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Perspectives for Global Collaborations: A Roundtable Discussion

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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: 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm       

Global Science is characterised by global collaboration and cooperation. The world is now home to over 7 million researchers, drawing on combined international R&D spending of over $1000 billion and publishing in over 25,000 scientific journals. Over 35% of articles published in international journals involve international collaborators. This is happening for several reasons: greater ease of communication, the search for efficiency, and the desire to make the most of finite research budgets. However, one growing source of global collaboration is the global scale of research challenges. Global challenges, due to their enormous complexity and scale, are beyond the capacity of any one country to address. Scientists, in seeking to advance our understanding of these challenges and thereby better enable us to respond, need to work with the best partners, institutions and equipment that the world has to offer. In the context of the Circular Science symposium, the Organisers and speakers will have elaborated draft outcome reports for each of the scientific sessions through a virtual collaboration. After the Symposium, reports will constitute projects proposals outlines for SDGs-related science. However, in order to facilitate the implementation, the future research partners need to have a full view of the possibilities and restraints to such collaboration. 

Vision & Goal
The resulting reports will be the outlines of project proposals for collaborative research in the identified areas. European and the US partners will present the premises of collaborating along major funding mechanisms and how they see in practice translating grand ideas to policy priorities to flagship international projects. When the opportunities are identified and clustered, the next step will be to build awareness around projects’ objectives, local benefits and responses to global challenges as identified in post-2015 Agenda. Research responsibility and capacity building will be at the core of the proposed long-term projects.

Speaker and the audience will achieve a common understanding of the need for a tailored, multilateral and multidimensional approach towards stakeholders, including timeline for promotion towards policy makers, scientific community and the public involved in the local implementation if the SGD’s. Initial consortia and leadership will be established for finalizing projects’ abstracts and project plans. 

Session Chairs:
1) Magdalena Pacholska, ISC Intelligence in Science, Belgium
2) Wim Vijverberg, Professor, The Graduate Center - CUNY, USA
3) Yehuda Klein, Professor, Brooklyn College - CUNY & NOAA-CREST