The OAD was represented at the 2015 World Science Forum in Budapest, Hungary. International Project Co-Ordinator Eli Grant was part of a group of 50 young scientists selected for the IAP/GYA/ICORSA/WAYS side event on ‘Scoping the future: views and ideas of young scientists to tackle global challenges.’
The young scientists were split into five groups and challenged with devising novel solutions for one or other of the Sustainable Development Goals. Built into the challenge was a Lion’s Den presentation – whereby each group was allotted just two minutes to pitch their idea to a high-level panel of judges.
- Team ‘Health 4 All’ focused on SDG 3 – Good health and well-being
- The ‘Science for Education’ group focused on SDG 4 – Quality education
- Team Clean focused on SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation
- The ‘Jobs of the Future: JOF’ team focused on SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
- The ‘Drastic Plastic’ team focused on SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
Eli Grant worked on the Science for Education group and outlined her group’s idea to use young scientists and modern technology to consolidate best practices in education into a single UN-led platform. The ‘Confidence in Science’ session was moderated by Julian Kinderlerer, president, European Group on Ethics in Science & New Technologies.