Organised by Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, UN Secretary General’s Ban-Ki Moon’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia & Co-organised by Aidan Gilligan, SciCom
Sunday 16 February, 13h00 PM – 14h30 PM, (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Annual Meeting 2014, 13-17 February, Chicago
Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation


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 HIV/AIDS; and harm reduction science linked to lifestyle.

Organised by Wilson M. Compton, NIDA & Co-organised by Aidan Gilligan, SciCom
Friday 14 February, 08h00 AM – 09h30 AM, Regency (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Annual Meeting 2014, 13-17 February, Chicago
Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation


Session Description

Wouldn't it be wonderful to attribute our compulsion for addictive damaging activities, such as overeating, taking illicit drugs or smoking, wholly to our genetic makeup? Then we could blame our parents for everything! We know it is bad for us but we still do it. Why? This session explores the latest scientific evidence behind compulsive behaviour. Personalised medicine provides plenty of research linking genetics and disease, but establishing a relationship between genetic variation and behaviour is trickier. How does over-consumption of high-fat food trigger addiction-like neuro adaptive responses in our brain-reward circuitry?

Parallel Thematic Session: 16h00 – 18h00, Tuesday 26th November

Organised by SciCom
- Hotel Windsor Atlantica, Room Buzios B

Leveraging The Nexus Between Health Science, Policy & Business: Insights From The BRICS, USA & Europe

Health is big business. It is also a lynchpin of development-based foreign policy. All nations, large and small, invest in global public goods. Together, we strive to secure the right to the health benefits of science for our most vulnerable populations. This story is well known. Less evaluated are the transformational scientific and commercial significances of cause-related health partnerships. International scientific, economic and philanthropic institutions are engaging with civil societies to enable health on a massive scale. Benefits are far-reaching. Impacts alone on skills development in science, medicine and associated industries are profound. Novel business clusters are promoting partnerships, innovations and capacity-building, while creating health-tech transfers, jobs and growth. Diverse enterprises and regions are benefiting.

SciCom will be leading an ESOF 2014 Copenhagen Delegation to the World Conference of Science Journalists 2013 which will be held in Helsinki, Finland from 23 – 26 June.

The leading theme of the conference is Critical thinking in the public sphere. This applies equally to both journalists and the public. Media content and channels are in rapid flux. Evolution is taking place in the social media. What does this mean for science journalism?