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Science, Policy and the Environment: the Case for Circular Science

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Organised by:

ISC Intelligence in Science
Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies and Ph.D. Program in Economics, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
NOAA Cooperative Remote Sensing and Technology Center (NOAA-CREST), City College of New York 
Venue: Skylight Room (9100) CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th - 35th Str.), New York City, the US
Date: 21 September 2015
Time: 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm       
Session Chairs:  Adam Parris, Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
This seminar will showcase research efforts that build capacity to work toward sustainable development goals from local to national to global scales. Capacity building research which both build and enhance participation and feedback mechanisms on national and international levels among policy-makers and society.  Case studies will illustrate where science fits in complex socio-economic and policy settings, and how science is used or misused towards the realization of SDGs. Discussion will focus on the role of science in community development and in policy- and decision-making, as well as the increased demand for science to address societal outcomes (e.g. global research initiatives such as Future Earth). Central to the discussion is whether science and technology are currently equipped to support societal outcomes, or whether capacity building efforts is also required to improve the incentives, infrastructure, and institutions for circular science.
Vision & Goal
Recent natural disasters, epidemic outbursts, pollution, and drinking water and energy shortage problems have been identified across the globe as challenges that require a steep growth of new scientific capabilities, as well as a better communication and coordination between affected nations and vulnerable groups. A growing trend in international research collaboration is towards more holistic and systems-based research and innovation. Interconnected, economically sustainable and flexible infrastructures, both physical and virtual, are needed across the globe, involving both developed and developing societies in the phases of feasibility studies, design, construction and operation. Circular Science discussion will focus on identification of the optimal path to achievement of SDGs. In further phases we will consider the financial plan for economic and technological sustainability, the governance by involved stakeholders, the site and legal form of the managing organisation, etc. 
The goal of this seminar is to contribute to the definition of the new or upgraded leading-edge research infrastructures in all fields of science and technology that are needed on a global scale. These infrastructures should include engagement between scientists and users of science and connections with industry and capacity building organizations, with the aim of strengthening knowledge governance and technological know-how.
Speakers will be involved in conceptualising a proposal of a design study examining the technical and conceptual feasibility of designing new partnerships between science and society. This design study should lead to a 'conceptual design report' showing the maturity of the concept and forming the basis for identifying and constructing the next generation of the world's leading research infrastructures.
1) Adam Parris, Science and Resilience Center at Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn College - CUNY, USA
2)    Pramod Khargonekar, Assis. Director for Engineering National Science Foundation, USA 
3) Sarah Becker, Ph.D., Physical Scientist, US Army Corps of Engineers, USA
4) David Elzinga, Economic Affairs Officer, Sustainable Energy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe