Basic Science Equips Us to Solve Global Sciences

Lectures / Council Chamber

In partnership with J&J and Split Second Science Education Foundation, join a panel discussion with STEM industry professionals: “Strengthening the role of basic science in building sustainable solutions and resilience against global problems”

UNESCO’s International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, celebrated in 2022, recognizes that basic sciences (physics, chemistry, maths and biology) are vital to attain sustainable development and to improve the quality of life for people all over the world.

The panel will discuss basic science in action, its role in sustainable development, and how to spark enchantment with the next generation of STEM leaders. The panel will run for 40 minutes, with a 20-minute Q&A at the end.

If you would like to attend the panel decussation online, please use the zoom registration link below



Eric Watson, North American Consumer Health sector Director of End-to-End Program Management for Supply Chain at Johnson and Johnson.

Monica Neufang, Vice President, Enterprise ESG Program Office

Dr. Carol O’Donnell, Senior Executive and Director of Smithsonian Science Education Center

Cedric Gysel, Healthcare Solutions Manager for Johnson & Johnson Design


Monica Neufang

Vice President, Enterprise ESG Program Office

In her role as Vice President, Enterprise ESG Program Office, Monica works closely with external and internal stakeholders to define and drive a consistent, sustainable and strategic governance and disclosure framework for the Company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities and related policies and positions.

Monica leads the global strategic approach to delivering the annual enterprise Health for Humanity Report, tracking and reporting of the Company’s Health for Humanity Goals as well as the process and governance for setting future goals, including the Health for Humanity 2025 Goals. Relatedly, she oversees the implementation of the Company’s ESG strategy and directs the management and reporting of ESG data, as well as other initiatives to drive efficiency, accuracy and effectiveness of reporting, and maximize the positive impact of ESG information disclosure on corporate reputation and stakeholder engagement. She oversees the administration of the Company’s Enterprise Governance Council, the primary governance body for ESG topics and issues, and serves on the Biopharma Sustainability Roundtable, the SASB Health Care Standards Advisory Group, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations ESG Working Groups and the Bipartisan Policy Center ESG Taskforce.

Dr. Carol O’Donnell

Director, Smithsonian Science Education Center

Smithsonian Institution

Dr. Carol O’Donnell is Senior Executive and Director of Smithsonian Science Education Center, dedicated to transforming K-12 Education through Science in collaboration with communities across the globe. Dr. O’Donnell’s career spans being a K-8 science teacher, curriculum developer, research scientist for the Institute of Education Sciences, leader at the US Department of Education Office of State Support, and Adjunct Faculty for George Washington University’s Physics Department. She is known both nationally and internationally for her expertise in STEM education and serves on numerous STEM

committees, including FC-STEM of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the UN Broadband Commission Working Group on Digital Learning. Through a National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) appointment, Carol represents the US on the Science Education Programme Global Council of the InterAcademy Partnership, the global network of 143 national academies. She is a member of the Council of State Science Supervisors and the International Dialogue on STEM Education, where she co-authored the position paper on STEM Education for Sustainable Development (http://bit.ly/3a3ObkS).

Cédric Gysel

Healthcare Solutions Manager, Johnson & Johnson Design

Cedric Gysel is a healthcare solutions manager for Johnson & Johnson Design, driving human-centred solutions for patients and customers of Janssen and leading key innovation projects for device sustainability. He has more than 15 years of experience with the development and design of devices and combination products. He holds a bachelor’s in pharmaceutical technology from the University of Basel and a master’s in medical device technology from the University of Applied Science in Bern and Stanford University with a specialization in human-centred design.

  • Venue: Council Chamber
  • City: Makhanda
  • Location: The Monument on Lucas Avenue, 1st Floor.
  • Ticket Price: R0.00
  • Genre: Lectures
  • Duration: 60min
  • Ages: All Ages
September 13, 2022   14:00 - 15:00