United Nations delegates representing eleven nations visited the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) on January 21st to learn about its cutting-edge research and science education programs. The day visit was a collaboration between the Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the UN, Ambassador H.E. Mrs. Darja Bavdaž Kuret and two early career scientists at CSHL from Slovenia: graduate students Polona Safaric Tepes and Katie Meze.
@SLOtoUN is particularly proud of two young Slovenian scientists Ms. Polona Safaric Tepes & Ms. Katarina Meze, working at @CSHL. Amb. Bavdaz Kuret was happy to meet both of them during today’s field trip to the lab. #Slovenia wholeheartedly supports more #womeninscience. #SDGs pic.twitter.com/AhKm6cvvc3
— Slovenia to the UN (@SLOtoUN) January 21, 2020
“The ambassadors’ enthusiasm for discovery and understanding resonated true with the spirit of the Lab,” said Meze. “I hope that this new connection between CSHL and the United Nations leads to collaborative efforts to increase scientific engagement, education, and representation in the US and abroad.”
The ambassadors represented the nations of Slovenia, Iceland, Latvia, Andorra, Cabo Verde, Chile, Jamaica, Paraguay, Montenegro, and Korea. They visited the DNA Learning Center, to see how local students are taught hands-on science, and toured campus laboratories, hearing directly from researchers.
“The UN Ambassadors were already familiar with CSHL’s achievements and reputation, but it was valuable for them to interact with the scientists,” said Safaric Tepes. “It was also a great opportunity for the CSHL community to network with the ambassadors.”