Science and Innovation Management
Open Access & Cooperation in Science
The Effects of Covid-19
City-led Science Diplomacy. The New Urban Agenda’s Roadmap after COVID-19
| Laia Bonet, Carine Saloff-Coste, François William Croteau, Rosaura Ruiz-Gutiérrez, Saskia Bruines, Alexis Roig
How can science diplomacy further a meaningful interaction between cities, scientific knowledge and global governance? Discover more about the urban agendas of Barcelona, Paris, Montreal, Mexico City, and The Hague after Covid-19!
Global cities with solid science and technology ecosystems have been fostering collective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by sharing data, scientific knowledge and best practices through joint international initiatives. As the world struggles to adjust to a new reality, it is imperative to find solutions that create resilient and sustainable metropolises.
The global challenges that cities are dealing with, from climate change to global health, migrations, water and food security, together with rapid developments in areas such as artificial intelligence, raise fundamental issues as to the future of public policy and global governance. Major global cities are uniquely suited to translate their knowledge, resilience and productivity into global progress. They are critical in implementing the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, turning it from a global vision into a tangible reality.
This session will showcase best practices on how science diplomacy can further a meaningful interaction between cities, scientific knowledge and global governance, featuring the cases of Barcelona, Paris, Montreal, Mexico City, and The Hague.
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Barcelona Deputy Mayor for 2030 Agenda and Digital Transition
Laia Bonet Rull is the deputy mayor of Barcelona for Agenda 2030, digital transition, sports, territorial and metropolitan coordination, and international relations. She holds a law degree and has been full professor of administrative law at Pompeu Fabra University, as well as professor of communications law at Blanquerna University. She was secretary of the government of Catalonia from 2007 to 2010 and member of the Catalan parliament from 2010 to 2012, where she was deputy spokesperson of the Socialist Group.
City of Paris Council
Director of Economic Development for the City of Paris
Carine Saloff-Coste has joined the City of Paris Council in 2007 and is now its Director of Economic Development, Employment and Higher Education. She began her career as a telecommunication engineer at SIEMENS transport on the development of line 14 of the Paris metro. She then worked for the Banque de France. In 2003 she moved to Boston to work on behalf of the Ile de France Region and the Essonne Department to set up a promotion and prospection office for the biotechnology sector. Back in France, she became Director of Planning and Development at the General Council of Essonne.
François William Croteau
Montreal City Council
Director of Smart City, IT, Innovation and Higher Education in Montreal City
François William Croteau is the City Councillor for Smart City, Information Technology, Innovation, and Higher Education for the city of Montréal, Quebec, Canada. He has served as the borough mayor of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie since 2009. He received a bachelor’s degree in history, art history and sociology from the Université de Montréal. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a PhD in Urban Governance. He was a lecturer at UQAM, teaching courses on city management.
Mexico City Government
Secretary for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation of México City
Rosaura Ruiz Gutiérrez received her doctorate in biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and went on to carry out postdoctoral research at the University of California with Dr. Francisco J. Ayala. She has been an invited professor at the University of California and at the University of the Basque Country, as well as a contributing professor to the CSIC’s History of Science Department in Spain. She is a founder and currently member of the board of directors of the International Network of the History of Biology and Evolution (RIHBE), constituted by researchers from CSIC (Spain), the Museum of Astronomy and Related Sciences (Brazil), Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile), the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (Argentina), the University of Salamanca (Spain), the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), among others. She has been a coordinator for eight books with this workgroup, these being the product of the International Colloquiums on Darwinism in Europe and America organized by the RIHBE; as well as the “Darwinian Library” collection, which has so far produced 14 volumes. Professor Dr. Ruiz is a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers, the Mexican Academy of Sciences, and has held various administrative positions within the UNAM: she was head of the General Directorate for Postgraduate Studies, head of the Secretariat of Institutional Development, Director of the Faculty of Sciences, and Coordinator of Special Academic Projects of the UNAM’s General Secretariat. She was moreover the first female president of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. She currently continues her teaching and research work as a full-time Professor at the UNAM’s Faculty of Sciences. She is currently a member of the government of Mexico City, being Secretary for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.
The Hague City Council
The Hague Deputy Mayor, Alderman for Economic Affairs, International Affairs and Municipal Services
Saskia Bruines has been Deputy Mayor of The Hague since 16 February 2017. Her portfolio comprises Knowledge Economy, International, Youth, and Education. She studied Human Geography at the University of Amsterdam, specialising in Historical Geography. Bruines was an alderman for the City of Amsterdam from 1999 to 2002. Her portfolios comprised Arts and Culture and Information and Communication Technology, with the portfolios of Public Space and Greenery, the Environment, Taxi Affairs, Inland Water Management and Resources, Welfare and Inner-city Education being added in 2001. From 1998 to 1999 and from 2002 to 2006 she was a council member and party chairman of D66 in the Amsterdam City Council and a presidium member and deputy chair of the Amsterdam City Council. Subsequently, Bruines held various positions in the culture sector. In 2008 and 2009 she was quartermaster during the establishment of the Culturalis Theatre, later named De Vaillant, in Hobbemastraat in The Hague. From 2009 to 2012, Bruines was managing director of the erstwhile arts centre Kunstencentrum De Hint, a school for music, theatre and dance in the region of Uithoorn, Aalsmeer and De Ronde Venen.
SciTech DiploHub - Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Hub
Chief Executive Officer of SciTech DiploHub
Alexis Roig currently serves as CEO of SciTech DiploHub, the Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Hub, a pioneering nonprofit public-private partnership backed by Barcelona’s leading research centers, universities, startups, corporations and public institutions that positions Barcelona as a global lab in science diplomacy for cities and governments around the world. He is also a Professor at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), Associate Research at Barcelona Centre for International Relations (CIDOB), Associate Professor of the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI), Commissioner for International Affairs of the Barcelona Metropolitan Region strategic plan, and has over 10 years’ experience as senior advisor on science diplomacy for ministries of Foreign Affairs, Science, Research, and Education across Asia, Europe and Latin America.
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