UN-CSTD Side Event: American Academy Session [POSTPONED - new dates TBC]

24 March 2020
13:00-15:00 hrs., Room XXVI, Palais des Nations
, Switzerland

Postponement of the twenty-third session of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development

In view of the evolving situation concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19), it has been decided that this UN-CSTD Side Event is being postponed. New dates will be communicated in due course.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is supporting a multi-year project, Challenges for International Scientific Partnerships (CISP), co-chaired by Arthur Bienenstock (Stanford University) and Peter Michelson (Stanford University).

One project working group, termed Emerging Science Partners (ESP), is co-chaired by Shirley Malcom (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Olopade (University of Chicago).

This group aims to explore issues particular to US scientific collaborations with countries seeking to boost their scientific capacity, particularly those with limited resources to do so.

Programme Timetable
10 mins

Presentation by Arthur Bienenstock & Shirley Malcom on CISP project and ESP working group goals

  • Presentation will include discussion of:
    • Priorities on which we are focusing (fostering and sustaining US-ESP collaborations; increasing equity in US-ESP collaborations, e.g. through gender parity; capacity- building; inclusion of young scientists; etc.)
    • Challenges we have identified thus far & current state of project recommendations and work.
15 mins

Questions and Open Discussion, facilitated by Shirley Malcom

35 mins

Small Group Discussions (attendees self-select into one of three groups, each of which is assigned one CISP facilitator)

Questions to be considered:

  1. Nature of Scientific Collaborations: To what degree do your home scientists conduct research within the framework of the SDGs? How do you facilitate international collaborations that are in line with the SDGs? With which nations do you primarily collaborate?
  2. Capacity-Building: How does your country consider and address issues of “brain drain” vs. “brain circulation” in the context of researchers from emerging science partner countries, including among researchers who are members of broader diasporas? How is gender equity considered?
  3. National S&T Goals: How does your country prioritize funding for scientific goals vs. funding for development aid? How is S&T integrated into your development plan? What are your country’s S&T aspirations and greatest needs, and what policies are working to help you realize these goals?
20 mins

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