26 September 2014

UNAI Launches J Michael Adams Conversation and Lecture Series

In the context of the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Organization, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) launched an annual conversation and lecture series in which a globally renowned scholar speaks to, and interacts with, the United Nations community on a subject of global significance and interest.  The series is named for Dr. J. Michael Adams who was pivotal in enlarging the reference to non-governmental organizations in Article 71 of the Charter to academic institutions by leading the successful effort of the first university---Fairleigh Dickinson---to obtain consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.  As President of the International Association of University Presidents, Dr. Adams contributed immensely in time, wisdom and counsel to the definition of UNAI.

The inaugural lecture in the series took place on 21 October 2014 with the keynote speaker being Dr. Hayat Sindi, an eminent Saudi Arabian scientist, visiting scholar at Harvard University and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador recognised for her efforts in promoting science education in the Middle East, especially for girls.  She is also is a co-founder and director of “Diagnostics for All”, a non-profit fusing biotechnology and microfluidics, dedicated to creating low-cost, easy-to-use, point-of-care diagnostics designed specifically for the 60% of the developing world that lives beyond the reach of urban hospitals and medical infrastructures.  Dr. Sindi lecture was “Women, Science and our Globalised World.”

The event was made possible by support from the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), a non-profit organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences.

You can view the webcast of the event here.