Organised by Aidan Gilligan (IRL), Founder, CEO SciCom - Making Sense of Science; Member of the Governing Board of Euroscience. Co-organised by: Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa.

Wednesday 9th December, 2015: 11h00 – 12h30
Science Forum South Africa

Session Description

In theory, access to breakthroughs in health science is a global public good. In practice, your life expectancy and quality of life depends on where you live and what socio-economic standing you have. This session address a wide variety of complex issues, ranging from individual lifestyle choices to environmental exposure factors, as well as the affordability of medical and health-care facilities.

Organizer: Aidan Gilligan (IRL), SciCom – Making Sense of Science.   Co-Organised by Dr. Michel Kazatchkine (FR), 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.

8:00 – 9:30 AM, Saturday Feb 13th, 2016
Marriot Wardman Park

Session Description

The ‘Brain Age’ is here. Massive investments in brain research and cognitive neuroscience are transforming understanding of the human mind. This session unites global teams racing to unlock the human brain and how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. It unveils first insights into how scientists are building “mini-brains” on a chip. The neurons of these 3-dimensional organoids communicate spontaneously by neurotransmitters and electrical depolarisation – they are thinking.

Organizer: Mr Daan du Toit (SA), Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation and Resources, Department of Science and Technology, Government of South Africa.  Co-Organised by Mr Satoru Ohtake (JP), Senior Executive Director, Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST).

1:00 - 2:30 PM, Saturday, February 13th 2016
Hoover (Marriott Wardman Park)

Session Description

Health diplomacy is the most active field of science diplomacy. This high-level talk maps the evolution of health from a restricted technical/medical area to today’s core role worldwide binding economic/trade/environment and human security/rights agendas. UN, African and Asian insights, amongst others, focus on how countries large and small, developed and developing, exercise health diplomacy through politics for the purpose of representation and cooperation, while improving systems and securing the right to science for vulnerable citizens. News of shared results and exciting new partnerships are given. Why health so dominates foreign affairs at regional, international and global levels is explained.

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’.