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02/26/14

Inaugural Meeting of the UN Scientific Advisory Board: Roberto Rinaldi gives a speech in front of Ban Ki Moon

Inaugural Meeting of the UN Scientific Advisory Board: Roberto Rinaldi gives a speech in front of Ban Ki Moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier have now launched the UN Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). 26 scientists from all over the world are meant to advise the United Nations in Scientific issues. Such issues are food supply, climate change, poverty and demographic problems.

Selected by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


At the opening ceremony in Berlin, not only members of the SAB were able to speak, but also a delegation of young international scientists who were selected by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Global Young Academy and the University of Bonn.

Among these young scientist representatives is Dr. Roberto Rinaldi, group leader at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung and Sofja Kovalevskaya-awardee.

Young scientists can help to improve the society


The young researchers stated that young scientists can and must play an important role in helping to improve our society in terms of sustainability. “We stand before you, not only as individuals from diverse regions and disciplines, but also as the inheritors of whatever decisions are made today”, they said.

The group of young researchers demanded more open access in science, the transparent use of knowledge and more networking between science and decision makers, the media and the general public.

You can find the full text of the speech of the young scientists on the website of the UN Scientific Advisory Board.

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