Please submit your Proposal for a Session at Science Summit at the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA 78) 13-29 September 2023.


You can propose a session in which you will act as the convener; or you can propose yourself as a speaker. As convener you will organise the session by proposing the abstract and adding the different speakers that will participate in that session. Where you propose yourself as speaker, the data for the convener and the speaker are the same.

By way of guidance, please consider the following:

– Typically, sessions should be designed to last 2h30m, but we apply a lot of flexibility to this timeframe. So please indicate what timeframe you require.

– All sessions should be gender balanced and inclusive. Inclusive can mean many things: in this context it means trying to include at least one speaker from each inhabited continent. We, as organisers are happy to support you in this objective.

– In terms of themes and topics: the broad summit objective will be to advance awareness of the contribution of science and innovation to the SDG agenda. You may wish to focus on a specific SDG or a horizontal aspect of the SDGs, such as enabling partnerships. Please also address possible issues and priorities for the UN Summit of the Future planned for 2024.

– The organisers will support sessions on all aspects of physical and natural sciences. We also support sessions on related themes and topics including financing science and research, the impact of data protection and other regulations, frugal innovation, the contribution of women in science and in particular the inclusion of women in science policymaking, showcasing leadership from emerging economies, amongst other themes.

You may propose a physical session in New York; or a hybrid session which will include virtual participation; or a fully virtual session. We welcome all formats. The organizational model requires conveners to arrange their own meeting room in New York. This ensures that the Summit participation remains free for all. We do provide guidelines on how to organise a meeting venue, so pleas ask.

We encourage all participants who will need one to apply for a Visa to enter the US as soon as possible. We are happy to provide a letter of invitation to support your visa application, so let us know.

If you have any questions or suggestions, or if you want to discuss your proposal ideas, please contact

Submission Form

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