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Forum of Global Fora: Igniting Conference Start-Ups in the Middle East & Africa

14h45 – 15h15, Sierra C, Fifth Floor

You are kindly invited to attend a press info point with three of WCSJ 2017's leading lights in promoting women in STEM leadership, while equally championing the creation of new and dynamic science & society conferences acting as dynamic hubs of expertise with tremendous carrier-wave effects nationally, regionally and globally.

Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan and UNESCO's Special Envoy for Science for Peace is here to talk to you about what the World Science Forum 2017 has to offer from 7 – 10 November at the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, where Palestine, Israel and Jordan meet.

Aptly, the conference theme is 'Science for Peace' and the program offers 8 plenary, 15 thematic and 20+ special sessions for its 3,000 delegates coming from over 120 countries: http://worldscienceforum.org/

H.E. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor, South African Minister for Science & Technology is also attending WCSJ 2017 to inform about the third edition of Science Forum South Africa, taking place in Pretoria on 7 & 8 December under the theme of 'Igniting Conversations About Science'.

Amongst other international recognitions, Minister Pandor received the American Association for the Advancement of Science's 2017 Science Diplomacy Award.

SFSA has quickly established itself as Africa's pre-eminent 'open forum' platform for vibrant interactions and debate on the role of STI in society. Bringing together circa 2,500 delegates from over 70 countries, it also promotes continental and international STI partnerships to harness science as an instrument for growth and development: http://www.sfsa.co.za/

Speakers will field questions about what drives them to champion new models of public engagement, what makes their respective start-up events stand out from the 2017 crowd, what announcements might be made and why better responding to the needs of science communicators is part and parcel of their raison d'être.

In addition, the latest news will be given about Science Agora Tokyo (24 – 26 November, 2017); EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) Toulouse (9 - 14 July, 2018) and the Latin American & Caribbean Open Forum (CILAC) Panama City 22 – 24 October, 2018).

The panel is completed by Ms. Seema Kumar, Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson (JnJ). In recent years, Seema has been instrumental, as a founding sponsor and committee member, in helping the ESOF and CILAC events get off the ground, while retaining long-standing commitments to established events like AAAS, BIO International Convention and an array of specialized, capacity-building meetings worldwide, often championing women in science, society and business.

One-to-one media interviews with HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan and Minister Pandor will also be facilitated.

This press information point is chaired by Aidan Gilligan, CEO, SciCom – Making Sense of Science.
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