On 14 September 2023, the Chief Scientist of Québec and President of the International Network for Governmental Science Advice (INGSA), Rémi Quirion, will moderate the panel “Science diplomacy in uncertain times – Are we on the right track?” as part of the Science Summit at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78). He also co-organises a networking reception for the Francophone scientific community with Wallonie-Bruxelles International and the Québec Government Office in New York, at the BelCham – Belgian American Chamber of Commerce, available by invitation only.
Panel: Science diplomacy in uncertain times – Are we on the right track?
The ongoing work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically when discussing the scientific community, includes the idea of open science and internationalisation of knowledge. This supports the transformative idea of leaving no one behind. The recent uncertain international context has, however, proven that crises, such as health emergencies, climate change, the fast-paced development of technology, and armed conflict, have impacts on science. They can provide incredible opportunities for joining research, promoting exchanges, advancing science and developing overarching policies to frame development. Crises can also isolate scientists, interrupt research, and stop collaborations and joint projects.
The aim of this panel is to present how science is impacted by international relations, both negatively and positively. More specifically, experts will present the effects of international crises on science and the scientific community. In this context, and seen from their respective specialities, panellists will also discuss the mechanisms in place to mitigate or prevent risks and to assess the direct and indirect impacts on science and scientific cooperation.
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