Addictions: Regulating Risk - 17-18 June 2015


Seizing the initiative of our lifelong experiences in science diplomacy and our appointments as President of the European Group on Ethics (EGE) and UN Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS, we are delighted to invite you to attend a one-day, High-Level Consultation Event titled: ‘Addictions: Regulating Risk’.

Organised by Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, UN Secretary General’s Ban-Ki Moon’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; Former Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis & Malaria. Co-organised by: Aidan Gilligan, Founder, CEO SciCom - Making Sense of Science; Member of the Governing Board of Euroscience.

Physics & Astronomy - AAAS 2015
Sunday, 15 February 2015: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room LL21B (San Jose Convention Center)
https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2015/webprogram/Session9409.html


Session Description

Astronomy is big business and just got bigger. This session tells the story of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest, most powerful radio telescope extending over 2,000 miles. Co-located in 8 Sub-Saharan states with a core in South Africa and Australia, where the view of the Milky Way is best and radio interference the least, its image resolution will be 50 times that of the Hubble Space Telescope. Technology developments in antennas, fibre networks, signal processing, and software and computing place us within reach of surveying the sky thousands of times faster than ever before. But this requires high-performance computing and long-haul links with 10 times greater capacity than current global Internet traffic.

Organised by Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, UN Secretary General’s Ban-Ki Moon’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; Former Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis & Malaria. Co-organised by: Aidan Gilligan, Founder, CEO SciCom - Making Sense of Science; Member of the Governing Board of Euroscience.

Global perspectives and issues - AAAS 2015
Saturday, 14 February 2015: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room 210G (San Jose Convention Center)
https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2015/webprogram/Session9569.html


Session Description

Science-based issues are crucial to the conduct of foreign policy. Countries large and small, developed and developing, express a clear interest in implementing science diplomacy through politics. This is for the purpose of representation, cooperation, resolving disputes, improving systems, and securing the right to science for citizens and our most vulnerable populations. The same applies to global companies and institutions operating in a complex matrix of technical and relational challenges. This symposium will test this theory against the successes and failures of health diplomacy strategies around two challenging issues: global responses to obesity and harm reduction science linked to lifestyle.

E-cigarettes: Killing Me Softly or Our Greatest Public Health Opportunity?

Organised by Professor Julian Kinderlerer, President of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), reporting to European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso; Emeritus Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Cape Town; Adviser to the South African Dept. of S&T; Occasional Adviser to the UN Environment Programme, UN Industrial Development Organisation & World Intellectual Property Organisation. Co-organised by: Aidan Gilligan, Founder, CEO SciCom - Making Sense of Science; Member of the Governing Board of Euroscience.

E-Cigarettes Evidence & Ethics - AAAS 2015
Friday, 13 February 2015: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Room 230B (San Jose Convention Center)
https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2015/webprogram/Session9274.html


Session Description

1.3 billion people smoke and this will kill half of them. Not since the Internet has society seen a comparative disruptive technology with the capacity to so fundamentally impact lives as the electronic cigarette. Hundreds of versions have sprung up, specialised shops cannot be built fast enough and Wells Fargo (2013) predicts that sales will outstrip classical cigarettes by 2021. 80% of smokers want to quit, over 50% have tried e-cigs of which 33% continue to use them, but 33% of these actually give up nicotine altogether (ASH UK).