Forum of Fora: Where Big Science Events are Pitched

Forum of Fora: Where Big Science Events are Pitched 2016-11-18T10:18:38+00:00

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Science Talk
Chair: Mr Aidan Gilligan, Ireland, SciCom
Panellist: Dr Julia MacKenzie, American Association for the Advancement of Science, United States of America
Panellist: Mr Gergely Bőhm, World Science Forum, Hungary
Panellist: Ms Natsuko Kawazoe, Science Agora, Japan
Panellist: Dr Peter Tindemans, ESOF 2018, The Netherlands
Panellist: Dr Lidia Brito, CILAC – Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum, Mozambique
Panellist: Mr François Davel, South Africa, SFSA2017
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Where the world’s largest science conference organisers come together to ignite conversations about science in the public interest

As a platform for connections to be made, this session serves as an educator, leader, spokesperson and hub for like-minded internationalists striving to advance science around the world via public engagement. Five Champions and delivery team managers from some of the largest conferences happening worldwide in 2017/18 will be on-hand to explain to SFSA delegates their ‘so what?’ and offer tips on how to get involved. The aim is to create a dynamic interchange of expertise that can support the success of new initiatives like SFSA. Their purpose is to convince SFSA delegates and especially young African researchers and science interested stakeholders to travel abroad to make their voices heard as ambassadors for their region. This year’s Forum includes first hand insights into the scientific, career, business and outreach programmes of:

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gilliganMr Aidan Gilligan
SciCom, Ireland
Panellist

Aidan Gilligan (Irish) is Founder and CEO of SciCom, a Brussels-based science diplomacy agency with Associates in Copenhagen, Geneva, London and Paris, striving to make greater sense of science-policy-making for public, private and cause-related groups. Its ethos is to engage with decision-makers at the highest levels of the global scientific enterprise to champion ‘evidence-based policy above policy-biased evidence’SciCom draws on nearly twenty years of top-tier experience working at the nexus of science and society, particularly on emotionally charged issues. Harm reduction in relation to drugs, alcohol and tobacco use has been a particular focus for which the SciCom Network has received much acclaim. SciCom has equally been the main driver behind a four-hundred group initiative to create the first all-stakeholder blueprint of Ethics & Principles of Science Policy-Making. An EU affairs and legal expert, Aidan spent four years as Director of Communications at the College of Europe and ten years at the heart of the European Union’s in-house science services. He was also seconded to the Office of the Irish Chief Science Adviser. Aidan retains close working partnerships with senior international science officials; representatives of national governments, academies and agencies; prominent business leaders and talking-heads from internationally renowned research facilities; stakeholders from global scientific organisations and membership groups; and science media and senior editors from peer-reviewed journals.
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mackenzieDr Julia MacKenzie
American Association for the Advancement of Science, United States of America
Panellist

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 of AAAS internationalization efforts, including planning and supporting the development of international programs with AAAS programmatic units. Prior to AAAS, she was the Senior Technical Advisor within the Office of Research and Science at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. There, she coordinated and oversaw the centrally-funded research portfolio for PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), including three large multi-national randomized controlled trials in Africa. She also served as the Designated Federal Officer for the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board, an independent FACA-chartered advisory group to PEPFAR. As an expert in infectious diseases, her scientific career included research on HIV immunopathology, herpes simplex viral entry, and the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. She received her doctorate degree in immunology and microbial pathogenesis at Northwestern University, as well as a master’s in public health.
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bohmMr Gergely Bőhm
World Science Forum, Hungary
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Gergely Bőhm is head of the Department of International Relations at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. After his studies in Economics at the Budapest University of Economics and Public Administration and the University of Sao Paulo he received his MSc in International and European Relations. Recipient of the “Young Researcher Scholarship” of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2006 he joined the Institute of Political Science of the Academy, where he gained experience in statistical analysis and became national co-ordinator for the cross-national European Social Survey project. Later his interest turned to research administration and worked as a consultant for collaborative research projects and as the managing director of an SME for several years, while continuing his studies in International Relations at the Doctoral School of the Budapest Corvinus University. In 2010 he was excited to join the Secretariat of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to support the preparations for the 2011 World Science Forum as the Head of the Secretariat of WSF and has continued his work in science diplomacy as the Head of the Department of International Relations since 2014. He is keen to share his expertise in research management to support excellent science in his capacity as the national contact point (NCP) of the European Research Council for Hungary since 2013. Bőhm enjoys living in the city of Budapest with his wife and two children.
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kawazoeMs Natsuko Kawazoe
Science Agora, Japan
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Natsuko Kawazoe is the Chief of Center for Science Communication for Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). She is in charge of International Cooperation in order to develop and broaden bilateral and multilateral relationships in the context of science communication. Natsuko has been seconded to Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for two years until March 2016 as a Science and Technology Expert, mainly organizing Joint Committees with European countries based on bilateral Agreements on Cooperation in Science and Technology for enhancing cooperation. Prior to JST, she was the Program Director and Production Coordinator at the TV production companies based in Japan and the UK. Her role there was to distribute forefront issues in science to the general public utilizing the power of broadcasting. Her scientific career included research in the field of Biodiversity Conservation and Management, Paleontology and Archaeology. She also experienced NASA Planetary Biology Internship and fieldworks in Australia, Syria and Egypt. Natsuko just took part in organizing the 11th Science Agora, Japan’s largest scale open science forum held in Tokyo every November for bridging multiple stakeholders, which focused on the remaining challenges of five years after the 3.11 Disasters.
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tindemansDr Peter Tindemans
ESOF 2018, The Netherlands
Panellist

Peter Tindemans received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at Leiden University, and has since worked in science, technology and innovation policy in the Netherlands, and as a consultant for overseas governments, the World Bank, and UNESCO. He was President of the OECD Megascience Forum, and Chair of European Spallation Neutron Source. He has been active in EuroScience as Founding Member, Governing Board, ESOF Supervisory Board Member, and now Secretary-General since 2012.
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britoDr Lidia Brito
CILAC – Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum, Mozambique
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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 positions in Mozambique such as Head of the Forestry Department from the Faculty of Agronomy, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of Eduardo Mondlane University, Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, and Advisor for Strategic Planning and External Relations of the Mayor of Maputo City. Lidia joined UNESCO in November 2009 as Director for Science policy and Sustainable Development at the Natural Science Sector, in Paris, and currently she is the UNESCO Regional Director for Science in the Latin-America and Caribbean region. Her areas of expertise range from forestry and sustainable management of Natural Resources to Higher Education, Science and Technology policies and programmes as part of public policies for sustainable development. She has chaired several commissions and task teams in particular in Higher Education, and STI for Sustainable Development. She co-chaired the Scientific Organizing Committee for Planet Under Pressure Conference in London, a major conference for the preparation of Rio+20, and she is a member of several international Boards such as African Foresters Forum Governing Board, CHET Board, Stockholm Environmental Institute Governing Board, Bioversity Governing Board among others. Lidia, spearheaded the 1st Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean (CILAC 2016) which took place from the 6th – 9th September 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
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davelMr François Davel
SFSA2017, South Africa
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François Davel holds an MBA degree from University of Stellenbosch Business School. He has been employed in the International Cooperation and Resources programme of the South African Department of Science and Technology since 2005. He managed a number of projects while working in this capacity. Specifically he has been the coordinator of the first and second Science Forum South Africa in 2015 and 2016.
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