University groups discuss gap between science and policy with UN representatives
From 10 to 12 December 2018, eight major research university groups have gathered upon the invitation of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) in Geneva to discuss global developments in research, education and innovation. Together with representatives of the United Nations (UN), they sought ways to bridge the gap between science and policy, and to further strengthen the engagement of academia in solving global societal challenges.
Participants included the Association of American Universities, the Association of East Asian Research Universities, the Group of Eight Australia, the U15 Canada, the U15 Germany, the RU11 Japan and the Russell Group UK. Together they represent 174 of the world’s leading research universities. They reflected upon the many common challenges which research universities around the globe are facing today.
Convinced of the important role that global research-intensive universities play in connecting science and policy, LERU recently obtained Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. LERU now will provide expert analysis and raise public awareness on relevant issues related to research, education and innovation at the global level.
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