Dr Tyrone Grandison
Board Chairman, The Data-Driven Institute
Dr Tyrone Grandison is the Founder of the Data-Driven Institute and the Chief Technology Officer for Public Sector in the Global Partner Solutions org for Microsoft. Tyrone is also a Laureate of the Global Young Academy, a founding member of the New Voices in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, an IBM Master Inventor, a Distinguished Engineer of the Association of Computing Machinery, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a Zhi-Xing Eisenhower Fellow, a Marshall Memorial Fellow, a Political Partner of the Truman National Security Project, and co-Chair of Seattle’s Human Rights Commission.
17:00-18:30 7 December
Thematic session II./g Global Scientific Research as a Tool to Unlock Talent and Expand the Geographical Confines of Knowledge Creation
‘Science for social justice’ may only be achieved when politicians, decision-makers and science-policymakers set a considered and thoughtful agenda to utilize science, in reasoned and innovative ways, as a driving force for positive societal change to promote equity through innovation. However, to date, tangible results in many contexts have been mixed at best, especially in delivering a reliable mechanism for, or a path to, sustainable social equity and justice for all. As global inequality increases and much political decision-making remains myopic and contingent, the emotive and essential power of ‘science for social justice’ can be lost as scientists and decision-makers struggle to actualize meaningful change. We, as scientists, in collaboration with our decision-making peers, have a golden opportunity to correct this through clear and novel proposals for meaningful projects based on advanced research opportunities. In this regard, we contend that ‘science for social justice’ can only be fully realized if it is symbiotically connected to providing scientific opportunity, where no such opportunity previously existed. This inevitably foments and sustains prosperity, an essential factor for social justice to grow. Therefore, the goal must be to establish opportunity that serves as the bridge to prosperity. How can we accomplish this when most of the world relies on relatively few countries for new scientific advances and technologies?
This session will bring together public science figures, senior and junior academics, industry scientists, and government officials to outline how we got to the current state of science (research-rich and -poor countries) and the immense need to change the dynamic. The session will witness how scientists from research-strong countries have a responsibility to engage research-weak countries to provide opportunities for emerging scholars to perform impactful, internationally competitive science in their home countries. It is only when this happens, that we, as a science community, can ensure active participation by all in addressing critical scientific challenges and enriching local science communities around the world.