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Wednesday, September 28 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
(REF 28245) Non-profit organizations as drivers of Science Outreach and Citizen Empowerment - Convened by Lecturers without Borders

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Non-profit organizations as drivers of Science Outreach and Citizen Empowerment

When discussing global scientific collaborations and efforts for citizen engagement in the scientific endeavour - of particular importance for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, which require the active engagement of all stakeholders and a culture shift towards a more global vision of local challenges - the role of small, local non-profit organisations tends to be overlooked, and their work tends to go unnoticed.
This session aims to present examples of non-profits working all around the world - with comparatively small budgets and teams and sustained mainly by the direct support of the local communities - towards a transformation of the ways of doing and communicating science, along with the empowerment of citizens to search for solutions to their personal/local challenges and their active engagement in contributing to global ones. In this way, the session's goal is to disseminate information about existing initiatives to promote collaborations between stakeholders.

The non-profit organizations presented in this session work on a wide variety of topics, from guaranteeing equal access to science education to all students regardless of their socioeconomic background to attaining a higher degree of diversity in academic institutions, enabling citizens to have more personal control over the use and sharing of their data to enable patient-led scientific research, increasing scientific literacy in marginalized communities or improving conservation efforts by actively involving local stakeholders. The main focus of the session is put on small non-profits working directly with local communities in order to give visibility to those organizations that don’t (yet) count on resources to upscale or replicate their work in other communities, but should probably be allowed to, as their work is literally - yet sometimes imperceptibly - changing the world.

The session will be organized around round-table discussions. Each organization willbriefly present their work and then will participate in a panel discussion with representatives from other organizations. 

(REF 28026LDT)

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Eugenia Covernton

President & CEO, Lecturers Without Borders
I work in science communication and outreach. I am the CEO of an NGO called Lecturers Without Borders that aims to bring science and scientists into the classrooms both on- and offline to empower, inspire and motivate kids and teens and to provide a safe environment for a dialogue... Read More →

Anastasia Mityagina

Coordinator, Lecturers Without Borders


Vimlendu Jha

Executive Director, Swechha
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Bastian Greshake Tzovaras

Director of Research, Open Humans Foundation
Bastian Greshake Tzovaras is the Director of Research for the Open Humans Foundation which is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities around their personal data, to explore  and share for the purposes of education, health, and research.

Stephanie Okeyo

Founder, Under the Microscope
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Joana Moscoso

Co-founder and Director, Native Scientist
Joana believes in science and innovation for the benefit of humankind. This is what led her to become a scientist and a social business innovator. With experience working in the public, private and third sectors, Joana holds a PhD from Imperial College London, is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie... Read More →

Alice Motion

Director, University of Sydney
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Cecilia Di Prinzio

Co-founder, AcercaCiencia
Teacher, writer and science communicator. PhD in Biological Sciences and BSc in Biotechnology. AcercaCiencia is an Ibero-American education and scientific outreach platform. Their contents are in Spanish language and published under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 license. Our goal... Read More →
avatar for Emma O'Brien

Emma O'Brien

Co-founder, AcercaCiencia
Biologist and Co-founder of AcercaCiencia, an Ibero-American education and scientific outreach platform.

Wednesday September 28, 2022 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT