science accessible to all.
This panel will provide an overview of how the Malta Conferences Foundation uses science for peace in the Middle East, a model which could be implemented in other regions of conflict.

Moderators
avatar for Zafra Lerman

Zafra Lerman

President, Malta Conferences Foundation
Zafra Lerman is the President of the Malta Conferences Foundation, which has been using science for peace in the Middle East since 2001 by initiating cross-border collaborations on issues including environment, water, science education, chemistry security, energy, and climate change... Read More →

Speakers
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Ramia Al Bakain

Associate Professor in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, The University of Jordan
Dr. Ramia AlBakain holds a PhD with honor degree in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry from Université Pierre et Marie Curie and ESPCI, Paris - France. Dr. ALBakain works since 2012 as an associate professor at the University of Jordan, Department of Chemistry. she was the recipient... Read More →
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Hasan Dweik

Executive Vice President, Al-Quds university
Professor Hasan Salah Dweik  currently the executive vice president of al-quds university in palestine ,a graduate of aston university in Birmingham england where he got both the Masters degree in 1979 and the PhD in polymer chemistry and technology in the year 1983 . Since his return... Read More →
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Mansour Abu Rashid

Chairman, Amman Center for Peace and Developmentc
Born in 1946 and holding a Bachelor of law degree from BAU, Mr. Abu Rashid is the founder of Amman Center for Peace & Development ACPD; a Jordanian NGO that works on facilitating dialogue between the people of the ME, overcoming regional divids, seeking collaborative solutions for... Read More →
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YEHUDA SHEVAH

CEO, Independent
A graduate of Edinburgh University, UK and Senior Consultant on water resources scientific policy and development strategy at the national and international levels, serving the highest levels of government in Israel, Europe and many countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. including... Read More →
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Leiv Kristen Sydnes

Professor, University of Bergen
Leiv K. Sydnes received his Dr. philos. degree in chemistry from the University of Oslo in 1978. After two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Paul de Mayo at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, he started his career as Associate Professor at the University of Troms... Read More →
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Ada Yonath

Director, Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Centre for Biomolecular Structure and Assemby


Friday November 10, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Dead Sea 1 - Sea Floor

11:30 EET

Light Sources and Crystallographic Sciences for Sustainable Development
Because of their high costs and multidisciplinary use, large-scale synchrotron light sources facilities provide strong opportunities for integration through networking and cost-sharing, and promote multi-disciplinary collaboration with the wider global community, while promoting science diplomacy and peace at large. Following the SESAME example– the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East –, the thematic session will use as its basis, the UNESCO-IUPAP-IUCr project “Light sources for Africa, the Americas and the Middle East”, to showcase how light sources have revolutionized research in many science and technology disciplines and have contributed to the socio-economic development of countries and regions by:
  • creating international scientific communities, fostering cooperation;
  • improving education and creating job opportunities;
  • discussing the steps-forward following the establishment of light sources in the South (mainly, Africa and Latin America), while learning from the experiences of SESAME;
  • increasing awareness of decision-makers of the major advances that light sources bring to these regions and the identification of the best locations for a sustainable development of such infrastructure;
  • advocating through global initiatives such the International Year of Crystallography and International Year of Light, including follow-up activities;
  • developing a critical mass of highly qualified human capital (including the African science diaspora) needed to reach the SDGs and regional framework agreements like the African Union Agenda 2063.
The overall objective of the session is to portray a scalable model for light sources initiatives in the developing regions. The outcome is designed to empower and inspire researchers, scientists, engineers and technologists, policy makers to take proactive roles in their countries and regions to drive towards a densified science cooperation to improve international relations between countries and to develop the human capacity that enable researchers in the Global South to get the most from light sources, and to be meaningful contributors to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Synchrotron light sources are comparable to super microscopes that probe the inner structure of matter. They produce very intense pulses of light (from infrared radiation to x-rays), with wavelengths and intensities that allow detailed studies of objects ranging in size from human cells to viruses and proteins, down to atoms, with a precision that is not possible by other means. They allow researchers to investigate the structure and properties of a wide range of materials, from proteins to provide information for designing new and better drugs, probing novel materials for biotechnology, analyzing soils for green agriculture, to engineering applications, and the examination of archeological artifacts. Light sources have become prime enablers of scientific and technological progress and innovation, conducive to sustainable development in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

Speakers
avatar for Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga

Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga

Assisstant Programme Specialist, UNESCO
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Simon Connell

Professor of Physics, University of Johannesburg
Simon Connell is professor of physics within the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg with interests in particle, nuclear, solid state, quantum and applied physics. He is the founding member of the South African participation in High Energy... Read More →
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Abdoulaye Ibrahim

Programme Specialist, UNESCO
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Saloua Larabi

Assistant of the Director of the Division "Science Sector", UNESCO
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Maciej Nalecz

Director & Executive Secretary of the International Basic Sciences Programme, UNESCO
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Sekazi Kauze Mtingwa

Principal Partner, TriSEED Consultants, LLC
Sekazi K. Mtingwa is Principal Partner at TriSEED Consultants in the USA, having retired from the faculties of North Carolina A&T and MIT in 2012. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He chaired the writing... Read More →
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Giorgio Paolucci

Scientific Director of SESAME, SESAME
Giorgio Paolucci is the Scientific Director of the SESAME Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. He got his Laurea in physics at the University of Rome “Sapienza” in 1981. GP spent two years at the Fritz Haber Institut der Max Planck Gesellschaft in Berlin (Germany), with prof. A... Read More →
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Michele Zema

Lecturer in Mineralogy and Crystallography, International Union of Crystallography, University of Pavia


Friday November 10, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Wadi Rum 1- Ground Floor

11:30 EET

Nexus and Security of Natural Resources Towards a Peaceful Future
The way in which society manages and uses natural resources fundamentally shapes the wellbeing of people, the environment, and the economy. With current systems of production and consumption, the ambitious level of social, ecological and economic well-being articulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development cannot be achieved. Inequality of access to resources, and the unequal distribution of the negative impacts to people and planet of their use, are at the heart of many conflicts both within and between countries. With a forecast human population of 9.2 billion by 2050 accompanied by continuing world economic growth, scientific minds and policy leaders have the urgent task of helping to transform how we use, and re-use, resources to secure a healthy, prosperous and peaceful future for all.
The session will explore how the science-policy interface and institutional frameworks can be strengthened to stimulate social innovation for a prosperous and peaceful future for all, which allows us to overcome various constraints and trade-offs pertaining to natural resources. This conversation will be all-inclusive, sharing accounts and viewpoints of global players from developing and developed economies.
There is ample evidence for economically attractive resource efficiency, and, cost efficient options exist in the short term in many sectors of the economy that allow for employment and economic growth while reducing resource use and attendant negative environmental and social impacts. Furthermore, these issues should not be dealt with sector by sector, as this approach will often entail serious trade-offs.  Therefore, highest priority must now be given to policies and actions that promote and enable radical decoupling of economic growth from natural resource consumption and environmental impacts, while maximizing health, well-being, and peace for all.  The nexus approach will be useful to apply the latest advancement of science and technology.
The session will bring scientists from various disciplines and policy-makers together in a conversation on how the sustainable management of natural resources based on state-of-the-art but robust scientific evidence and success stories is supporting global delivery of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Speakers
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Philip Carter

Chief Scientist, Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR)
Dr Philip Carter is a molecular microbiologist and works at ESR, a New Zealand organisation that provides independent scientific advice and services to a number of New Zealand government ministries. This includes surveillance and monitoring of water quality, infectious disease surveillance... Read More →
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Keisuke Hanaki

Vice president for International Affairs, Science Council of Japan
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Ong Bee Leng May

Director Unconventional Threats, Singapore, OCSTO
Ms Ong Bee Leng May, as the Director Unconventional Threats in the Office of the Chief Science and Technology Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs, reports to the Chief Science and Technology Officer of MHA. Ms Ong started her professional career at DSO National Laboratory in 1995. Her... Read More →
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Gordon McBean

President, International Council for Science, ICSU
Professor McBean was born and educated in Canada, and obtained a PhD in physics from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver. After an academic and research career that included serving as Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences at UBC, he was appointed Assistant... Read More →
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Patrick Schroeder

Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, UK
Patrick Schroder is Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. His main research interests relate to the global transition to a circular economy within the context of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) systems and the Sustainable Development... Read More →
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András Szöllősi-Nagy

Secretary, World Water Council
András Szöllösi-Nagy is a civil engineer by training. He got his first doctorate in applied math, then one in control science and one in systems science. He was research scholar at IIASA (International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis) and VITUKI (Hungarian Institute for Water... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Mount Nebo 1&2 - Sea Floor

11:30 EET

Science for Cultural Relations – Past, Present and Future
Science for Cultural Relations is currently a ‘hot topic’ but by no means a new phenomenon. Ever since scientists started to examine the world around them, they have worked with counterparts in other countries to share observations, and discuss and refine their ideas. This leads them to build relationships with people from different backgrounds and cultures where the uniting thread is the science itself, rather than political views or cultural norms.
In this session, we will use a combination of talks by speakers and discussion in small groups to explore the past, present and future of science as a means to establish long-term relationships, built on mutual trust and respect. We will also take the opportunity to have the discussion led by young researchers who will be able to feed in their vision for Science for Cultural Relations in a ‘post-truth’ world.

Moderators
avatar for Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry

Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry

President, Euro-Mediterranean University of Slovenia (EMUNI)
A. Hamid El-Zoheiry is the President of the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI), Slovenia and Professor at Cairo University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt. Previously, serving as the senior Policy Advisor for the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and Research and the Executive Director... Read More →

Speakers
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Michael Byers

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, University of British Columbia
Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He has been a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University; a Professor of Law at Duke University; and a Visiting Professor at the universities... Read More →
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Michael Gilmont

Research Fellow in Water Security, University of Oxford
Dr Michael Gilmont is a Research Fellow in Water Security at the University of Oxford (Environmental Change Institute, and Institute for Science Innovation and Society). His research interests span the political processes of water policy reform, the impact of hydro-climatic variability... Read More →
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Claire Mc Nulty

Senior Director, Programs and Explorer Development, Europe,, National Geographic Society
Claire is the Senior Director, Programs and Explorer Development, Europe. She is the lead representative of National Geographic Society in Europe, with a remit to identify, support and grow the community of National Geographic explorers and grantees in the region. Prior to this, from... Read More →
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Daniel Stephan Korbel

Global Head of Science (acting), British Council
Daniel Korbel is currently acting as Global Head of Science at the British Council. His team develops and supports science and research-related projects across the orghanisation’s global network and builds and maintains relationships with key stakeholders in the UK and internationally... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 11:30 - 13:15 EET
Petra 1- Sea Floor

13:00 EET

Meet-N-Eat / Lunch
Friday November 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:30 EET
Upper Terrace

14:30 EET

Science Diplomacy to Strengthen Governance and Build Enduring Relationships
While international science cooperation has long served the interests of science, there is increasing interest and focus on the role of science to promote diplomatic interests. These may serve a country’s own direct interests which will depend on a country’s size, geopolitics and state of development – for example, in projecting a country’s reputation and influence, for promoting trade, for attracting scientific expertise and knowhow, and for technology access. Science diplomacy may also be necessary to promote common cross-border interests in areas such as environmental or resource management or in disaster or crisis management. Science diplomacy’s essential role in vital global agendas, as reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals, or in the management of the ungoverned spaces of the planet (such as the polar regions, deep oceans and space) further emphasises how central science diplomacy is to the theme of Science for Peace. This session will explore these different dimensions of science diplomacy and help to establish a framework for fulfilling the goals set by earlier plenary sessions.

Moderators
avatar for Vaughan Charles Turekian

Vaughan Charles Turekian

Senior Board Director, US National Academy of Sciences
Dr. Vaughan Turekian is the Senior Director for Science Technology and Sustianbility at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, where he develops strategic directions for harnessing science and innovation to meet sustainability challenges at local and global... Read More →

Speakers
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Peter Gluckman

Chief Science Adviser, Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand
Sir Peter Gluckman is the first Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, having been appointed in 2009. He is also Special Science Envoy for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is Chair of the International Network for Governmental Science Advice; a network... Read More →
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Pavel Kabat

Director General and Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied System Analysis
Pavel Kabat, Director General of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Pavel Kabat became the 10th Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in February 2012. As Director General Professor Kabat is the Chief Executive Officer... Read More →
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Gihan Kamel

Infrared Beamline Scientist, SESAME
Dr. Gihan Kamel is the Infrared Beamline Scientist at SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), on leave from the Physics Department, Faculty of Science at Helwan University in Egypt, where she is also a lecturer of Physics. She obtained... Read More →
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Daya Reddy

President-Elect, International Council for Science (ICSU)
Daya Reddy was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He obtained his BSc in Engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1973, and PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1977. He has been an academic staff member at the University of Cape Town since 1979, and served as dean of... Read More →
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Flavia Schlegel

Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
Flavia Schlegel took up her duties as Assistant Director-General (ADG) for the Natural Sciences on 1 October 2014. She is the holder of a Medical Doctorate obtained in May 1992 from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development obtained... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 14:30 - 16:00 EET
Philadelphia - Ground Floor

16:30 EET

20:00 EET