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Event UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030

Every five years, the UNESCO Science Report monitors the domestic and international enabling environment for Science Technology and Innovation (STI) worldwide. The 2015 edition “UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030” covers the period 2010–2015 and it profiles 140 countries and provides information on another 49. It monitors initiatives taken at regional and domestic levels since 2010 to create an enabling policy environment for STI and coherent policy frameworks, combining expert analysis with a variety of indicators of socio-economic trends, trends in higher education and in research and development (R&D) and innovation

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Period 31/05/2016
Event location Paul-Henri Spaak Building Yehudi Menuhin Space European Parliament, Brussels
Host The Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)

The UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030 serves countries and regions to assess the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Key government targets for higher education, research (investment, personnel, etc.) and sustainable development (such as the share of renewables in the energy mix) are presented to facilitate monitoring of progress. Since STI policies and strategies do not evolve in a vacuum, the report studies the influence of socio-economic, (geo-) political and environmental factors on STI policy and, in turn, the impact of STI policy on these factors. 

The Full Report and Executive Summary can be downloaded at: https://en.unesco.org/unesco_science_report.

DRAFT PROGRAMME

15.00 –15.15 Welcome and introductory remarks
- Paul Rübig, Chair, European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA)
- Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
- Vladimír Šucha, Director-General, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
15.15 – 15.35 A world in search of an effective growth strategy
Luc Soete, Rector of the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, Co-author of the Executive Summary
15.35 – 15.55 Science, Technology and innovation in Africa
Kevin Chika Urama (by recorded video), Advisor to the President of the African Development Bank, Co-author of the Chapter on East and Central Africa.
15.55 – 16.15 Women in science
Sophia Huyer, Gender and Social Inclusion Research Leader, Author of the Chapter on the gender gap in science and engineering.
16.15 – 16.35 Sustainable Development Goals and Science
Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
16.35 – 16.45 Questions and answers
16.45 – 16.55 Conclusions
Vladimír Šucha, Director-General, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
16.55 –17.00 Closing remarks
Paul Rübig, Chair, European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA)
17.00 Networking reception (Brasserie JAN 3Q)

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