Science for Sustainable Development: Early-career Leaders Day

NESSE has teamed up with the Royal Society of Chemistry, British Council and UK Collaborative on Development Sciences to organise a Science for Sustainable Development: Early-career Leaders Day to be held on 2 December in London.

Complete the application form by 14 October.

This event will provide an excellent opportunity for early career scientists and professionals from across disciplines to share ideas, build connections with other young leaders and discuss how you can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The day will be professionally facilitated and will focus on group work, interdisciplinary working, and encouraging those attending to think creatively about tackling the global challenges.

The event will include:

  • Guido Schmidt-Traib, Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network talking about the role of science and innovation in the sustainable development goals
  • Participatory activities exploring the role of research in the sustainable development goals
  • Workshops on applying for funding, publishing and developing a sustainable science culture
  • Inspiration and learning from scientists who have developed careers around sustainable development

The event will take place from 9am – 5:30pm on Friday 2nd December at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London 0BG W1J. Following the day, there will be an opportunity to socialise and mingle with attendees at a nearby bar. Please note that the workshop is free to attend and will include lunch and refreshments, but attendees will need to cover your own travel costs.

NESSE has a number of free places to attend for members. Apply to attend by 14th October here.


Guido Schmidt-Traub

guido-schmidt-traub_1Guido Schmidt-Traub is Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He has served as climate change advisor to the Africa Progress Panel secretariat and was CEO of Paris-based CDC Climat Asset Management, an investment company regulated by the French financial markets regulator. From 2008-2010 Guido was Director and Partner at South Pole Carbon Asset Management in Zurich, a leading developer of greenhouse gas emission projects. Prior to managing the MDG Support Team at UNDP (2006-2008) he served as Policy Advisor and then as Associate Director of the UN Millennium Project in New York, which was tasked with developing a concrete action plan for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Earlier Guido was Partner at IndexIT Scandinavia, a private equity fund for early-stage technology companies, and consultant at McKinsey & Company in Germany. Guido holds an M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar) and a Masters in physical chemistry from the Free University Berlin. He resides in Paris with his family.

Mark Claydon-Smith

mark-claydon-smithMark Claydon-Smith is programme manager at Research Councils UK (RCUK) for the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries

Claire McNulty

claire-mcnultyClaire leads the Science and Sustainability team at the British Council which develops and supports science and research-related projects across the British Council global network, and builds and maintains relationships with key stakeholders in the UK and overseas. She is involved in a number of international projects, including the European Commission’s ‘Euraxess’ initiative, which aims to enhance the mobility of researchers in Europe and the Newton Fund early-career Researcher Links programme. In September 2011 she also took on a part-time role at the Royal Society, as a senior science policy adviser, where she worked on the Pfizer-Royal Society African Academies Programme; an initiative aimed at building capacity within the national academies of science in Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

Stuart Govan


Stuart Govan works in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s International Engagement Team. He has extensive experience of working with chemists and engineers in the Middle East, China, Russia and Brazil. Prior to this he led the academic journals programme at the Institution of Engineering & Technology.


Jennie Dodson

jennie-dodsonDr Jennie Dodson is Research and Policy Officer at the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS). Her background includes research in the UK and Brazil in bioenergy, resource scarcity and bio-based innovation systems. She was a Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology fellow, FutureEarth fellow and experiences science communication specialist, having delivered hundreds of outreach activities. Jennie is also the founder and Executive Director of the Network of Early-career Sustainable Scientists & Engineers (NESSE).


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