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.
GOALS AND AUDIENCE
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)
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)