P21: The world in 2020: Three questions for internationalised science

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Organizer: 
UK Science & Innovation Network

This panel will be a highly interactive discussion on science diplomacy and the role of science in international development. It will be based around three key questions, which the panel will consider and then discuss with the audience: * What will the world look like in 2020? * What challenges will we face in achieving or avoiding this world? * How can internationalised science address these challenges? Each question will be considered fully before the next one is introduced. The panel members will give brief thoughts (or prepared statements) on the questions, and then the floor will be opened to the audience for their comments and counter-questions. If feasible, a basic feedback system will be deployed where each audience member will be given a green/red yes/no card. This will enable the moderator to request an immediate opinion from the audience on a key question, gauge the reaction and then request more details (from either the panel or an audience member). With the proposed range of panellists, this session will be able to explore a topic of global significance. While many of the challenges facing our world in the near future – climate change, conflict, disease – are well-known, the panel and audience will be able to highlight less-publicised issues relating to science. The panel will then be able to articulate some of the challenges we face, and how we might overcome them. For example, poor education of girls and women is a key barrier to economic development in many countries, and there are huge cultural barriers to changing this. Could female-focused scientific exchanges or direct aid change this? Have governments or scientific organisations attempted to effect change in the past? Audience members may also have ideas or comments on interventions and appropriate actions.

Speakers

Executive Director
Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development, University of Toronto

Professor Stephen Lye Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development, University of Toronto. Dr. Lye is a world-expert in women’s and infant’s health and pioneered investigations into the mechanisms underlying preterm birth. His research has integrated discovery, clinical and translational studies including the commercialization of discoveries in partnership with industry. Dr. Lye has established international research consortia focused on identifying interactions between an individual’s genetic make-up and their environment during the first 2000 days of life that underlie obesity and cardio-metabolic disorders. He has published over 180 research papers on pregnancy and maternal-child health and holds a Canada Research Chair in Improved Health and Function. Dr. Lye has received numerous awards and honours, including the President’s Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation and the Excellence in Research Award from the Association of Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Dr. Lye has led numerous large-scale, peer-review funded, research programs at the local national and international level. He is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Physiology and Medicine at the University of Toronto and Associate Director of the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital.

Executive Director
Policy Evaluation and Transformation Group - New York Academy of Sciences

Christopher S. Hayter, Ph.D. serves as Executive Director of the Policy Evaluation and Transformation Group at the New York Academy of Sciences where he leads the Academy's work in program evaluation, higher education and science policy, organizational restructuring and strategic planning, and entrepreneurship research. He is also Executive Director of the Academy's Scientist Without Borders program, an online platform for generating, sharing, and advancing innovative science and technology-based solutions to the world`s most pressing global development challenges. Recent projects include an R&D scoping and strategic planning exercise for the Qatar Foundation, an evaluation of research universities and public research institutes in Malaysia, and an investigation of research and development challenges related to producing vaccines for the developing world.

Chris has nearly fifteen years of experience managing complex science and innovation policy projects at organizations such as National Governors Association, Council on Competitiveness, National Academies' Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP). He also worked for five years in the private sector establishing and managing new resort ventures for a large hospitality company. Prior to joining the Academy, he served as Visiting Lecturer of Public Policy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He holds a Ph.D. from George Washington University in Science Policy and Economics and has (co)authored numerous policy and peer-reviewed publications.”

This addition completes my panel – you should already have the information for Andree Carter, Tom Wang and Naser Faruqui.

Director for International Cooperation and Deputy Director for the Center for Science Diplomacy
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Dr. Tom Wang is the Director for International Cooperation and Deputy Director for the Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is a leading general science society and publisher of the journal Science. Dr. Wang came to AAAS from the U.S. Department of State, where he served as a science policy advisor in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Dr. Wang received his MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and political science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Science and Innovation Officer
British Consulate General Toronto

Dr. John Preece is the Science and Innovation Officer at the British Consulate General Toronto.

Dr. Preece is responsible for UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) activities in Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan, where he is working to establish and/or strengthen collaborations in science and technology within academic, government and private sectors. As part of the SIN team in Toronto, he provides expertise on the chemical and environmental sciences, alternative energy and sustainable development. He also works with various stakeholders to promote science education.

Dr. Preece holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, where he specialised in liquid fuels for high temperature fuel cells. He also holds a M.Sci. in Chemistry from the same institution, with specialisations in organic chemistry and spectroscopy. Prior to joining the Science and Innovation Network, he lectured in Chemistry at Ewha Womans University in South Korea and performed hands-on research into organic farming in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

Director
UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)

Dr. Carter directs the UKCDS, which provides strategic advice and evidence to the UKCDS Chair and Board. She also leads UKCDS work themes on agri-food, research communications, uptake and impact, as well as funding and collaboration. During 2013-2014 her focus will be on helping a wider range of UK scientists to understand and access opportunities to collaborate with developing countries. She is the DFID representative on the Council of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is also a member of the UK Chief Scientist’s Food Research Partnership and expert advisor to the ESRC/ DFID poverty alleviation research programme.

Originally trained as a soil scientist, Dr. Carter has worked closely with UK and EU governments, research and corporate organisations to protect and improve the quality of the environment and those who are dependent on it for their livelihoods. She was previously Director of Science and Environment in ADAS UK Ltd, and prior to that was a Principal Research Scientist at Cranfield University.