S20 Summit Events – Saudi Arabia 2020 Science

Established in 2017, the S20 is one of the youngest engagement groups of the G20. The S20 supports the G20 by fostering an official dialogue with the scientific community and is normally led by the national science academy of the host country.

This year, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and ISC member, is taking a leading role in organizing the events around the summits and chairing the S20.

The ISC, as a network partner to the S20 process, is working closely with the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and G20 member Academies to contribute to the specific recommendations and implementable actions for policy makers at the G20 talks scheduled for 21-22 November 2020 in Riyadh.

The core purpose of the S20 Engagement Group is to present policymakers with consensus-based recommendations for the chosen topics of interest. These science-driven recommendations are formulated through task forces comprising international experts. A report will be detailed soon.

Over the course of a S20 cycle, each task force formulates a substantive policy paper with specific recommendations and implementable actions for the G20. These policy proposals form the basis of the S20 communiqué, that is officially presented to the G20 leaders for consideration.


2020 Task Forces


Key Events

S20 Summit

This year’s S20 Summit will be a hybrid event, held online and at the lead organization’s campus; the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Jeddah on 26 September 2020.


S20 Special Webinar: Women in Science

Date: 21 September 2020
Time: 16:00 – 17:00 KSA time (UTC +3)

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