From lab to life: How science innovation can save lives

Tanya Accone

  • Duration: 60min
  • Language: English
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Date: March 24, 2022 20:00
  • Recorded: Live session with recording available afterwards
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When science innovation speeds from lab to real life, science can be a virtuous catalyst – saving lives, creating new industries, and empowering just transitions. What are some of the essential ingredients to be more than science that stays in the lab producing publications but little real-life impact. Or science that is successfully commercialized but neglects to balance improving the bottom line with improving lives everywhere. A talking tour from next-generation diagnostics to drones, Artificial Intelligence and remote sensing to biomimicry.


Tanya Accone Senior Adviser on Innovation at Scale, UNICEF Tanya Accone’s career has focused on helping international public and private sector organizations understand how to amplify their impact through the convergence of people and innovation. She is committed to applying innovation for social impact and as a public good, especially with and for young people.

Accone has been at the forefront of advocating for and leading ground-breaking initiatives at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). As Senior Advisor on Innovation at Scale, she has led UNICEF’s Accelerate to Scale advisory service and its Global Innovation Centre to support more than 120 countries to identify, adopt and adapt innovative solutions that have changed the lives of 280 million children and their communities.

Accone is a Fulbright Fellow with multiple graduate degrees including in Studies of the Future and is a Rhodes University graduate. She is the fourth-generation of her Chinese family to be born in South Africa, where she spent her childhood on the outskirts of Tshwane. She tweets at @accone