“The Vital Link: Tackling Pressing Policy Problems With Sustainable Solutions from Science”, a Conversation with Mariette DiChristina


  • DATE / TIME:
    2018•07•05    18:30 - 19:30

    On 5 July 2018, UNU will host “The Vital Link: Tackling Pressing Policy Problems With Sustainable Solutions from Science”, a conversation with Mariette DiChristina, Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Scientific research has shaped our society, from the subways that transport us and the smartphones that connect us, to the food that nourishes us and the medicines that cure us. Science — and policy informed by science — will also be vital to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to inspire global action to overcome the world’s biggest challenges. Ongoing scientific advances can inform policy and better enable innovative solutions, but only if the right connections are made. How can engagement between scientists and policymakers be improved? What role can journalists and the media play in establishing this critical connection?

    Mariette DiChristina will join Hillary McBride, UNU Head of Communications, for a conversation exploring how linking science and policy is possible from the point of view of a popular science publication.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 4 July) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Mariette DiChristina is Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American and Executive Vice President of Editorial and Publishing for Nature Research Magazines. She is the eighth (and first female) Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American, which is considered as one of the oldest and most popular science magazines in the world. Ms DiChristina has also been selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was both an adjunct professor and visiting scholar at New York University. Along with serving on various boards/committees, she has been widely recognised for her formidable role in digital publishing and media.


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