The University of Newcastle, Australia

UON to play a leadership role in the Science20 for G20 Summit 2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Laureate Professor Nick Talley, Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Research has been invited through the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, to be the Australian representative for the planning and writing of an international submission on improving global health.

Improving health remains a major challenge and a global priority issue. The proposal will be presented to the German Chancellor, Ms Angela Merkel for submission at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany in July 2017, where the twenty Heads of State or Government (as well as international organisations) will meet to discuss world issues.

The draft statement will be prepared during a two day meeting in Halle, Germany (25 - 26 January 2017).

Professor Talley will be joined by notable health and science researchers from leading universities in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“This is a great opportunity for the voice of Australian health researchers to be heard internationally, and I am proud that the University of Newcastle will be part of such a prestigious group,” Professor Talley said.

“As Robin Williams said, ‘No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world’ or to quote George Herbert, ‘Good words are worth much, and cost little’," he said.

Professor Talley will share the statement once it has been presented to the summit.

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