Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination of the research activities funded by the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development and Demonstration (FP) since 1994, the former Horizon Europe. With Financial Times, he was the launch editor of CORDIS, the European Commission’s research information Service. He was Editor of the Commission’ Innovation and Technology Transfer Newsletter and CORDIS focus. His expertise covers ICT, Health, Defence, Space, Science Policy, GPRD legislation, EU R&D and Innovation policies, programmes and funding instruments. He has worked extensively on science policy evaluation methodologies and technology options for policy, and decision-makers use investment in science for broader economic development and competitiveness. With the Office of Science in the US Department of energy, he Launched the Ford Foundation Bellagio process on science policy evaluation methodologies.
He is closely involved in EU-Africa science and innovation relations and investments, particularly the EU’s investment strategy for Africa. The was closely involved in the South African government’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, the SKA, South Africa and its partner countries succeeded in securing the rights to build the SKA in South Africa. He manages the Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Platform, AERAP. Declan has been actively promoting a more assertive role for science within the context of the United Nations General Assembly since 2010. This has culminated in the annual Science Summit within the context of the General Assembly. The current version of SSUNGA76 takes place from 14-30 September 2021.