SINT MAARTEN (SALT POND) - On Wednesday, 13 February, the University of St. Martin will relaunch its monthly Seminar Series highlighting issues and topics of public interest and academic endeavours related to the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda endorsed by BAK and UNESCO St. Martin.
This month’s guest speakers include Engineer and Architect Damian Richardson, Business Developer and Innovation Consultant Damien Schmidt and the new president of Sint Maarten’s Chamber of Commerce Benjamin Ortega. The three will offer introductions of 20 minutes each in the areas of Small Island Business Development through technological innovation and infrastructure, which fit into SDG # 9 on the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Mr. Marvio Cooks is scheduled to moderate the panel and engage the public in a lively discussion.
According to USM President Dr. Antonio Carmona, the seminars series is a call to promote the production of knowledge, science, research and ideas of innovation already flourishing in St. Maarten and throughout the region, with the purpose of building a university that caters to the social needs, collective hopes and well-being of the country.
“After a very successful first string of seminars held last semester, in 2019 we will continue to offer the community some intellectual ammunition for sustainable development produced by our own local talent”, said USM President Dr. Antonio Carmona in written remarks to the press on Monday. “Through critical thinking and fostering public dialogue, we hope to feed our curriculum as well as public policy.”
Doors to the USM Conference Room open at 6:30 P.M. Following the talks, there will be room for structured public dialogue whereby everyone can participate. USM hopes to see a healthy balance of participants from government, non-government organisations as well as the academic and business communities.