Sym­po­si­um on Con­tri­bu­ti­on of Sci­ence & Tech­no­lo­gy to United Nati­ons SDGs

Vice Pre­si­dent Moni­ka Ses­ter co-orga­ni­zed Sym­po­si­um on SDGs at CESAER Annu­al Mee­ting in Buda­pest

On a glo­bal sca­le, the deba­te on the future of huma­ni­ty has been given a clear direc­tion with the adop­ti­on of the United Nati­ons (UN) Sustainab­le Deve­lop­ment Goals (SDGs) to be achie­ved by 2030. While the­re is broad agree­ment about the cru­ci­al role sci­ence & tech­no­lo­gy can play in con­tri­bu­ting to achie­ving the SDGs, this has not reso­na­ted enough in the sci­en­ti­fic com­mu­nities. Moreo­ver, the­re is a chal­len­ge to defi­ne con­cre­te con­tri­bu­ti­ons and mana­ge­ab­le sub-topics allo­wing for mis­si­on-based bot­tom-up calls for fun­d­ers, e.g. the 9th Frame­work Pro­gram­me for Rese­arch and Inno­va­ti­on (FP9). Last, but cer­tain­ly not least, the deba­te on the future of huma­ni­ty and the SDGs pro­vi­de for the sin­gle most important cur­rent ethi­cal frame­work for Respon­si­ble Rese­arch and Inno­va­ti­on (RRI).

CESAER, the orga­ni­za­ti­on of 51 uni­ver­si­ties of Sci­ence and Tech­no­lo­gy in Euro­pe, in various state­ments has under­li­ned to the impor­t­an­ce of a genui­ne European con­tri­bu­ti­on to achie­ving the SDGs and is to inves­ti­ga­te the chal­len­ges and oppor­tu­nities for the lea­ding doc­to­ra­te-gran­ting uni­ver­si­ties of sci­ence & tech­no­lo­gy in this respect. That is why the Task Force Respon­si­ble Rese­arch and Inno­va­ti­on (TFRRI - Chair: Jero­en van den Hoven), the Task Force Inter­na­tio­nal Coope­ra­ti­on (TFIC - Co-Chairs: Moni­ka Ses­ter & Ravin­dra­nathan Tham­pi) and the Secre­ta­ri­at (David Boh­mert - Secreta­ry Gene­ral) agreed to orga­ni­se a sym­po­si­um on `Respon­si­ble Con­tri­bu­ti­on of Sci­ence & Tech­no­lo­gy to United Nati­ons Sustainab­le Deve­lop­ment Goals` on 18th Octo­ber 2017 from 9:00 to 13:00 hours in the frame­work of the CESAER Annu­al Mee­ting in Buda­pest.


The sym­po­si­um aims to:

  • pro­vi­de an over­view of the roles of sci­ence & tech­no­lo­gy in achie­ving the SDGs and the expec­ta­ti­ons to uni­ver­si­ties of sci­ence & tech­no­lo­gy in the imple­men­ta­ti­on (Addis Aba­ba Action Agen­da);
  • show­ca­se best prac­tices of uni­ver­si­ties con­tri­bu­ting to the SDGs;
  • iden­ti­fy the ethi­cal chal­len­ges and pro­blems of uni­ver­si­ties of sci­ence & tech­no­lo­gy;
  • out­line solu­ti­ons and oppor­tu­nities for uni­ver­si­ties of sci­ence & tech­no­lo­gy.

The audi­ence are over 80 (high-level) rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ves of 51 lea­ding doc­to­ra­te-gran­ting spe­cia­li­sed and com­pre­hen­si­ve uni­ver­si­ties of sci­ence & tech­no­lo­gy in 26 coun­tries united wit­hin CESAER.

A glim­p­se at the speakers:

Tomaž Petek (Sur­vey­ing and Map­ping Aut­ho­ri­ty of the Repu­blic of Slo­ve­nia)

Manee­sha V Ramesh (Dean of Inter­na­tio­nal Pro­grams and Direc­tor of Cen­ter for Wire­less Net­works and App­li­ca­ti­ons at Amri­ta Uni­ver­si­ty)

Flo­ri­an Bau­er (Coor­di­na­tor Water Engi­nee­ring Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin)

Jero­en van den Hoven (Pro­fes­sor of Ethics and Tech­no­lo­gy at Delft Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­no­lo­gy)

Phil­ip­pe Gali­ay (Head of Sec­tor Main­strea­ming respon­si­ble rese­arch and inno­va­ti­on in Hori­zon 2020 at Direc­to­ra­te-Gene­ral Rese­arch and Inno­va­ti­on)



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